The Inside Scoop
FROM THE KNOT EDITORS
The First Look
Based in Newport Beach, California, Electra Cruises operates special event cruises with views of the Newport Harbor and out across the Pacific Ocean. With a fleet of five boats to choose from, the company caters to a range of tastes and guest counts.
Eternity. Spacious, elegant and versatile, this is the fleet's only yacht with four decks. The exterior is sleek and contemporary, characterized by its large windows and clean white finish. Inside, luxurious touches, such as polished rails and window frames, give the vessel its distinction as a wedding venue. The Eternity measures 140 feet in length and a roomy 33 feet in width, providing a total capacity of 300 people.
Newport Princess. This unique, three-deck venue has the traditional appearance of an old-fashioned steamboat, complete with ornate white rails guarding outside strolling areas, a sweeping staircase to the stern and twin chimneys on the top deck. The same attention to detail exists inside the boat with its polished wood saloon bar, chandelier lighting and grand piano. The Newport Princess accommodates up to 150 guests.
Destiny. With its angular design, floor-to-ceiling windows and spiral staircases enclosed in glass, the Destiny has a modern and luxurious feel. Standout features include a shattered glass bar, all-glass ceremony room and a spacious dance floor. At 125 feet in length and comprising three decks, this yacht holds up to 150 guests.
Athena. A more compact option with two decks, the Athena features the same twin spiral staircases within glass enclosures as the Destiny. It also has a ceremony space with floor-to-ceiling windows and an opulent half-octagonal bar with classical columns and marble surfaces. The boat holds up to 150 guests.
Electra. Built in 1929, the flagship of the fleet, the Electra, retains all the rich elegance of that design era. Features include a stained glass skylight, brass portholes, mahogany beams, antique fittings and period furnishings. Right down to the polished tea and coffee urns and the authentic wheelhouse, events aboard the Electra are like a trip back in time. Across three decks, the yacht accommodates up to 100 guests.
What You Should Know
An all-inclusive wedding package for a flat rate per person includes catering, including a choice of wedding cake and full bar service, along with flowers, entertainment, professional photography and other costs associated with crew, insurance, fuel, docking and the like. The captain of the ship ministers the ceremonies and the venue includes wedding coordination.
Smoking is permitted on the outside decks. The venue does not permit other items posing a potential fire risk, including sparklers, candles and floating lanterns on the boats.
Couples must pay a nonrefundable deposit to secure the date with the remaining balance due two weeks before the event. Tax charges are separate.
In addition to the unique charm of hosting at sea, Electra Cruises offers a number of additional benefits. These include:
- Wheelchair accessibility, including elevator access, aboard the Eternity
- Private dressing areas for the bride and groom
- Audiovisual equipment
- Dance floor
From the Vendor
Imagine the wedding of your dreams aboard one of Southern California's most romantic yachts. Set sail under the sun or the incredible, starry night sky with the Newport Harbor as your backdrop. Not only do we have a fleet of 5 stunning yachts, but we have a full service bridal consulting firm.
Amenities + Details
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$$ – Affordable
Civil Union, Commitment Ceremony, Elopement, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-Religious Ceremony, Religious Ceremony, Same Sex Ceremony, Second Wedding , Vow Renewal Ceremony
Ballroom, Waterfront, Beach, Cruise, Historic Venue
Bar + Drinks, Cakes + Desserts, Destination Wedding Planning, Destination Weddings, Food + Catering, Planning, Rentals + Equipment, Service Staff
Electra CruisesReviewed on 4/30/2014 Kathy K
We had 43 days from engagement to wedding and Electra Cruises made planning a wedding that quickly easy! It was basically one stop shopping. Once we booked with them we attended a vendor fair where we sampled the food available for dinner on the cruise then got to meet all of the people they vendor with. You are free to go with your own people but they had quality people they vendored with so we were quite happy with the ease of booking all of our people (photo, video, flowers, cake, and DJ) in one night. We got married about the Yacht Eternity and were very pleased that in March they offer 30% off of their cruses. We were also stoked that for Sunday weddings there is no minimum number of guests for the various yachts so we were able to book the biggest yacht with only 115 guests. Our coordinator, Donna was helpful and went above and beyond to help us out and our onboard coordinator Kim had everything under control as well. Our guests loved our wedding and we got many compliments on how nice it was and how yummy the food was. My only suggestion would be to try to book a 5 hour cruise if you are doing your wedding and reception during the cruise. 4 hours was cutting it close, and everyone commented they wished there had been more than an hour of dancing. Awesome job Electra Cruises!
Beautiful and unique reception!Reviewed on 2/17/2014 Laura C
Since the first time I saw the yachts in a bridal magazine I knew that's where I wanted my reception to be at, and when my fiance saw it too there was no doubt we wanted the same thing, a truly beautiful and unique experience! We had our reception at the Eternity Yacht, and let me tell you everybody LOVED it!! We had the best wedding planner ( Donna Lacey is very patient, knowledgeable, friendly and the loveliest person I have ever met) The best food ( ceasar salad, new wave chicken, scalloped potatoes and grilled vegetables, everybody went back for seconds!!) The best DJ (Raul did everything perfect, he played everything we gave him and made everybody danced!) The best photographer ( Jerry and his crew are very talented and professional!) The best cake (cinderella cakes made the most beautiful and delicious cake ever!) Overall, our reception was everything I expected and more.. they have the best crew ever!
Christmas TimeReviewed on 1/14/2014 Ryan C
Awesome time! Great food, the boat looked awesome, the lights in the harbor were spectacular, and everyone left wanting it to go on longer!
Worst venue ever! Don't let this venue ruin you're special day! We put our deposit down in December 2016 only to find out in May 2017 they double booked another wedding before ours! The wedding planner had the nerve to ask me if we could push our wedding time to accommodate their mistake! Not only were they taking away time away from us as we were suppose to board by 3pm for a 5pm wedding. Another planner booked another wedding from noon to 4pm! How in the world does this happen!! I demanded to speak to the manager and requested a refund on my deposit as they breached my contract! They have yet to return our deposit or respond to my emails. They have been so unprofessional it's truly mind blowing how this people are even in business! Now we are scrambling trying to find another venue! I'm happy to at least have enough time to find another venue and not allow these con artist to ruin our special day!! Once they have you're money they don't care it's all about money for them how many weddings can they book in 1 day! People don't get married everyday it takes years to find the love of you're life and with such excitement you plan you're wedding day! This unprofessional company tried and almost ruined our wedding plans! I wish when I booked we would of seen all the bad reviews on google reviews and yelp! I hope this review helps someone avoid this terrible experience we just went thru! The knot.com needs to update their reviews accurately! Over 20 bad reviews on this horrific company! My best comeback is to spread the word of how bad they are! Will be happy to see them in court soon to recoup my money and sue for negligence plus breach of contract!
The reception turned out beautiful but I felt that I had to reach out and ask a lot of questions throughout the planning process. It also would have been more helpful if my event planner was more personable.
I've already looked in to this vendor this is the one I want
Electra made our perfect wedding dreams a reality. From the moment we set an appointment, to booking, and finally our wedding day, Electra was easy to reach, able to accommodate all our needs, and made our special better than we could have imagined. Derrian ( our wedding coordinator day of) was the most AMAZING help. She kept things moving, made sure everything went as planned, and even made sure we had time to eat, and a drink in our hand. We would have been so lost without her help. She really took all the worries and potential troubles we ran into out of our minds so that we were able to enjoy ourselves. The only thing I would recommend would be to add an extra hour to your charter time because 4 hours flew by so quickly, I was sad that it was over so soon.
I have nothing but great things to say about Electra cruises! Also, prepare for a novel of a review. Haha! My husband and I got married at Christ Cathedral in garden grove and had our reception on The Eternity last month, although you're allowed to have the ceremony on the boat as well. The Eternity holds 150-300 people and our reception had about 190 guests. This is not your typical wedding reception venue. My husband was looking around and figured we would be spending about the same $$ as a venue at a hotel for example; however, we would be dealing with the hassle of booking a photographer, wedding coordinator, bartender, DJ, bakery, food etc. whereas Electra cruises gives us the option to choose among their vendors at a lower rate since they work closely with one another. We attended one food tasting event several months before our wedding and chose our dj (with uplighting, fog machine, and photobooth), photographer, appetizer and dinner option (pesto shrimp skewer, Cesar salad, tri tip with beef, alfredo, veggies). We basically had dinner on the yacht after choosing our vendors. Our wedding coordinator was Lorraine and she was very efficient in answering all of our questions, returning phone calls and emails in a timely manner, and referred us the greatest vendors prior to the food tasting event. She made a what would be stressful process the least of my worries during my first semester in nursing school! Our day-of wedding coordinator Star WAS THE BEST! We met up the week of the wedding, which gave me a little anxiety a few weeks before the wedding because I wasn't sure what was going on. BUT, this was for the best. They've done this hundreds of times, and it's best to have the reception out of sight out of mind while you're preparing for other things. She allowed me to party without worrying about the next thing or making sure we were on time! I let Star know what I wanted (more party time), and she really delivered. She singlehandedly coordinated the wedding reception, reminded my husband and I to eat, asked me if I needed anything throughout the night, and cued the rest of the wedding party for the grand entrance, etc. ALL while sticking to the schedule. Actually, we didn't need an extension because she really delivered what I wanted.. more party time! Ugh! If you are lucky enough to get Star as your wedding coordinator, you are literally #blessed. Our photographer, Nico, was also on point! I generally hate being on camera, but he made me feel so comfortable. I really had to do double takes on some of the photos and say "is that me?!" He makes you look regal and sophisticated, all natural at the same time. He was at our hotel in the morning, followed us to the ceremony, and ended at the boat with us. Really cool and easy guy to work with and someone you want on your team on your wedding day! Dj Roy was also great! He took requests all night, listened to the crowd, and made sure everyone was dancing. Our first dance was epic as he got he smoke machine to really set the mood. He also provided a neat guest book for people to sign as people added pictures from the photobooth. Overall, my guests had a great time. And more importantly, my husband and I had an amazing wedding reception all thanks to Electra Cruises! Come here if you want to throw the wedding of the year!
This venue is A DREAM!! They go out of their way to make sure your day and event are absolutely perfect! I would recommend working with this company to anyone and everyone. Susan was our event planner and she is a gift from God! So easy to work with and has an attitude of "let's make it happen!" Everyone we worked with goes out of their way to make sure your wants and needs are possible. Their vendors are fantastic and so professional. The food is AMAZING! Our photographers (who shoot tons of weddings) told us that this was the best wedding food they have ever eaten. It was so delicious! They tell you straight up in the beginning how much everything will cost, no hidden fees at the end of the event (ex: tips, tax, etc). I cannot say enough good things about Electra. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
PERFECT!!! A yacht wedding was a perfect setting for our wedding. It was very intimate and cozy. It's all I wanted for our wedding. We got married on DESTINY. My husband and I are very happy about our decision to have our wedding on a yacht. We had the whole place to ourselves and didn't have to worry about anything. The moment I met Susan P. I fell in love with her. She answers emails right away and if she doesn't, she gets back to you the next day. She is very nice and easy to talk to. She even helped/adviced us about our food and drink menu. We also had Karen work with us and she is fabulous! She made sure we were taken care of during the wedding day! I love them both and will forever be thankful for ELECTRA CRUISES for making my dream wedding come true!
Our wedding was amazing!! Susan and Brittany were so awesome and made everything run smoothly. We couldn't be happier 😊
Our wedding was a dream come tru. Everything went so smooth and I had no worries as the bride it was so stress free. Having Brittany as a cordinator was wonderful she was so friendly and happy. Thanks to Electra cruises our wedding was everything and more.
Overall experienceReviewed on 11/03/2015 Shay S
I'm giving the venue a 3 for my overall experience with electra cruises. When we first viewed all the yachts electra cruises had to offer, we were pretty satisfied. We chose the destiny yacht to get married and began our wedding process. Allison was whom we did all of the planning with up to the week before; and then they gave us ali to coordinate the wedding. I'm not sure why they would change the person the week before your special day. Especially when we discussed all our ideas and dreams with allison the year leading up to the wedding. When we began the planning process it was fun for us. We even got to board the eternity yacht to have a tasting and meet the vendors electra coordinates with. The vendors we chose were amazing!! We chose cinderella cakes for cake pops and cake, roy mendoza for our dj, and La Vonne's florist for our floral design. We couldn't have been more satisfied with our vendors!! The biggest downfall with electra cruises is their resolution techniques. We liked allison, however every time we had an issue, for example: going over our menu or making any minor adjustments, it seemed like a hassle for them. We also had a few questions that were not answered properly. One being the on-going construction they have. Allison assured us the construction would be finished by our wedding day, but it was not. When we asked the person working at the ticket booth she gave us an honest answer; so at least it wasn't as BIG of a suprise on our wedding day. Also i have yet to hear from the operations manager concerning the issues we encountered on the day of our wedding, which was on 10-17-15. Electra cruises is NOT skillfully prepared for weather on the destiny yacht. It was very hot on the yacht!! We had a lot of guests get sick from the heat. I've heard people complain that the heat was bad on the yachts in previous yelp reviews, but our ac broke. Electra should be more prepared for these kinds of situations. I would have been satisfied with a few fans around the boat and more open windows. They only provided a fan when we were eating at the bow of the boat. None of our guests had fans at their tables. We also paid for a champagne toast that roughly cost $500 and we did not receive one. The coordination for our cake cutting was also messed up and i found out that a few of our guests never even received a slice of cake. This saddens me. Be careful when choosing electra for your wedding. Although i chose to enjoy my day regardless of the issues we encountered.... there were quite a few problems. Our wedding party was announced incorrectly, i had to lug vases we paid for across the dock full of water in my wedding dress because of mis-communication, and it took a lot of effort from the groom and myself to get our things on and off the boat as well as back to the car. I hate to complain but these were truly difficult issues to encounter on a wedding day of all days. It did not feel like electra cruises was there for us overall. The vendors are the only reason this venue has a higher star rating.
Where do I start? From the beginning Lorraine and the team at Electra made this process so smooth and effortless. Lorraine was always available for any questions, had wonderful suggestions and cautionary advice while making us feel that she cared, and she did. On the day of the event everything was so well organized, which made it easy for us to fully enjoy and take in the most important day of our lives. I truly have no regrets and would do it all over again with Electra. A big thank you!!!
UnforgettableReviewed on 7/14/2015 Emily E
We worked with Susan Pereda and from the beginning she explained every detail and is very informed of the company. Our wedding night was beautiful and everything we dreamed and more. They have all the vendors and they are amazing. They sit down with you and ask you what you are looking for and they make sure you get what you want. There is a food tasting meet and greet with their vendors and it's absolutely free. It's a great way to meet the vendors and have all your questions asked. We loved every one of our vendors and had no complaints. We can't wait to book another function with them in the future. Our vendors were DJ Von, our minister was Bradley Phillip, Lyn from My Fair Lady Floral, Sharon Pulcino was our photographer, we got our cake from Cinderella Cakes and our Day of Wedding Coordinator was Gina who was amazing and did everything with ease and was so pleasant. I would reccomend them to everyone!! Sincerely, Emily Lehnberg
The wedding planner was less than helpful. I had numerous questions that went un answered. She never called back or answered emails in a timely manner. She was vague in our financial dealing and just beat around the bush when i had questions. They day of wedding planner was awesome as was the crew on the boat. If you choose to use them you will be 75% happy with everything leading up to the wedding day and 95% happy with the special day. I hope you have better luck with the office people than i did.
Electra is the best place to have your wedding. They have natural beauty, great food and a wonderful staff. Our coordibator, Lorraine, was sweet, accomadating, and hard working! She was the fairy godmother every couple deserves to have when planning a wedding. The pricing was great, and I really appreciated having all my vendors provided for us to choose. Last but not least, Captain Torre gave us a ceremony that didn't leave a dry eye in the house.
My wedding was perfect thanks to Electra Cruises!Reviewed on 5/11/2015 Sarah D
I am so thankful that we chose Electra Cruises as our wedding venue. My husband and I could not have been happier with how our wedding turned out. It was completely flawless - how many couples can say that?! Throughout the whole planning process, Lorraine was incredibly helpful. She was an amazing communicator, answering my emails nearly as quickly as I sent them. For a bride planning her own wedding, this is PRICELESS. She never balked at how many emails I sent her and was always there with a helpful response. She is so sweet, too, and you can tell that she is there to make sure everything goes well with your big day. Kim was our "day of" coordinator and there is no way our wedding would be as perfect as it was without her. She was AMAZING. She helped us schedule a rehearsal when I was sure we weren't going to be able to and completely calmed my worries about how all the timing was going to work. She was endlessly flexible when we needed to change some things around. She put all our decor out perfectly and helped make the boat look exactly how we had envisioned it would look. She was a much needed calming presence before everything was about to start, always reassuring me everything would go according to plan ... and it did! She made sure my Husband and I were where we needed to be at every moment, but never, ever rushed us. I cannot say enough amazing things about Kim. If you're looking for a ridiculously unique experience for your guests and a memorable setting for your wedding, you gotta check out Electra Cruises.
Inclusive Wedding VenueReviewed on 1/12/2015 Melissa R
When I was looking for a venue I wanted to find one that was low maintenance because I was also finishing college, working part time, and have my four year old little boy to look after. My agent was Lorraine and she was fantastic! She was always super fast in emailing me back about any questions or choices I had. Electra Cruises lets you meet a majority of their vendors at once by having them all on one boat. I loved that because in one night I got to compare all the different vendors. Saving me time is a definite plus for me. There is a base of what you get from each vendor included in the price, but you can always add extras as well. We had an intimate wedding of about 75 on the Newport Princess and it was beautiful. Starr was our on boat wedding coordinator and she was great. She kept everything moving and made sure my husband and I had everything we needed. I would definitely recommend, especially to couples who are looking for an all in one venue.
A Beautiful DayReviewed on 11/20/2014 Susan W
After searching far and wide for just the right wedding venue, we finally found Electra Cruises. I’m not going to lie, we were definitely drawn in by the one stop shop aspect of going with them. If you want to micromanage every detail of your wedding, this is not going to be the place for you. If you want a mostly no fuss wedding, however, please sign up! By going with an officiant, photographer, photo booth, DJ, and baker that is contracted with Electra (plus having the Electra coordinator handle it all), we were free to focus on several DIY projects to really personalize our wedding. Our original coordinator left the company mere weeks before the wedding, but our new coordinator, Susan, and day of coordinator, Karen, both made sure the day went off without a hitch. I would also definitely recommend the gondola ride option. It was nice to have some quiet alone time with my new hubby after all the craziness of the day.
So yummyReviewed on 11/11/2014 Lori N
The food was soo yummy. The tasting was easy, and omg the food was sooo good.
Amazing weddingReviewed on 7/22/2014 veronica g
Best venue I could have ever asked for. I had the easiest wedding planning experience ever, Donna my wedding planner made everything so simple and easy. Had about 130 guests aboard the yacht Eternity and it was perfect.
Low hassle weddingReviewed on 4/11/2014 Euna R
We really wanted a low hassle, easy wedding and this was the perfect way to go. Star was our day of coordinator and was wonderful.
Love love love ElectraReviewed on 3/04/2014 Leslie N
Electra Cruises was great to work with! They are professionals & the event was smooth. The coordinator was there to move us from one moment to the next. It was crazy how fast the evening flew by! The yacht was beautiful, the food was great, staff was friendly. Truly a wonderful venue! We had 135 guests and felt this was a great value for everything provided.
Donna was great!Reviewed on 2/18/2014 Rachel M
They took care of everything! I just had to tell them what I liked and they made sure I didn't have anything to worry about when it came to the day of! Would recommend them to everyone!