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$39 for a themed lunch or dinner cruise for one (an $85 value)
$69 for a themed lunch or dinner cruise for two (a $170 value)
Sunday cruises board at 1:30 p.m. and sail from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesday cruises board at 7 p.m. and sail from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
On the Jazz cruise, passengers dine while accompanied by the smooth melodies of Afro- and Latin-jazz as performed by local musicians.
A family-friendly show that amazes even those who know that magic is performed by domesticated fairies, the one-hour Magic Show cruise contrasts the illusory wonders with the spectacle of nonfabricated panoramas. Mind-reading and sleight of hand may be on the menu as well.
During the 30-minute Belly Dance Show cruise, professional dancers perform a sinuous routine—soundtracked by Top 40 hits and Middle Eastern music—with serpentine motions culled from Egypt, Turkey, and Lebanon. The cruise may also offer a henna-tattoo artist who will apply designs for an additional cost; others may boast a licensed massage therapist. Tarot-card and palm readings may also be available for an additional fee.
Each comedy cruise is headlined by three standup comedians tested onstage at clubs across New York City, and who have also appeared at festivals such as the New York Underground Festival and Montreal's "Just For Laughs" Comedy Festival.
During the Latin-themed Salsa cruise, a DJ spins salsa, meringue, bachata, and Latin house music while salsa instructors lead a 20-minute lesson for spin-ready sea legs. The professionals then perform dazzling salsa choreography.
On the Zumba cruise, a certified instructor leads the group in a 45-minute dance-fitness session while the yacht burns calories on the open waves. Top 40 hits provide the soundtrack as sightseers work out in a fun and straightforward format.
A Brazilian band grooves through bossa-nova, Brazilian-pop, and samba-reggae music on the Samba cruise, while tour-takers tuck into their complimentary lunch. Audience members can also absorb the insights of samba instructors and learn to shimmy with the best of them.
Each cruise departs from the Skyport Arena, and lasts for three hours. Menus vary by cruise, but may include rotisserie chicken and a vegetarian option. Salsa- and Samba-cruise menus include garlic chicken, ropa vieja beef, plantains, and salad. Belly Dance Show–cruise menus include chicken tagine and saffron couscous, or chicken parmigiana and pasta. Chefs can accommodate kosher and vegetarian diets upon request. All kosher meals are provided by Mr. Broadway Kosher and are blessed by a rabbi.
Allen Batista Travel
Allen Batista Travel launches catered cruises on select Sunday afternoons and Wednesday evenings from the New York Skyport Marina. Each venture boasts themed entertainment, and besides comedians and professional dancers, the private yachts might bear jazz musicians. These cruises might also form a link in a full-scale vacation—the agency arranges travel packages that include flights, hotel stays, and sightseeing expeditions. When they take part in walking tour and boat ride packages, visitors immerse themselves in guided jaunts through noted New York areas, such as Chinatown and Greenwich Village. In the event of a thunderstorm, tornado, or other act of nature, cruises will be rescheduled for a future departure date.