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Meghan Markle’s favorite New York hotel offers a two-hour boat ride to the Statue of Liberty for $525 per person… so is it really worth it?

This chic cruise certainly turns the phrase ‘plain sailing’ on its head.

Because there’s nothing simple about The Mark Hotel’s Spring sailing experience, giving passengers a taste of what life is like for the other half aboard a dreamy 72-foot antique sailboat.

The hotel – beloved by celebrities, including Meghan Markle, who hosted her baby shower in the $75,000-a-night penthouse – has been running its luxury sailing for seven years and continues to lure passengers despite the $525-per-person price tag.

But after you step aboard and get a taste of luxury life on the high seas, it’s easy to understand why this two-hour trip is virtually sold out for the summer months among travelers with deep pockets.

The boat departs from Tribeca’s North Cove Marina, considered one of New York’s most beautiful mega marinas. The boat docks are surrounded by mature trees and offer views of New Jersey and beyond.

The Mark Hotel's Spring Sailing experience takes place aboard a dreamy 70-foot antique sailboat.  It is in its seventh year and continues to lure passengers despite its $525 per person price tag

The Mark Hotel’s Spring Sailing experience takes place aboard a dreamy 70-foot antique sailboat. It is in its seventh year and continues to lure passengers despite its $525 per person price tag

The boat departs from Tribeca's North Cove Marina, considered one of New York's most beautiful mega-marinas, with the docks framed by mature trees and views of New Jersey beyond.

During the trip the sailboat sails past the Statue of Liberty with a beautiful view at sunset

The boat departs from Tribeca’s North Cove Marina, considered one of New York’s most beautiful mega-marinas, with docks framed by mature trees and views of New Jersey and beyond

After a period of rainy weather in New York, the sun appeared for Sadie's sunset sail

After a rainstorm in New York, the sun shone during Sadie’s sunset sail

Upon arrival at 6.15pm at The Mark harbour, as indicated, expectations are rising.

My partner and I stand behind a line of other well-dressed passengers who are checked in one by one.

Designed in the early 20th century by Rhode Island-based naval architect Nathanael Greene Herreshoff, the Royal Sailing Ship Herreshoff accommodates 25 passengers on its polished deck.

Once the crew has rigged the boat, it’s time for us to board, and we opt for a prime seat at the stern behind the captain’s wheel, while others gather around the mast area with small benches attached to the deck.

After a period of rainy weather in New York, the sun comes out just in time and we set sail with a blue sky above.

After a safety briefing, the food and drinks service begins and we feel like princes and princesses, as opposed to pirates, with a nice range of delicacies on the menu.

To kick off the evening, bottles of champagne are passed around and a refreshing Grand Blanc Extra Brut from Philipponnat is highly recommended.

It pairs wonderfully with round fresh oysters, which have a simple dressing in the form of ground pepper.

Sadie says The Mark's 'sailboat romance is hard to beat'

Sadie says the ‘romance of The Mark’s sailboat is hard to beat’

The canapés on the night Sadie left came courtesy of the team at Jean-Georges' The Mark Restaurant

Rounds of fresh oysters were passed around with a simple dressing in the form of ground pepper

The snacks on the night Sadie left came courtesy of the team at Jean-Georges’ The Mark Restaurant

Sadie shared the itinerary:

Sadie shared the itinerary: “From Tribeca’s North Cove Marina we sailed along the west side of Manhattan, with the Financial District in view, and from there we headed straight to the Statue of Liberty as the sun began to set.”

The canapés on the evening we sail come courtesy of the team at The Mark Restaurant by Jean-Georges.

In addition to oysters, many other delicacies come up from below deck, such as mini Maine lobster rolls, blinis with caviar and crispy yet juicy shrimp with a sweet chili sauce.

In addition to the food, we also enjoy the beautiful view of the city.

From Tribeca’s North Cove Marina we’ll drift along the west side of Manhattan, taking in the Financial District and from there we’ll head to the Statue of Liberty as the sun sets.

After the champagne, more wines are passed around and we choose a pinot noir from Domaine Pierre Gelin Fixin.

One guest, an enthusiastic sailor dressed in deck shoes, feels more lubricated and strikes up a conversation with the captain, asking his advice about sailing routes in Bermuda, where his own boat is moored.

Once everyone on board has captured some top photos of Lady Liberty bathed in the golden hues of the sunset, we begin our journey back to the marina.

To get back to the city, we use the engine instead of the sails, while the soft whirring serves as the soundtrack.

Back at the dock I feel a little wobbly as I disembark. I’m not sure if it’s because I was on the water for two hours or the copious amounts of wine I drank.

All in all, the Mark sailing trip made for a very memorable journey.

I’ve taken many boat trips from Manhattan, from the free Staten Island ferry to an evening cruise on a friend’s yacht, but the romance of The Mark’s sailboat is hard to beat.

I’m starting to save for next year now.

For more information about summer sailing with The Mark visit resy.comThe hotel is also offering a unique package with guaranteed seats for the first ever VIP 4th of July Sail. Non-stay seats start from $898 per ticket, while the price for the overnight package starts at $2,660 per night, with a minimum stay of three nights.

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