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Spirit of New York Dinner Cruise – cost, upgrades, food and drinks, reviews


Spirit Cruises’ New York dinner cruise offers you the ultimate short cruise with your partner or family.

This New York dinner cruise is an opportunity to dine, wine, and dance to the tunes of the waves, even as you witness the magnificent New York skyline.

Whether you choose to board the cruise from Manhattan or Lincoln Harbor, you are bound to have the time of your life.

This three-hour NYC dinner cruise happens on the tranquil waters of the Hudson and East Rivers and is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the beauty of New York City and have good food and drink at the same time.

This dinner cruise is quite popular and, over the years, has got many names.

Some of the popular ones are – the Dinner Cruise Manhattan, NY, the New York City Lights Dinner Cruise, and the New York Dinner Cruise on the River.

The fading sky in the backdrop of the clear water provides an opportunity to snap marvelous photographs.

If you prefer the same experience but during the day, check out the Spirit of New York Lunch cruise, starting at noon.

Cost of New York Dinner Cruise

The cost, boarding time and cruising time of Spirit of New York dinner river cruise vary according to the day of the week.

Prices for the cruise range between US$151 to US$184, depending on the date of your booking.

Visitors are advised to check the booking page to confirm the exact prices.

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What Dinner Cruise NYC includes

Remember that it is not a ferry trip down the New York Harbor but a cruise ride with good food and music.

Remember that it is not a ferry trip down the New York Harbor but a cruise ride with good food and music.

The Spirit of New York Dinner Cruise ticket price includes a delicious buffet with items like Braised Beef Short Ribs, Whole-Roasted Pork Loin, Oven Baked Atlantic Cod Filet, and also Honey and Sesame Chicken.

Apart from these, you can also savor multiple delicious salads like Spinach and Kale Salad, Roasted Red Beet Salad, and everyone’s favorite Orzo and Bay Shrimp Salad.

If you have a sweet tooth, plenty of desserts are also available as part of the buffet dinner.

Guests can choose from Lemon Pound Cake and Strawberries, Vanilla Bean Mousse and Raspberry Sauce, Red Velvet and Chocolate Chip Brownie, and the kids’ favorite Caramel Apple Bread Pudding.

If you aren’t into desserts, just order a cup of coffee, hot tea, or iced tea and get in the mood for some amazing views of the New York skyline.

For you will be cruising past world-famous sights such as the Empire State Building, Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, and the new One World Trade Center.

This Dinner Cruise in NYC is your opportunity to see how the city of New York comes to life as the sun sets in the background.

Would you like the same experience but during the day? Go ahead and book a lunch cruise or a brunch cruise.

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Upgrade options

The Spirit of New York Dinner Cruise is quite flexible.

If you want to add something extra to your cruise experience, you can do so before the trip begins or while it is on.

There are numerous options to upgrade.

The regular dinner buffet does not include alcoholic beverages, but you can purchase cocktails, wine, and beer from the cash bar.

You can also ensure you get an excellent view of the city by opting for the window table reservation.

Here is a comprehensive list of all upgrades available on the New York Dinner Cruise.

Feel free to upgrade once you are on the ship (only cards accepted).

First Class upgrade

By paying an extra US$55 for every adult guest, you can upgrade your package to First Class on your sparkling NYC Skyline Dinner Cruise.

As a first-class cruise ticket holder, you will qualify for –

  • A glass of welcome aboard champagne (one per person)
  • Top-shelf liquors during the cruise
  • Full selection of beers, cocktails, and house wines
  • The best of chef’s shrimp cocktail
  • A table for your party size (if you are two guests, you will get a table for two, etc.)

Romance for two dinner upgrade

If you are a couple who want to make it memorable, do ask for this upgrade when you are onboard the cruise.

For a total of US$90, you will get:

  • One bottle of Wycliff California champagne
  • A bouquet of half-dozen roses
  • Two keepsake flutes so you can carry back memories
  • A table for two for a private dinner

For US$45, this New York dinner cruise upgrade gets you four drink tickets.

And you get access to top-shelf liquors, the full selection of beers, cocktails, and house wines.

The other two upgrades on the Spirit of New York dinner cruise are the Shrimp Cocktail upgrade for US$12 and the Boarding Photo upgrade for US$23.

All of these upgrades can be done on the cruise ship. Go ahead and book your dinner cruise!

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Entertainment on Spirit of New York

Games on Dinner Cruise

The Dinner Cruise NYC is not just about having food and watching the skyline. There is good quality entertainment as well.

A live DJ keeps up with the tempo during the cruise. The dance floor is available for you to shake a leg or two if you so wish.

If dancing isn’t your thing, try out the giant Jenga, Shuffleboard, or Foosball.

Playing these games with your friends and family (or strangers!) is a sure-shot way to uplift the mood.

Good food, brilliant sightseeing, and excellent entertainment. What more can you ask for from a dinner cruise?

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Spirit of New York Dinner Cruise reviews

Spirit of New York Dinner Cruise is a highly-rated experience. Here are two reviews from Tripadvisor that give you an idea of what to expect: 

Super night out in the Big Apple

The views, both before and after sunset, were absolutely amazing. I took so many photos. We were celebrating our Golden Anniversary, so our waitress and the DJ really made it special for us. There was so much food, and the choices were great. Cannot praise this tour enough.

Eddie G, TripAdvisor

Beyond amazing

Absolutely amazing experience from start to finish. I’ve visited NYC several times, but this is the first time I’ve done this cruise… It’s an absolute must. Quality service, food, and entertainment, but the views are breathtakingly Fantastick. Do this cruise – it’s that simple!

David F, TripAdvisor

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Meeting Point

The Spirit of New York Dinner Cruise departs from Chelsea Piers on the West Side of Manhattan in New York City.

However, it is important to keep in mind that the meeting location may change.

Visitors are advised to check the booking page before arriving to confirm the exact location.

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Spirit of New York Parking

Though self-parking is available at the Chelsea Piers it is advisable that you opt for the pre-reserved parking option through the Spot Hero Parking app.

To reserve your parking spot, visit the Parking Page of Spirit of New York SpotHero.

The rates on offer are 50% less when you book in advance than what you pay if you reach there directly.

If you want to self-park, check out the latest rates at Chelseapiers.com.

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Tips for New York river cruise dinner

Let us give you some insider tips before you book your dinner cruise in New York City.

  • The decks of the boats are climate-controlled, which means you will not feel the heat during the summer months
  • Entry is free for kids below the age of three
  • Only cards are accepted for upgrades or purchases during the dinner cruise
  • All tickets bought for the Spirit of New York dinner cruise are non-refundable. However, if you are a large group, you can reschedule your dates
  • If you are cruising with ten or more friends or family members, you may be seated at multiple tables.
  • If you need boarding assistance or wheelchair accessibility, contact the Spirit of New York team at 866-483-3866
  • If you have food allergies, contact the Spirit of New York team at 866-483-3866 and inform them in advance

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1 thought on “Spirit of New York Dinner Cruise – cost, upgrades, food and drinks, reviews”

  1. Group dinner and cruise. Several years ago I had a meeting at Hyatt Jersey Shore. I had a dinner cruise with Spirit. Spirit picked group up at Hyatt – dinner cruise – return to Hyatt’s dock. I am interested in doing this again. Could you please me phone number or email address I could reach out to.
    Group would be approx (225) ppl.

    Bette Crouch
    Captive Resources, LLC


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