The Island Adventure is part of the Water Taxi fleet. For guests looking for things to do in Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood, Florida, this boat has always been a great option for exploring the Intracoastal Waterway and visiting Water Taxi Cruise and Save Partners in these areas. Because of its large capacity, The Island Adventure is the perfect form of transportation for viewing all of the ship activities in Port Everglades and lots of other things along the way. But now, she needs a new lease on life and is going through a much-deserved keel to mast, stem to stern overhaul.Continue reading
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!
Nothing beats Holiday Charters on a Water Taxi being during the festive Holiday Season. It’s never too early to start planning! For the last 7 years, one or more of our large double deck Water Taxis has been entered in the Winterfest Boat Parade. Imagine decorating a Water Taxi for your own parade appearance. Get your family, co-workers or a group of friends together and be a part of the event that signals the start of the Holiday Season in Fort Lauderdale.Continue reading
The Fort Lauderdale Water Taxi has undergone a fantastic transformation over the last 7 years while maintaining its core mission of being a “trolley” on the water to take guests to all the fun places in Fort Lauderdale while enjoying a tour of the waterways dubbed, “The Venice of America.” The original Water Taxis were converted yacht club launches capable of carrying 26 guests and when the current owners acquired the business in 2007, there were a total of 5 Water Taxis in service. Today the Water Taxi operates 12 vessels with a combined carrying capacity of 1,019 guests. The fleet is supported by a 6 member engineering team utilizing a 17,000 sq-ft maintenance shed and waterfront facility. A customer service desk is staffed during all operating hours and Water Taxi locations are monitored with a state-of-the-art tracking system. Continue reading