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Whether a romantic evening cruise just for two, or a special occasion for your entire group, a Dinner Cruise on the Choctawatchee Bay is just the ticket! There are dining options for every occasion. The Destin dinner cruise is a fine dining experience including a catered 3-course meal (bread/salad, entree, dessert), coffee or tea, an observatory deck, live entertainment, a dance floor, and a full bar. There are three enchanting decks to suit your every mood. The best way to see the bay in all of it's glory this side of a Destin parasailing excursion, this is one event you absolutely cannot miss out on!

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Destin dinner cruises are one of the most unique ways to experience the wonder of the Gulf of Mexico. Since they typically set sail just before sun down, boaters can literally sail off into the sunset as they enjoy mingling and get ready for dinner. Some cruises are fairly fancy, so make sure you dress to the occasion and bring your appetite. After the sun goes down, diners settle at their tables to enjoy dinner. Dinner is usually included in the price of your ticket, and most cruises feature a full bar; however, alcoholic beverages from the full bar are enjoyed at an additional price. Following the meal, most cruises offer entertainment such as live music and dancing as the boat slowly returns to port to dock.

Browse our top-rated Destin dinner cruises below and book your next trip today! These cruises sell out in advance, so don’t wait until your on vacation to book your cruise. Plan your trip now, so you can spend your vacation time having fun!

Holiday Cruise Aboard The Solaris

Sandestin (Destin) Fine Dining Dinner and Dancing Cruise

Sandestin Mardi Gras Fine Dining Dinner and Dancing Cruise

Valentine’s Dinner and Dancing Cruise Aboard The Solaris

Easter Lunch Cruise Aboard The Solaris

Father’s Day Aboard Solaris

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We had the best time on the evening dinner cruise. The music was great, the food was amazing and the views were spectacular. White table cloth and great service made it 5 stars. Melanie was a great server and the band was perfect. We danced... and topped it off with some amazing fireworks at the dock when we arrived back. All is all it was worth the $280.00 for a couple. We had 4 beers, 2 glasses of wine and one mixed drink. We also had the fish dip as an appetizer for an additional cost. I would skip the fish dip since it was the only underwhelming thing served. Worth the $$ More

My wife and I took this cruise on Mother's Day 2022 at $89 each. By email we selected our entire. First off, it's a lengthy walk from your vehicle to the yacht especially if you have some physical impairment. There was no service offered (although... I didn't ask) on their website nor at the head of the dock. But my wife did ok with her cane with some discomfort. Once on board we were directed to the bow for pictures like at any event but declined and went directly to ck in on the main deck. After ck in, we were escorted to our white linen table with an awaiting flower for my wife. On the table was a menu for ordeurves. We didn't order any because we don't eat that much. Shortly after being seated our server arrived and gave us a low down on where everything was on the yacht like bathrooms, bar, and observation deck. We gave him our drink order and returned shortly with our refreshment. We were glad we didn't pay the extra $50 for a window seat because you had a very good view of the water from out interior table. Also your table size is by your party size so just the 2 of us had a normal card table sized table. One sailing, appetizers were over and a delicious lettuce salad was served. From there it took awhile for our meal to arrive but when it did it was hot and portions were adequate and the taste very satisfying. Dessert was cheese cake and seemed fresh. Coffee was free but it was self served we found out by observing another couple getting some on their own and the coffee was good. Music was good from both CD and a husband & wife couple who played dinner type jazz music. Couples could dance in a small area up front as we did as well. Toward the end of the cruise, the entertainers played line dancing music. It was interesting to watch and it did not get out of hand as the bar was on the second deck. The third deck was an observation deck which was nice to watch the sunset from & take pictures. Also the entertainers did wish all the mom's a happy mother's day and recognized birthday & anniversary people by name and yrs of marriage which was a nice touch. Upon arrival back to dock and departing , the crew lined up on the dock and wished us all good night. Walking down the dock back to the parking area was not well lite and people used cell phone flash lights to light their way. Also when we were almost to the parking area, a few guest from the cruise went by in a golf cart which my wife could have used with her bad leg. I would have gladly tipped generously for her to have a ride to the parking area. Anyways it was an enjoyable cruise but we probably would not do it again, a one and done event. Total cruise cost with tip was $230 and I drank water while my wife had a ginger ale. If you had alcoholic drinks, who knows how much you would have to pay. More

My husband and I went on the NYE cruise. The cruise was great, service was great and atmosphere was great. The food was a little pricey and we were disappointed by the drink up charges. My husband was drinking bourbon on the rocks and was... charged $2 extra a glass as a “rocks” charge. I was drinking kir royals abd was charged $3.50 a glass for a “premium” up charge. Overall it was all good just pricey. More

Hi Leesa, thank you for cruising with us on New Year's Eve! We're glad that you enjoyed the 4.5-hour experience, complete with five courses, a champagne toast, and live entertainment. When you order a drink on the rocks, you receive 33% more of a pour,... More

The food was delicious, I had the fillet mignon and my wife had the crab cakes. They were both delicious. The music was nice and entertaining as well. The reason I didn’t give a 5 star was the servers were rushing us to clean the... tables. I wasn’t even done with my food and they were already asking me if they could take the plate away. You feel like you were on the clock. I want to enjoy my meal without someone hovering around trying to snatch my plate as soon as I put the fork down. In addition, to my surprise I was charged almost $7 extra for using a credit card vs cash. That wasnt discussed in the advertisement or when I booked it. It said you will pay this amount. It isn’t about the $7 but the deception and hidden fees. Two things I despise. More

First, thank you so much for cruising with SunQuest Cruises! We're glad that you enjoyed the Beef Filet Mignon and Southern Crab Cakes. We do offer a discount to guests who pay with cash, but we do not penalize those who prefer to use a... More

We celebrated our 23rd wedding anniversary and the yacht was beautiful. We were greeted by the captain, took commemorative photo (available for purchase later), and were escorted to our table for two… every seat has an amazing view of the water. Our server was very... attentive and we explored the various levels for the ship and the upper level had the most amazing views of the marina with seating and room for dancing later before the fireworks. The dinner options are chosen prior to the meal, but you’re also able to choose from appetizers prior to departure. There were not a lot of vegetarian options but the potatoes were very good and my husband enjoyed his meal. They also have live music and it was very entertaining. Although it was a more mature cruise for couples there were plenty of families present and it is family-friendly but may be pricey for parents with small children. Overall enjoyed the cruise and meeting so many other couples celebrating. More

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This is definitely a splurge. Some other people have mentioned that there is hidden costs. Not really. It was clear to us about what was included and what would be an extra cost (appetizers, drinks, and gratuity). The dock was easy to find for us.... You just have to follow their directions and look at your Google/Apple/Waze maps. We had an absolutely great time. It was so relaxing. The food was incredible. The Black and Bleu Bruschetta was to die for. The music was great. The staff were so professional and kind. It was definitely the highlight of the trip. It was so great to relax and just enjoy each other’s company. Rain was on the radar all week for us but the dining rooms are completely enclosed so don’t let that deter you! So many sweet couples and families. We are recommending it to everyone we know. More

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Waste of 4 hours of our time. This was supposed to be “fine” dining. Four 3 course diners one appetizer and 7 drinks for $700. The price would have been okay if they at least tried to make it special, but there was nothing special... about the ship or the dinner. The three course meal consisted of a very small wedge salad (see pics), fish and “crab” (the spoonful of white stuff on the fish for $15) and a store bought cheesecake. And cheesecake was the only available desert. We left the ship still hungry. Fine dining requires attention to detail. Service staff lacked attention to detail. The drinks glasses were left on the table the whole time. Water was not poured in the glasses, the staff grabbed the water glasses with their fingers in the glass. The dishes were not picked up until almost at the end. Once the bill was paid water was no longer offered. You can’t leave until the three hours are over even if the ship is docked. The music was so loud you couldn’t hear the person next to you. This shouldn’t be allowed. More

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Your bill reflected four dinner cruise tickets, an appetizer, four premium entree selections, seven cocktails, tax, and gratuity. The photo of your salad was clearly after you had received it and pushed it around. Yes, the lump crab is fresh, lump, crab scampi. As it... More

Excellent service and food! I have usually high expectations when I pay $400 for a dinner, and they exceeded those by far. It states that the ship will sail at 7:00 pm, but you have to be there to check in 45 to 30 min... prior. Time well spent. You can walk on the boat and explore or snack on appetizer and drinks for additional fee, of course. The music is lovely by the 2 musicians with their original renditions of famous songs, I just wish they would play more, because they did probably play for first 30 minutes and then turned on the DJ kinda music that on MP3 player or phone. The food was AMAZING. I had fish and my husband and son had braised ribs both were absolute perfection. We went on Thursday in Destin, and got lucky because they also had fireworks show, apparently it’s not every night so be prepared, it’s not everyday thing. I read reviews and some people were disappointed because they didn’t get to see fireworks. It also states that the trip is around 3 hours, but if you come around 6 as they recommend and we returned 10:45 pm it’s almost 5 hrs event. I think well worth value for the money. More

Took my wife to celebrate our anniversary. I ordered a package with roses and champagne and reserved a window seat. The band played during dinner and we enjoyed their vibe. Derek was our server. He was knowledgeable about the wine list and was able to... answer all of our “foodie” questions. After dessert we were invited to the open air top deck for dj and dancing or remain on the first deck with for more live music more suited for romance. We enjoyed both! Cudos to the Chef. The food excelled in flavor and presentation. This exceeded expectations and was by far the best anniversary celebration we’ve ever had. More

We loved the experience. The water was amazing. The boat was amazing! We loved the view on the top deck. I would have loved to have eaten up there! The food was amazing!! We paid extra for a window table. It was worth it. The... tables were a bit crowded on the 1st floor. It was a maze to get to the restroom. 🤪 For the price, I would have loved to see the appetizer included in the price of the meal and include the drinks- Coke or Pepsi products. ( just an idea that makes the price seem more of a value. ) The music was fabulous! A delightful experience! ❤️ More

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The sunset dinner cruise with dancing and fireworks was the perfect way for us to celebrate our anniversary! The food was gourmet quality and was so delicious it melted in our mouths and left smiles on our faces. Our compliments to an amazing chef!!! It... was truly so yummy that we want to return just to have that food again!!! The drinks were perfect as well! The captain was friendly and kind, the crew service was wonderful, and you could see that they all truly enjoy what they do! Everything was fabulous, but hang onto your wallet because prices aren't clearly explained and our final bill (including gratuity) was way more than we anticipated. It isn't an excursion for those who want to pinch pennies! It's more of a "what the heck, let's splurge" kind of evening! Also, be aware that you really need to watch your email for the directions (a bit confusing) and to have the special code to get through the security gates on the dock! There really should be a staff member opening that security gate for the guests. We'd highly recommend this cruise! It was very enjoyable and one of the highlights of our trip! More

We went on the dinner cruise on Sunday June 13th 2021 for our 48th wedding anniversary. My disappointment was that someone gave the bottle of champagne that I preordered to the wrong table and it was the only bottle they had on board and we... had to settle for something less than what I had preordered. The food was good and the music and dancing was good but not happy about my bottle of champagne being given to the wrong table! More

This was such a delightful evening! From cruising, to live music with a dance floor, to an excellent gourmet dinner, with a staff that has an eye for detail & desire to please. This was the first year that we had our annual banquet for... Kelly Plantation Fishing Club aboard the Solaris .Had 45 people in this party. We had entire boat for this private party. All food came out hot & fresh ! They have an excellent Chef aboard. Gourmet Dining experience. Our club will be back!!!! More

It was very confusing trying to find the dock make sure you leave an hour or more before check in time and not the boat departure time. Once we arrived it was smooth sailing from there and we enjoyed everything about the cruise. The food... was very good and the portions were generous, the musicians played a nice selections of songs, and the fireworks and dancing on the top deck was fun. I would definitely recommend this cruise for couples or families. More

Very disappointed. As compared to other dining and dancing cruises we have been on this one missed the mark. Although food was excellent, music was on first floor and very hard to hear on second deck. There was no room for dancing. We were invited... to go downstairs for music but no where to sit and very small dance floor. At a minimal cost of $85 per person we expected so much more. We have been on dinner cruises in NYC, Lake Tahoe and New Orleans. This one did not measure up. Sorry. More

Thank you for noting how wonderful your dining experience was! As you know, we're still implementing safety measures aboard the yacht to include forgoing cruise-style seating (sitting with other parties and guests.) Because of this, the dance floor immediately in front our live entertainment has... More

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Destin's Ultimate Private Dinner Cruise

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Dining & Dolphins

See dolphins & dine for $39.99 (available seasonally).

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Cruise Features:

  • 1.5 hour dolphin cruise on the Island Girl, our 45-foot power catamaran
  • Expert guides
  • Watch bottlenose dolphins in their natural habitat
  • Bottled water on the boat
  • Soda, water, or tea with your meal
  • Choice of one meal per ticket from The Edge Seafood (select menu) to enjoy after your cruise

*Alcohol packages available for an additional cost. Price is per person. Tickets cannot be shared. There is a minimum number of tickets required to run the trip.

Tour Boat Features:

  • Power catamaran with professional captain & crew
  • Enclosed marine restroom for your convenience
  • Seating area with shade or full-sun areas
  • Stereo system
  • Emergency life jackets

Menu Options:

  • Fried shrimp, mahi or oyster basket with fries
  • Fish or shrimp tacos with coconut rice
  • Shrimp or oyster po’boy with fries
  • Mahi sandwich
  • Edge burger with fries
  • Grilled Caesar salad (vegetarian option)

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Guests may cancel at least 48 hours prior to their arrival date and time to receive a full refund minus a 3% cancellation fee. Guests who cancel after the 48 hour period will not be eligible for a refund. If management determines that the weather is unsuitable for water activities, the Dolphin Cruise may be rescheduled for a later time/date. Guest may make changes to the reservation without any fees as long as it’s outside the 48 hour cancellation period. No-shows will not be refunded. Please plan to arrive 30-45 minutes early to park and check in, so that you do not miss the boat. The boat will depart on schedule.

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Destin's Original Sea Blaster Dolphin Tours


Reservations highly recommended – cruises fill up fast!

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Climb aboard Destin’s ORIGINAL Sea Blaster for a fun and exciting cruise with Capt. Larry. Our boats offer plenty of room to  search the Emerald Green waters in the Gulf or Bay around Destin for the most playful dolphins.

Our 73 foot United States Coast Guard approved custom built boats are the Gulf’s largest speedboats and are approved to carry more than 100 passengers. Our cruises are family-friendly and offer different adventures including snorkeling and dolphin cruise combination trips, afternoon beach dolphin cruises, and relaxing sunset dolphin cruises, and Destin Harbor firework cruises.

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The Sea Blaster Dolphin Cruise boat boards from Harborwalk Village at the foot of the Destin Bridge, behind the Emerald Grande and next to East Pass Seafood & Oyster House.

Since 1995, Capt. Larry has been entertaining families in the Destin area who love water sports.

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Few experiences in Fort Walton can top the experience of dining on decadent cuisine served at sea with a breathtaking view of our majestic sunsets. For visitors who crave this experience, Fort Walton Beach and the surrounding area are home to several different dinner cruise providers worth checking out. Read on below for additional information on booking a Fort Walton Beach dinner cruise !

Savor Your Food with a View On The Fort Walton Beach Cruise

From sailing schooners to enormous yachts, there are a variety of options for your dinner cruise adventure in Fort Walton Beach.

Pair a gorgeous sunset view with delectable pairings of wine and cheese aboard the gaff rig sailing schooner operated by Nathanial Bowditch Sailing. Under the guidance of Captain Rex and his mates, the Nathaniel Bowditch schooner sets sail from Destin and offers you and your guests the chance to enjoy bubbly champagne, tasty cheeses, and even the occasional dolphin sighting against the backdrop of a gorgeous sunset.

Enjoy fine dining, drinking, and dancing aboard the Solaris, a 125-foot yacht operated by SunQuest Cruises with three decks of indoor and outdoor areas. Gaze out at awe inspiring sunset views from the expansive, panoramic windows within the interior dining rooms or the open air sky deck. This Fort Walton Beach cruise is a popular choice for special occasions, even serving as a wedding venue on request.

Alternatively, if your idea of a dinner cruise is more laidback by definition (i.e. snacks and drinks available during a sunset cruise), there are a number of providers you can check out, including Buccaneer Pirate Cruises, Southern Star Dolphin Cruises, and Destin Excursions. The first two companies provide snacks and drinks onboard, while the third has ice and coolers for your food and drinks.

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SunQuest Cruises in particular offers 3-hour cruises along the waters of Sandestin, as well as special event cruises such as their New Year’s Eve fireworks, dinner, and dancing cruise. They also have a resort casual dress code and begin boarding 45 minutes prior to departure.

Most Fort Walton Beach dinner cruise providers will require you to arrive at least 30 minutes before the ship debarks. Cruises can take you along the waters of the gulf or within Choctawhatchee Bay.

10 Other Tours to Take While You’re in Town

While dinner cruises departing from Fort Walton Beach are sure to delight guests, this is a vacation destination with much to see and explore. Fortunately, when it comes to rounding out the sightseeing itinerary, there are a number of tours to choose from both in Fort Walton Beach and the surrounding areas. Here are 10 to add to the list when you’re hoping to see the best of it all!

Jet Ski Dolphin Tours

Witnessing dolphins jumping and playing in the waves from a sightseeing vessel is amazing, but those that prefer to combine their encounters with adrenaline-pumping fun will want to be sure to book a jet ski dolphin tour. Take time to zip through the waves while keeping your eyes open for these incredible creatures alongside a knowledgeable guide.


Be prepared to be amazed by the view when you book a parasailing adventure in Fort Walton Beach. Sail as a couple or a triple and make the most of a scenic sky-high vantage point above the water.

Destin Snorkel

If your interests lie more beneath the waves, booking a snorkel tour with the team at nearby Destin Snorkel is sure to inspire. Get up close with tropical fish and reefs while enjoying the water and sun.

Fishing Charters

Both Fort Walton Beach and nearby Destin are dotted with companies that offer amazing chartered fishing experiences while you’re in town. From beginner lessons to refresher courses for advanced anglers, there’s truly something for everyone looking to reel in the next big catch of the day.

Stand Up Paddleboard Tours

Combine the best of balance, scenery, and sport when you book a stand-up paddleboard tour in Fort Walton Beach. Once you get the hang of it, your guide will lead the way along the shoreline and point out some fun points of interest as you move along the waves.

Private Banana Boat Tour

Booking a private banana boat tour is a fun for the entire family experience in Fort Walton Beach and Destin alike. Bounce through the water in style on this banana-inspired vessel that’s as fun as it is thrilling.

Crab Island Sandbar Adventure

Guests to Fort Walton Beach that book a Crab Island Sandbar Adventure are in for a savory treat. Your captain will guide your pontoon to Crab Island where a collection of swim-up restaurants and bars await to be enjoyed.

Seas the Day Segway Tours

Walking is good but sightseeing by Segway is better. When you’re hoping to pick up the speed on your city tour of Fort Walton Beach, Seas the Day is the way to go. Follow your guide via Segway and learn about the history, culture, and flavors that make up this exciting vacation destination.

Fort Walton Beach Historical Walk

This self-guided tour focuses on Fort Walton Beach’s downtown area and can be self-paced as well. Admire a collection of schoolhouses, homes, gardens, businesses and even city hall which date back to construction in the early 20 th century.

A Little Taste of the Emerald Coast

Food enthusiasts won’t want to miss the chance to walk their way through flavor by signing up for a spot on the Little Taste of the Emerald Coast tour leaving from nearby Destin. Bring your appetite as your guide takes you to some of the most memorable and flavorful restaurant stops the area has to offer over the course of a single afternoon.

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If you're a fan of Mexican cuisine, a La Barca Cantina dinner cruise is the perfect choice for your next New York City adventure. (Courtesy of La Barca Cantina)

When you're strolling the streets of Manhattan, it can be difficult to grasp the magnitude of the city, with its skyscrapers and densely packed landmarks. The solution? A boat ride. A breezy sail in New York Harbor can feature everything from an elegant dinner to a live jazz band to tacos and tequila. Read on to discover the top-rated options for evening cruises as determined by travel expert opinion and recent reviews.

City Cruises New York Bateaux Premier Dinner Cruise

Price: From $144 Duration: 3 hours Standout perk: This all-glass boat delivers panoramic skyline views.

Climbing aboard the Bateaux feels like stepping into a greenhouse, with its glass-enclosed structure and water views in every direction. There are no bad seats on this boat, but as an upgrade you can reserve a window table for the best views of the Hudson River, the East River and the New York Harbor. This cruise is a match for anyone seeking elegance: The tables are covered in crisp white cloths, wine and cocktails are served in sparkling glasses, and a three-course a la carte dinner is served at a relaxed pace (no buffet here).

The Bateaux cruise is an experience to get dressed up for, where the dress code is semi-formal and dinner is accompanied by live music. The sunset can provide the perfect backdrop for pictures, and don't forget to snap a shot of the Statue of Liberty . Children younger than 6 are not permitted on this cruise, so expect a polished, for-adults atmosphere complete with creative cocktails and dancing under the stars.

Local tip: The Bateaux has rightfully earned a reputation for its fresh food; this three-course, plated menu includes several tempting a la carte options from a ravioli starter with crispy pancetta to osso bucco with cauliflower polenta.

View & Book Tickets: Viator | City Cruises

City Cruises New York Signature Dinner Cruise

Price: From $109 Duration: 2.5 hours Standout perk: A live DJ gives this dinner cruise an extra dose of atmosphere.

Looking for a casual night of dining and dancing with the addition of a skyline backdrop? This dinner cruise offers just that. Set sail from Chelsea Piers in a climate-controlled boat along the Hudson and East rivers, admiring Big Apple landmarks like the Empire State Building and World Trade Center. For dinner, indulge in a chef-prepared buffet with a wide range of options from Greek salad to oven-roasted salmon with miso to Caribbean jerk braised pork. If you're bringing a sweet tooth on board, be sure to check out the ample dessert station.

After snapping some pictures on the open-air deck, return to the cabin for cocktails from the cash bar, interactive games and upbeat music from the on-board DJ. Hit the dance floor to complete this NYC dinner cruise experience.

Local tip: Infants younger than 3 cruise free, so feel free to bring your little ones along to enjoy the experience with you.

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La Barca All-Inclusive Mexican Dinner Cruise

La Barca Cantina dinner cruise with lights on boat at night.

(Courtesy of La Barca Cantina)

Price: From $75 Duration: 2 hours Standout perk: You'll find an extensive tequila and mezcal list on board to accompany the Mexican fare.

One criticism of New York dinner cruises is that they don't offer good value for money, but this all-inclusive Mexican dinner cruise package offered through GetYourGuide and Viator challenges that critique with tacos, churros, cocktails and skyline views for an affordable price. Climb aboard a yacht at Pier 81 to experience a youthful, modern interpretation of a dinner cruise – think: low lighting, couches for lounging and three bars, complete with Latin pop, salsa and dance music playing in the background.

With the all-inclusive El Plato Perfecto package, this sightseeing cruise features a hearty dinner with three tacos (with options like skirt steak or dos mushrooms) and a margarita; for dessert, enjoy churros with chocolate dipping sauce. If you would prefer to sample other food and beverage options on board, you can book your cruise through La Barca Cantina's website for an a la carte experience. Raise a glass while the yacht sails south on the Hudson River to check out world-famous Manhattan skyline views.

Local tip: La Barca Cantina also offers a bottomless brunch cruise with a DJ.

View & Book Tickets: Viator | GetYourGuide

Classic Harbor Line NYC Evening Jazz Cruise

Live jazz trio performing for the Classic Harbor Line NYC Evening Jazz Cruise on the Manhattan II yacht in the summer.

(Courtesy of Classic Harbor Line)

Price: From $94 Duration: 1.5 hours Standout perk: A jazz trio typically featuring a sax, keyboard and drums plays live on board.

Listen to jazz standards aboard a 1920s-style yacht with this fun sightseeing cruise departing from Pier 62 in Chelsea Piers. Choose between kicking back in the climate-controlled cabin or on the open-air deck throughout this evening cruise, which includes views of Manhattan landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Live music is played outside on the deck or inside the salon, depending on the season (and the boat, Manhattan or Manhattan II).

While this cruise doesn't offer dinner, one complimentary alcoholic beverage is included, and a cash bar offers additional drinks and snacks. Listen to music by Duke Ellington, George Gershwin and more as you sail past the twinkling Manhattan skyline.

Local tip: Tickets at the slightly discounted rate of $94 are available for groups of 4 to 16; the rate is $108 for one to three guests.

View & Book Tickets: Viator | GetYourGuide | Classic Harbor Line

Circle Line New York City Harbor Lights Cruise

Circle Line's Harbor Lights cruise at night with New York City buildings in the background.

(Courtesy of Circle Line)

Price: From $43 Duration: 2 hours Standout perk: This no-fuss, excellent-value cruise option has drinks and snacks available for purchase on board.

When you're craving panoramic views rather than a three-course meal, choose the Circle Line's Harbor Lights cruise departing from Pier 83. This sightseeing sailing delivers an up-close experience of the Manhattan skyline lights coming to life, while cruising past landmarks including the Brooklyn Bridge, Chrysler Building, One World Trade Center and more. A live guide provides narration and historical context for what you're seeing. As the sun sets behind New Jersey, watch the glow of the sinking sun reflect in the windows of skyscrapers.

Food from the onboard cafe – like salads, sandwiches and snacks – as well as beer, wine and cocktails at the bar are available for purchase. This is an ideal situation for groups with varying levels of hunger and thirst. Sit alfresco in the breeze or indoors in the climate-controlled cabin – it's up to you.

Local tip: Non-English-speaking guests can download the Circle Line app for narration available in several languages; just be sure to bring your own headset.

View & Book Tickets: Viator | GetYourGuide | Circle Line

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