Wine Tasting Sail

Manhattan, NY

Item #: CRU-NEW-0056
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Raise a glass and add a splash of class to an unforgettable evening on the Wine Tasting Sail in New York!

  • Board Manhattan's Shearwater schooner for a remarkable 2-hour NYC Hudson River cruise
  • Sip a curated collection of fine wines, perfectly paired with cheese and charcuterie
  • Enjoy fresh air and uncontested views of famed New York City attractions
  • This NYC sailing experience is fun for everyone, whether you're a local or visitor to the Big Apple
  • Delight in one of the most memorable things to do in NYC with family, friends or a special date!
North Cove Yacht Harbor at the World Financial Center on the Hudson River - New York, NY
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If giving as a gift, your recipient can choose a date at their convenience; otherwise, you can choose one after checkout.

May through Mid-September:
Saturdays and Sundays - 4:30 PM
Late-September through Early-October:
Saturdays and Sundays - 4:00 PM

Essential Information
  • The sail is not narrated, however the crew is happy to answer your questions
  • The ship boards 10 minutes prior to departure
  • Although the boat holds up to 48 passengers, there is not enough bench seating available and some passengers will be required to either sit on the deck or stand. We recommend arriving early to ensure the best seat
  • Price includes a variety of wines dependent of the theme of that day's sail, as well as snacks and cheeses
  • Participants must be at least 21 years of age
This sail will last approximately 2 hours.
Experience Provider Info
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Maximum Participants
This experience is shared by a total of 48 passengers.
The wine tasting sail is only for those on the ship.
Weather Dependent
This an all-weather outdoor experience and will sail in light rain. In the event of dangerous sailing conditions, your sail will be rescheduled. Always contact the experience provider with any questions regarding weather conditions.
What To Wear
Dress is typically casual. The temperature can be cooler out on the water, so dress accordingly. Passengers should wear only soft soled shoes such as sneakers, deck shoes, flip-flops or sandals. Heels and boots can scuff the deck. It is recommended to arriving at least 30 minutes before your scheduled time.
What if it rains?
In the event of a cancellation by the Captain due to severe weather conditions or mechanical failure, customers will be rescheduled at no additional fee.
Is wine included?
Yes, the wine tasting sail includes a variety of wines dependent of the theme of that day's sail.
What time do we need to arrive?
Boarding starts 10 minutes prior to departure. It is recommended to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to ensure the best seats. Please keep in mind that there is not enough bench seating available and some passengers will be required to either sit on the deck or stand.
Will there be assigned seating?
Seating is casual. You can pick a spot on one of the benches, hatch covers, cabin tops, or layout on the beautiful deck.
Are gratuities included?

Price for this sail does not include gratuity. It is customary to tip the crew if you enjoyed your experience and please remember to tip your server if you enjoyed the service provided.

How many different wines do you get to taste?

Typically you will be able to taste 4 different wines.

Experience Vouchers that have not been redeemed can be returned hassle-free within 30 days. All refunds will be made to the original purchaser.
Experience Vouchers that have not been redeemed can be exchanged for anything else in our marketplace at any time.  If you choose to exchange for an experience that costs more, you'll simply have to pay the difference. If you choose to exchange for an experience that costs less, you'll have a credit towards your next booking with Virgin Experience Gifts.

Cancellation Policy

Once you have received a booking confirmation, all bookings are final. No cancellations or rescheduling requests will be allowed. Failure to appear on your booked date or to cancel prior to your booked date will result in the loss of the value of your experience.

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Customer Reviews

This experience has a customer rating of 4.5
based on 91 reviews.
The sail was cancelled due to engine problems. The boat had just come in under power. Sure looked like a ploy to combine two cruises but I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt. People were nice.
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hello Timothy, I'm sorry to hear your experience had to be cancelled due to engine problems. Your safety is our partners number one concern. I have connected with them and found out you will be going on your adventure this weekend. I can't wait to hear how it goes and look forward to hearing how it went. Thanks, Ryan
BORING !!! it wasn't much of an experience at all; the crew just loaded us up on the boat, not much was said other than some basic safety instructions, we sat there until they started serving some wine in a cheap plastic cup ( I understand that glass would not be used for safety reasons but at least use plastic that doesn’t fold when the wind blows)...... not much interaction from crew other than telling us the name and the country of the wine they're serving as they’re looking at the bottle. In all honesty I was expecting a sommelier to teach us about the wine not someone they just got hired who knew really nothing about wine. On top of that, the ship was overcrowded where some of us were sat on the deck .... then we were handed snacks as if we were “kids meals” at McDonalds and it just felt like crew was going through the motions and didn’t seem to care if you enjoyed yourself or not. Experience is overrated and would not recommend at all. I’ve had better experiences sampling at a local wine store at no charge non the less…. Very disappointed.
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hello Chloe, I appreciate you sharing your feedback with us. I’m sorry to hear that this experience didn’t live up to your expectations. I can certainly understand the frustrations you expressed regarding the wine presentations, the amount of people on board, and the snack offerings. I do hope you were able to enjoy the iconic views of New York City. I have shared your concerns with my team regarding your experience. Thanks, Ryan
Very fun!
Amazing experience! will recommend to all my friends!
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hello Ruth! What a delightful excursion you embarked on, I'm truly ecstatic to hear you had such an amazing time. The city must have looked so peaceful from your seat aboard the Shearwater, especially with a glass of fine wine in hand! I hope your friends take your recommendation and get their own taste of mouthwatering charcuterie and delicious wine on this incredible sailing adventure! All my best, Courtney
Crew was fantastic!
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hey Paul! Happy to hear our stellar sail partners were able to enhance your time out on the water - let's get you out there again sometime soon! Cheers, Jake.
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