FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

What is your smoking policy?

Is the ship handicap accessible?

How early should I arrive for my cruise?

What happens if I miss the boat?

Will I get seasick?

Do you still sail in the rain?

What should I wear?

Is parking available?

How large is the yacht?

How do I get to the pier?

Will I be able to find a taxi after the cruise?

Tickets & Reservations

Do I need a reservation?

How far in advance should I make reservations?

Which credit cards are accepted?

Can I pay for my tickets in cash?

Can I reserve a window seat?

Are the prices listed inclusive of tax and gratuity?

Can I reserve a cruise for someone else?

Can I reschedule my cruise?

What is the cancellation policy?

Do you offer a child rate?

On-board Experience

Can I bring children on the cruise?

Is there a photographer on-board?

Where will I be seated on the ship?

Do we pass the Statue?

What is the cruise route?

How long is the trip?

Can I bring a camera onboard?

Food & Beverage

Where can I find the dinner menus?

Where can I find the brunch menu?

Do you offer a children’s menu?

Can I purchase drinks on-board?

Are vegetarian meals offered?

Can you accommodate special diets?

Do you offer beverage packages?

Do I have to pre-select a menu?

Can we bring our own wine?

Group Reservations

Can I bring a large group on your cruises?

Can I rent the boat for a private party?

What is your smoking policy?

Smoking is not allowed in the dining room areas of our ships. However, smoking is permitted on the outer decks.

Is the ship handicap accessible?

The vessels are not handicap accessible but wheelchair accessible. We have wheelchairs on the property and our operations crew will gladly assist anyone on and off the ships. Please contact World Yacht reservations to request special assistance and ensure availability and appropriate assistance upon arrival.

How early should I arrive for my cruise?

Boarding begins 60 minutes prior to the cruise. Note that the ship leaves exactly on the given sailing time and will not wait, so please arrive on time.

What happens if I miss the boat?

The ship sails promptly at the listed sailing time. There are no refunds or credits offered for guests who miss the ship.

Will I get seasick?

It's unlikely that you will get seasick. The ships operate in New York Harbor on the Hudson River and the East River, all very calm bodies of water. Our ships are also large and very stable, so in most cases, you can hardly tell that they're moving.

Do you still sail in the rain?

We sail in rain or shine. The dining decks are completely enclosed and are climate controlled for maximum comfort. It is common to sail in and out of rain showers during the cruise.

What should I wear?

Dress shirts required for men. Jackets optional. Elegant or business attire for women. Upscale NYC casual for lunch or brunch. Jeans, sneakers, shorts, t-shirts, flip-flops and tank tops not permitted on-board at any time. World Yacht reserves the right to deny boarding to any guest not adhering to the dress code.

Is parking available?

Parking is available on the pier.

Rates
Mon - Fri before 3pm: $30.00
Mon - Fri after 3pm: $35.00
Sat and Sun: $35.00

*Note that prices are subject to change

How large is the yacht?

We have 4 yachts in our fleet. The Duchess is our main yacht used for the public dinner cruise. The Duchess is 160 feet long and seats up to 350 guests for dinner. There are 2 interior, climate-controlled dining decks and 1 full exterior observation deck. The dance floor is located on the main deck. Click here to learn more about the ships.

How do I get to the pier?

Please click here for directions.

Will I be able to find a taxi after the cruise?

Your best option is to contact your hotel concierge who will be able to assist you with your transportation needs. There is a taxi stand next door at New York Waterways that operates 24 hours.

Do I need a reservation?

Reservations are highly recommended. Guests are sometimes able to walk up and purchase tickets on the day of a cruise if space is available.

How far in advance should I make reservations?

If you're planning for a large group, call us as soon as possible. If you call a few months in advance, it will make it easier to accommodate all your preferences. Smaller parties normally book within 30 days of their planned cruise. Reservations can be made right up to the day of the cruise, provided there is space available.

Which credit cards are accepted?

We accept American Express®, MasterCard®, Visa®, Discover®, Diners Club® and JCB.

Can I pay for my tickets in cash?

You can only pay cash in person. We cannot hold/book reservations via the web/phone without a valid credit card.

Can I reserve a window seat?

Yes. If available, we can guarantee a window seat for an additional fee. You can select this option when you reserve your tickets online. If purchasing your tickets over the phone, ask the ticket agent about window seats. Window seats are subject to availability.

Are the prices listed inclusive of tax and gratuity?

The prices listed do not include sales tax or gratuity unless noted. For parties of eight or more, a 15% gratuity is added.

Can I reserve a cruise for someone else?

You can reserve a cruise for someone else by contacting our ticket agents at 212-630-8100. You will be required to fill out a credit card authorization form authorizing usage of your card at the time of booking.

Can I reschedule my cruise?

Reservations may be rescheduled up until 48 hours prior to the sailing date and are subject to rescheduling fees.

What is the cancellation policy?

All sales are final. There are no refunds or credits offered once a reservation has been made. Reservations may be rescheduled up until 48 hours prior to the sailing date and are subject to rescheduling fees.

Do you offer a child rate?

We offer lower rates for children 12 and under on our brunch & lunch cruises.

Can I bring children on the cruise?

Yes, children are welcome onboard. However, children age 2 and over will require a paid cruise ticket.

Is there a photographer on-board?

Yes, there is a onboard photographer who will take your picture without any obligation to purchase. If you choose to purchase the photo, it's presented in a souvenir frame and makes for a stunning way to capture your cruise.

Where will I be seated on the ship?

All gold and platinum guests are seated at private tables. The size of your group will determine the number of tables assigned.

Do we pass the Statue?

Yes. World Yacht departs from Pier 81 at West 41st street and the Hudson River. During the cruise, you'll witness dramatic views as you pass towering Manhattan skyscrapers en route to the majestic Statue of Liberty. Please note that the route may change for special events, e.g., July 4th. Please check the specific event page for details.

What is the cruise route?

World Yacht dinner cruises sail down the Hudson, around the tip of Manhattan, up the East River, under the world-famous Brooklyn Bridge and far enough north for guests to catch a glimpse of the pristine architecture of the United Nations. The ship then turns around and sets sail for the Statue of Liberty, then continues back up the Hudson to its Pier 81 dock. Other well‐known landmarks visible along the cruise include the World Financial Center and the shimmering art deco spires of the Empire State and Chrysler Building. Please note that the route may change for special events, e.g., July 4th. Please check the specific event page for details.

The Brunch cruises sail to the Statue of Liberty and then back up the Hudson to Pier 81


How long is the trip?

Dinner cruises sail for 3 hours; Sunday brunch cruises sail for 2 hours. For special event sailing schedules, please refer to the special events page

Can I bring a camera on-board?

Yes, you are more than welcome to bring your camera onboard.

Where can I find the dinner menus?

You can view the dinner menus on our website. Click here

Where can I find the brunch menu?

You can view the brunch menu on our website. Click here

Do you offer a children’s menu?

No, we do not offer a children's menu on our cruises. However the brunch buffet has a wide selection that can accommodate most children. Click here to view our dinner menus.

Can I purchase drinks onboard?

Yes drinks are available for purchase onboard.

Are vegetarian meals offered?

Yes, there are vegetarian options offered on our menu. If you have any specific dietary needs, please inform the agent when making your booking so we can try to accommodate you. For special requests, please call 212-630-8100, and press 1 to speak with an agent.

Can you accommodate special diets?

If you have any specific dietary needs, please inform the agent when making your booking so we can try to accommodate you. For special requests, please call 212-630-8100, and press 1 to speak with an agent.

Do you offer beverage packages?

Yes beverage packages are available for purchase onboard.

Do I have to pre-select a menu?

For parties of 30 or more guests, we require a pre-selection of menu options to expedite the ordering and serving process. This ensures that your entire group will be served at the same time. For parties of less than 30 guests, you may select your choices from our menu at your table.

Can we bring our own wine?

Yes, we charge a corking fee of $30 per bottle. Please notify us at the time of your reservation.

Can I bring a large group on your cruises?

Yes, we can accommodate any size group for up to 500 people.

Reservations for groups 14 or under:
smaller groups may reserve cruise tickets directly on our website. Click here

Reservations for groups 15-50:
Please complete the form on our Groups Page or call 212-630-8100 to speak with an event professional.

Reservations for groups 50+: Please complete the form on our charter page or call 212-630-8100 to speak with an event professional.

Can I rent the boat for a private party?

Yes, World Yacht has a fleet of 4 dining yachts that can be rented out for special events. Please complete the form on our private charter page or call 212-630-8100 to speak with an event professional.

Have more questions

Please e-mail contact@worldyacht.com.

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