Lifestyle NYC cruises with a twist: Celebrate summer on a boat By NINA RUGGIERO Updated August 7, 2014 10:09 AM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email Instead of sitting back and watching summer slip right through your fingertips, it's time to grab it by the horns. And where's the best place to do that? On a boat, obviously. Leave the Circle Line for the tourists, because these cruises are anything but ordinary. You'll indulge in fresh local grub, enjoy some off-kilter entertainment, and maybe even learn a thing or two.Yelling, "I'm on a boat!" never felt this good. Sample sushi and sake Photo Credit: SailNYC Whether you're trying to impress your date or just get your fill of fresh seafood out on the water, the Morimoto Sunset Sushi Cruise serves up sushi from NYC's Iron Chef Morimoto along with an assortment of crisp sake.While you nosh, enjoy unparalleled views of the skyline, Ellis Island and more aboard the Classic Harbor Line's newest and largest vessel, the America 2.0. Book it: $124, at zerve.com/sailnyc See a burlesque show Photo Credit: Facebook Forget dinner and a movie, and spice things up with a sail and some live entertainment. Manhattan By Sail's Clipper City and Dances of Vice are working together to bring you one sultry cruise-- complete with a burlesque and variety show, plus plenty of drink specials to go around. All they ask is that you leave your inhibitions on the dock. Book: $28, at manhattanbysail.com Learn about architecture Photo Credit: SailNYC You may already know that the best views of the Manhattan skyline are seen by water, but even most lifelong New Yorkers don't take the time to get to know every building they pass. The American Institute of Architects' New York Chapter has teamed up with the Classic Harbor Line to host the Around Manhattan Architecture Tour, a three hour and 15 minute sail that circles Manhattan while guides point out classic, new and notable sites-- and guests enjoy beverages and snacks. Book it: $46-76 adults, $32-58 students at sail-nyc.com Chow down on Luke's Lobster (and craft beer!) Photo Credit: Manhattan By Sail Send summer out with a bang with two quintessential NYC must-haves of the season-- Luke's Lobster and local craft beer.You'll be sipping unlimited brews and snacking on two Maine-style lobster rolls, chips, pickles and potato salad while feeling the cool, salty wind in your hair and taking in unforgettable views aboard the Clipper City. Book: $89, at manhattanbysail.com See a full moon Photo Credit: SailNYC What's better than seeing the city lights at night from a peaceful spot on the water? Adding in a luminous full moon. Feel the magic-- and sip on champagne, wine, beer and soda -- while taking in the sights, including a glowing Statue of Liberty, aboard the Schooner Adirondack, an intimate 80-foot yacht. Book it: $124, at zerve.com/sailnyc Have brunch Photo Credit: SailNYC Boozy brunches are fun, we agree, but why hole up in a dark restaurant on a beautiful summer day?The Manhattan, Classic Harbor Line's 1920s style luxury yacht, serves up a buffet filled with savory and sweet breakfast favorites, including quiche, sausage, smoked salmon and fresh baked goods from NYC hot spots. Each guest gets one complimentary beverage (yes, there will be champagne, Bloody Marys and Mimosas), and a bar will be on board for those who need an extra kick to start their day. The best part? You'll have a little more than two and a half hours to enjoy it all while you take in sights of the city including the George Washington Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, the United Nations Building and much more. Book it: $88 at zerve.com/sailnyc Become a wine connoisseur Photo Credit: Nina Ruggiero What could make you feel more sophisticated than learning about fine wines and nibbling on cheese aboard a Gatsby-era yacht? The answer is, well, probably nothing. Shearwater Sailing, along with wine importers Frederick Wildman and Sons, offers a series of two hour Sunday afternoon wine tasting sails, with perfectly seasonal upcoming themes that include summer breeze chillers and seafood wines. Book it: $95, at shearwatersailing.com By NINA RUGGIERO Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.