Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises and the Coney Island Polar Bear Club are teaming up at the end of February for the third annual "Naked" Polar Bear Cruise.

You may know Circle Line for their fun cruises that tourists (and yours truly) love to take advantage of, and you may know the Polar Bear Club as a group of brave souls who strip down to their skivvies and run into the cold ocean at Coney Island. Why are the two joining forces? For a good cause, namely the Wildlife Conservation Society.

The Wildlife Conservation Society oversees the Bronx Zoo and New York Aquarium. All of this year's proceeds will benefit them and unlike the annual Polar Bear Plunge, you needn't jump into the ice cold water. Those who would like to participate will get "naked" (swimsuits) and in exchange, ride for free. Spectators who would like to attend but don't wish to strip will pay the small $20 fee and "naked" participants are encouraged to seek support in the form of sponsors. Sponsorship will award passengers for each minute they're out in the cold, and whenever they need to get cozy, participants are welcome to enjoy free hot cocoa.

The third annual "Naked" Polar Bear Cruise will take place on February 26th at Pier 83 and boarding will begin at 10:30 am. This could be super fun to do with a big group...and it's for a great cause too!

To purchase tickets, click here and for sponsorship forms, click here.

“Naked” Polar Bear Cruise
February 26, 2011
Boarding Begins at 10:30 a.m.; Cruise Returns to Port at 12 noon
Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises
Pier 83, West 42nd Street on the Hudson River
New York, NY 10036

-- Samantha Chin, NYCRD Contributor

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