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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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Reviewed 16 June 2018 via mobile

Having read all the reviews I was terrified tbh! But either we were really lucky or Statue Cruises have altered their way of working as we literally sailed through the reserve queue and were in and out of security and on ferry in less than ten minutes.
We booked online and reserved a pedestal spot about 6 weeks before our trip and I would say it's the only way to do it as the other queue was HORRIFIC.
Save yourself the horror and book online. Crown tickets are booked up months in advance so unless you're really organised you won't grab one but the view from the pedestal is grest plus you get access to the raised area at the foot of the statue to get stunning pics but without all the crowds.
Staff were busy but not unprofessional in my opinion. Yes there are big crowds that like on and off the ferries and you are likely to be standing but the trip is fairly short so shouldn't really trouble you that much.
Plan ahead. Don't take a big bag. We just had a purse and camera. You will go through airport style security so be prepared to take off belts etc just as you would at airport.
The statue herself is amazing up close. Well worth the visit and the slight queues. But do book on advance and skip the horrid queues.

Thank collymarps
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