Pittsburgh Water Limo
has expanded its nautical taxi service with an evening party boat and a new baseball cruise.
Starting this summer, the limo sets sail with a Weekend Loop, a continuous ride that ferries passengers to many of the city’s riverside restaurants, clubs and bars at three ports—the Strip, the North Shore and Station Square. The deal includes free cover and discounts at participating establishments.
A second Pirates Package offers fans not only a free roundtrip cruise on game day but a drink too, all for the box office price of a game ticket. Pirate tickets must be purchased through Pittsburgh Water Limo.
“Why would anyone want to go any other way,” asks Capt. Mark Schiller, who is pleased to have expanded the operation. “You can enjoy a drink on the boat, see the city lights and avoid of hassle of parking and driving.”
Want to jump on board at the Convention Center, the Westin, and Marriot or from the Encore or Gateway Towers? Call the “boat phone” for a pickup at any downtown wharf location. “We pull over, pick up and keep on moving,” he says.
The Weekend Loop runs every Friday and Saturday starting at 8 p.m. and continuously visits the three dock landings until 1:45 a.m. A Ride All Night Pass costs $8; a 2-stop pass is $4. In addition, 10 landside partners offer special incentives for Party Boat patrons that range from no cover charge to food and drink discounts.
It costs more to park your car at Station Square on the weekend, Schiller notes.
Game tickets sold through Water Limo include seven ticket deals, ranging from $10 cheap seats to $52 Club Sections. Regular round-trip tickets from the Cork Factory and Lock One Marina to a Pirates game cost $6 for adults, $2 for children. On board drinks are $2 for bottled water and soft drinks to $4 for mixed drinks.
Water Limo was started 10 years as a hobby. Full bookings for Steelers' games proved that the water taxi was in demand. The boat also offers private charter packages to groups.
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Writer: Debra Diamond Smit
Source: Capt. Mark Schiller, Pittsburgh Water LimoImage courtesy Kevin Smay for Pittsburgh Water Limo