A Bit of Italy Comes to Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard

September 14, 2015

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Media Contact:  Janis Flippen Public Relations, 805-389-9495; janis@janisflippenpr.com

A Bit of Italy Comes to Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard…..Gondola Paradiso Brings Venetian Romance to the City by the Sea
 
Oxnard, CA – Visitors are invited to indulge in all the romance and tradition of Venice with a new attraction in Channel Islands Harbor – gondola cruises.  Operated by Gondola Paradiso, visitors can take a relaxing and romantic journey through the canals of the picturesque Channel Islands Harbor aboard Teresa, built and restored in southern California.
 
Owner, Mark Schooling brings 16 years of experience rowing gondolas through southern California to Oxnard.  “A gondola cruise is an unforgettable experience that is fun and relaxing on its own or as part of a larger event such as an anniversary or wedding,” stated Schooling.  “Everything is more romantic when viewed from a gondola and having a professional gondolier in charge means passengers can focus on each other and their surroundings,” he added.  
 
Prior to launching Gondola Paradiso, Schooling was an experienced gondolier at Gondola Operations in Newport Beach, Sunset Beach, and Long Beach.  He has helped train many gondoliers and participated in the 2013 US Gondola Nationals.
 
Reservations are now being accepted.  Cruises leave from Seabridge Marina located off South Victoria Avenue at Channel Islands Harbor.  To book a cruise, call 805-612-4475 or visit the website at www.gondolaparadiso.com.  For visitor information on Oxnard, contact the California Welcome Center in Oxnard at 805-988-0717 or visit the website at www.visitoxnard.com.
 
About Oxnard Convention & Visitors Bureau
Oxnard Convention & Visitors Bureau (OCVB) is a non-profit organization designed to increase visitor expenditures, and tourism revenue opportunities through the promotion of Oxnard as a premier travel destination.  Oxnard is an easy drive up the coast from Los Angeles or from the northern portions of California.  Visitors are encouraged to enjoy Oxnard’s uncrowded beaches, explore the many diverse attractions and outdoor adventures that are unique to the area.  A wide variety of hotel accommodations are available ranging from mid-priced rooms to oceanfront and seaside settings. 
 
About Gondola Paradiso
Founded in January 2014, Gondola Paradiso provides its clients with luxury Venetian-style cruises through the canals of the Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard.  Gondola Paradiso currently operates with one gondola, Teresa, one of the oldest, yet newest American gondolas on the waters today.  A batela a coa de gambaro is being constructed at the NW School for Wooden Boatbuilding and will join the fleet in late July 2014.  Photos and information can be found at www.gondolaparadiso.com/media.
 

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