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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

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

Reception/Special Events

  • 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.

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: no

AV/Meeting Equipment: CBA, extra fee

Parking: various paid/public 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

Venue Views


Venue Type

Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Waterfront/Beach Location


Alcohol: 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

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