NEW YORK – After closing on October 29, 2012 due to Hurricane Sandy, Liberty Island and its famous statue will officially re-open on July 4, 2013. In anticipation of the re-opening, Statue Cruises is expanding its daily Statue of Liberty Harbor Tours until the official opening date.
“We are pleased that the National Park Service has announced an official re-opening date for the Statue of Liberty along with an enhanced visitor experience with reduced wait times,” said Statue Cruises CEO/Founder, Terry MacRae. “We are looking forward to putting our crew back to work carrying visitors to the world’s greatest symbol of liberty. In the interim, we offer a great cruise to Lady Liberty with uniformed rangers on board departing frequently from Battery Park.”
The Statue of Liberty Harbor Tours give guests close views of the Statue of Liberty with up to 20 departures a day. The hour-long ride also reveals views of other New York City landmarks, including Ellis Island, the 9-11 Memorial and Brooklyn Bridge.
Though Hurricane Sandy did not damage the Statue of Liberty itself, the island’s utilities, backup generator and power systems were destroyed. Docks and pathways were also damaged. Ellis Island is also currently closed, though there is no current reopening timeline for the site.