Spirit Cruises New York Frequently Asked Questions
Before you cruise, let us answer some important questions for you!
Accessibility. Is the Spirit Wheelchair Accessible?
Yes. The Spirit has a deck and restrooms that can accommodate most standard-sized wheelchairs. Our crew is happy to aide passengers that need assistance. Please call 866.483.3866 to discuss any accessibility concerns and ensure that you are seated on an accessible deck.
Attire. What is the recommended dress attire on the Spirit of NY/NJ?
Dinner Cruises - For men, appropriate attire includes slacks and a polo or button down shirt. For women, nice slacks, Capri pants or a sundress is recommended. Although allowed, we strongly discourage collarless t-shirts, jeans, shorts or sneakers.
All Other Cruises- These cruises are more relaxed and casual attire is fine.
Boarding. What is "Boarding Time" and "Cruising Time?"
"Boarding Time" is the earliest our guests may board the ship. Typically we begin boarding 1/2 hour prior to the "Cruise Time." Tickets are picked up at our dockside kiosk up-to one hour prior to the cruise.
Cancellations. What is your cancellation policy?
Although your purchase is a final and non-refundable, we will be happy to reschedule for another available date of your choosing up to a year from the date of your original reservation. You will be assessed a $25 per ticket re-booking fee and are responsible for any price difference if you happen to choose a cruise with a different price.
Children. Are there any age requirements?
Children are welcome on almost all our cruises. Children under 3 are complimentary and a discount is offered for children between the ages of 3 and 12 on select Lunch Cruises. We do not offer Children’s pricing on dinner cruises. On cocktail and late-night cruises, passengers must be age 21 or older with valid ID.
Coast Guard Regulations. Is the vessel Coast Guard certified?
Yes. All of our ships are Coast Guard certified and maintained regularly to adhere to strict safety regulations.
Cruise Route. Where does the ship go?
We cruise the Hudson and East Rivers past the skyscrapers of Manhattan including the Empire State Building. You will see the Intrepid Sea-Air Space Museum, the Brooklyn Bridge, the site of the World Trade Center, Battery Park City, South Street Seaport, the Verrazano Narrows Bridge, Governor’s Island, Ellis Island and the Colgate Clock. Of course, the highlight of our cruise is the Statue of Liberty, one of the most celebrated landmarks in the world. See our cruise route >>>
Dancing. What kind of dance music do you play?
Our lunch and dinner cruises feature a full range of popular dance tunes spun by some of the city’s hottest DJs. Selections may include Rock, Blues, Line Dances, Motown, Oldies, Salsa, Hip Hop, Country, and current chart-toppers from every musical genre.
Directions. How do I get to the ship?
If you are departing from Chelsea Piers in Manhattan, NY, click here. If you are departing from Lincoln Harbor Marina in Weehawken, NJ, click here.
Drinks. What do drinks cost?
Our mixed drinks start at $9, beer starts at $8, and wine begins at $7.50 per glass. Soft drinks are $2.50 each. Coffee, tea and iced tea are included in the ticket price. All other beverages can be purchased on board. Prices do not include tax or gratuity.
Entertainment. What type of entertainment is offered?
Sit back and relax on one of our climate-controlled decks. Dine on the bountiful buffet. Experience the view as your engaging Spirit DJ spins popular favorites and dance hits. Day or night, Spirit is alive with vibrant entertainment.
Gift Certificates. How can I purchase gift certificates?
Spirit Gift Certificates are available from $50 to $400 and may be purchased online or by calling toll free 866.483.3866. Printed gift certificates come with an elegant presentation holder. Spirit Cruises will continue to honor any previously issued Gift Certificates that contained a listed expiration date.
Purchase gift certificates online >>>
Groups. What size group can the Spirit of New York or the Spirit of New Jersey accommodate?
The three-deck Spirit of New York can host parties of two to 600 guests and the two-deck Spirit of New Jersey can accommodate two to 400 guests. You may also want to consider our sister ship, Bateaux New York, which can accommodate up to 300 passengers. Parties of 20 or more should visit our group website or contact our group sales department at 866.433.9283. Groups of 1-19 can call 866.483.3866 or use our Reservations System to Book a Cruise Online!
Menu. What type of food is served?
Our cruises feature all-you-can-eat lunch and dinner buffets with delicious choices prepared on board by our executive chefs and their galley staffs. With advance notice, we can accommodate requests for kosher meals, and we can arrange special meals for guests with allergies. Other specialty menus are available for deck or full-ship charters.
Midnight Moonlight Dance Cruises. What does it include?
Spirit offers Midnight Moonlight Dance Cruises on select dates throughout the year featuring lively DJs, rockin’ dance tunes, late-night snacks and cash bars. Passengers must be age 21 or older with a valid photo ID.
Packages. Do you offer packages to make my cruise extra-special?
Yes. We offer several enhancements and packages that can be added on to your lunch or dinner cruise package. You can choose from a private table for two, balloons, roses, Champagne, bar packages and more.
Parking. Is there parking close to the ship?
Yes, in both locations. At Chelsea Piers in Manhattan, there is ample paid parking available just steps away from our ship. It is a covered lot with security. Prices vary depending on the amount of time you are parked. At Lincoln Harbor Marina in Weehawken, NJ,there is free retail parking close to the ship. There are ample spaces in the evenings and on weekends, but it may be more difficult to find parking during weekday office hours.
Payment. What type of payment do you accept?
Payment is required in full at the time of the reservation. We accept major credit cards: VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and Diner's Club. We also accept traveler's checks, money orders, and certified checks. Please send checks or money orders to the address below:
Pier 61, Chelsea Piers
West 23rd Street
New York, NY 10011
Pricing & Schedule
Prices do not include tax or fees. Prices and schedules are subject to change. Some more popular cruises and dates may be priced higher. Below prices exclude specialty, holiday and premium cruise dates.
Call 866.483.3866 or use our Reservations System to Book your Cruise Online!
Refunds. What is your refund policy?
We regret there are no refunds or exchanges. All sales are final. We cruise rain or shine all year long. In the rare event the Coast Guard prohibits cruising because of weather, we will contact you to make other arrangements.
Reservations. How can I make reservations for a cruise?
While parties of 19 or fewer are often able to walk up and purchase tickets on the day of a cruise, reservations are highly recommended.
- Call 866.483.3866 or use our Reservations System to Book your Cruise Online!
For groups of 20 or more call:
- Monday - Friday between 8:30am - 5:30pm
It's unlikely. The ships operate in New York Harbor, on the Hudson River and the East River, which are all very calm bodies of water. What's more, our ships are large and very stable, so in most cases, you can hardly tell that they're moving.
Seating. How is seating arranged on board?
Both the Spirit of New York and the Spirit of New Jersey feature cruise style seating. While we do offer tables for two, the majority of our tables accommodate four to eight people, and guests are sometimes seated with other parties in the tradition of ocean-going cruises. Review the enhancement packages available on your date for private seating upgrades.
Ship information. Can you tell me a little about your ship?
The three-deck, 600-passenger Spirit of New York and two-deck, 400-passenger Spirit of New Jersey are both spaciously designed with climate-controlled interior decks, outdoor strolling decks at the bow and stern, and the largest outdoor patio decks on New York Harbor. Amenities include full service bars, dance floors (or staging areas), spacious bathrooms, flexible seating arrangements and huge, panoramic windows.
Smoking. What is your smoking policy?
All interior areas of our ship are non-smoking areas. Passengers who smoke may do so on the outdoor observation decks.
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Tickets. Where can I pick up the cruise tickets?
Tickets can be conveniently picked up at the dock, up to one hour prior to boarding, on the day of the cruise. The credit card used for purchase and photo ID will be required.
Transportation. Limo or Sedan to and from the Cruise?Click here to arrange private sedan or limousine service through our transportation partner, Mango Sedans.
Weather. Do you sail in inclement weather?
Absolutely. Our ships are fully enclosed and climate-controlled for your comfort. We sail rain or shine year round.
Weddings Events. What kind of wedding events can be held on your ships and how much do they cost?
Spirit Cruises can uniquely handle any wedding event you can name, from an engagement party, shower, bridal luncheon and post-wedding breakfast to the ultimate rehearsal dinner, wedding and/or reception. Cost depends on the ship, the number of guests, the time of year and the package you choose. You might also consider our sister ship, Bateaux New York, which was featured on NBC’s TODAY SHOW as the ultimate wedding reception setting during its 4th annual “Today Throws A Wedding” segment. Our expert wedding planners will be happy to give you a cost proposal on any and all of our ships. Find out more or call 866.433.9283.