Ferries help ease beachgoers’ stress by eliminating the need to search for a parking spot, fight through traffic, and equip the car with enough pool floats to stave off sinking. Save inner tubes for people with today’s Groupon to American Princess Cruises. Choose between the following options:
- For $12, you get a roundtrip ferry ticket to Rockaway Beach (a $25 value).
- For $20, you get a four-hour whale- and dolphin-watching tour (a $40 value for adults 13 and up; a $25 value for children 12 and under).
The coast-guard-certified American Princess shuttles aquasplorers to the sands of Rockaway Beach and the deep-blue playgrounds populated by amiable mammals. The 95-foot cruising vessel safely transports up to 250 passengers, swiftly chasing the horizon thanks to the aid of the latest navigational GPS, radar systems, and Magellan reincarnates. Onboard passengers can enjoy the landly comforts of the ship's snack bar (not included with today’s deal), plus indoor and outdoor seating areas.
The Rockaway Beach ferry service runs primarily on Saturdays and Sundays through Labor Day, chauffeuring sand-castle architects between Wall Street’s Pier 11 and Historic Jacob Riis Park Beach throughout the day. During the 75-minute voyage to the beach, ferry passengers crane their necks to behold the belly of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and play out staring contests with the Statue of Liberty (weather permitting). Upon arriving in Breezy Point, beachgoers can stroll along the boardwalk, pedal down cycling trails, and hold forums to decide on optimal kite-launching methods.
Whale- and dolphin-watching tours burst through gentle waves heading into the Atlantic Ocean, with an onboard naturalist translating dolphin chatter and whale songs into stunning poetry or entertaining orca gossip. While passengers snap photographs and hurriedly draw dorsal-fin sketches, children are encouraged to get involved, aiding the crew in counting the number of sightings. Whale and dolphin tours run throughout the summer starting June 15, with tours departing on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at noon.
American Princess Cruises
The 95-foot American Princess, steers passengers over the Atlantic Ocean's scenic waters on many noted tours that leave the city's commotion behind, including this seal and bird watching tour that earned a New Yorker mention. Staffed by a team of experienced captains on its luxury boat, American Princess Cruises' excursions encompass a variety of sightseeing, cruising, tours, and partying opportunities. The company offers a plethora of experiences for customers, including boat rides with views of the NYC Skyline and Statue Liberty, Adventure Cruises, and Moonlight cruises. Cruises also allow customers to take in sights of various wildlife indigenous to the area - including whales, seals, birds, and dolphins - all in New York City's backyard.