Who We Are

New York Cruise Lines is the parent company of the iconic Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises, and other industry leading travel, hospitality and restaurant businesses. Over time the company has hosted close to 80 million passengers. New York Cruise Lines recently acquired Circle Line Downtown and New York Water Taxi. Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises has been hosting riders since 1945 and is recognized as “America’s Favorite Boat Ride”, world- famous for sightseeing and special events including concerts and entertainment. New York Cruise Lines also owns and operates unique floating restaurants at Pier 81, including North River Lobster Company, an award winning casual floating lobster shack, as well as the brand new Hudson’s at Pier 81, a waterfront restaurant with an expansive outdoor top deck and lively bar scene. New York Cruise Lines also operates World Yacht, a luxury special events and private charter business, as well as The BEAST Speedboat summer time thrill ride. New York Water Taxi provides sightseeing and transportation services including the iconic hop on hop off all day access pass, which allows guests to travel to and stop at leading tourist sites in Manhattan and Brooklyn, as well as transportation services for business and major events in New York City. Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises operates from Pier 83, located in Hudson River Park on 42nd Street and the Hudson River, convenient to Times Square, the High Line and Hudson Yards, as well as from Pier 16 South Street Seaport convenient to the World Trade Center, the Battery and Wall Street.


Leadership

Gus Markou, President and Chief Operating Officer

Gus Markou began his career as a port engineer at World Yacht and rose the ranks as Director of Maritime Operations in 1994. Today, he handles the day-to-day operations as President and Chief Operating Officer, overseeing more than 25 ships and their crew that make up Circle Line, World Yacht and North River Lobster Company fleets. Among other things, he is overseeing a $30 million build that will replace three of the current Circle Line vessels with modern, custom built sightseeing ships, to be delivered in 2016.


Our History

1957: Art Cohn, Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Todd and a fourth unidentified man stroll the gangway, October 18, 1957.

1957: Art Cohn, Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Todd and a fourth unidentified man stroll the gangway, October 18, 1957.

1960s: Actress Dawn Wells, who is best known for playing Mary Ann on "Gilligan's Island," on the Circle Line Pier. She apparently has an affinity for three-hour tours.

1960s: Actress Dawn Wells, who is best known for playing Mary Ann on "Gilligan's Island," on the Circle Line Pier. She apparently has an affinity for three-hour tours.

1964: New York City's Brooklyn Bridge is seen looming over a sightseeing boat, July 3, 1964. In the background is the lower Manhattan skyline.

1964: New York City's Brooklyn Bridge is seen looming over a sightseeing boat, July 3, 1964. In the background is the lower Manhattan skyline.

1968: Lady Bird Johnson in front of the Statue of Liberty, May 17, 1968.

1968: Lady Bird Johnson in front of the Statue of Liberty, May 17, 1968.

1964: People buy tickets at the Circle Line booth on June 10, 1964.

1964: People buy tickets at the Circle Line booth on June 10, 1964.