The person who posted the photo on Twitter said no one was wearing masks or wearing any social distancing.
Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer said her office will contact city and state agencies about the incident.
The sheriff’s office later said his deputies intercepted the ship’s owners and captain and arrested them for organizing an illegal party in violation of social distancing provisions in the city’s emergency decrees and the State as well as other charges.
A request for comment from Empire Cruises was not immediately returned.
The company shut down operations in March due to the COVID-19 outbreak and a city emergency decree, according to its website.