City Cruises New York

Introduction to City Cruises

While City Cruises is traditionally known for hosting public dining cruises and private events, the company’s fleet of yachts are also sought-after production venues for TV and movie producers looking for flexible spaces that offer a blank canvas for capturing scenes that include iconic NYC sights as the backdrop.







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About City Cruises New York

City Cruises has three easy-to-access port locations in Manhattan and one in New Jersey from where their 9 NY-based yachts can depart:

  • Pier 61 at Chelsea Piers in NYC: West 23rd and 12th Avenue, NYC
  • Pier 15 at the Seaport in NYC: 78 South Street, NYC
  • Pier 40 in the West Village in NYC: 353 West Street, NYC
  • Lincoln Harbor Marina in Weehawken: 1500 Harbor Blvd, Weehawken, NJ

Yacht Highlights

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The Views

Yatch Details

Customizable spaces

Atlantic City

The Views

All yachts have interior climate-controlled decks with large windows and large outer decks offering unparalleled views of iconic sights from a variety of angles, creating alluring backdrops.

 While routes are completely customizable, classic iconic New York City sights seen from yacht routes along the Hudson and East Rivers include the Empire State Building, Vessel at Hudson Yards, Chrysler Building, One World Trade Center, Battery Park, Battery Park City, South Street Seaport, Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge, Williamsburg Bridge, Governors Island, Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island. Iconic New Jersey sights viewed from yacht routes are Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal, the Colgate Clock and Erie Lackawanna Railroad Terminal.

Yacht Details

City Cruises yachts range in size, with capacity for 120 to 1,000 passengers. Each yacht has its own unique style — from large traditional ocean liner to smaller, more modern river boat.


  • Infinity is 45’ wide x 210’ long and has a passenger capacity of 1,000
  • Spirit of New York is 36’ wide x 197’ long and has a passenger capacity of 600
  • Spirit of New Jersey is 33’ wide x 185’ long and has a passenger capacity of 600
  • Celestial (Bateaux New York) is 37′ wide x 210’ long and has a passenger capacity of 300
  • Atlantica is 34′ wide x 150 long and has a passenger capacity of 400
  • Serenity is 31’ wide x 145’ long and has a passenger capacity of 425
  • Sensation is 39” wide x 114’ long and has a passenger capacity of 425
  • Lexington is 24′ wide x 96’ long and has a passenger capacity of 120
  • Manhattan Elite is 20′ wide x 96’ long and has a passenger capacity of 120
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Customizable Spaces

All yachts can be used in traditional dining, sightseeing, private party cruise set-ups. Additionally, they can be cleared out, functioning as a blank, customizable space with external furniture, lighting, sound and finishings bringing each production’s vision to fruition. Each yacht has full electricity, running water and HVAC. Yachts have a combination of polished wood flooring and carpeted interiors. Most furniture can be removed except for some built-in bar counters. An accommodating team of expert captains and deck hands are equipped to handle various set-ups and can work closely to support a film crew in all their on-site needs.

Incentives & Rebates

New York

  • Incentive Type: Non-Transferable Refundable Tax Credit
  • Incentive Amount: 25-35% (below the line residents and non-residents), N/A (above the line residents and non-residents)
  • Minimum Spend: $25,000-$1 million
  • Bonus: Productions with budgets over $500,000 may receive an additional 10% tax credit on qualified labor in expenses in certain upstate N.Y. counties
  • Application: Submit a completed application before principal photography and production begins within 365 days
  • Sales Use Tax Relief: Yes
  • Hotel Occupancy Tax Relief: No
  • Sunset Date: January 01, 2026

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New Jersey

  • Incentive Type: Transferable Non-Refundable Tax Credit
  • Incentive Amount: 35-37%
  • Minimum Spend: $1 million
  • Bonus: 5% of qualified film production expenses incurred for services rendered and property purchased. 2% added bonus awarded for the hire of minorities and women
  • Audit Requirements: Submit a tax credit verification report by a New Jersey-licensed CPA
  • Application: Principal photography to begin within 180 days from the tax credit application date.
  • Application fees: $500 ($1 million tax credit or less), $2,500 (tax credit in excess of $1 million)
  • Sales Use Tax Relief: Yes
  • Hotel Occupancy Tax Relief: No
  • Sunset Date: June 30, 2034

Film Credits for City Cruises New York

Film & TV Credits (City Cruises NY Yachts)

  • Succession (HBO) – Fans of HBO’s Succession series will recognize the Infinity yacht as Connor Roy’s wedding venue
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
  • Million Dollar Listing (Bravo)
  • Side Effects (2013) with Channing Tatum

Film & TV Credits (City Cruises Yachts across the u.s.)

  • CSI: Miami (CBS)
  • Entourage (HBO)
  • Dexter (Showtime)
  • Hells Kitchen (FOX)
  • The Bachelor (ABC)
  • Millionaire Matchmaker (Bravo)
  • Arrested Development (FOX)
  • Columbo (NBC)
  • Baywatch (NBC)
  • Date My Mom (MTV)
  • For the Love of Ray J (VH1)
  • The Tyra Banks Show (CW)
  • Blind Date (Bravo)
  • The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS)
  • Notes from the Underbelly (ABC)
  • I.P. (2002) with Pamela Anderson portrayed the yacht in scenes for a high seas diamond heist
  • The Meddler (2015) with Susan Sarandon and RJ Simmons
  • American Sniper (2014) Directed by Clint Eastwood starring Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller

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