Unlike fish, yachts never grew legs and began walking on land due to insecurities over their presumed gracelessness in high heels. Boost a yacht’s confidence with today’s Groupon: for $38, you get one ticket to a cruise from Freedom Cruises of New York (up to a $79 value). Tours depart from Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn. Choose from the following options:
Freedom Cruises of New York’s Pink Lady yacht unveils glimmering aquatic panoramas from the landscape windows in its climate-controlled cabin, also offering guests toothsome fare and nighttime pyrotechnic demonstrations. While feasting eyes on delicious views of Jamaica Bay and Coney Island, excursionists may gormandize samples from the brunch menu, including such fare as fresh fruit, french toast, smoked bacon, sandwich wraps, and other portmanteau-meal morsels. Sumptuous munching and baygazing take a shine to spirituous pours, such as free-flowing house mimosas, bloody marys, screwdrivers, and mixed drinks (beer and top-shelf cocktails are available for onboard purchase).
Rockets launched from the Coney Island boardwalk light up the city skyline during the Fireworks Cruise, available on July 29 and August 5. While sipping and munching on two complimentary cocktails, Maryland crab cakes, and chicken quesadillas, passengers can revel in the exploding handiwork of pyrotechnicians, who use their own collection of glow-in-the-dark pompoms to illuminate the sky. Fireworks Cruises depart promptly at 8:30 p.m. and return at 11 p.m.
From the water, the fireworks seem close, as though you could open your mouth and catch the glittering cascades of light on your tongue. The humid night envelops the Pink Lady as she bobs gracefully in the Hudson River, her passengers oohing and ahhing at the display unfolding in the starless sky above. The seasoned captains and crews of Freedom Cruises pilot yachts along fluvial highways during scenic cruises on holidays and sightseeing journeys throughout the week.
The company’s roster of aquatic sojourns—including the comprehensive three-hour New York Harbor Sightseeing Cruise Tour—enables guests to take in the city’s most iconic buildings from a unique perspective. Yachts hosting the weekend Brunch Cruise on the bay leave the sounds of live DJs and popping champagne corks in their wake as they float past Coney Island. Groups of revelers can also rent out the Pink Lady for private parties celebrating all manner of milestone.