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5 Unique NYC Party Boat Experiences

by Paul Joseph  |  Published May 1, 2024

Set against one of the world’s most iconic skylines, the waters surrounding New York City make for a magical boat party.


If the myriad of opportunities for partying on land in New York isn’t enough to satisfy, then revellers also have the opportunity to let their hair down on the water. The Hudson River that surrounds New York Harbour plays host to a large number of party boats that invite guests to soak up the views of the city’s famous landmarks from a unique vantage point, all while enjoying lashings of food, drink and live music. We’ve picked out 5 of the best NYC party boat experiences currently on offer.

A Tribute to ABBA – Disco on the Hudson Yacht Cruise Party

Dust off your platform shoes, put on your glittery outfit, and dance the night away to the iconic hits of ABBA –  the iconic Swedish pop supergroup that took the world by storm in the 1970s – during this 4-hour yacht party. As you sail down the Hudson River to the Statue of Liberty, you’ll get to pay tribute to the cherished pop band by singing your heart out to “Dancing Queen”, “Mamma Mia” and all your other favourite ABBA hits into the small hours. An onboard bar serving alcoholic and soft drinks will help lubricate proceedings. The cruise runs from 10pm-2am. From $35 per person.

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Alive After Five Cocktail Cruise

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This 2-hour sunset cruise invites you to kick back and unwind in the company of friends or colleagues aboard a classic yacht. With cocktails available to purchase by the dozen and pulsating live music courtesy of an onboard DJ, you’ll have plenty of excuses to let your hair down as your charming vessel traverses the Hudson River, with such spectacular landmarks as the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the Brooklyn Bridge for scenery. The cruise starts and ends at Pier 15 in Downtown Manhattan. From $58 per person.

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Bailar Reggaeton: NYC Boat Party

Every Friday and Saturday night throughout New York’s summer months, a luxurious boat sets sail on the Hudson River with the distinctive beats of reggaetón emanating from the deck. This is Bailar Reggaeton NYC Boat Party, featuring its very own on-board fiesta brought to you by special DJ guests. Spanning three levels, including an open-air dance floor, the party offers a night to remember for all who experience it. Upgraded tickets include a glass of champagne and a buffet-style dinner. From $34.95 per person.

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Live Jazz Sail

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Take in the mesmerising views from New York Harbor while listening to live jazz by acclaimed group “The Boat Band” during this 2-hour sailing trip aboard a traditional schooner. Relax against the familiar but never dull backdrop of the city while sipping champagne, wine, beer, or a soft drink and soak up your surroundings as the sun begins to set.  A complimentary alcoholic drink of your choice is included in the tour price, and additional drinks are available for purchase onboard. From $109 per person.

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New York Harbor Live Holiday Jazz Cruise

An alternative jazz cruise is this slightly shorter version designed for the entertainment of couples, families, and friends alike. Providing the perfect antidote to the hustle and bustle of Manhattan, guests are invited to indulge in snacks and refreshments from the onboard bar as the dulcet tones of a live jazz band create a relaxing atmosphere. One alcoholic drink is included in the tour price, with more available for purchase. Cruises start and end at Chelsea Piers, at Pier 62. From $120 per person.

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