Gondola Adventures uses "Neo-Venetian" gondolas, which have silent electric motors, allowing the gondoliers to steer instead of row. Some of the boats are black and mahogany with beautifully decorated canopy covers and inlaid roses, while others are all black. The distinctive and elegant interiors of the gondolas surround passengers in complete comfort. These more modern watercraft can travel further, if requested in advance, due to having a slightly greater range.
Nearly all of Gondola Adventures' cruises feature a slow tour through Newport Harbor's canal area, located at the harbor's northern end. The leisurely pace allows passengers to have a relaxing and romantic experience. Other gondolas used during the tours are "Venetian" gondolas, and are imported from Venice, Italy. For almost 1,000 years, Venetians have been building gondolas, and it has become an art form. The rowing gondolas are propelled the way gondolas are traditionally rowed in Venice, by oar and oarlock. The company also possesses the only operating "wedding gondolas" west of the Mississippi River. These gondolas feature very ornate decorations and carved decks. The "Lucia" wedding gondola also includes a canopy cover.
Gondola Adventures offers several specialty enhancements and amenities for their gondola cruises. Those taking a gondola cruise can either purchase wine or champagne from the company for their trip or bring their own for a corkage fee. All beverages are presented in a silver bucket with ice and served in glassware. Gondola Adventures is the only gondola company in Orange County with an ABC license. Gondola Adventures in Newport Beach - Photo: Gondola Adventures
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