Frozen Hudson River halts Circle Line boat tours

Posted at 12:57 PM, Feb 20, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-20 12:57:04-05

MANHATTAN (PIX11) – It’s so cold that even New York City’s ubiquitous sightseeing boats are out of commission, locked into their docks by a frozen, impassable Hudson River.

The Circle Line has cancelled all of its tours Friday because of ice, a manager told PIX11 News. Their entire fleet is surrounded by ice and immobile.

Anyone who bought tickets for a Friday tour can use them at a later date, when the ice has melted enough to let boats through, the manager said. Customers who cannot reschedule their trip will be given a refund, the manager said.

They’ll be making their decisions on an hourly basis as they analyze the ice pack. If the wind shifts and causes the ice the move out of the eastern shore of the Hudson and toward the middle of the river, tours may be possible Friday.

But while that’s unlikely, the Circle Line’s manager is optimistic that trips may resume Saturday. Temperatures on Sunday are expected to rebound into the 40s, making it all but certain that the tour boats will again by circling Manhattan, leaving from Pier 83 on West 42nd Street.

In the grip of frigid Siberian air, the tri-state has been breaking cold weather records all morning. Central Park dipped to a mere 2 degrees, shattering a record low of 6 degrees set in 1950.

A couple visiting New York City from the midlands of England compared the city’s frozen state to Lapland, the northernmost region of Finland where they visited on their last vacation.