For as long as anyone can remember, the Fort Lauderdale Water Taxi has been shuttling guests to and from the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Many guests, however, may not have know that Water Taxi provides this critical service.
The Fort Lauderdale Boat Show is an enormous event taking place November 5th – 9th, 2015, and one you do not want to miss. With all of the hustle and bustle associated with the show, it would be easy for a visitor to miss the Water Taxi transportation information. This year Water Taxi is making an all-out effort to get the word out about how to use the Water Taxi system to get to the boat show. No one wants to end up stuck in interminable traffic, only to find there is either no parking or very expensive parking near the show venues.
In order to meet the demand generated by the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, every Water Taxi is pressed into service during the show. Water Taxi even charters additional vessels for the duration. Although the primary mission of Water Taxi during the boat show is to efficiently shuttle visitors to and from the event, guests are treated to an amazing view of the beautiful homes and yachts along the route. Each Water Taxi crew member is adept at providing entertaining and useful information and narration as the trip unwinds.
The Water Transportation Dock at Bahia Mar (Water Taxi Stop 7) is ground zero for Water Taxi shuttle operations to the show. Here you can see a line of Water Taxis ready to go. When visitors get to the Transportation Dock, they can buy a show ticket right there if they have not purchased one in advance.
The Water Taxi “Bayview” is shown here making a stop at Sails Marina where visitors will find some huge sail and power yachts. Vessels with a draft too deep to proceed further up the waterway are displayed at Sails Marina. If you missed it last year, the Columbia is a replica fishing schooner built with modern materials and outfitted like a yacht. She is truly breathtaking. By the way, THE best view of the Columbia last year was from the Water Taxi as it approached the Sails Marina dock.
Through running efficient routes, and with a very efficient boarding process, Water Taxi can help you beat the crowds. During peak boat show hours, boats can run quite full, but Water Taxi can accommodate over 1,000 guests on all Water Taxis combined. This photo illustrates another example of Water Taxi riders getting a spectacular view of the boat show along their trip.
Busy day at the Transportation dock.
The Fort Lauderdale Water Taxi fleet includes boats of all different sizes. The two largest Water Taxis, The Island Expedition and The Island Discovery, can each accommodate 200 guests at a time. These two boats are deployed on the New River route during the boat show to move large numbers of guests between the Las Olas Riverfront/Boulevard and the transportation Dock at Bahia Mar. As an additional bonus, when guests ride these larger Water Taxis, they have access to a bar, a bathroom, and air conditioning.
In the next blog, we will show some great fun photos of what guests might experience at the boat show such as this four-story water slide attached to a mega yacht!
Ciao for now!