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New Year's Eve cruises in New York: Romantic or rocking boat rides

Get a great view of NYC's fireworks and Manhattans iconic skyline and major attractions on one of these New Year's Eve cruises.







Escape the madness on the streets and splurge on a New Year’s Eve cruise this year. For upwards of a Benjie, you'll get all the trimmings: a buffet or plated dinner (depending on how much you throw down), a DJ or classy jazz band, premium open bar, champagne toast at midnight, a view of fireworks over the city, and of course, a tour of NYC’s most famous sights, including the Brooklyn Bridge, the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty. As for the ball drop, don’t fret—the majority of boats have plasma screens so you can still enjoy the Times Square festivities from the comfort of your chair. Still not convinced? How about being able to text your friends and family a picture of yourself with the missive "I'm on a boat!"

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Bateaux New Year's Eve Fireworks Dinner Cruise

Is it a boat? Is it a floating greenhouse? Whatever it is, the glass-enclosed vessel affords an unobstructed view of fireworks and attractions that include the Brooklyn Bridge, Battery Park City, Governors Island and the Statue of Liberty. All guests receive a three-course sit-down meal, have access to a premium open bar and are treated to a live jazz band. To impress someone special, pony up for the pricier packages to secure a window table with a bottle of champagne and a dozen red roses. In other words, if you can't stomach being near a newly engaged couple: avoid.

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Mon Dec 31 - Tue Jan 1

Rock & Roll New Year's Eve Cruise

Avoid Bieber Fever and Taylor Swift ballads aboard the Lucille Yacht, where DJs will be spinning '70s,'80s and '90s rock & roll hits. Hoof it to the sounds of the Rolling Stones and Dave Matthews while plundering the buffet and three-hour open bar.

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Mon Dec 31 - Tue Jan 1

New York Water Taxi New Year's Eve Cruise

Thought the Water Taxis were strictly reserved for summertime jaunts? Think again. Their open-air tops offer great views of the city's landmarks; dance music, hors d'oeuvres and an open bar will keep you occupied below deck. At midnight, watch the ball drop in Times Square via live feed, and relish the fact that you're out on the water with no crowd in sight.

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Mon Dec 31 - Tue Jan 1

Zephyr New Year's Eve Cruise

See the sights without freezing your ass off: get ensconced in the Zephyr’s cabins. The luxury yacht will sail past iconic sights—including the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building and Statue of Liberty—and screen the Times Square ball drop on 42-inch plasma screens, so you can see all the action without the hassle. The trip includes a premium open bar, midnight champagne toast, buffet, hors d'oeuvres and coffee with dessert to help sober you up.

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Mon Dec 31 - Tue Jan 1