Uber Launches Yacht Service for Art Basel in Miami

Dec 2, 2015

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Uber can be a great mode of transportation, especially in cities you’re visiting. The company is constantly adding new cities, offering neat opportunities for users, letting users check their rating instantly and introducing new ways to get around — including by yacht.

Those who’ve traveled to Miami before know that the traffic can be almost unbearable. Add the hectic nature of Miami Art Week to that, and the roadways are sure to be a mess. That’s why Uber launched UberBOAT in partnership with Stella Artois this week specifically for Art Basel; it will connect users from Miami Beach to the mainland and vice versa via Biscayne Bay on one of its six luxury yachts.

The UberBOAT Zone in Miami for Art Basel.
The UberBOAT Zone in Miami for Art Basel is below 46th Street on both sides of Biscayne Bay.

The service will be available from December 3-5 from 2pm to 12am and will work just like your usual Uber ride. If you’re in the UberBOAT Zone, select the UberBOAT option in the app. If connected, an Uber driver will pick up you and up to five of your friends who are 21 and older and drive you to the dock. You’ll take a luxury yacht across the Biscayne Bay to the opposite side, where another Uber car will pick you up and drive you to your final destination. The total cost for the trip, including auto transportation on both sides of the Bay, is $35. If your final destination is outside of the UberBOAT Zone, you’ll need to request another car at the end of the yacht portion of the trip.

Uber has a similar service in Istanbul, which it launched earlier this year to transport passengers across the Bosphorus Strait. In 2014, Uber had a boat service in Boston that took passengers around the city between popular hotels, tourist attractions and even Logan International Airport.

Ultimately, this is a sweet deal. You get both ground transportation and a trip on board a luxury yacht for just $35. If you’re in Miami for the week and want to avoid most of the road congestion, consider this option. If you haven’t yet used Uber, you can sign up here and get your first ride for free (up to $15). Use a credit card on the app to best maximize your point earnings, like the Chase Sapphire Preferred card, which will earn you 2 points per dollar on travel (including Uber).

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