City Cruises San Francisco • San Francisco and Berkeley • CA


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Why You'll Love This Place

A Here Comes The Guide Wedding Venue Review

One of the best ways to merge these scenic glories with a topnotch celebration is with City Cruises San Francisco. From glamorous yachts to a replica of a turn-of-the-century coastal steamer, City Cruises' 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 City Cruises' San Francisco Bay-based fleet will provide a spectacular setting.

The Commodore Hornblower, a 75-foot custom-built wood yacht from Hawaii, comes with two enclosed decks and a view-filled sundeck. The Empress Hornblower is an 84-foot vessel reminiscent of river ferryboats. Outfitted with the rich woods and shining brass typical of the City Cruises fleet, she features indoor decks, an awning-covered outdoor deck, two dance floors, and two bars. The 98-foot Sunset Hornblower has two decks appointed with mahogany and brass, as well as two bars. The 97-foot Pacific Hornblower, containing two enclosed decks, mahogany accents, and a spacious open bow, showcases the Bay’s natural beauty through large wraparound windows.

The most contemporary member of the City Cruises 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 City Cruises fleet. Boasting three decks, dining salons, 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 City Cruises' 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 City Cruises' captains who are licensed ministers. With more than 50,000 special events and private parties to their credit, City Cruises San Francisco knows how to make the most of an unforgettable setting, and provide all the finery to make your celebration truly memorable.


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Prices: What's this going to cost?

Package Prices
  • $118/person and up
  • Packages include a yacht cruise, meal service, nonalcoholic beverages, champagne toast, tax, service charge, and landing fee. Prices are subject to change.

    Elopement packages start at $750 for a Brunch Cruise or $850 for a Dinner Cruise. They include:

    • Up to 30 minutes of private yacht time
    • Ceremony performed dockside by a uniformed captain
    • A bottle of champagne
    • 2 keepsake champagne flutes and chocolates for the wedding couple
    • Reserved window seating for the wedding couple


Indoors Outdoors
Ceremony Seated 400 400
Cocktails, etc. Standing 1500 560
Reception Seated 1050 400
Meetings Total meeting capacity for this venue is 400.

CEREMONY, EVENT/RECEPTION & MEETING CAPACITY: Depending on the vessel selected, City Cruises' fleet can accommodate 20–1,050 seated or 50–1,500 standing guests. The largest seated dining capacity on one deck is 350 people.

Venue Details

Site Uses

  • Ceremony
  • Outdoor Ceremony
  • Wedding Receptions
  • Outdoor Reception
  • Elopement Packages
  • Small Wedding
  • All-Inclusive
  • Rehearsal Dinner
  • Special Events / Parties
  • Business Functions / Meetings
  • LGBTQ+ Friendly

Essential Info


$ • $$




BYO with corkage fee

Amplified Music


Wheelchair Access

Access limited


Year-round, daily, anytime.

Venue Type

Buildings, other structures, and natural settings available at this venue:

  • Ship / Yacht / Boat
  • Beach / Ocean
  • Patio / Deck / Terrace
  • Unique

Venue Views

Peep the views you’ll enjoy from this venue!

  • Cityscape
  • Ocean / Bay
  • Panoramic

Services & Amenities

Feel like a VIP with these services and amenities:

Catering: in-house
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessibility varies per vessel
Dance Floor: available
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


But take note of the following limitations!

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 open flames on boats


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