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About Gateway Clipper Fleet
For the best in Pittsburgh riverboat tours, choose to cruise with Gateway Clipper Fleet. For over 60 years, we have been sailing the Three Rivers hosting Pittsburgh sightseeing and dining cruises. We are also proud to present breathtaking Pittsburgh weddings, elegant corporate outings, and fun school and social events alike, all with the picturesque city skyline as the backdrop. Join us to experience the best tours that Pittsburgh has to offer. It only happens out on the water!
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tinky1242013 wrote a review Oct 3
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania139 contributions48 helpful votes
I went here with my family for the Pittsburgh Haunted Cruise. The cruise was very fun. Our tour guide’s name was Ron Zombie. He was very scary. The myths about the Monongahela monster do still exist today. The stories about Haunted Pittsburgh were very well told. It is fun for all ages.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Vinnie T wrote a review Sep 2020
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania81 contributions19 helpful votes
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I am an avid fan of the Gateway Clipper Fleet, and now having the full experience (did a sightseeing cruise, a dinner cruise, and a lock and dam cruise), I can safely say that I redid this review so I can point everything out! Pros: - All the boats are unique in their own way. - Staff was very friendly. - The buffet style of the dinner cruise (when I went during COVID-19) was organized and didn't feel too crowded. They had plentiful food so if you want seconds or thirds... go right at it! - The food in the Sunset Dinner Cruise was amazing, the pork was a knock-out, and while I despise cooked carrots... the carrots with glaze and pecans were very good! Go for a dining cruise if you want good food in big quantities (they're not absolutely fancy but they're great for what they are). - The sightseeing cruise is an abbreviated version of the dinner cruise but you can still take in on the sights. I'd say they are much better at night. - COVID procedures are being met. - I love the horns honestly, the Princess has the best (most beautiful sounding) one. Cons: - The seats are a little uncomfortable for plus size on the outside decks - The smell is rather weird inside all the vessels. - The Majestic (their biggest ship) was hit by a barge so instead of either fixing it or scrapping it, they leave it to rot. - I wish they sell merchandise of their boats (like shirts, toys, etc.) Caution For Those With Sensory Issues: - Some captains do warn you about the horn, some don't, and the music is pretty loud. Overall, I'm a big fan! This place is what made me like river/steamboats, and I'll be coming for years to come. Definitely stop at Station Square before/after your cruise (and either eat at Joe's or Hard Rock if you are not at a dinner cruise).
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Date of experience: September 2020
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mlorahga wrote a review Sep 2020
Augusta, Georgia1,303 contributions156 helpful votes
In town for a conference which had a fascinating Bridge and Waterway tour today covering each of Pittsburgh's three rivers. Only city in the world which has more bridges is Venice, Italy. The Gateway Clipper ship had everything we needed.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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selmar137 wrote a review Sep 2020
162 contributions6 helpful votes
I took my wife and daughter on the Clipper dinner cruise last night. It was an awesome experience. Beautiful sunset, food and drinks.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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MaritaGodfrey wrote a review Aug 2020
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania193 contributions90 helpful votes
We took the one-hour sightseeing cruise and, even though I have lived in Pittsburgh my whole life, I learned something new. The Grant Building is considered a lighthouse because of the light on top of it. It was not intended to keep boats safe but rather planes. Our excellent guide, Andrew, told us a funny story about the construction of the Highmark Building. The architect had designed it so that the building itself was supposed to be as tall as the spire is now, but the City changed its mind and wouldn't let him build that high. So, he changed his plans and added the pointy spire as a message to the City. The tour started up the Monongahela toward Oakland a short way, then back down to the Point and up the Allegheny towards Heinz, then back to the Ohio. The weather was iffy, but it didn't actually rain until we had debarked. In addition to the narration on the boat, there is plenty of history to be learned from the timeline murals that line the tunnel down to the dock. This is a nice way to spend an hour and it's super-cheap if you're a veteran. With proof of service, vets ride free and can purchase up to 8 additional tickets for half-price. My husband and I both rode for $10.50. This special price is for the sightseeing cruise only, not for the Lock and Dam cruise or any of the dinner or specialty cruises.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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