By Damian O’Keefe
For many in the West Village, being so close to the water and having the beautiful Hudson River Park is one of the great things about living in the area. But how often do any of us actually get out on the water?
If you’ve ever taken a walk—or a jog—along Hudson River Park, you might have noticed Hornblower Cruises and their impressive yachts docked at Pier 40. They’ve got vessels for all occasions; from the smaller, intimate Esprit, to the beautiful glass Hornblower Hybrid, and the large and majestic Hornblower Infinity.
You might have even wondered what the cruises are like. But there’s no reason for you to daydream about a cruise on the harbor any more. After all, Hornblower is in the West Village, giving you the perfect excuse to jump aboard one of their sophisticated dining cruises.
For those looking for a new brunch spot, Hornblower’s Jazzy Champagne Brunch Cruise could become your new favorite spot in the West Village. Apart from beating the crowds and the queues, it offers an amazing daytime view of the New York skyline, all the iconic sights, and of course a brunch buffet. It’s all topped off with a live, on board jazz trio… or is it topped off with the mouthwatering chocolate fountain? It’s hard to decide.
As one happy cruiser put it, “The music was great, we danced and made new dance partners and even new friends! We loved the scenery, which made for great photograph opportunities. I just booked my second Hornblower cruise! Can’t wait to experience it again!”
If it’s dinner you’re looking for, there’s the New York City Lights Dinner Cruise. From the moment you step aboard, you’ll ask yourself why you haven’t done a dinner cruise sooner.
The Hornblower dinner cruise is first-class service all the way. Right when you board, you will be able to indulge in delicious hors d’oeuvres and enjoy a drink before it all starts. The cruise offers a three-course à la-carte meal that’s served throughout the journey through the New York harbor.
While guests dine, the yacht sails down the Hudson, gets up close to the Statue of Liberty, and gives people plenty of time to take some fabulous photos or selfies with lovely Lady Liberty. The cruise then sails down the southern tip of Manhattan and over to the Brooklyn Bridge. The cruise route provides an ever-present, always changing view of that awe-inspiring skyline we all love so much.
On the way back it’s time for some after-dinner dancing, with an onboard DJ playing the latest to the greatest. There’s something for everyone to enjoy and get out on the dancefloor.
Kay said of the New York City Lights Dinner Cruise, “From beginning to end, this dinner cruise is exceptional! We had a great experience aboard the Hornblower. The staff was friendly and very accommodating. The food was fresh, crisp greens are always a big plus, and cooked to perfection.”
Hornblower also offers cruises for all special occasions and holidays. So if you’re looking for somewhere different for dad for Father’s Day, they have a Father’s Day Beer Brunch Cruise with unlimited beers for dad. Or if you’re looking to live it up on the 4th of July, they’ll be running three amazing cruises for the best views of the incredible fireworks on the harbor, including a decadent six-course dinner aboard the beautifully appointed Hornblower Esprit.
There’s always something exciting to do in the Village.

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