Queens, Brooklyn to Join Circle Line Fleet

New ferries welcomed with 1940s-style carnival

Two new ships are coming in for Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises and to celebrate, the 64-year-old company will throw a 1940’s-style carnival free to the public in June.

In September, Circle Line took delivery of its first new boat, the Manhattan, which was christened by its godmother, Whoopi Goldberg. Most of Circle Line's fleet is made up of boats that were originally used to transport U.S. troops during World War II.

The new ships are designed to look like the old ones, but offer more space, better views and air conditioning. The new ferry Queens will join the fleet this month with Brooklyn due to arrive in June, a company official said.

The June 20 carnival, will take place at Pier 81 on Manhattan. There will be free cruises down toward the Statue of Liberty, a merry-go-round, carnival entertainers and barbecue. And although the event will be free, donations will be encouraged, which will go to local charities.

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