Riding aboard the Zephyr Yacht is a great way to enjoy the New York Harbor, as well as to learn about New York City and get a sense of the City’s geography and layout. The one-hour tour travels southwest from South Street Seaport to the World Financial Center and back, passing underneath the Brooklyn Bridge before returning to the Pier.
A live tour guide narrated throughout much of the tour through the ship’s PA system, pointing out various attractions and landmarks, sharing New York City’s rich history and even offering to give visitors tips and answer questions once the tour was complete.
When seated inside, the narration was perfectly clear, and when outside it was sometimes harder to understand, depending upon where we were seated.
I was consistantly impressed with the condition and comfort of the Zephyr — from the seating to the bathrooms, the ship is well maintained and pleasant to ride in. The staff were consistantly pleasant and helpful, and the bathrooms were the cleanest I’ve seen on a sightseeing boat. The size of the Zephyr limited the amount movement that we felt as passengers, despite it being a windy, choppy day. The Zephyr Yacht Harbor Cruise is a great one among the many one hour cruises around Manhattan.