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

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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 – Dinner cruise Manhattan NY, 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 day time, check out the Spirit of New York Lunch cruise, starting at noon.

Dinner on Spirit of New York cruise

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.

Dinner cruise on weekdays

CostUSD 146.17
Boarding time6.30 pm
Cruising time7 pm to 9.30 pm
Duration2.5 hours

Dinner cruise on Saturday

CostUSD 152.81
Boarding time6.30 pm
Cruising time7 pm to 10 pm
Duration3 hours

Dinner cruise on Sunday

CostUSD 146.17
Boarding time5.30 pm
Cruising time6 pm to 8.30 pm
Duration2.5 hours

For the latest Spirit of New York prices, discounts, and timings, check out the dinner cruise booking page

Another option: Would you prefer a European-inspired, all-glass dining vessel cruising through New York Harbor with a live pianist onboard? Find out more

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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.

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 & Sesame Chicken.

Apart from these, you can also savor multiple delicious salads like Spinach & Kale Salad, Roasted Red Beet Salad, and everyone’s favorite Orzo & 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 & Strawberries, Vanilla Bean Mousse & Raspberry Sauce, Red Velvet & 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 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

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 USD 54.90 extra for every adult guest, you can upgrade your package to the 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 USD 89.90, 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

Platinum brand drink ticket package

For USD 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 USD 11.95 and the Boarding Photo upgrade for USD 22.96.

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 reviews have been quite positive everywhere.

Guests especially raved about the quality of the food, the ambiance of the cruise, and the stunning views of New York City and the Statue of Liberty.

Tripadvisor Review - Spirit of New York

Tripadvisor users rate Spirit of New York dinner cruise as high as 4.5.

Yelp Review - Spirit of New York

Yelp users have always held back from giving high ratings. On Yelp Spirit’s Dinner Cruise in NYC is rated at 3.5.

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Directions to reach Spirit of New York

The boarding point for the Spirit of New York Buffet dinner cruise is Chelsea Piers, Pier 61, New York, USA. Get Directions

How to reach Pier 61, Chelsea Piers

Onboarding for the New York dinner cruise happens from a centrally located Pier 61 at Chelsea Piers.

From Westchester, you can take the Saw Mill Parkway south to West Side Highway and continue south to 23rd Street to reach Pier 61, Chelsea Piers.

If you are in Long Island, take Long Island Expressway to Midtown Tunnel. From there, go to 34th Street and proceed toward Pier 61, Chelsea Piers.

From Holland Tunnel, all you need to do is reach West Side Highway North. Then proceed to 11th Ave and continue for two blocks and turn left towards the 24th street and then towards the West Side Highway. From there onwards, locating Pier 61, Chelsea Piers is pretty straightforward.

The route from Lincoln Tunnel is much easier. Exit the tunnel from the West Side Highway South and walk towards 23rd street and Pier 61.

There are many direct bus routes, including bus No 23, which can drop you at Chelsea Piers.

Take subway routes C, E, 1, N, M, F, R, or 6 to 23rd Street Subway station.

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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’s 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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