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New Cruise Offers a Harbor Tour With Artisanal Brooklyn Snacks

By Nicole Levy | March 15, 2016 6:24pm
 A view of Williamsburg from onboard a Circle Line boat.
A view of Williamsburg from onboard a Circle Line boat.
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Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises is launching a Brooklyn-focused tour that offers "close views and insider info on NYC’s hippest borough" this spring, Brownstoner reported.

Starting May 2, boats will depart from Pier 83 in Hell's Kitchen, pass the Statue of Liberty and cut across the New York Harbor to the Brooklyn waterfront at Bay Ridge. 

From the "neighborhood made famous by disco dancing and John Travolta in 'Saturday Night Fever,'" as Circle Line's website describes Bay Ridge, boats will head up the shoreline to Greenpoint.

Guides narrating the tour will cover "BK’s unique history and culture — everything from early Dutch settlers to today’s tastemakers … from movie-worthy Mafiosos to hip-hop moguls … from Brooklyn's best pies (that’s pizza) to one of the world’s most famous bridges and everything in between."

They'll talk about the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the Gowanus Canal and Biggie Smalls.

And, because no Brooklyn experience would be complete without artisanal foods made by Brooklynites, cruises will stock goodies from Brooklyn Cupcake, Brooklyn Brewery, Junior’s, Blue Marble Ice Cream, Brooklyn Cured and the Brooklyn Roasting Company for purchase on board.

Tickets cost $38 for adults, $36 for seniors and $30 for children. 

Will the tours appeal to anyone besides tourists?

Circle Line suggests that "even the born and bred Brooklyner will learn something new about their home borough on this cruise."

But the born and bred Brooklyner already knows she can take a $4 ride on the East River Ferry for similar views (and make a bar crawl of it, too).