The river cruises in Pittsburgh are associated with the growth and history of the area, mainly because without the rivers there would be no Pittsburgh. River tours are extremely important to the area, as without physically getting onto the river, one cannot really get the feel of what made the spirit of this city develop to what it is today.
With its strategic location associated with the rivers-Ohio, Monongahela, and Allegheny Rivers-landmarks line the rivers which point out its fascinating past, making them the lifeline of the region. Voted as America’s Most Livable City, Pittsburgh river tours make dining and live entertainment, combined with panoramic views of this magnificent city, an unforgettable event of both past and present.
Gateway Clipper Fleet
The Gateway Clipper Fleet offers both public and private event cruises, with the family business involved with river cruises for over 50 years. Beginning as a single operation, it currently has a fleet of five riverboats which sail year round for a wide variety of cruises-dining, sightseeing, and privately charter cruises along with themed river cruises.
The Gateway was named after Pittsburgh, which was once nicknamed “Gateway to the West” with the original riverboat called Gateway Clipper in 1958. Two more fleet had been expanded by the 1960s with the addition of the Party Liner and the Good Ship Lollipop. Presently, there are five ships in the fleet: a 1,000-passenger ship called the Majestic; a 600-passenger ship called the Empress which originally called the Party Liner; the former Keystone Belle now a 400-passenger ship called the Princess; the former Liberty Belle the present 300-passenger ship Duchess; and the 150-passenger ship formerly called the Good Ship Lollipop with its historical narrator Lolli the Clown, and then the City of Champions, presently called the Countess. The Party Linger is a towboat pushed barge, not a ship as the others.
Famous for its wide-diversity of cruise types, the Gateway Clipper Fleet offers river cruises for school groups, formal dinner cruises, everyday tourists and visitors, and everyone in-between. But they also offer shuttle service to important attractions, such as the PNC Park and the Heinz Field whenever the home games are played by the Pitt Panthers, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Pittsburgh Steelers.
Just Ducky Tours
The Just Ducky Tours are both land and water tours, with a wide range of downtown attractions while also entering one of the three rivers to make the trip that much more enjoyable. Located at the Station Square in the Bessemer Court area, the Just Ducky Tours are located between Hard Rock Caf and Starbucks.
Pittsburgh Cruise Lines
The Pittsburgh Water Limo and Pittsburgh Cruise Lines provide a perfect solution for something different, or a night that stands out above all others. Shuttles are available when sporting events are in town, with game day shuttles offering a game day water limo ferrying passengers from Clemente Bridge to the Gate A Water-Side entrance of Heinz Field. Beginning its water routes three hours before all Steeler games, and two hours before the Pitt games, the water limo provides return trips at the end of the 3rd quarter or halftime if the weather is seriously bad, running one hour from the end of the game.
Some of the top quality luncheon cruises in the magnificent city of Pittsburgh are the Lunch Cruise from January to April & November, in addition to a cruise from May to October & December. Consisting of a cruise, lunch and a show, bountiful buffets with quality singers entertaining the guests make these two hours not only fun but relaxing.
Both cruises take tourists and visitors to not only Penn’s Landing where William Penn first touched ground as the founder of Philadelphia, but also the Delaware River, named after Lord Delaware who was the first governor of the Virginia Colony. Additional tourist hot spots for this tour are Shot Tower, the ship S.S. United States, Gazela and Tugboat Jupiter, Old Christ’s Church and Burial Ground, Ben Franklin and Walt Whitman Bridges, Independence Seaport Museum, Sports Complex, Naval Shipyard, Camden Waterfront, and ending in the Philadelphia and Camden Skyline.
Private River Cruise aboard the Gateway Clippers “Duchess”or “Princess”
If romance is something in mind or just a place to get away from it all, a private river cruise can be scheduled on the Duchess or Princess ships of the Gateway Clipper. With a run of the deck for the couple, the captain also pulls over on request by the couple to checkout a few hot spots-the evening is theirs-with the most popular spots including the Point and the Heinz Field. Additional amenities are available at additional fees: dinner, champagne, lots and lots of flower, and a strolling violinist.
Majestic America Line and River Barge Excursions
The Majestic America Line and River Barge Excursions have just finished up its cruises for 2008, and are currently in the process of being sold or closing down. For this reason, they will not be operating in 2009 or beyond until further notified.