Do yoga, see art and drink craft brews all on a boat this summer. We found five cruises where you can do more than mug with Lady Liberty.
Going on an actual three-hour tour means there had better be something more than Gilligan’s antics to keep you entertained. Ventura’s 1919 sailing yacht is smaller than most ships and usually a pricy rental, but there are two less spendy ways to get out on the water with them: Friday night BYO booze and snacks cruises ($55) starting this week, and Alphabet City Beer Co.’s summer weekend craft brew sails ($79).
If, like us, paddleboard yoga would mean more time treading water rather than posing, Yoga on the Water is back with three Saturday lunch cruises ($51.90) beginning this week. Rae Broderick of Strala, Tara Stiles’ yoga studio, leads the newbie-friendly sessions on the boat’s outdoor deck, with activewear brand Athleta providing mats and gift bags for all, followed by a light meal.
Go ahead, give in to the urge to say, “Yarr, mateys!” as you board the old-school schooner Clipper City. Besides satisfying your basic pirate urges, Manhattan By Sail is always hosting themed cruises. This Friday, come dressed in your nautical best for a Shark Week fest, while other upcoming voyages include the elegant Moonlight & Music on the Hudson affair and burlesque cruises with Dances of Vice.
In the Hudson River about 50 miles north of the city is an island with a crumbling castle that looks straight out of “Game of Thrones.” Artist Melissa McGill created some real-life magic with her “Constellation” project, a sculpture of light sketching out what the castle used to look like. Every Friday and Saturday through October, take a two-hour trip ($45) to the island, including a tour of Bannermen’s Castle.
You’ll have to leave your flippy-floppies at home to come aboard this World War II-era vessel, but a little dressing up is worth it to experience the outstanding New England menu — yes, a floating restaurant that serves more than microwaved crab cakes. Dinner cruises take place Thursday through Sunday ( $50-$75). T hough the scenery from Greenpoint to the Statute of Liberty is a bit industrial, every seat has an ocean view.
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