Enjoy watching night fall on the city in springtime as the sun sets behind the Statue of Liberty from an unbeatable vantage point in the harbor.

This NYC sunset cruise is the perfect way to kick-start your evening or put a long day behind you.

Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are available for purchase onboard so you can sip something refreshing as you take in the views of the city's iconic skyline.

Reserve your spot on this New York City sunset sail today!

For a Sunset Sail the rest of the season (June through October), please order:  Clipper City Sunset Sail in New York City

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Tour / Activity Details

1 hour and 45 minutes
7:30 pm - Daily from Late April to Mid May, then Monday through Thursday (Mid to Late May
Please arrive 30 minutes before your departure time for check-in and boarding. The boat cannot wait for latecomers.

48 Hours Minimum Advance Booking Required.  Hotel pick-up not included; the departure location will be specified on your E-Ticket.  Please arrive 30 minutes before your sail for check-in and boarding.  The boat will not wait for latecomers.  Please order online or call us at 212-852-4822 to order or for more information.

There is a $6.95 USD processing fee per order. This is a flat fee regardless of the number of tickets or tours purchased on an order. There is a service charge per ticket. This charge will be reflected on your summary before you checkout. The total shown at checkout includes any fuel surcharges, service charges and tax. There are no additional charges, unless otherwise specified.

Tour / Activity Policies

Cancellation Policy: There are no refunds. All sales are final.

Change Fee Policy: If changes are allowed on a tour or activity, a $20.00 per reservation change fee will be applied for any change to a reservation. Please note that some tours and activities do not allow any changes. Date changes can only be made only if we can confirm availability on the new date. While we cannot guarantee any changes can be made, all change requests must be submitted a minimum of 24 hours prior to the tour departure and must be handled on an individual basis through our Reservations Center.

Tour / Activity Description

COVID-19 Protocols Updates

These are completely open-air experiences.  While this environment makes the transmission of Covid-19 unlikely, the Captain and crew closely monitor New York state guidelines for any updates on best practices.


The Boat

Hand built in 1929 from native hardwoods, the 82-foot schooner Shearwater is a throwback to a bygone era of yachting. Having sailed around the world twice and called over half a dozen major ports home in her time on the water, Shearwater has been taking New Yorkers and the city’s visitors sailing in the harbor since 2001. She was named a national historic landmark in 2009 and her gorgeous original teak deck and mahogany interior are a testament to the beautiful handiwork not seen on more modern sailing ships.


What to Wear

Dress comfortably and prepare appropriately. These cruises operate rain or shine - and keep in mind that it is usually cooler out on the water than onshore, especially in the evening. Please make sure to wear soft-soled shoes aboard the Shearwater as heels and boots can scuff the deck. Bare feet are also fine.


Food & Drinks

  • A limited selection of food is available for purchase onboard.
  • If you wish to bring your own picnic basket, that's fine! Please stay away from red sauces, potato chips or anything else that could stain the deck. Please throw away any trash at the end of your sail.
  • There is a cash bar on board (a selection of beer, wine, simple mixed drinks and a delightful new line of NYC-produced canned cocktails. Also available is an array of non-alcoholic choices such as water, soda, and juice).
  • Due to the Shearwater's liquor license, customers cannot bring their own beverages onboard.
  • No hot beverages are served aboard the Shearwater.


Other Frequently Asked Questions

Is sailing safe? -- If you've never been on a sailboat before, don't worry. These are not small boats and they are very stable. Once you get aboard, you will see how comfortable you'll feel. While waterborne activities are inherently high-risk, passenger safety is the crew's primary concern. Sailboats you see "heeling over" out on the water are supposed to do that; it's part of the physics of how they work. As soon as you climb aboard, your crew will tell you everything you need to know about the particulars of the Shearwater.

Are life jackets required? -- Nope, except for Shearwater passengers who are 12 years & under. No one else is required to wear a life jacket...but you're welcome to one if you'd like.

Is the boat handicapped-accessible? -- Yes! While the Shearwater presents some challenges, the crew is there to help. If you have any concerns, please reach out regarding special accommodations or for larger electric scooters and wheelchairs. If you have the will to join the cruise, the crew will figure out the best way to get you aboard.

Will I get seasick? -- New York Harbor is one of the most protected waterways in the world, so generally speaking, seasickness isn't much of a concern. Some people are more susceptible to it than others, however. If you think you might be one of them, the crew recommends taking Dramamine (or any similar over-the-counter motion sickness drug-containing dimenhydrinate). Keep in mind that Dramamine takes about two hours to take full effect, so plan ahead. Ginger capsules have also been found to be helpful. If you do get seasick, the crew will do everything they can to ensure you're as comfortable as possible.

Are there restrooms onboard the boat? -- Yes, there are restrooms available on the Shearwater. You might hear them referred to as "the head," which is what they're called on a boat. There are also restrooms quite near the boarding location. Just ask the crew where you can find them.

Do you actually put up the sails when we go out on the water? -- Of course! The crew couldn’t call themselves sailors if they didn't! Depending on the wind, the captain and crew will utilize the sails for the majority of the boat's power. If the wind is not so strong, they will turn on the motor to get around for portions of the trip.

Can I help to raise the sails? -- Yes! The crew encourages passengers to help raise the sails.

Does the bar accept credit cards? -- Yes. All major U.S. credit cards may be used for payment aboard the Shearwater.

How close does the boat get to the Statue of Liberty and can we get off to walk on the island? -- The boat gets as close to the Statue of Liberty as allowed by the U.S. Coast Guard; however, you cannot disembark at the island.

Does the boat make a complete 360 around the Statue? -- Due to low water depths, the Shearwater does not sail behind the Statue of Liberty; however, it will spend a decent amount of time in front of the Statue, providing a nice photo opportunity.

Can we bring strollers or bikes aboard? -- You can bring strollers aboard the boat but bikes are not allowed.

Should I tip the crew? -- The crew - from servers to deckhands - work for tips. If you enjoyed your sail, please tip accordingly!


48 Hours Minimum Advance Booking Required.  Hotel pick-up not included; the departure location will be specified on your E-Ticket.  Please arrive 30 minutes before your sail for check-in and boarding.  The boat will not wait for latecomers.  Please order online or call us at 212-852-4822 to order or for more information.

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