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Rating: 4.3  176 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
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
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.
Rating: 5
Pleasant harbor cruise
Sun, Nov 30, 14   1:00 PM HGKmrer Male 70+ Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Very pleasant harbor cruise, good info as we went.
Rating: 4
pleasant afternoon
Thu, May 8, 14   1:00 PM PearlKaplan Male 70+ Local Group of Friends
nice way to spend an afternoon with friends
Rating: 4
Good overview of waterfront Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Mon, Mar 24, 14   11:00 AM janjan19 Female 70+ Local Group of Friends
Ticket checkin person not the most welcoming!!! Service of vessel should have been done BEFORE time to board. We shouldn't have to wait around for an oil change - surely this is a routine service for the craft.

Other than that, a pleasant way to show visitors the waterfront area for an hour and a half.
Rating: 4
Enjoyable
Wed, Mar 19, 14   1:00 PM RMathieu Male 70+ Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
My wife, daughter and I enjoyed the tour. It was similar to one we took about 18 years ago, also in Fr. Lauderdale. The speaker for the tour was knowledgeable about what we saw and made for an interesting hour and a half.