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Rambling about (and aboard!) New York City’s Circle Line

August 1, 2013

By Matthew E. Milliken
MEMwrites.wordpress.com
July 30, 2013

Last week, I got to cruise around Lower Manhattan on the Circle Line. It had been approximately 10 years since I was last on the water around New York City, and far longer than that since I had last set foot aboard the Circle Line.

The Circle Line was an iconic part of my youth. The service’s tourist boats regularly ring Manhattan, circling the borough in jaunts of roughly three hours apiece. A trip on the Circle Line meant an opportunity to see skyscrapers iconic and otherwise, to feel the river breeze, and to pretend to be a Sailor and a Man of Action. (Pretend being the operative word there, as I became neither a sailor nor a man of action!)

My sibling now has little ones, and the Sibling, Sibling-in-Law and Parental Unit somehow decided — to my secret delight — that it would be a good idea to cruise en famille when the Sibling & Co. made one of their pilgrimages to the homeland.

The voyage that we took was (hum it with me! Yes, to the theme of Gilligan’s Isle!) a two-hour tour…a two-hour tour — not the iconic full-island journey of my youth but a semi-circle cruise. Be that as it may, the trip was fantastic, in my opinion.

We went on a mild mid-summer day; even so, the air conditioning in the cabin was a welcome relief, as was the breeze on the prow of the ship.

Our boat, the Circle Line Queens, backed out of its slip on Pier 83 at 42nd Street and Twelfth Avenue, in the Hudson River alongside the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, and pointed the bow south. The ship cruised between Manhattan and New Jersey; passed Liberty Island, the home of the Statue of Liberty; and turned around in New York Harbor to head north. We motored by Governors Island and up into the East River, between the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn.

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