I am posting this review because it is a question that seems to come up a lot and I was one of those people agonising over what would be the best value for money without being too crowded.
I am 52 (male) and my partner is 55 (female). I booked the Circle Line Cruise, which included free bar and canapés with party favours and champagne toast for $120 per person. Being considerably cheaper than a lot of other choices I was slightly apprehensive about what to expect but what the hell, fireworks over the Statue of Liberty while drinking champagne, what more could I ask for.
I have to say that I was extremely impressed. Numbers were just right and even though it was sleeting most of the time thus encouraging everyone to stay inside until midnight, it definitely did not feel too crowded. The guests were a mixture of all ages and nationalities; the staff were very welcoming and friendly. The canapés were constantly being offered around and were a very impressive selection of hot and cold food including seafood. After the initial queue for drinks went down there was never more than a 5 minute wait and the staff actively tried to reduce waiting times by offering bottles of beer and wine down the length of the queue. All types of alcohol appeared to be available and there was never a shortage of anything even at the very end of the cruise.
There was also a DJ playing really good, classic dance music (although this is obviously very subjective).
Everyone was well behaved, good-natured and had a marvellous time with no obvious drunkenness.
I can fully recommend this option for the future and would not hesitate to book it again.