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Rating: 4.4  175 rating points
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Fort Lauderdale's Venice of America Tour

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Take in the beautiful, lush scenery of Millionaires Row, the Intracoastal Waterway, and more during this relaxing narrated cruise.

Rating Date Attended Reviewer Gender Age Sort Descending Where From? Group Type?
Rating: 4
some good, some bad, but generally ok
Sun, May 30, 10   11:00 AM gilligan2010 Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
Was shorter than the 1.5 hours advertised (left 5 min late, returned about 10 min early)

Free drinks are a nice touch. Staff is courteous.

Difficult to hear the speakers. Views and ride itself are beautiful and relaxing.
Rating: 4
Interesting, Relaxing Way to Sightsee
Thu, May 20, 10   11:00 AM gailbuschen Female Unspecified Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
Clean, comfortable, pleasant way to see unique area of Ft. Lauderdale. Helpful staff.
Rating: 4
Fun time
Wed, May 13, 09   3:30 PM Nicluv2 Female Unspecified Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
This was a fun time for me and my mom who was coming in from out of town. The tour guide talked a bit too fast, but he was comical and fun. Since my mom and I were younger (under 50), we did not know many of the "famous" people. We enjoyed seeing the beautiful homes in the riverfront!
Rating: 5
SIT BACK AND RELAX
Wed, Mar 25, 09   2:00 PM wooooodie Male Unspecified Domestic Tourist(s) Unspecified
The "Good"---Take the Riverfront tour and bring your sunscreen! It's a nice, relaxing ride....not quite long enough to plan your whole day around, but well worth the price. Daytime tours are sun-filled, so bring water!

The crew is nice and the Captain is knowledgeable, however, if you are so busy talking to other passengers, you'll miss the humor the Captain relates in his tour narration. Paying attention is half the fun!

Just feet away from the ship are good, outdoor eateries, but food and drink are also available on board. Again, if you pay attention to the narration, you'll have the opportunity to win a free drink with a guessing game. My tour was on Wednesday at half-price, with drinks not included but tours with included drinks are also available for a few dollars more, without breaking the bank! Either way, it's fun.

The "Bad"---Know where you are going when you drive to the boat! This location is not easy to find. Your can park on either side of the river but you'll take a hike if you choose the side near the jail. Bring a good pair of sneakers and have have plenty of change on hand for parking meters! If you park on the same side of the river as the tour is located, there is a parking deck but bring a hand-held GPS unit to get you to the ticket booth!

All-in-all, it's a good time for all. Bring a few dollars to tip the crew and have a good, digital camera in hand and ready to use. Say thanks to the Captain! Remember, don't be sooooo busy talking that you miss the narration and keep in mind that others will miss what is said because you are talking!

As an added bonus, if you have some free time, watch how long it takes for the train to come across the bridge once the warning sounds and the bridge lowers! Hint, bring a deck of cards or a scrabble board while waiting for the train!
Rating: 3
Could be better
Sun, Nov 2, 08   5:00 PM simmons546 Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
The service was ok. I bought the tickets online, but they don't tell you that the boat doesn't leave if there isn't at least 10 people going on the tour. I got to the booth in Las Olas and the man says they don't have enough people to leave and told us to wait around. My advice is to purchase your tickets at the booth. Thankfully there was just enough people who decided to go on the tour, a total of 12. The tour itself wasn't so bad, especially since the boat show was also taking place at that time. We also saw an Obama sailboat, it was pretty hot looking!!!

They take your picture when you board and you have the option of purchasing a picture w/ keychain ($10). Take extra on board cash if you plan on buying a drink in addition to the one thats included or photo, no credit/debit card purchases.

The chairs on the boat are cheap plastic, I feel they could do better than some dollar store chairs, with all the money they make from touring.
Rating: 5
Another good cruise
Sun, Mar 15  3:00 PM bwschaar Male 70+ Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
We were aboard several years ago. It is always nice get the updated history and see the changes. Slight confusion where to pick up prepaid tickets. If not already mentioned - advise passengers to check in at the kiosk on the pier.
Rating: 5
Great tour
Thu, Mar 5  1:00 PM mvfirefly Male 70+ Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Good time well narrated had a great view
Rating: 5
Great Crew - Lots of Fun
Mon, Feb 9  3:00 PM mbd24k Female 70+ Combination Group of Friends
We were four - two from out West, and they enjoyed the experience, as we did. We have done this before, but our Captain was a hoot, so made it even better.
Rating: 4
Brief but pleasant tour
Mon, Jan 19  3:00 PM SamStevens Male 70+ International Tourist(s) Family Without Children
An interesting tour of some of Ft Lauderdale's waterways, with nice narration and noteworthy local info.
Rating: 5
A HIGHLIGHT OF OUR TRIP TO FLORIDA!
Sat, Jan 17  3:00 PM Dorothy21524 Female 70+ Unspecified Unspecified
Far surpassed what we expected. The boat wasn't too large or too crowded. The narration was informative and fun. An excellent experience on a lovely afternoon.