Custom Tours Offer Sightseers Unique Views of Miami

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Miami tours along the coast are among the area’s most popular attractions. Visitors are often surprised to learn that there are dozens of options for seeing the city from the vantage point of a cruise. Miami sightseeing cruises are designed for every age and personality, ranging from thrilling and fast to relaxing and enjoyable.

No South Florida vacation is complete without experiencing the spectacular view of Miami from a cruise on Biscayne Bay. Miami tours along the coast are among the most popular attractions in the area. Visitors are often surprised to learn that there are dozens of options for seeing the city from the vantage point of a cruise.

From the deck of a modern and beautifully appointed yacht, guests can enjoy Miami tours designed for every age and personality, ranging from thrilling and fast to relaxing and enjoyable. Choices include cruises on the sightseeing tour boats, exhilarating speedboat rides, or intimate dinner cruises.

Bi-lingual narrated tours are most popular, and views of the beautiful downtown Miami skyline, the Port of Miami, Brickell Key, Fisher Island, and the celebrity filled islands of Miami Beach known as Millionaire’s Row draw thousands each year.

There is no lack of comfort and amenities on board, putting the sightseeing cruises a step above land-based Miami tours. Air-conditioned salons enclosed by picture windows ensure that guests can behold the fabulous views without sacrificing comfort. On upper decks, guests can take in the fresh ocean breeze with their favorite soft drink, cocktail, or light snack available for sale on board.

Miami tours can be custom designed to cater to social events and group outings as well. They are frequently booked by groups, with discounts for 20 or more passengers, and private charters are available. Special discounted rates offered through tour operators and travel agents draw thousands to the yachts. Many guests learn about sightseeing cruises through their hotels, groups, or companies that give cruises as employee incentives, convention favors, or gifts.

Captain Mike Simpson is convinced that people never get enough of seeing Miami from the water. Simpson presides over the Miami tours organized by Island Queen Cruises, and says there is practically no limit to the options available. “Our fleet includes yachts like the Island Queen, the Island Lady, and the Pink Lady.” These luxury vessels offer the utmost in comfort and style for up to 140 passengers. “But,” Simpson continues, “our guests can also choose an exhilarating Miami sightseeing tour aboard our speedboat, the Bayside Blaster, or a more intimate, relaxing Miami sightseeing tour on the Natalia, a Venetian-style gondola that accommodates up to four passengers.”

To help visitors planning their South Florida sightseeing, the Island Queen website (http://www.islandqueencruises.com) features a photo gallery of the tour vessel fleet, with pictures taken from the rail. “Once people see those spectacular views, they make cruises on our yachts a permanent part of their Miami sightseeing plans.”

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