Circle Line Launches Brooklyn Tour and Announces Summer Arrival of Two New Ships

World Famous New York Attraction is First Sightseeing Cruise
Company to Offer ‘Hello Brooklyn’ Cruise and Feature Locally Made
Brooklyn Eats On-Board

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Circle
Line Sightseeing Cruises
, the world famous New York City sightseeing
company that has hosted more than 60 million passengers since 1945,
announces the launch of “Hello Brooklyn,” New York City’s first cruise
specifically celebrating the storied borough. Launching May 2, 2016, the
tour will be a great addition to Circle Line’s cruise offerings for
guests who want to explore this popular borough’s rich history, pop
culture, local lore and even sample a curated selection of Brooklyn-made
food and drinks. The timing of this new cruise coincides with the
upcoming arrival of two brand-new, three-level sightseeing boats that
will be added to the iconic Circle Line fleet for the 2016 summer season.


The two-hour tour will begin by setting the scene with a brief history
of the popular borough and how it relates to the sights of Manhattan and
New Jersey as the cruise heads south toward Brooklyn. The ship will pass
the Statue of Liberty, cut east across the Upper Bay over to the
waterfront of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, and hug the Brooklyn shoreline. From
there it will head north past Sunset Park, Industry City, Gowanus, and
Red Hook, through the Buttermilk Channel on the east side of Governors
Island and past Brooklyn Bridge Park, DUMBO, the Brooklyn Navy Yard,
Williamsburg, and Greenpoint, sailing under the Brooklyn, Manhattan and
Williamsburg Bridges. The cruise will turn around just under the
Williamsburg Bridge near Greenpoint and head back to Pier 83 along the
Manhattan side providing sweeping 360-degree views of the Manhattan
skyline.

Narrated by Circle Line’s legendary tour guides, the content of the
Hello Brooklyn cruise will cover Brooklyn’s unique culture, from history
to hip hop. The tour has been carefully crafted to focus on the five
pillars of history, people, pop culture, local lore and Brooklyn
wonders. For example, the guides may be heard telling the story of how
the Brooklyn Navy Yard, once a hub of military activity and naval ship
building for World War II, went from bending steel for battleships to
making blockbuster movies for the silver screen as the home of Steiner
Studios, the largest film and television studio outside of Hollywood.
Guests can expect to hear stories like those of the Brooklyn Navy Yard,
the lurid past of the Gowanus Canal and more points of interest and
intrigue, from notorious Mafioso who owned the waterfront to Brooklyn
native The Notorious B.I.G. and even where to get the best pie in the
borough.

In addition to views of the Verrazano Bridge and waterfront sights
rarely seen by the average visitor (or New Yorker), the cruise will also
provide guests with a true taste of Brooklyn, offering specially
curated, locally produced food and beverage options on board. Selections
include Brooklyn Brewery’s signature Brooklyn Lager and other seasonal
beers, a special Coney Island Brewery + New York Pretzel “Pretzel and
Pilsner” combo, iconic Junior’s Cheesecake “Little Fellas,” a
grab-and-go selection of Blue Marble Ice Cream flavors, a rotating
roster of treats from the award-winning Brooklyn Cupcake, hot dogs and
sausages from Brooklyn Cured, specialty cocktails featuring Brooklyn
Gin, hot and iced coffee from Brooklyn Roasting Company and pickles from
McClure’s Specialty Foods.

Hello Brooklyn will depart daily at 2:30 p.m. from Hudson River Park’s
Pier 83 in Manhattan. Tickets for the two-hour cruise will be available
for departures after May 2 through the Circle
Line website
and Box Office. Tickets for adults, children and
seniors are $38, $30, $36, respectively, with a Circle Line Premier
upgrade option for an additional $15 per person. Additional rates for
groups are available upon request and Circle Line will also honor guests
with a New York CityPASS, New York Pass or Explorer Pass for the cruise.

“Legendary for its amazing stories, diverse culture, and gastronomic
experiences, Brooklyn continues to garner a great deal of interest from
New York visitors and locals alike,” said Danny Boockvar, Chief
Executive Officer of New York Cruise Lines, Inc. “As New York’s oldest
and largest sightseeing company committed to telling unique stories and
offering unparalleled vantage points of the city, we’re thrilled to be
launching the Hello Brooklyn cruise complete with stunning views,
cultural enlightenment and a taste of local food favorites, which will
leave guests fully immersed in the city’s largest borough.”

A fixture in New York City for more than 70 years, Circle Line will also
introduce two new boats this summer: the Circle Line Bronx and Circle
Line Staten Island
. The first two of three new boats, the Bronx and
Staten Island will be the first boats to be added to the
legendary fleet in five years and will carry the majority of the Hello
Brooklyn cruises. Although the vessels include the same classic shapes
and lines as the iconic fleet, and can accommodate 600 passengers each,
these next generation sightseers will have three-levels and the latest
technology, providing guests with the ultimate onboard sightseeing
experience. They will boast improved content delivery, upgraded
concessions, increased comfort and additional classes of service. Among
the improvements are bigger windows, additional outdoor deck space, an
upgraded sound system, free WiFi, enhanced indoor climate control, and
café-style dining. Putting a touch of VIP into the NYC experience, the
new vessels will have a top deck fully dedicated to Premier seating with
exclusive access, newly designed chairs, an outdoor cocktail area, a
private bar and private bathroom. With a dedicated outdoor stage area on
the second level, the new boats will provide optimal sightlines for
concerts, entertainment and private events outside in addition to the
daily sightseeing cruises.

“It’s an exciting year for Circle Line, with the launch of first ever
Brooklyn-specific sightseeing cruise, Hello Brooklyn, and addition of
two new ships to the fleet,” said Gus Markou, President and Chief
Operating Officer of New York Cruise Lines, Inc. “The new vessels have
been constructed and enhanced based on guest feedback and are a true
testament to the company’s commitment to providing passengers with the
paramount sightseeing and entertainment experiences.”

ABOUT NEW YORK CRUISE LINES

New York Cruise Lines is the parent company of the iconic Circle Line
Sightseeing Cruises
, and other industry leading travel, hospitality
and restaurant businesses. Circle Line, a fixture in global tourism, has
hosted more than 60 million passengers since 1945 and is recognized as
“America’s Favorite Boat Ride”, world- famous for sightseeing and
special events including concerts and entertainment. New York Cruise
Lines also owns and operates unique floating restaurants at Pier 81’s North
River Landing
, including North River Lobster Company, an
award winning casual floating lobster shack, as well as the brand new Fish
Bar at North River Landing
, a waterfront seafood lounge and
restaurant with an expansive outdoor top deck and lively bar scene. New
York Cruise Lines also operates World Yacht, a luxury special
events and private charter business, as well as The BEAST Speedboat
summer time thrill ride. The company is located in Hudson River Park on
42nd Street and the Hudson River, convenient to Times Square,
the High Line and Hudson Yards.

  • Circle Line: Winner of Concierge Choice Award (CCA) for “Best
    Sightseeing Tours” in NYC (2015)
  • North River Lobster Company: Winner of North American Journeys’
    “Coolest New Product of 2015”

Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises (www.circleline42.com)
The
BEAST Speedboat
(www.ridethebeast.com)
North
River Lobster Company
(www.northriverlobsterco.com)
Fish
Bar at North River Landing
(www.northriverfishbar.com)
North
River Landing
(www.northriverlanding.nyc)
World
Yacht Special Event Cruises
(www.worldyacht.com)

Contacts

EVINS Communications
Emily Borgeest, 212-688-8200
Emily.Borgeest@evins.com
or
New
York Cruise Lines
Lindsey Guinn, 212-630-8181
lguinn@nycl.com