A Brunch Cruise Along the Manhattan Skyline

Written by: Krity Shrestha | Photos by: Ashley Gallerani

On a gorgeous Sunday morning, I went crosstown to Chelsea Piers to board the Classic Harbor Line “Around Manhattan Brunch Cruise”. It was a little cold because Mother Nature decided to bring winter back to New York City, but the sun was shining. The boat was much smaller than I was expecting but it was a nice surprise because it felt more intimate and not touristy. Inside the boat, I was delighted to find it heated to the perfect temperature and was able to have a large table all for myself and friend. I loved that Classic Harbor Line didn’t over book to make guests feel crammed.

For this Spring sail, I decided to wear a black and white off the shoulder gingham checkered dress to celebrate the impending warm weather. For more on this look check out my blog post at KrityS.com

The boat departed promptly on time and the first course was ready! It consisted of waffles, bagels (with toppings available), pastries and fresh fruit. We started the ride off with a nice mimosa and a hot tea on the side. The cruise consists of one complimentary alcoholic beverage and unlimited coffee, tea, water.

As we rode towards lower Manhattan, our guide gave us a brief history and quirky facts about well-known buildings. I was soaking up the sun inside the boat as the glass ceilings made me feel like I was sun bathing. Another passenger literally was! Kudos to her because taking a lovely nap definitely went through my mind. That’s what I love about New York, you can do whatever you want and no one judges! We ran into Lady Liberty looking nice and pretty right after the first course. The boat takes you fairly close. It was a great view!

The second course came out, releasing the yummiest aromas. I had a tasty spinach and cheese quiche with sausage. I knew I had to pace myself as there were two more courses coming.

We slowly turned the corner of the financial district, heading towards the East side. The views of the Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Williamsburg Bridge were awe-inspiring! It was different perspective than I normally have as a New Yorker to see the bridges from the sea. This cruise was a great for getting away from the hustle and bustle of NYC and the perfect way to relax on a weekend.

The third course (and my favorite) was a delicious kale salad with carrots, radish and vinaigrette dressing lighting drizzled atop. I also got seasoned potatoes, and a nice piece of juicy ham. YUM! The seasoning on the potatoes really complimented the salad.

The last and final course was fresh fruits. They were colorful and flavor filled. It was the perfect way to end the cruise! I can’t wait for the weather to warm up to try their other mini cruises.

Classic Harbor Line offers cruises around Manhattan all year long. They have a variety of themes including holiday, wine tastings, architecture cruises and more. The brunch cruise was $108 per person. For more information about the cruises that Classic Harbor Line offers visit their site, sail-nyc.com

We were guests of Classic Harbor Line, however, the opinions are our own.