NYC Brunch Cruise

Hi friends, welcome back! A few weekends ago Event Cruises invited us onboard their two-hour bottomless brunch cruise along the NYC harbor. Jon and I were looking forward to a change of scenery and getting out on the water. The boat disembarks from Pier 36 at 12pm and upon boarding we were handed a mimosa and seated at our table on the lower deck. Everyone is guaranteed a private table and window seats cost extra. The interior is fully covered, so you donโ€™t have to worry about the weather spoiling your day or dress for the elements.

Included in the ticket are bottomless mimosas and a buffet brunch. ย The food left a lot to be desired, but it is on a boat without a kitchen. A waiter was always ready to refill your mimosa, but you could also order mixed drinks off the menu for an additional charge.

The cruise was fancier than I expected and had an interesting mix of passengers. There were couples, friends celebrating birthdays, and it seems like they kept the families upstairs so maybe that level was tamer. There was also a DJ near our table keeping the partying vibe going.

Our favorite part of the cruise was seeing the NYC skyline. We cruised under the Brooklyn Bridge and then up the Hudson River. We were free to go out on the deck as much as we pleased and the sun came out about halfway through the ride.

Jon and I made our way out to the deck and secured a prime spot before we made it to the Statue of Liberty. We idled here a good ten minutes so everyone had a chance to get their pictures.

After Lady Liberty we headed back to the pier before disembarking. We had a fun afternoon out on the water and it was a nice change of pace. The cruise was rowdier than I expected, I was envisioning a peaceful cruise along the river, but it was definitely a party! Tickets retail at $145 for the window and $115 for standard, but they are usually on sale for at least 30% off. Event Cruises also has a dinner cruise and a wine and cheese pairing cruise that would be fun. If youโ€™re looking for a food focused brunch this isnโ€™t for you, but if you want bottomless mimosas with a beautiful change of scenery this cruise would be a good option to add to the itinerary.


24 thoughts on “NYC Brunch Cruise

  1. What an awesome idea, food quality aside. With enough Mimosas, one could even forget about the food. Looks like you had a stunning day for a cruise Lyssy. Thanks for sharing. Allan

    1. It was a great change of pace and scenery. It would be easy to have enough mimosas because they always came around topping them off.

    1. Me neither! We have not, when we went in 2020 you couldn’t go up, but I’d like to.

    1. We really enjoyed the scenery and seeing NYC from the water. It seemed a lot of people were getting their moneys worth on the bottomless mimosas ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. It’s a shame the food was brunch-generic, especially for the high price. You’d want people to talk about the cruise AND the food when they promote the experience. The first few photos of the city don’t look like NYC to me, but it’s probably because I’m used to your in-city shots. Finally, I wonder if Event Cruises would do better to seat people in small groups instead of privately. On our Oceania cruise around the Baltic Sea several years ago, we were given the option to sit alone or to sit with strangers for each dinner. We boldly chose the latter and were glad we did. Meeting new people only added to the overall experience.

    1. I agree, I would’ve been happy with one of those hotel waffles ha! Not many people seem to photograph that perspective of NYC, but we liked being able to see our building. That is an interesting idea, I think it would be Jon and I’s nightmare, but I can see how it would be a good experience. I would say there were 50-75 people on board, so maybe if they had more space they would do that. I get invited to a lot of food events and I do always enjoy meeting new people when I can’t bring a plus one.

  3. I do quite enjoy these dinner cruises in cities but always have low expectations for the food! ๐Ÿ˜‰ At least you had an enjoyable time together! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. We did have an enjoyable afternoon, I think our expectations were a little different than what it was. If I want delicious food I should go where there is an actual kitchen ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Another fun NYC experience, Lyssy! I would love this, even if the food isn’t quite up to par. It looked delicious in the pictures. Your skyline and Statue of Liberty shots are gorgeous. Have a great week ahead.

    1. Thank you! We enjoyed the change of scenery and getting out on the water. I always love seeing the Statue of Liberty up close. Hope you have a great week!

  5. That sounds fun; though we don’t drink so the mimosas would be wasted on us. LOL. We have eaten on a dinner train before and I feel like this cruise is probably a lot like that was. It was nice and a neat experience but we were definitely paying for the experience and not so much the food.

    1. Jon and I aren’t bottomless people, but most the people on the boat were getting their moneys worth ha! I agree that the value is in the experience and we had a great time.

  6. What a great day!! Years ago my friend and I caught the ferry to Staten Island and back just to see the city. Much cheaper and no mimosas but loved the views!! Maggie

    1. It’s on my list to ride the Staten Island ferry. I can see it from my window running all day long and we are a short walk away. Can’t beat free ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Glad you enjoyed this, it’s great seeing NYC from a different perspective!

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