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Hornblower Cruises & Events

San Francisco and Berkeley Wedding Venue

San Francisco and Berkeley, California

Contact: Charter Sales Manager
Phone: 415/438-8300
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Why We Like This Place

Offering some of the most stunning views in the world, the San Francisco Bay is a wedding destination in itself. When you’re out on its vibrant blue waters, there are picture-perfect panoramas wherever you look: landmarks like the Bay Bridge, Golden Gate Bridge, and sun-washed Alcatraz Island; the forested Marin headlands; and San Francisco’s famous skyline. One of the best ways to merge these scenic glories with a topnotch celebration is with Hornblower Cruises & Events. From glamorous yachts to a replica of a turn-of-the-century coastal steamer, Hornblower’s wide range of vessels combine the facilities of a fine restaurant with the excitement of a bay cruise. Whether you’re planning a fabulous affair for 2,000 people or an intimate get-together with your closest friends, one of Hornblower’s San Francisco Bay-based fleet will provide a spectacular setting.

The Commodore Hornblower, a 90-foot custom-built wood yacht, comes with two decks and two bars. The Empress Hornblower, is a 100-foot vessel reminiscent of river ferryboats. Outfitted with the rich woods and shining brass typical of the Hornblower fleet, she features indoor decks, an awning-covered outdoor deck, two dance floors and two bars. The Sunset Hornblower is a 100-foot charter ship that was recently refurbished. She has two decks appointed with mahogany and brass, as well as two bars.

The newest addition to the Hornblower fleet is the 150-foot, sleek and modern San Francisco Spirit. Live large on this 400-person craft, with marble dance floors and elegant appointments that create a luxurious atmosphere.

The 183-foot California Hornblower is patterned after early 19th-century steamships and is the flagship of the Hornblower fleet. Boasting three decks, dining salons and mahogany bars, spacious promenade decks and multiple dance floors, she can handle even the largest gathering with style.

One of the most impressive vessels is the 292-foot San Francisco Belle. Originally a casino riverboat, she’s been remodeled to accommodate sizable groups for special events. She’s designed with three large interior decks and an expansive sundeck.

For the ultimate green wedding, reserve the Hornblower Hybrid, an eco-showpiece powered by solar panels, wind turbines and fuel-efficient engines. At 64 feet, this re-engineered former dive boat is a fun choice for parties of 100 or fewer.

All Hornblower events include linens, china and silver. Their staff can handle as many of your wedding details as you desire, from personalized menus and invitations to photography and custom floral displays. If you get married on board, note that all of Hornblower’s captains are licensed ministers. With more than 50,000 special events and private parties to their credit, Hornblower Cruises & Events knows how to make the most of an unforgettable setting, and provide all the finery to make your celebration truly memorable.



  • Max. Seated Indoors: 400
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 400

Reception/Special Events

  • Max. Seated Indoors: 1600
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 400
  • Max. Standing Indoors: 1800
  • Max. Standing Outdoors: 560


  • Max. Seated: 400

CEREMONY, EVENT/RECEPTION & MEETING CAPACITY: Depending on the vessel selected, Hornblower’s fleet can accommodate 20–1,600 seated or 50–1,800 standing guests. The largest seated meeting capacity on one deck is 400 people.

Fees & Deposits

50% of the estimated total is required to book a vessel. A confirmed guest count is due 14 working days prior to the event; the final balance is due 10 working days prior. Custom weddings and wedding packages are available. Packages start at $77/person and include a 2 to 4-hour cruise, meal, bar program, champagne, wedding cake, tax, service charge and landing fee.

Location Uses

Wedding Receptions
Special Events, Parties
Business Functions/Meetings
Rehearsal Dinners


Catering: in-house
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessibility varies per vessel
Dance Floor: available
Bride’s Dressing Area: CBA
Meeting Equipment: full range CBA
Parking: various locations
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: varies
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
Cleanup: provided
View: the entire San Francisco Bay and skyline,
Alcatraz and all bridges
Other: full event planning

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Venue Type

Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Waterfront/Beach Location


Alcohol: in-house with packages, or corkage $15/bottle
Smoking: allowed on outside decks
Music: provided or BYO; amplified OK
Wheelchair Access: varies per vessel
Insurance: not required
Other: no rice or fire on boats

Some Essential Info
Price $$



BYO w/ Corkage Fee

Amplified Music


Wheelchair Access

Access Limited


Year-round, daily, anytime.

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