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Only Duck Experience in U.S. With Exciting Multi-Media Theater  

NYC Ducks and its new duck mascot, Captain Henry, are new names for New York City’s first ever land and water visitor
experience.  Although the tour is steering away from the Splash Tours name, the improved product is still the only half-boat,
half-bus amphibious vehicle in the nation with an exciting multi-media theater component.  In the NYC Ducks Theater,
travelers are rocked and splashed through a duck-umentory, replicating Henry Hudson’s stormy voyage across the Atlantic
to the New World.  NYC Ducks will begin service on Friday, April, 4th. 


“We have heard our customers.  Our customers refer to it as a duck and identify with the duck name more readily
then the Splash Tours name, and we agree.  If it rides like a duck and splashes like a duck, then it’s a duck,” said Tom Lewis,
President, Gray Line New York Sightseeing.  “But it’s a duck tour like no other.”


Captain Henry will be introduced in conjunction with the new Duck theme to visitors at promotional events. 
Captain Henry will be dressed as Henry Hudson and outfitted with a tri-cornered captains hat, long coat and boots.


In addition to a new name and a new mascot, the Duck fleet itself will be expanded and rebranded.  The Duck fleet
meets rigid safety and environmental standards and has been designed to evoke the memory of Henry Hudson’s famous ship,
The Half Moon.


The NYC Ducks route starts in Times Square, on the east side of Broadway between 47th and 48th Streets and
navigates the streets of Manhattan to the waters of the Hudson River.  Along the way, entertaining and informative tour guides
point out some of New York City’s world-famous sites.  At the edge of the Hudson, the Duck will enter the NYC Ducks Theater for an exhilarating multi-media experience, simulating Henry Hudson’s journey, complete with the sights and sounds – the rushing wind and other surprises – of an Atlantic sea voyage.


Then the Duck splashes into the Hudson River for an explorer’s eye view of the New York skyline, something Henry Hudson never saw.   After returning to land the Duck travels back to Times Square.


The total trip time is 75 minutes.  Ducks can accommodate 44 customers or shipmates plus two crewmembers.  The new
Duck Fleet will be introduced on April 4th and the land and water Duck explorations will operate through October, and may extend through November depending on weather conditions.


“This partnership between Gray Line, the nation’s premier sightseeing bus operator, and NY Waterway, with our 20-year
maritime history of leisure cruises and commuter ferry service, assures NYC Ducks’ customers an exciting and memorable experience,” said Arthur E. Imperatore, Jr., a managing member of New York Splash Tours, LLC.


Special introductory NYC Ducks fares are $19 for adults and $9 for children 3 to 11 years old.


Sightseers also can purchase an NYC Ducks + All Loops Tour Combo, including a two-day hop-on, hop-off pass on Gray
Line New York Sightseeing double decker buses and a NYC Duck Tour ticket.  Introductory fares for this Tour Combo are
$55 for adults and $45 for children 3 to 11.


Customers can purchase tickets online at, with an authorized Gray Line New York Sightseeing or
NYC Ducks Sales Associate,
or call 1-888-8-DUCKS-0 (1-888-838-2570).


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