Hop-on Hop-off Cruise Along the Hudson River

Unleash the explorer within and discover NYC at your own pace with our Hop On Hop Off Liberty Enlightening Cruise! Go beyond the typical tourist route with the option to disembark at multiple stops to explore vibrant neighborhoods and historical landmarks.

Set sail from New Jersey’s Port Imperial Pier in Weehawken and discover New York City like never before. Witness the iconic Manhattan skyline from the comfort of our open-air deck, or enjoy the sights from the indoor seating area. 

The Cruise Route

Map of Hop on Hop Off cruise stops and NYC landmarks

The Key Attractions

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    Hudson Yards/Vessel

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    Chelsea Piers

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    High Line

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    Little Island

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    Freedom Tower

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    Brooklyn Bridge

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    Governors Island

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    Statue of Liberty

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    Ellis Island

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    Liberty State Park

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    Waters Soul

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Convenient Locations In Midtown & Downtown Manhattan

Hop On Hop Off NYC Cruise


Experience the magic of Manhattan’s iconic skyline as you traverse the Hudson River. Our eco-friendly boat offers an open roof deck for unparalleled views and photo opportunities, ensuring you capture every breathtaking moment.

  • Flexible Stops
  • Indoor and Outdoor Seating
  • Unique Manhattan Views


$49.99 per person

Discounts available for children, veterans, and seniors


7 Days a Week

Departs each location at the following times:

– Port Imperial: 11:30, 1:30, 3:30, 5:30

– Pier 78: 12:00, 2:00, 4:00, 6:00

– Hoboken: 12:15, 2:15, 4:15, 6:15

– Governors Island: 12:30, 2:30, 4:30, 6:30

10 minute Statue of Liberty viewing after each Governors Island departure



Port Imperial

4800 Avenue at Port Imperial
Weehawken, NJ 07086


We will soon offer Helicopter, Bus, Bike and Walking Tours.

Guided tours by New York natives

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    The Liberty Enlightenment Cruise is 90 minutes. We recommend arriving 30 minutes prior to your departure time.

    The cruise makes 4 stops along the Hudson River, allowing you to hop-on and off at your leisure. The cruise stops at Port Imperial / Weehawken, Pier 78, Hoboken, and Governor’s Island. Departures from each location will be every 90 minutes.

    You are able to get on and off the boat two times, allowing you to disembark from the ship at each of our desired stops.

    The Liberty Enlightenment Cruise offers you the chance to cruise by the Statue of Liberty. This provides you with the ideal moment to capture the perfect moments with Lady Liberty; however, please note that the cruise does not include a stop on the island.

    The Liberty Enlightenment cruise picks you up at any one of the pickup points: Port Imperial / Weehawken and Hoboken in New Jersey, and Pier 78 and Governors Island in New York.

    Yes. You are allowed to bring your own food and drink on the boat.

    There is also a full-service concession on the first floor of the boat that serves alcoholic beverages, as well non-alcoholic beverages and snacks.

    Yes, all of our cruises offer bathrooms for guests to use.

    You are able to begin your journey at any of our three drop-off/pick-up locations.

    Yes! Take NY Waterway’s convenient multi-route shuttles to and from our Liberty Enlightenment Cruise tours! Get picked up and dropped off at major city bus stops so you can join our tours hassle-free.

    Getting to Us

    Closest Subway

    • 34th Street – Hudson Yards
    • Times Square Terminal: Train 1, 2, 3, 7, N, R, Q

    Closest Ferry

    • World Financial Center Terminal and Pier 79

    Closest Bus Stop

    • Pier 78: 12 Av / W 40 St.
    • MTA M42

    About Our Boat

    Franklin D Roosevelt

    The Franklin D. Roosevelt (the FDR), built in 2020, is a 500-passenger catamaran operated by NY Waterway, a company with over 30 years of experience! This ferry includes state-of-the-art marine electronics to ensure the safest ride on the Hudson. This spacious vessel is 109 ft long and 32 ft wide and will ensure a comfortable ride with seating for 200 passengers on its expansive open roof deck and 300 passengers on its Art Deco-inspired lower deck. The lower deck includes large windows that can be opened, concessions, and a bar for an optimal sightseeing experience and NYC harbor cruise.

    The FDR is a ferry built to ensure that our impact on the environment is minimized. Operating using the cleanest burning marine engine available in America, the FDR’s Twin EPA Tier 3 Compliant engines will provide you with a quiet ride to reduce both carbon and noise emissions. The FDR’s hull is made of 99% aluminum, further increasing fuel efficiency. Enjoy your NYC views knowing that your choice to sail with Big City Tourism will be a comfortable and environmentally friendly choice!

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