Compass Rose Yacht Charters
Compass Rose Charters made our wedding very memorable. Most of our guests had never been to the West Coast, so we figured this would be a perfect way for them to experience the Bay Area. Unfortunately the weather was pretty bad on the day of our wedding so we weren't able to go far, but the crew was so much fun that we didn't even notice. They had great appetizers while we were dancing and waiting for dinner and didn't mind that everyone was on the dance floor and singing. Ken was great at coordinating the extra decorations that I brought and making sure things flowed smoothly thoughout the night. Several people even went up to see the captain and thought that was pretty cool. The only thing that wasn't absolutely perfect was that it took a little while for all the plates to come out for dinner. But in the end everyone did get fed (and got some cake) and I'm sure it's not easy serving 30 people dinner from a ship's kitchen. The food was absolutely delicious and there were several menu options. I am a super picky eater (my friends were proud we weren't serving chicken nuggets and pizza) and I managed to find a meal that appealed to me. I would reccommend keeping a wedding on the smaller side if you plan to get married on the yacht. We had about 30 people and it was perfect. It was cozy, but not overcrowded.
The reason that I gave a them a 4.5 on responsiveness is because I had a little trouble getting in contact regarding when I could drop of decorations in advance and whether the bridal party and I would be able to board early. They did get back to me well in advance of the wedding though and everything worked out just fine. Also, we got married right around the Christmas holiday and I'm sure that had something to do with it.
Everyone had tons of fun at our wedding and I would defintely use them again for another event. Great food, great venue, and great staff!
Eliot of the Compass Rose is a kind, flexible, and understanding man. I put him through the ringer with my financial concerns and he worked with me. In the end, I put a little more money into it and did less of the money-saving alternatives than I intended to do. This turned out to be a mistake because something went terribly wrong in the service of the food and my guests went hungry to my embarrassment. I think the wedding coordinator was over her head that day, because, while she tried to do some extras for me like getting me a unique cake, she missed the big picture with a few things like the order of the bride's changing room, the food, and the replacing specially requested gerberas with spider mums. She was kind, but came off as disorganized and ditzy to me. Again, could've been the day because Eliot has faith in her and he is now trying to make amends for her. I do wish he was there on the boat that day to keep the food tragedy from happening. I thought it was just me who hadn't eaten or I would've jumped on it during the reception, but no one told me until afterwards. I'd like to do it all over again and would do it with them IF I had someone else in control who could notice these details and correct them as they were happening.