Romance of Old Venice Graces the Miami Waterfront

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Miami visitors are surprised and delighted by the Miami gondola cruising the shoreline. The “Natalia” offers an escape from the usual crowds, and a unique view of the beautiful downtown skyline. With dinner and music, and a personal gondolier, an evening on board is designed to provide a memorable romantic experience or a very special private sightseeing tour.

Visitors to Miami’s Bayside Marketplace may be startled to find a touch of old-world romance on the waterfront. Their eyes are not deceiving them—they really are seeing a Venetian-style gondola, complete with gondolier, docked there. But this is a Miami gondola that offers guests a secluded private cruise along the city’s shore.

One of the most popular and unusual attractions in the Miami area, the Miami gondola “Natalia” is a 30-foot vessel built for a couple or a small group to enjoy. Beautifully hand-crafted out of walnut and red mahogany, the “Natalia” is a special favorite of customers who have been enjoying Miami’s shoreline for years. Guests on board have rarely seen anything like it, and come away having had a memorable cruise experience designed to pamper and entertain.

Visitors and residents alike often go in search of a unique setting in Miami for romantic getaways, intimate weddings, private dinner cruises, and small-group sightseeing. The “Natalia” is a frequent choice, and early reservations for the Miami gondola are encouraged because it is in such demand. Whether the object is romance, or a small outing for a few friends and family, the “Natalia” offers an escape from the usual crowds, and a unique view of the beautiful downtown skyline.

With a personal gondolier guiding the craft past the Port of Miami, Brickell Key Island, and the mansions along Brickell Avenue for a “closer-than-usual” look, cameras are a “must.” The Miami gondola accommodates up to four people. On board is a stereo system and a CD player, as well as a canopy cover that allows for a bit more privacy along the busy shoreline.

The flat rate for the one-hour gondola cruise with up to four people aboard can be upgraded to an impressive three-course dinner priced per person. Tempting entrees such as a New York Sirloin, Sauteed Red Snapper, or Chicken Marsala, can be followed by luscious desserts such as Decadent Chocolate Cake or Key Lime Pie. The entire evening is designed to provide a memorable romantic experience or a very special sightseeing tour along the waterfront.

Though most trips begin at Island Queen Cruises’ home dock at Bayside Marina, delivery and dockage at other docks is available for an extra fee. The company website (http://www.islandqueencruises.com) features photo galleries where guests can see both interior and exterior shots of the “Natalia,” and begin to plan their perfect private cruise.

The gondola is also part of the Biscayne Lady Yacht Charters fleet, which specializes in cruises and charters serving all sizes and types of groups and outings. Many call the “Natalia” the jewel in their crown. Miami is an international city, but even its most cosmopolitan visitors are surprised and delighted by the Miami gondola cruising the shoreline.

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