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New Year’s Eve cruises in NYC to end the year on a high note

Ring in the new year on one of these NYE cruises with jaw-dropping views of the fireworks and skyline

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By Annalise Mantz and Time Out contributors |
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Bust out the party hats, noisemakers and your sparkliest outfit for these New Year’s Eve cruises in NYC. You could ring in 2019 at one of the best winter rooftop bars in NYC but these panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline and New Year’s Eve fireworks beat watching the Times Square ball drop anywhere else. Whether you’re looking for a luxe atmosphere and fancy dinner or just a boat with an open bar, there’s a cruise for every type of partier on this list. So queue up a playlist of the best New Year’s songs and get ready to end 2018 with a bang. After all, some of the best New Year’s Eve parties happen on the water!

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New Year's Eve cruises in NYC

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Things to do

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, a dinner buffet and beer and wine bar will keep you occupied inside. A cash bar will also be available, if you absolutely need that cosmo. 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. $199

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New Year’s Eve Fireworks Cruise on Manhattan II

This cruise heads up both the East and Hudson Rivers, so you’ll get prime views of the entire New York City skyline. Start the night with a short champagne and sparkling wine tasting class, then snack on passed hors d’oeuvres while you explore the sleek 1920s-style yacht. A live jazz trio will help you while away the hours until midnight. $378

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New Year's Eve cruise in NYC
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NYC New Year's Eve Circle Line Cruise

Ring in 2019 in style on this New Year's Eve cruise on the Hudson River. You can't beat the view of fireworks bursting above the Manhattan skyline. Boogie to tunes spun by the DJ as you sip drinks from the premium open bar and snack on savory hors d'oeuvres. And what would New Year's Eve be without a celebratory champagne toast at midnight? You'll even leave with party favors to help you remember the sensational evening until next time.

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Bateaux New York Dinner Cruises
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Things to do

Bateaux New Year's Eve Fireworks Dinner Cruise

This glass-enclosed vessel affords unobstructed views 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 featuring jumbo crab cakes, filet mignon and lobster tail, plus access to the premium open bar. 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. $599.90–$949.90

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