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The Hornblower Cruises and Events of Marina del Rey, California, offers couples a unique seafaring wedding experience. Exchange your vows over the pristine waters of the Pacific Ocean with the sunset as your backdrop. Then, party on the deck with an intimate crowd of 30 or a big soiree with up to 500 guests as you glide over the water. Hornblower offers a variety of boats for you and your future spouse to choose from.
Dream On. This 105-foot yacht can entertain up to 150 guests for a seated meal or 200 for a buffet-style reception. A cocktail reception can hold up to 250 guests.
Marina Hornblower. This 80-foot ship offers a sun deck with full views of the ocean 25 feet below. The interior features wooden accents, a dance floor and two bars. This ship can entertain 180 for a buffet meal or a cocktail-style reception. Up to 150 can be seated for a meal.
Zumbrota. This 104-foot ship can hold 125 individuals for your cocktail reception or 60 for a seated meal.
Other boats are available as per special request as they are usually in another location.
What You Should Know
A wedding planner is part of booking your wedding with Hornblower Cruises. If you would like an intimate wedding with up to 30 individuals attending, you and your fiancé can reserve seats for the Hornblower’s usual Friday or Saturday Dinner Cruise. This will not be a private event, as other guests will be present. The cruise still offers many extras, such as flower centerpieces on the table, a bouquet and boutonniere, colored table linens and even a wedding cake. The boat captain officiates over the ceremony dockside prior to other diners’ arrivals. This package offers a champagne toast after the exchange of vows. After the four-course seated meal, a DJ will provide the musical entertainment. The cruise is from 8 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. on Fridays and 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Saturdays.
If you prefer, you can arrange a “Uniquely You” wedding. This wedding package includes the ceremony and a reception during the four-hour long cruise. This “Uniquely You” wedding includes all of the same perks as an intimate wedding package but will be a private charter. The bridal party can pre-board in order to get ready. You can choose from a buffet or seated meal and a hosted juice, coffee and soda bar is also provided. All china, centerpieces and tableware with linens are included, as well as a customized wedding cake.
The Elite Wedding package is also a four-hour cruise and includes all of the perks of the “Uniquely You” package and some extras like two passed hors d’oeuvres and a cheese and fruit plate for the bridal party.
The Platinum package offers three passed hors d’oeuvres, a hosted full bar or a premium beer and wine bar and a buffet or seated meal. The Diamond package also includes a red carpet aisle, the choice of any menu and a hosted top shelf bar. Other extras for the Diamond package include premium linens and chair sashes as well as a floral package. The Diamond selection includes a five-hour cruise, hors d’oeuvres and a cheese/fruit plate in the bridal suite.
Prefer to have your wedding during the day? The Hornblower can accommodate brunches and luncheons with a three-hour chartered cruise. These packages also have wedding coordination available.
The price of the packages does not include tax, a landing fee or service charges.
- Hornblower Cruises welcomes same-sex marriages
- Special deals available online
- Off-season rates are available
- The first two hours of parking will be validated for your guests
From the Vendor
Award-Winning Yacht Venue
Imagine exchanging vows under a blanket of stars surrounded by glimmering waters. At Hornblower Cruises & Events we combine the finest cuisine with a location so romantic you'll have to check your feet for glass slippers! Departing from Newport Beach, Long Beach and Marina del Rey.
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