Scan this QR Code to follow PureWow on Snapchat!
Hornblower Cruises
Just your typical Thursday night.

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

From Around The Web