FAQs and Answers About Statue Cruises
If you’re planning an Ellis Island or Statue of Liberty event, you will need to ride a ferry to the site. In addition to providing transportation to and from the island, statue cruises are also an ideal way to get a full view of the Statue of Liberty and surrounding area. Here is what you need to know about cruising to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
How do I purchase tickets?
Advanced tickets can be purchased online and at many hotels and ticketing windows throughout NYC. For groups of less than 59 people, individual tickets are used. For groups over 60, you make reservations for group tickets. Tickets purchased online can be delivered as e-tickets. Other tickets must be picked up at a ticketing window or at will call. Keep in mind that you cannot use National Park Passes on Liberty or Ellis Islands or to purchase a ferry ticket.
What is the security process?
Security processing is required before you can board the ferry, so make sure to arrive in time for the screening. Generally, screening takes about five to 10 minutes, but can take longer at times of high demand. The process is similar to airport screening and involves allowing your bags to be X-rayed. Large baggage, coolers, knives, tools, mace, weapons, packages, and explosives are all prohibited. If you are concerned about the timing of the screening process, consider leaving from the Liberty State Park site in New Jersey, which typically has smaller crowds.
What is included in a ticket?
All tickets include round-trip ferry travel between the departure point and Liberty and Ellis Island and an audio tour of the islands. You can opt to depart Liberty or Ellis Island from a different location than you disembarked the ferry.
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