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Hornblower Cruises & Events

San Francisco , CA
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LOCATION

200 Marina Blvd.
Berkeley, CA 94710 US (map)

PHONE

415-438-8300

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

Hornblower Cruises & Events provides the perfect setting to make your special day unforgettable. Imagine being surrounded by some of California’s most notable sights and breathtaking... Read more
Hornblower Cruises & Events provides the perfect setting to make your special day unforgettable. Imagine being surrounded by some of California’s most notable sights and breathtaking views as you sip champagne with your special guests. Owning 7 of California’s most distinctive fleet of luxury yachts, Hornblower gives you imaginative cuisine, unparallel views, and first class service. Our Professional Event coordinators ensure that every element of your event is taken care of. From the invitations to the decorations, we strive to continually be creative and meet your every need. For over 28 years Hornblower Cruises & Events has been creating San Francisco’s most memorable wedding events, specializing in receptions, rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, and breathtaking nautical ceremonies. Come aboard and discover the “art of entertaining” with Hornblower! Read less

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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

When was your venue built?
1988
Describe your venue:
Boat / Yacht, Historic Site, Restaurant
Describe the style of your venue
City, Waterfront
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
1600
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
7
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
No
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
3000
Bar Service
Offered in-house
Is bar service included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Beverage Service
Offered in-house
Is beverage service included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Catering
Offered in-house
Is catering included in the minimum rental fee?
No
What is the average catering price per person at your venue?
90
Event Coordination
Offered in-house
Is event coordination included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Event Rentals
Offered in-house
Are event rentals included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Linens
Offered in-house
Are linens included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Seating
Offered in-house
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Wedding Cake
Offered in-house
Is wedding cake included in the minimum rental fee?
No

INFO FOR REHEARSAL DINNER

When was your venue built?
1988
Describe your venue:
Boat / Yacht, Historic Site, Restaurant
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Ceremony, Reception
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
No
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
3000
Catering
Offered in-house
Is catering included in the minimum rental fee?
No
What is the average catering price per person at your venue?
90
Event Coordination
Offered in-house
Is event coordination included in the minimum rental fee?
No

REVIEWS

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Carrie
Wedding:
6/23/2012
5.0/5.0
We had our ceremony and reception on one of their yachts and it was perfect. The best service and value. The coordinator took care of everything and made it perfect.
We had our ceremony and reception on one of their yachts and it was perfect. The best service and value. The coordinator Read more...
We had our ceremony and reception on one of their yachts and it was perfect. The best service and value. The coordinator took care of everything and made it perfect. Read less
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angelarenesharp
Wedding:
8/11/2009
5.0/5.0
Everything was beautiful but they wouldnt let us dance with our shoes off!
Everything was beautiful but they wouldnt let us dance with our shoes off!
Everything was beautiful but they wouldnt let us dance with our shoes off! Read less
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dd_ricario
Wedding:
4/15/2007
5.0/5.0
We availed of Hornblower's Wedding Package because it was complete and hassle free not to mention unique, imagine getting married on a yacht! Hornblower provided an officiant for our ceremony (the captain of the yacht), we were attended to by an excellent crew, their food and open bar were excellent and they also provided a wedding cake made by one of the top bakeshops in San Diego. Kristie, Hornblower's Events Manager was very helpful, professional and pleasant to deal with. The package wasn't as costly as we expected, considering that we also rented the yacht and cruised around the bay. It was definitely worth every penny. We highly recommend Hornblower to friends who want an intimate wedding or for those who simply want to have a unique event or a romantic dinner.
We availed of Hornblower's Wedding Package because it was complete and hassle free not to mention unique, imagine getting Read more...
We availed of Hornblower's Wedding Package because it was complete and hassle free not to mention unique, imagine getting married on a yacht! Hornblower provided an officiant for our ceremony (the captain of the yacht), we were attended to by an excellent crew, their food and open bar were excellent and they also provided a wedding cake made by one of the top bakeshops in San Diego. Kristie, Hornblower's Events Manager was very helpful, professional and pleasant to deal with. The package wasn't as costly as we expected, considering that we also rented the yacht and cruised around the bay. It was definitely worth every penny. We highly recommend Hornblower to friends who want an intimate wedding or for those who simply want to have a unique event or a romantic dinner. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Officiant, Wedding Venue
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j68845
Wedding:
5/14/2011
4.6/5.0
We had our rehearsal dinner on the hornblower cruise and it was awesome. Very expensive but our 100 guests had an unbelievable time and I'm not sure we could have given them a better experience. The food was great and Jewel was such a pleasure to work with during the whole process. She helped suggested flower companies and an entertainer and both were perfect. We had a fabulous time and were so impressed by the experience
We had our rehearsal dinner on the hornblower cruise and it was awesome. Very expensive but our 100 guests had an Read more...
We had our rehearsal dinner on the hornblower cruise and it was awesome. Very expensive but our 100 guests had an unbelievable time and I'm not sure we could have given them a better experience. The food was great and Jewel was such a pleasure to work with during the whole process. She helped suggested flower companies and an entertainer and both were perfect. We had a fabulous time and were so impressed by the experience Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
3.8/5.0
I had my reception on the boat. The staff was easy to work with in the planning stage. They were prompt (yes, it's a relief that the boat is there when you expect it to be). The staff on the night of the event was ok -- they did everything they were supposed to, but nothing above and beyond.
I had my reception on the boat. The staff was easy to work with in the planning stage. They were prompt (yes, it's a Read more...
I had my reception on the boat. The staff was easy to work with in the planning stage. They were prompt (yes, it's a relief that the boat is there when you expect it to be). The staff on the night of the event was ok -- they did everything they were supposed to, but nothing above and beyond. Read less
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aprillove
Wedding:
4/26/2008
3.7/5.0
This was a really nice wedding, it would have been nice though if Hornblower offered a practice rehersal without charging so much.
This was a really nice wedding, it would have been nice though if Hornblower offered a practice rehersal without charging Read more...
This was a really nice wedding, it would have been nice though if Hornblower offered a practice rehersal without charging so much. Read less
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McKinley
Wedding:
6/8/2013
2.0/5.0
In a nutshell: Hornblower Cruises & Events ruined our day.

After coordinating our wedding and hosting the event, we now wish that we had hired a different company at a different venue. In addition to poor customer service on-site, the staff (lead by Daniel Martinez) was very rude to both the bride and guests throughout the night. 'Not a good impression.

Here are three key things that you should know:

1. Our Intended Rental Yacht Broke Down at the Last Minute

We were told an hour before boarding that we would have to either stay docked at the Pacific Hornblower or move to the Empress Hornblower for our cruise. This was extremely unprofessional, especially because the on-site staff didn't tell us until the last minute--after we had already set up the tables on the Pacific. This ruined our seating chart due to the new deck layout.

2. The Staff and Coordinator Made No Attempt to Compensate Us

After both families rushed to move everything from the Pacific to the Empress, the staff rudely informed us that they would not give us extra time on the cruise, stating that we had made them late because *they* were ready on time. From the added corkage fee (we told there was none) to the general attitude of the staff, we were surprised at the lack of empathy shown to the bride and the wedding party. This was incredibly stressful, since both the coordinator and the staff made little attempt to give us any extra time on anything, which made the ceremony chaotic.

3. Overall, Communication From the Staff Was Extremely Poor

Mainly, we weren't notified about anything in a timely manner. 'Had we been given enough notice about the boat's failed engine, the weather conditions and a variety of incidentals, we could have dealt with the crisis better. Almost nothing we were told regarding our plans was consistent among most staff members.
In a nutshell: Hornblower Cruises & Events ruined our day.

After coordinating our wedding and hosting the event, Read more...
In a nutshell: Hornblower Cruises & Events ruined our day.

After coordinating our wedding and hosting the event, we now wish that we had hired a different company at a different venue. In addition to poor customer service on-site, the staff (lead by Daniel Martinez) was very rude to both the bride and guests throughout the night. 'Not a good impression.

Here are three key things that you should know:

1. Our Intended Rental Yacht Broke Down at the Last Minute

We were told an hour before boarding that we would have to either stay docked at the Pacific Hornblower or move to the Empress Hornblower for our cruise. This was extremely unprofessional, especially because the on-site staff didn't tell us until the last minute--after we had already set up the tables on the Pacific. This ruined our seating chart due to the new deck layout.

2. The Staff and Coordinator Made No Attempt to Compensate Us

After both families rushed to move everything from the Pacific to the Empress, the staff rudely informed us that they would not give us extra time on the cruise, stating that we had made them late because *they* were ready on time. From the added corkage fee (we told there was none) to the general attitude of the staff, we were surprised at the lack of empathy shown to the bride and the wedding party. This was incredibly stressful, since both the coordinator and the staff made little attempt to give us any extra time on anything, which made the ceremony chaotic.

3. Overall, Communication From the Staff Was Extremely Poor

Mainly, we weren't notified about anything in a timely manner. 'Had we been given enough notice about the boat's failed engine, the weather conditions and a variety of incidentals, we could have dealt with the crisis better. Almost nothing we were told regarding our plans was consistent among most staff members. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue

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