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Manhattan by Sail and Dances of Vice present the enticing Burlesque Sail

Cassandra Rosebeetle
J. Sancho

A boat cruise past the iconic Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the New York waterfront is an indelible experience. Going on a New York City boat cruise with live entertainment, awesome bartenders and crew, and a hilarious event host is an opportunity that cannot be passed up. Manhattan by Sail offers such experiences with a variety of specialty cruises through the middle of October.

Some of the cruises include an LGBT Starlight Sail on select Sundays, a Craft Beer Tasting Sail with Urban Oyster craft beer experts, a romantic Jazz Sail, a Lobster and Beer Lovers Sail, and a Burlesque Sail. was invited on July’s Burlesque Sail (the cruise is every second Thursday through September), and it was amazing!

The staff –check-in personnel, Clipper City crew, and bartenders – were incredibly polite and professional, and facilitated a fun, and safe, environment. Entitled “Summer Nights,” the Burlesque Sail was presented by Dances of Vice – a leading New York event production company.

June’s Burlesque Sail was themed “1960s: Spy Cruise,” while this month’s cruise was a “1920s: Sailors and Sirens” sail. The floor dancers wore 1920s flapper costumes and beautiful time period-appropriate lingerie. Silk camisoles, satin chemises, garter belts, and corsets abounded, and the women wore their hair in soft finger waves and sleek bobs.

As DJ Va Va Voon spun Jazz Age music, dancers Rosie Cheeks, Cassandra Rosebeetle, and Gin Minsky teased, thrilled, and expertly entertained the crowd. Each performer seductively removed their elegant flapper dresses (exquisitely detailed with hand-sewn beads and sequins), to reveal hot bodies covered only by nipple tassels or pasties and barely-there thongs.

Host Bastard Keith was absolutely hilarious – roasting the audience and enlisting himself as a judge in a spanking competition. Dancers in period clothing performed The Black Bottom, the Charleston, and other 1920's dances, and some guests joined in for the waltz or just to cut a rug. The cruise is a fun time for groups of friends, or a couple looking for a date that is “outside the box.”

The next Burlesque Sail is on August 4, and has a "1950s: Golden Age of Hollywood,” theme. The boat sails from Battery Park at 9:45 p.m. More information is available here.

For information on the other Manhattan by Sail specialty cruises, visit

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