Whisk your group through no-wait access to the Empire State Building’s Observation Deck and Intrepid Museum on a VIP water-land tour with the New York Water Taxi. Planners can create a progressive dinner cruising from one waterfront restaurant to the next. Or, sail up the Hudson for a leadership program on the grounds of West Point’s Military Academy.
“New York Water Taxi integrates the waterfront into experiences in ways that most people wouldn’t have imagined,” said Travis Noyes, senior vice president of sales/marketing.
The company has a fleet of 54 to 149-pax vessels bearing the distinctive yellow and black colors of New York city taxis. Equipped with plush seating, climate-controlled space, outdoor decks and full A/V and bar facilities, the water taxis combine with double-decker buses to provide narrated tours of Manhattan and Brooklyn. The fleet also includes a 600-passenger luxury yacht.
“Our charter capacity ranges from two to 600 people on a single boat, and we can use multiple boats for groups of up to 15,000,” Noyes says.
A high-end evening might start with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at the Water Club in Manhattan, followed by dinner at Liberty Warehouse in Brooklyn’s historic Red Hook district, and then dessert and champagne on an evening sail around the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan. Groups on tight budgets can build a program around the company’s hop-on/ hop-off schedule.
“We provide a group rate on passes and can help planners craft an itinerary based on our stops around the city,” explains Noyes, adding that you can charter a whole boat or just a section. “Our biggest value is in creating something that is unique and memorable.”