Riverboat Cruises on the Gateway Clipper Fleet (Sun., 7/7/24)

Pittsburgh Riverboat Cruises — Gateway Clipper Fleet. 

Sightseeing from the top deck after brunch.

Sightseeing from the top deck of a Gateway Clipper ship on a dining cruise. (photo: Heather McCracken).

The Gateway Clipper Fleet has long been a crown jewel in the culture of Pittsburgh. Started by John E. Connelly with one riverboat in 1958, the outfit has grown and now boasts five vessels. The Gateway Clipper Fleet is still locally owned and operated by third generation owner, Terry Wirginis. Dining, sightseeing, and entertainment cruises make up the majority of the Fleet’s sailings. The riverboats are also available for private functions. Many a Pittsburgh young un’ got their first taste of river adventure on the former Good Ship Lollipop of the Fleet. Kid cruises are still a fun attraction for many and are much more elaborate these days with various themes and costumed performers. Moonlight Dance Cruises are especially popular and feature dining, dancing, and drinking. They sail every Friday night from 11 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. And if you really want to chow down enjoy the dinner cruises. There are also wine tasting cruises. The Gateway Clipper Fleet has its own dock at Station Square and operates throughout the year. 350 W. Station Square Dr., Station Square. (R.H.)

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