Regardless of how long you’ve lived here, there are certain things about NYC that never get old--like the view of Lower Manhattan from a boat. The only problem is that even the slightest mention of the word “cruise” makes our toes curl.
However, after an evening aboard a new Hornblower yacht, we’re here to tell you it’s freaking lovely.
Fellow skeptics take note: The ships are newly renovated (i.e., clean), refreshingly modern (not a wood panel in sight) and incredibly comfortable (someone is constantly refilling your wine glass while you gaze at the Brooklyn Bridge).
There’s a range of trips to choose from (including a Sunday jazz brunch and a small-plates evening cruise), but we highly recommend the full-blown dinner, which ships off on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. A regular reservation runs $85 and gets you a welcome drink, hors d’oeuvres and a three-course seated dinner (which totally redeems any previous cruise-buffet memories you might have). Upgrade to the premium reservation ($105) and the aforementioned stream of wine is yours (tax and tip included in both).
Any out-of-town visitors will deem you greatest hostess of all time, but really, a casual trip around the island on a random Thursday is pretty great, too.
Hornblower cruises leave from Pier 40 at W. Houston St.; 212-206-7522 or hornblowernewyork.com