Recently, our CMO stumbled upon a vintage Circle Line commercial from 1978. It is quite a gem! The video allowed our staff to see the many changes, but also the striking similarities - like our phone number - which fast forward 35 years, remains the same.
Check out the video.
We also dug up a New Yorker cover (left) from 1969 currently on Ebay, with our iconic vessel proudly floating on its cover.
This inspired us here at Circle Line to write a Throwback Thursday piece. Since our Thirsty Thursday was rained out, we had to switch gears.
So, let us whisk you back to the inception of Circle Line 42. The year - 1945. The United States is engaged in World War II.
Frank Barry, Joe Moran and other partners merge a variety of competing boat ride services to form the Circle Line Company.
To put our time machine into perspective, let's look at how much things cost in 1945:
A gallon of gas was $0.15 cents - $0.21
The average new car was $1,020.00 - $1,250.00
You could buy a loaf of bread and a gallon milk for $0.71 (combined)
Minimum wage was $0.40 an hour.
A stamp was a whopping $.03
Stay tuned and we will let you know what a ticket on Circle Line was. We are going to poll our readers through our social media channels to see what they would guess before revealing!
Thank you for taking a trip through time with us. For our current "goings on" check out all of our upcoming events on CircleLine42.com, like our Fourth of July pier party.
We found out this week that "42" is evidently the answer to the meaning of life, the universe, and everything. Come again? We were confused at first too. However, if 42 is the answer to it all, then this means Circle Line 42 is on to something. Something huge.
An article written by Google's Jon Wiley explains a fun phenomenon called "easter eggs." An easter egg - according to the article - is "a hidden message, image, or figure that usually represents an in-joke, cultural reference, or personal connection. It’s something that creators intentionally insert into their work, but it isn’t the focus of the work itself." Apparently, everyone from software engineers to writers and producers drop subliminal messages in their work, geared only toward the hyper-observant eye in order to build a bond.
Like the American tradition of scouring your house as a child, still pajama-clad, and searching for hidden colored eggs; the term refers to the thrill of finding buried treasure.
"Google prides itself on being a playful company, and the engineering and design teams have a long history of inserting Easter eggs here and there," Wiley said in the article.
One of those "eggs" has been the number "42." Wiley confesses that if you type "‘the answer to life, the universe, and everything" into a Google search bar, you get 42. So we tried it. Don't believe us? Google it at home. It is about as odd as the word "google" now being a widely-accepted verb.
Though we doubt that Google did this solely for us here on 42nd Street and the water; we'd like to pretend they had Circle Line 42 in mind, as the answer to...everything.
So long, and thanks for all the fish.
Who doesn't love a vacation? It's that rare time of the year where you get to forget about the stresses of life, not think about work and just enjoy your time off. While it's easy to get caught up in all the excitement, safety is important and we wanted to talk to you about a few things that we think everyone should keep in mind when in a new location. It's always better to be safe than sorry.
Keep Personal Items Close
Keeping personal items near you at all times is very important. Thieves can smell a tourist from a mile away so make sure your identification, passport, credit card and cash are all somewhere safe and easy to access when you need them. In the blink of an eye, these things could be gone so be sure to pay close attention to your surroundings. Many hotels come with vaults where you can store some of your most important items; take full advantage of these luxuries. You'll be able to have much more fun out and about if you aren't constantly worrying, "Where's my money?" or "Did I leave my wallet somewhere?" Consider what you need to bring with you, not only from your hotel to the locations you are visiting but also on your trip in general. Many people pack more than they need and end up misplacing things along the way.
Get Proper Rest
While this may not seem like a big deal, it's much easier to make mistakes if you aren't exactly at your peak. Sleep is especially crucial if you are going to be driving a rental car or operating any other machinery. Make sure said car is properly insured, too.
Familiarize Yourself with the Area Before Arrival
Even though you've never been to this destination before, that doesn't mean you shouldn't educate yourself on things such as where the nearest hospital is located and where the local police stations are. While this information may not be needed, it's always better to know than to have some kind of emergency and have no idea where you need to go.
It is also important that you let your loved ones know exactly where you are going to be and when. This seems silly to many people but without anyone knowing where you are, it makes it much tougher for the police to locate you if need be. You may also want to give someone back home a copy of your ID and passport, as well as the address to your hotel.
Protect Yourself from the Elements
If you work most of the time and don't really get outdoors as often as you'd like then it can be pretty easy to forget the little things, such as sunscreen. With reports of skin cancer on the rise, it's crucial that you protect yourself; yes, even in the colder months. Don't be fooled by high SPFs because an SPF as low as 30 can actually block about 97% of the sun's rays. While an SPF of, say, 70 may look much better it only offers a percentage or two more of protection.
It can be easy to forget to eat or drink but make sure you are properly hydrating yourself and eating throughout the day. Especially when it's warm out, avoid heavy meals because these can weigh you down.
Keeping Your Children Safe
If you have children with you, make sure they have some form of identification on them at all times. Maybe this will be in the form of a bracelet with your number engraved on the back if they aren't quite old enough to know how to get a hold of you. Crowded places can be the most stressful areas for parents so if you can, go to events, such as amusement parks, during times when things are slowing down a bit. This way, the two of you can not only have quicker access to rides but you'll also be much less stressed about them leaving your side and getting lost in the crowd.
When in an area where there is a pool present, always verify that there is a lifeguard on duty. Sometimes there are only certain times of the day where a lifeguard is present. A lot of places, such as Wild Waves or Six Flags have a tendency to become pretty overpopulated quickly. It may be best to take turns with your spouse or someone else you may be with, going in the water with your child or sitting near the area they are swimming.
Many hotels (such as the Hilton) offer daycare, as well. This is a great way for you to enjoy vacation with your child but also have some personal time. Not comfortable leaving your child with someone new? Call the hotel beforehand and get a feel for the people who work there. You may even want to check out online ratings of their services directly from previous customers.
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New York City is the type of city that you could spend years living in, and you'd still have a long list of must-see sights and things to do. The big apple is synonymous with busy, lively, and multicultural, and it is its dynamic cityscape that makes it one of the world's most visited cities. But what is a visitor to do when time constraints allow for only one day in New York City?
One day in New York City is by no means enough time to see or do very much, but it is definitely possible to still enjoy your mini vacation. So grab a map and practice hailing a yellow cab, and you'll be ready to conquer New York.
Check out Times Square
No visit to New York City is complete without staring up at the bright lights and fun billboards in Times Square. Despite its local reputation as a tourist trap, no one can argue that it is a fun place to spend some time people watching or posing with the different street performers.
Go to the Top of Rockefeller Center
Forget about climbing the Empire State Building and go for its neighbor, Rockefeller Center. You can take a lightning fast elevator to the Top of the Rock Observation Deck, where you will enjoy 360-degree views of the city, including fantastic views of the Empire State Building and Central Park.
Eat Lunch in Chinatown
Lunch plans are difficult when visiting New York City, as the city is full of incredible restaurants, diners, delis and food trucks. One great option is having lunch in historic Chinatown. Not only will you have your choice of wonderful Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Thai fare (among others) but you will likely be able to eat quickly and on a budget in this very multicultural neighborhood.
Take a Circle Line Cruise
For great views of the New York City skyline and also a peek at Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, there is no better time saving option than taking a Circle Line Sightseeing cruise. Not only are the views fantastic, but you'll also save time and money compared to the bigger river cruise companies that make many stops at the various monuments.
Walk across Brooklyn Bridge
If you still have the time and energy at the end of your day, take a taxi over to the Brooklyn Bridge and walk across. It is something that doesn't sound so exciting beforehand, but walking across is actually quite a nice surprise. Along the way you'll see all sorts of people, artists, and performers, and once you get into Brooklyn you'll be wishing to return and explore another great part of the city.
Don't worry, even if you only have 24 hours to spend in the big apple, your New York Holiday is sure to be complete when you follow this tour guide's advice.
About the Author: Lauren Aloise is a freelance travel writer and tour guide living in Madrid.
We saw a lot of great moments in 2012 here at Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises. Below, let's take a look back at some of our favorite events this year.
Favorite Sightseeing Cruise Line
This year we were announced as Courier Magazine’s Favorite Sightseeing Cruise Line. We were presented with their 2012 GOLD Award, as voted by the tour operator members of the National Tour Association. Circle Line Sales Manager Rebecca Beaves (center) and Director of Sales Tara Nixon (second from right) accepted the award.
Concierge Summer Party
It's always a party during the summer months at Circle Line Sightseeing! Earlier this year in July, we had a blast at the Concierge Summer Party where NYC’s finest concierges danced the conga onboard.
In June, THE DAY PARTY (NYC Pride 2012) was held right on our pier. The event was a huge success, complete with a performance from pop singer Kylie Minogue.
Photo Credit: Josh Woods Productions
Circle Line Sightseeing saw its first groups performance in 2012. Pictured is Landon School from Bethesda, Maryland. The group performed for the crowds waiting to board a Circle Line cruise.
Happy New Year to you all from us at Circle Line Sightseeing! And, don't forget it's not too late for you to book a seat on our special New Year's Eve cruise. Do you have favorite moments of 2012? Share them in the comments!
No plans for New Year's Eve? Fret not. Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises has an all-inclusive special New Year's Eve cruise that will combine all of the elements you're looking forward to when you think of bringing in the new year.
Let's face it, nothing beats New Year's Eve in New York City. The skyline is phenomonal and for New Year's Eve, we're going to make it even brighter with a special fireworks show. While you'll be able to view the show from many places in NYC, there's nothing like seeing it on the water. Viewing the fireworks show from our boat is like having the show brought right to you, no traffic or jam-packed crowds.
If fireworks aren't your thing, just sit back and take in the NYC skyline, which is always a memorable experience. The Empire State Building will undoubtedly be decked out in a special color to celebrate 2013.
Okay, this may not seem like reason enough right now but the temperature really plays a significant role in party plans. Watching the ball drop can be fun, but it'll leave you out in the elements. We don't know what the weather will bring just yet, but joining the party on the boat will leave you with the option of staying indoors. Trust us, you'll be happy you have the option.
All Inclusive, One Place
Snacks, drinks, shows and a party. Partying like this can cost you in New York City. Not with us. For an all-inclusive price of $149 guests are treated to:
- A full Open Bar
- Hors d' oeuvres
- A non-Stop DJ
- Party favors
- A champagne toast at midnight
Boarding for the Circle Line New Year's Eve Cruise begins at 9 p.m., so be sure to get there on time. The cruise sails from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Guests must be at least 18 to party and must be 21 to drink.
Let's bring in the new year with a bang!
Okay, let's be clear. We live in a live city. Anything could, and usually does, go in New York...and we love it. That's all the more reason for you to visit if you haven't. (Come see us on the way, too.)
To be fair, we don't know where this video took place. The bus system looks like the MTA, but then again, that could just be the angle. The man here is dancing without a care in the world, despite the clear onlookers and the fact that, well, he's on a moving bus. This video was posted to Facebook earlier this week; if you haven't seen it - have a good laugh. If you have, watch again.
(Thanks, Obey Jojo for posting.)
First time traveling to the Big Apple? Great! Been here before? Welcome back! New York City receives millions of visitors annually (last year 50.9 million international and domestic visitors) and the rate appears to grow larger each year. NYC residents are used to it, and for those of us around major landmarks, we expect to see you. That being said, traveling to a city with so much to offer can be overwhelming—especially during the holidays. Sure, you can read the travel guides and plan each minute of your stay here (and you should have some sort of loose itinerary), but there are three little things you should remember while you're here.
Review a Map.
Yes, that's a given. In fact, there aren't many vacationers that won't research the layout of their destination city, but it should be mentioned anyway. Most of you will ride the subways here. At first glance, they can be confusing but trust that they are easier than they look. Additionally, there are mass transit directions available for use, like Hopstop. If you have a smartphone, and plan to use your data plan while here, go ahead and download it to your device now. (It's free and available for most platforms.) The great thing about the service? It's door-to-door and useful for other cities as well.
You shouldn't stop there. In addition to the map, review some of NYC's alerts. We're a happening city, it won't hurt to make sure nothing is going on that might impact your stay.
Exit, Stage Right.
When you're exploring a major city a five-minute walk can turn into hours. There's a lot to see! We love to walk here...err, briskly. We may not have anywhere to go but, eh, we're going to rush anyway.
My point? Walk on the right side, literally.
It sounds simple enough but you'd be surprised. You'll undoubtedly see a lot of people breaking this rule, but don't join them. If you want to stop and take a photo, it's akin to pulling over a car to make a phone call. Get as far over off the "road" as you can, and proceed. If you know your directions and keep this in mind, you'll be moving like one of us.
Smarter, Not Harder.
It's going to be difficult to see every each popular landmark during one visit. Many of us that have lived here our whole lives still haven't made it to Ellis Island or the Top of the Rock. I repeat, there's a lot to see! So, optimize your time. Opt for a tour that will show you all of the sights. Weather protected is a good bet, this way you can see the sights no matter what the forecast predicts. A perk of riding with Circle Line is that your ticket isn't time- or date-specific, just use it within a year of purchase.
Grab a good deal too. Many companies, shows, programs, tours, etc. are featured on sites like City Pass, Groupon and Living Social. Check them out either before you come or while you're here. Sometimes you can get a great idea for a one-of-a-kind experience at a fantastic rate. Sites like these are usually good for several major cities so take the deals everywhere with you.
And, don't forget to show your socialability. A lot of our venues follow the "I'll show you mine if you show me yours" mentality. In short, Foursquare check ins are your friends and in high supply in NYC. Be rewarded with discounts, special rates or free items just for checking in to a venue.
Those small tips can make a world of difference while you're here. Happy planning and We'll see you soon!
If you were planning to visit the Statue of Liberty or Ellis Island this week, you were left disappointed. After a year of renovation, both are closed again owing to damage from Hurricane Sandy.
Thankfully, visitors can still get close enough to view the historic landmark with one of Circle Line's daily cruises.
Lady Liberty closed its doors for extensive renovations last October, but according to The New York Times, since many that visit Liberty Island don't actually go inside, the news had mixed results. Visitors eagerly planned to visit the statue last week but were not allowed on the water. Many opted for a guided water tour around the statue once restrictions were lifted instead.
Starting today, Circle Line will be operating on a normal schedule to help you get a view of the statue; limited cruises began Thursday, November 1. Guests can choose from our three-hour Full Island Cruise, two-hour Semi-Circle Cruise, and 75-minute Liberty Cruise—which focuses heavily on Lady Liberty herself. If you aren't available for a day cruise, join us for our two-hour Harbor Lights Cruise which sails as the sun sets (weekends only).
Each cruise features souvenir photography and refreshments (for a fee), weather protection and an expert tour guide.
Sail with us today!
New York’s favorite (and only) jet-powered, extreme thrill boat is tearing its way into the fall season! Now providing our guests with action-packed fun for longer than ever, THE BEAST will be running until mid-October. So grab your wind-breaker, make your way down to pier 83, and hang on tight (THE BEAST reaches speeds of up to 45 mph)!
4 Great Sights on The Beast this fall:
1. Hudson River Park – This bustling waterfront park runs from 59th street all the way to Battery Park. Popular activities in the park include biking, rollerblading, and jogging! Take in some of the crisp, refreshing fall air as you cruise along the Hudson River Park on THE BEAST this fall.
Photo credit: http://brokensidewalk.com/2009/07/30/highway-transformed-hudson-river-park/
2. Ellis Island – Once the busiest immigration center in the United States, the island now serves as The Ellis Island Immigration Museum, one of the country’s most popular historic sights. Visitors can research their ancestors through the American Family Immigration Center and piece together the history of their relatives who came to America through Ellis Island.
3. Governor’s Island – Relatively isolated for most of the year, Governor’s Island offers some of the most beautiful fall scenery in all of New York City. Soak in the glowing foliage, as THE BEAST makes its pit stop at the Statue of Liberty.
4. The Statue of Liberty— The most impressive and patriotic part of all BEAST tours is the unrivaled view of Lady Liberty! Get as close as you possibly can from the vantage point of New York Harbor, and take a snapshot in front of the definitive symbol of American Freedom!
COME RIDE THE BEAST TODAY!