San Francisco and Berkeley, California
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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 1,500 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 75-foot custom-built wood yacht, comes with two decks and two bars. The Empress Hornblower, is a 84-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 98-foot ship that was recently refurbished. She has two decks appointed with mahogany and brass, as well as two bars.
The most contemporary member of the Hornblower fleet is the 150-foot, sleek and modern San Francisco Spirit. Live large on this 400-person craft, with 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, 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.
All Hornblower events include linens, china and flatware. Their staff can handle as many of your wedding details as you desire, from personalized menus to photography and custom floral displays. If you get married on board, you have the additional option of using one of Hornblower's captains who 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
- Max. Seated Indoors: 1050
- Max. Seated Outdoors: 400
- Max. Standing/Cocktails Indoors: 1500
- Max. Standing/Cocktails Outdoors: 560
- Max. Seated: 400
CEREMONY, EVENT/RECEPTION & MEETING CAPACITY: Depending on the vessel selected, Hornblower's fleet can accommodate 20–1,050 seated or 50–1,500 standing guests. The largest seated dining capacity on one deck is 350 people.
Cost: Prices, Deposits, Etc.
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. Reception packages start at $98/person and include a 2-hour cruise, meal service, champagne toast, tax, service charge, and landing fee. Prices are subject to change.
Special Events, Parties
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessibility varies per vessel
Dance Floor: available
Bride's Dressing Area: no
AV/Meeting Equipment: CBA, extra fee
Parking: various paid/public locations
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: varies
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
View: the entire San Francisco Bay and skyline,
Alcatraz and all bridges
Venue TypeBanquet Hall/Events Facility
RestrictionsAlcohol: in-house with packages, or corkage $20/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