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Elite Yacht Charters

Washington , DC
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LOCATION

600 Water Street SW, Pier 4
Washington, DC 20024 US (map)

PHONE

866-404-8439
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Wine, dine and entertain on your own private yacht.

The Capital Elite offers a refreshing change of pace for events in DC. Host your family and friends on the water in a... Read more
Wine, dine and entertain on your own private yacht.

The Capital Elite offers a refreshing change of pace for events in DC. Host your family and friends on the water in a setting that is nothing short of impressive. Our options for food, beverages, entertainment, boarding and cruising times allow for a completely customized event that’s exactly to your specifications and matches the sophisticated tastes of your group. With its sensational views, traditional setting and completely customizable options, the Capital Elite is Washington’s most exclusive dining and entertainment experience. Enjoy all the prestige of cruising on your own private yacht for a ceremony, reception, rehearsal dinner or shower. Savor our freshly prepared cuisine and refreshing beverages. Feel the fresh breezes on the open deck or relax in climate-controlled elegance. Be treated to one spectacular view after another on the Potomac River. Let us customize and manage every facet of your event to your distinct and complete satisfaction. Read less
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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
35
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
2
Describe your venue:
Boat / Yacht, Restaurant
Describe the style of your venue
Nautical, Waterfront, Classic
What kind of settings are available?
Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
110
What event services do you offer?
Bridal Suite, Catering / Bar, Event Planning, Event Rentals, Lighting / Sound, Outside Vendors OK
What catering services do you offer?
Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Hors d'Oeuvres, Outside Cake OK, Plated, Server(s), Stations
What bar services do you provide?
Bartender(s), Cash Bar, Champagne Toast, Open Bar, Premium Liquor, Signature Cocktail(s), Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine
What event items are available?
Chairs, Tables
What food and beverage items are available?
Barware, China, Flatware, Glassware, Linens

REVIEWS

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Ankit
Wedding:
5/28/2017
4.1/5.0
Great unique venue and went off without a hitch!
Great unique venue and went off without a hitch!
Great unique venue and went off without a hitch! Read less
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Fran
Wedding:
2/17/2017
4.6/5.0
Take the time to talk and visit on-site with the Wedding Coordinator. Our coordinator, Heather Moore, was absolutely fabulous in helping us find just the right personalized options to ensure a memorable wedding event.
Take the time to talk and visit on-site with the Wedding Coordinator. Our coordinator, Heather Moore, was absolutely Read more...
Take the time to talk and visit on-site with the Wedding Coordinator. Our coordinator, Heather Moore, was absolutely fabulous in helping us find just the right personalized options to ensure a memorable wedding event. Read less
Services Used: Catering, DJ, Flowers, Wedding Venue
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Melanie
Wedding:
1/15/2017
5.0/5.0
I can't say enough positive things about the Elite Yacht Charters. Although it was expensive to charter the boat, the other fees were reasonable for the DC area, and having a smaller (under 50) intimate wedding allowed us to still have the elegant, non-traditional wedding I had envisioned.
Initially, Heather was very friendly, helpful, and accommodating in meeting with me to tour the boat a couple of times. When Elena took over with our planning since she would be with us on our wedding day, she paid excellent attention to detail. She was helpful and adaptable when we came early for our first look photos. She contacted all of my vendors, making my planning easier.
We were happy with the decision to hold our ceremony on board, for an additional hour before cruising. Elena organized the guests so that I had an 'aisle' to walk down and the DJ played our songs seamlessly. After our ceremony, we used the boat's internet radio, which was easy for planning and I'm thankful we didn't rent a DJ because a 3 hour cruise goes very quickly and it would have been a waste.
Dinner was excellent. We chose the buffet option. I was worried without testing the food first, but the staff made my husband and I our plates with every selection, and all options were good. Our guests kept telling us how great the food was as well. The staff was very attentive with clearing the tables of drinks and bringing new ones to our guests. They also brought cake slices downstairs to everyone after dinner.
Marquita was the main staff member on the boat to take over from Elena once we cruised. She was amazing as well. She periodically asked me what I needed and kept our schedule of events smooth.
Only one thing disappointed me slightly, and that was the fact that I had thought we would travel to the monuments. Apparently, the boat doesn't fit under the 14th St. bridge. I wish I had know it, but wouldn't have changed the venue over it.
I can't say enough positive things about the Elite Yacht Charters. Although it was expensive to charter the boat, the Read more...
I can't say enough positive things about the Elite Yacht Charters. Although it was expensive to charter the boat, the other fees were reasonable for the DC area, and having a smaller (under 50) intimate wedding allowed us to still have the elegant, non-traditional wedding I had envisioned.
Initially, Heather was very friendly, helpful, and accommodating in meeting with me to tour the boat a couple of times. When Elena took over with our planning since she would be with us on our wedding day, she paid excellent attention to detail. She was helpful and adaptable when we came early for our first look photos. She contacted all of my vendors, making my planning easier.
We were happy with the decision to hold our ceremony on board, for an additional hour before cruising. Elena organized the guests so that I had an 'aisle' to walk down and the DJ played our songs seamlessly. After our ceremony, we used the boat's internet radio, which was easy for planning and I'm thankful we didn't rent a DJ because a 3 hour cruise goes very quickly and it would have been a waste.
Dinner was excellent. We chose the buffet option. I was worried without testing the food first, but the staff made my husband and I our plates with every selection, and all options were good. Our guests kept telling us how great the food was as well. The staff was very attentive with clearing the tables of drinks and bringing new ones to our guests. They also brought cake slices downstairs to everyone after dinner.
Marquita was the main staff member on the boat to take over from Elena once we cruised. She was amazing as well. She periodically asked me what I needed and kept our schedule of events smooth.
Only one thing disappointed me slightly, and that was the fact that I had thought we would travel to the monuments. Apparently, the boat doesn't fit under the 14th St. bridge. I wish I had know it, but wouldn't have changed the venue over it. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.6/5.0
Getting married on a boat is fun and amazing- but be prepared, because a non traditional venue has its own set of challenges (like bringing in your decor)!

Still, my guests had a great time and raved about the entire experience even when the weather wasn't cooperating.

The staff on the boat in particular were really great.

The only thing I found confusing was how many different people I was involved with over the entire process. For example, I thought I had one coordinator on the actual wedding day, and she was there for part of the time, but then another guy was the coordinator for the rest once the boat left the dock? But, this wasn't made clear to us at any point in advance so it came as a surprise because I had never spoken to him before.

Overall, though, they were great with my million questions in advance, working with our budget, and staying true to what we agreed in our contract and envisioned. It was really a beautiful and fun day and experience I will treasure forever. It is a lot of money, but we definitely got what we paid for--the food, especially cocktail hour appetizers, was great, and so was the open bar! The captain even let the kids steer the boat from their wheelhouse. The private yacht for just our friends and family, all in one place (no changing venues) was priceless, in my opinion-- especially with guests coming from all over the world getting a "tour" of D.C. in the background.

If you're also looking for a venue that will be very inclusive, and very little work for you on the wedding day, this is a great option. Elena and Jen were awesome, and I hope if you book with Elite that you get to work with them, too!
Getting married on a boat is fun and amazing- but be prepared, because a non traditional venue has its own set of Read more...
Getting married on a boat is fun and amazing- but be prepared, because a non traditional venue has its own set of challenges (like bringing in your decor)!

Still, my guests had a great time and raved about the entire experience even when the weather wasn't cooperating.

The staff on the boat in particular were really great.

The only thing I found confusing was how many different people I was involved with over the entire process. For example, I thought I had one coordinator on the actual wedding day, and she was there for part of the time, but then another guy was the coordinator for the rest once the boat left the dock? But, this wasn't made clear to us at any point in advance so it came as a surprise because I had never spoken to him before.

Overall, though, they were great with my million questions in advance, working with our budget, and staying true to what we agreed in our contract and envisioned. It was really a beautiful and fun day and experience I will treasure forever. It is a lot of money, but we definitely got what we paid for--the food, especially cocktail hour appetizers, was great, and so was the open bar! The captain even let the kids steer the boat from their wheelhouse. The private yacht for just our friends and family, all in one place (no changing venues) was priceless, in my opinion-- especially with guests coming from all over the world getting a "tour" of D.C. in the background.

If you're also looking for a venue that will be very inclusive, and very little work for you on the wedding day, this is a great option. Elena and Jen were awesome, and I hope if you book with Elite that you get to work with them, too! Read less
Services Used: Catering, DJ, Wedding Venue
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Bonnie
Wedding:
8/13/2016
5.0/5.0
Elena and Jennifer were wonderful. The entire experience was fabulous. My wedding ran smoothly and without issue. They anticipated our every need. They had wonderful ideas and suggestions. They listen carefully to what we wanted and surpassed our expectation at every turn. It was a fun, carefree, phenomenal day! All of our guest said it was one of the best weddings they had ever been to. Everyone said how marvelous the food was! The crew on the ship was amazing. I could not have asked for a better day!
Elena and Jennifer were wonderful. The entire experience was fabulous. My wedding ran smoothly and without issue. They Read more...
Elena and Jennifer were wonderful. The entire experience was fabulous. My wedding ran smoothly and without issue. They anticipated our every need. They had wonderful ideas and suggestions. They listen carefully to what we wanted and surpassed our expectation at every turn. It was a fun, carefree, phenomenal day! All of our guest said it was one of the best weddings they had ever been to. Everyone said how marvelous the food was! The crew on the ship was amazing. I could not have asked for a better day! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Ceremony Music, DJ, Flowers, Wedding Planning, Rentals & Photobooths, Wedding Venue
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Vilayphone
Wedding:
7/3/2016
5.0/5.0
We booked Elite Yacht Charters for our Wedding Reception and we could not be happier with the service and overall experience. From the moment we first met our reception coordinator we knew it was the right fit. Jennifer and Elena were both a pleasure to work with - being extremely upbeat, sensitive to our needs and had an extreme attention to detail. Especially when it counted the most she made sure we were taken care of and all of the details were met so we would not need to stress about them. Jennifer did not hesitate to go the extra mile when our desert caterer did not make the delivery. She dropped everything and drove in D.C. traffic to pick up our cupcakes and deliver it right as we were taking off from port. Her commitment to making sure we were happy and satisfied only was the tip of the hospitality and customer service the entire staff gave us. There was not a moment of the entire event we were not blown away by the staff aboard. Marquita was the Restaurant Manager on board and she was amazing! From the time we stepped foot on the ship we were greeted from each and every staff member with a warm welcoming smile that we could feel and see resonate to each and every one of our guest. They took the time and had the patience to deal with every single one of our guest with joy and happiness that was truly a beautiful experience for everyone to participate in. Not only was the staff a pleasant surprise to have aboard, but the food was phenomenal. We could not give enough credit to the chefs who served us with excellent tasting food along with well-timed service. Elite Yacht Charters truly went above and beyond our expectations and will be not only spoken about in high regards for years to come, but also will be remembered by our families and friends as making the already very special day that much better.
We booked Elite Yacht Charters for our Wedding Reception and we could not be happier with the service and overall Read more...
We booked Elite Yacht Charters for our Wedding Reception and we could not be happier with the service and overall experience. From the moment we first met our reception coordinator we knew it was the right fit. Jennifer and Elena were both a pleasure to work with - being extremely upbeat, sensitive to our needs and had an extreme attention to detail. Especially when it counted the most she made sure we were taken care of and all of the details were met so we would not need to stress about them. Jennifer did not hesitate to go the extra mile when our desert caterer did not make the delivery. She dropped everything and drove in D.C. traffic to pick up our cupcakes and deliver it right as we were taking off from port. Her commitment to making sure we were happy and satisfied only was the tip of the hospitality and customer service the entire staff gave us. There was not a moment of the entire event we were not blown away by the staff aboard. Marquita was the Restaurant Manager on board and she was amazing! From the time we stepped foot on the ship we were greeted from each and every staff member with a warm welcoming smile that we could feel and see resonate to each and every one of our guest. They took the time and had the patience to deal with every single one of our guest with joy and happiness that was truly a beautiful experience for everyone to participate in. Not only was the staff a pleasant surprise to have aboard, but the food was phenomenal. We could not give enough credit to the chefs who served us with excellent tasting food along with well-timed service. Elite Yacht Charters truly went above and beyond our expectations and will be not only spoken about in high regards for years to come, but also will be remembered by our families and friends as making the already very special day that much better. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
You can't go wrong by booking with Elite Yacht Charters. Negotiate for what you want. The services provided by their staff are great!
You can't go wrong by booking with Elite Yacht Charters. Negotiate for what you want. The services provided by their staff Read more...
You can't go wrong by booking with Elite Yacht Charters. Negotiate for what you want. The services provided by their staff are great! Read less
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Elite Yacht Charters responded with the following comments:

Thank you for your review. We truly appreciate the feedback!
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Dusty & Brian
Wedding:
8/30/2014
4.9/5.0
My husband and I had our wedding onboard the National Elite Private Yacht sailing out of National Harbor, MD on August 30, 2014. First, I am incredibly critical and OCD, so a 4.9/5.0 is pretty much an off the charts review coming from me. Jennifer and Tegan were absolute perfection in assisting us with all the details and then running the show wedding day. They were responsive, helpful and accommodating from day one. We were (i.e I was) pretty high maintenance with special requests and they remained incredibly professional and made sure our requests were honored when permitted. There was only one request that could not be honored (hence the 4 1/2 stars for flexibility of the company).

We have zero complaints about any aspect of this wedding, and it was incredibly memorable for both us and our guests. Everyone loved the venue, and for those who did not want to commit 4 hours that evening, they were able to just attend the ceremony and leave before the ship set sail on the Potomac River. We had approximately 70 guests for the cruise and it was the perfect number. The ship could accommodate more, but I believe it neither felt empty nor crowded at this number. It did take quite a bit of time for everyone to get through the buffet, but nothing that was within the crews' control. This extended the time for our wedding events, so that we didn't finish the garter toss until about 30 minutes before we were back at dock! So it went by really fast for us and if I could offer one piece of advice for those who book this crew - add an extra hour of sail time and open bar if you want time to really celebrate with and enjoy your guests. It will be well worth it (though many non-party people did say it was just the right amount of time - so gauge your crowd).

It was a high-class wedding all around, and we have absolutely nothing but positive things to say about Jenn and Tegan and their fabulous boat crew. Fantastic memories!
My husband and I had our wedding onboard the National Elite Private Yacht sailing out of National Harbor, MD on August 30, Read more...
My husband and I had our wedding onboard the National Elite Private Yacht sailing out of National Harbor, MD on August 30, 2014. First, I am incredibly critical and OCD, so a 4.9/5.0 is pretty much an off the charts review coming from me. Jennifer and Tegan were absolute perfection in assisting us with all the details and then running the show wedding day. They were responsive, helpful and accommodating from day one. We were (i.e I was) pretty high maintenance with special requests and they remained incredibly professional and made sure our requests were honored when permitted. There was only one request that could not be honored (hence the 4 1/2 stars for flexibility of the company).

We have zero complaints about any aspect of this wedding, and it was incredibly memorable for both us and our guests. Everyone loved the venue, and for those who did not want to commit 4 hours that evening, they were able to just attend the ceremony and leave before the ship set sail on the Potomac River. We had approximately 70 guests for the cruise and it was the perfect number. The ship could accommodate more, but I believe it neither felt empty nor crowded at this number. It did take quite a bit of time for everyone to get through the buffet, but nothing that was within the crews' control. This extended the time for our wedding events, so that we didn't finish the garter toss until about 30 minutes before we were back at dock! So it went by really fast for us and if I could offer one piece of advice for those who book this crew - add an extra hour of sail time and open bar if you want time to really celebrate with and enjoy your guests. It will be well worth it (though many non-party people did say it was just the right amount of time - so gauge your crowd).

It was a high-class wedding all around, and we have absolutely nothing but positive things to say about Jenn and Tegan and their fabulous boat crew. Fantastic memories! Read less
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Sally
Wedding:
5/10/2014
5.0/5.0
Excellent staff, extremely helpful. Everything went off without any issues.
Excellent staff, extremely helpful. Everything went off without any issues.
Excellent staff, extremely helpful. Everything went off without any issues. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
3.0/5.0
The dinner charter was pleasurable and the waiters were nice and courteous. Food was delicious. Yacht was 1 hour late and coordinator was not reachable by phone, neither the backup contacts.
The dinner charter was pleasurable and the waiters were nice and courteous. Food was delicious. Yacht was 1 hour late and Read more...
The dinner charter was pleasurable and the waiters were nice and courteous. Food was delicious. Yacht was 1 hour late and coordinator was not reachable by phone, neither the backup contacts. Read less
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Elite Yacht Charters responded with the following comments:

Thank you for your feedback! We’re so glad to hear you enjoyed your menu and service during your reception. Although you are dissatisfied with the time the ship arrived at National Harbor, it did arrive at the time originally agreed upon in your contract and the event coordinator was already on site to help the vendor set up, so that is why she was not accessible by her desk phone. We do always strive to arrive extra early for special events, but due to the large event taking place at National Harbor that day, it was not a possibility to arrive earlier than agreed upon. Thank you so much for choosing to share your special day with us!

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