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Review of Statue Cruises

Statue Cruises
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Owner description: No visit to the New York City area is complete without a trip to one of the world’s most famous historical landmarks – The Statue of Liberty Historical Monument and Ellis Island Immigration Museum. Statue Cruises offers departures throughout the day from both New York and New Jersey for the convenience of out-of-town visitors and local residents alike.
Reviewed 28 June 2018

My number one tip for this experience is to do everything LONG before you think you need to. We booked our June trip back in December 2017 and I had been doing research because going to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island was at the top of our list of places to visit. I booked our crown tickets back in January 2018. When we were on Liberty Island we had been told that crown tickets were sold out until November 2018. There were several groups of people who tried to get up to both the pedestal and the crown without tickets. Book early and cross your fingers for good weather! I would also recommend buying tickets for early in the day. We bought tickets for 9am which was a perfect time. The lines were short for will call and for security and it wasn't that hot out yet. We arrived at 8:30am and were in and out of will call and security in 10 minutes. The staff aren't the friendliest people I've ever met but do they really need to be? They just want to keep everything moving and I'm sure they deal with plenty of ridiculous people each day. We got on the boat and left at 9am on the dot, which is another good thing about going early. The boats held far more people than I thought they would have, so even if you see a long line, the boats come frequently and can hold a ton of people. The boat first goes to Liberty Island, then to Ellis Island, and then back to Manhattan. The boat rides are quite short and offer amazing views. I would also recommend going early because Liberty and Ellis Island have a lot to see, and the earlier you go, the more time you will have and the less crowding there will be.

1  Thank Taylor P
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Reviewed 27 June 2018 via mobile

Kevin did an outstanding job. Me and my family came late but he was very patient. Had a great time. Thank you

Thank Ralph L
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Reviewed 26 June 2018

This cruise is a good value. There are long line-ups so it is wise to buy tickets in advance. However, boats sail one after another and each boat holds a very large number of people (perhaps as many as 500). The cruise stops first at the Statue of Liberty, then at Ellis Island, then it returns to Battery Park. Every passenger goes through a security check before boarding. On a nice day, it is worthwhile to go to the top deck. There are lots of seats on all decks. The loading and unloading of passengers is efficient.

Thank Lorne29
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Reviewed 18 June 2018 via mobile

The Statue of Liberty is really impressive and the view from the pedestal amazing.

Our ferry was pre-booked online several months in advance for 3pm on a hot June day. We were in the queue with everyone else and no shade from the beating sun. Airport style security is in place, so be prepared to remove shoes, belts, watches etc. Once through security we queued in the sun again to get on the boat.

The right hand side of the boat is the place to be for best views. Heading over in the morning would ensure sunlight on the front of the statue.

There is more security to head up to the pedestal. My friend had a small backpack purse which she had to leave in one of the provided lockers (small fee I think). The elevator queue was long and slow moving so we ended up climbing the 195 stairs.

Best photo opportunity is from the lower platform after coming down from the pedestal, but still inside the ticket only zone. Small but interesting museum.

The crown/pedestal closed promptly at the advertised time and I saw quite a few people turned away despite having paid for tickets.

It was getting late, so chose not to go to Ellis Island.

A fantastic place to visit.

1  Thank Jo S
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Reviewed 17 June 2018

This cruise takes you to the Statue of Liberty first and then to the Ellis Island. The cruise cost covers the grounds near Statue of Liberty. If you want to climb to the crown of the statue, you need to take a separate ticket. To avoid disappointment, please book this separate ticket online at least 3 days in advance. You do not get tickets to the crown on the spot. On the cruise itself, you'd prefer to sit on the upper deck as there's a nice cool breeze there. You get good coffee and pretzels on board as well (paid of course!).
The hospital portion on Ellis Island was closed for visitors. There's a good museum on Ellis Island with a lot of information for those interested in history.
Overall, worth a one-time visit.

1  Thank saurabhvd
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