The Inside Scoop
FROM THE KNOT EDITORS
The First Look
Hornblower Cruises and Events provides unique venues for couples to set sail together on their newly wedded journey. Their fleet in Newport Beach comprises six private yachts where luxurious travel is combined with exquisite cuisine, spectacular views and a novel experience. The crew offers an unparalleled level of service and guests cannot fail to be impressed as the bride and groom exchange their vows on board in front of the ship’s captain.
Endless Dreams. Originally launched in 2002, this modern yacht offers three levels to host a large reception. The 140-foot yacht features an outdoor balcony and has detailing in granite, wood and stainless steel. The yacht accommodates 350 guests for a seated meal or 450 for a buffet reception.
Just Dreamin. This 110-foot custom craft features wraparound windows that give guests uninterrupted views of the harbor. It has a comfortable lounge area with couches, a full-service galley, granite and teak detailing and a built-in mahogany dance floor. The yacht accommodates 98 guests for a seated meal and 130 guests for a buffet.
Wild Goose. This luxury yacht is known for its use by John Wayne and offers unique amenities for an event. The 136-foot yacht has three decks featuring priceless paintings, intricate woodwork and detailed carvings. Up to 127 guests can enjoy a one-of-a-kind wedding reception aboard this vessel.
Mojo. This 100-foot custom yacht is contemporary in its design and is ideally suited for intimate receptions. Up to 100 guests are accommodated for a cocktail reception, 90 for a buffet or 56 for a seated meal. The modern interior has a master suite and large bathroom that may be used a bridal dressing room. Pre-ceremony preparations are done in the two staterooms. The main salon features a full bar while the top deck is ideal for open-air dining.
Dream Maker. This 90-foot yacht offers spectacular 360-degree views through the wraparound windows. It has two decks featuring a bride’s cabin, built-in dance floor, full bar, couches in the spacious lounge area and a tastefully decorated main salon. The open-air bow is spacious and has comfortable seating. This is one of the company’s most popular yachts and accommodates 56 seated guests or 90 guests for a buffet reception.
M/V Hornblower. Originally a sport fishing vessel, this 65-foot yacht now features two decks with a dining area and teak flooring. Its trademark open bow is spacious and ideal for guests to enjoy the sea breeze. The yacht accommodates 26 seated guests or 40 for a buffet-style reception.
What You Should Know
The Diamond Wedding Package includes a five-hour cruise and is completely coordinated. Also included is a hosted top shelf bar, a champagne or sparkling cider toast, a selection of hors d’oeuvres, any menu choice, a celebrity red carpet, candle centerpieces, premium floor-length linens in a choice of colors, premium chair sashes and a seascape floral package.
The Platinum Wedding Package is also for a five-hour cruise with complete coordination. It has three steward-passed appetizers, a champagne or sparkling cider toast, either a premium wine and beer bar or a hosted full bar, a seated meal or complete buffet, colored satin floor length linens, colored napkins, candle centerpieces, an ocean breeze floral package and all incidentals.
The Elite Wedding Package is for a four-hour cruise and has personal wedding coordination. Two steward-passed hors d’oeuvres are included as well as a hosted soda, juice and coffee bar. A seated meal or complete buffet is included plus a choice of colored floor length linen, candle centerpieces, a bridal bloom floral package, a champagne or sparkling cider toast and all incidentals, such as china, glassware and bar staff.
The Sea Breeze Luncheon Package is for a three-hour cruise with personal wedding coordination. It includes a gourmet seated lunch with hosted soda, juice, tea and coffee. Candle centerpieces and all incidentals are also provided.
The Champagne Brunch Wedding Package is for a three hour cruise with complete coordination. It includes hosted juice, soda, tea and coffee, free-flowing champagne, a brunch buffet, candle centerpieces and all incidentals.
The Intimate Dinner Wedding Package is for up to 30 guests on a three-hour cruise. A 30-minute dockside ceremony is performed by the captain before pre-boarding before the public. This is followed by a champagne toast. Window table seating is available where possible. A four-course seated meal is included as well as wedding cake, a flower centerpiece, a bridal bouquet, a boutonniere for the groom and colored table linens. It should be noted that this is not a private cruise.
The Intimate Brunch Wedding Package is for up to 30 guests on a two-hour cruise. A 30-minute dockside ceremony is performed by the captain before pre-boarding before the public. A champagne toast follows the ceremony. Where possible, window table seating is provided. A brunch buffet, wedding cake, a flower centerpiece, a bridal bouquet, the groom’s boutonniere, colored linens, gentle background music and free-flowing champagne, cider, juice, soda, tea and coffee is included. It should be noted that this is not a private cruise.
When hosting a wedding event with Hornblower Cruises and Events, there are numerous perks:
- Pre-boarding is allowed for the bridal party
- The captain serves as the officiant for the ceremony
- A custom-baked cake is included
- A customized ring buoy is given as a keepsake with the Diamond and Platinum packages
- Champagne and a cheese and fruit platter are provided in the bridal suite with the Diamond, Platinum and Elite packages
- Entertainment is provided by a DJ with the Diamond, Platinum, Elite and Intimate packages
- A bottle of premium champagne is provided with two commemorative flutes for the Intimate packages
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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$$ – Affordable
Waterfront, Beach, City Hall, Cruise, Historic Venue, Restaurant, Rooftop
Bar + Drinks, Cakes + Desserts, Destination Wedding Packages, Destination Wedding Planning, Destination Weddings, Food + Catering, Planning, Rentals + Equipment, Service Staff
Amazing staff and beautiful venueReviewed on 9/12/2011 Kelly S
We were married 8/20/2011 on Entertainer in Newport Beach in an evening wedding. Amy was our planner for almost a year before being promoted to Director of Sales. She's amazing to work with! She's kind and patient and couldn't have been sweeter. Holland was our "day of" coordinator and she was just as amazing! She's professional and organized, which kept us on time and things flowing perfectly. Heather in the front office was fantastic to work with too. Our boat was gorgeous, complete with sprays of twinkle lights and nice decor. Food was delicious, although I was too busy to eat much, but all of our guests said everything was quite tasty. The DJ was good and took all of our suggestions and requests to heart. Everyone danced the night away, and had a great time. We could not have been happier, or have had more fun, than we did with Adventures At Sea. You won't be disappointed!
A wonderful wedding at sea on the love boat :)Reviewed on 3/07/2011 John J
We were looking for a stress free wedding venue and this was the perfect choice! Karen King took care of everything from the flowers to the cake to the food and entertainment. All we had to do was show up with our guests and enjoy the night. It was also a great value, the food was delicious, the staff was very attentive, and the entertainment included live music. We had many compliments from our guests. The yacht was fantastic - we felt like celebrities.
My wedding ceremony and reception took place on Hornblower's Just Dreamin' yacht in Newport Harbor, and it was amazing! The staff was so kind and helpful prior to and during the event. They served brunch during the reception, and the food was delicious. The boat was beautiful, and the views were stunning. It was a really unique venue. All of the guests had a great time. I would highly recommend Hornblower Cuises and Event for weddings and other celebrations!
Everything we neededReviewed on 8/03/2015 Joclyn F
Absolutely beautiful setting to be married. For the most part everything you need is included, you just need to choose the vendors you want from their list, which made it very easy since I live in another state.
Really great venueReviewed on 5/12/2014 Erica W
Hornblower took care of everthing and offered a day of coordinator. Holland was amazing! It was so easy and they took care of everything, and so the actual wedding planning was practically stress free! The food was surprisingly delicious, and we got to eat our meal--which I think is a high complaint normally for bridal couples. :) I highly recommend them based on our experience. The staff was pleasant and the captain did a great job during the ceremony.
Made my wedding memorableReviewed on 1/27/2013 Sara N
The service was great and everything went as planned!
Awesome!Reviewed on 10/20/2012 Brittany H
Everyone at Hornblower was extremely helpful in planning our wedding down to every last detail. The lag in the response time was occasionally frustrating, but overall everything came out beautifully!
Couldn't ask for a better wedding!!Reviewed on 8/09/2012 Jessica C
My wedding with Hornblower Crusies turned out better than I could have ever dreamed! We got married on the yacht called Mojo! It is such a good deal! Everything is included except for a photographer! The price for what you get is unbeatable! The food was soooo good! The DJ played all our favorite songs and keep the partying good all night! The flowers turned out beautiful and she gave us such an amazing deal for what we got! Other places would have charged us thousands for the work she did and she only charged us 900!! And the view of having your wedding on a yacht is breathtaking!! Wonderful water views all around! My guests haven't stopped telling me how it was the best wedding they have ever been too!!
Great!Reviewed on 8/01/2012 Brittany R
So much fun, beautiful, great food!
Awesome!Reviewed on 6/07/2012 Hanh L
I love everyone at Hornblower, they were very professional from the beginning. On the day of the wedding, everyone made sure all was perfect. My yacht wedding was truly amazing!
Beautiful, affordable, and easy to work withReviewed on 5/19/2012 Elizabeth M
While planning a small wedding from out of state, I had some difficulty early on finding a venue that offered intimacy and privacy for a small group and was also affordable. Hornblower Cruises and Events was the perfect solution. Everyone we worked with was friendly, responsive, and professional. Karen, our representative, was great to work with and helped me get connected with all the other services we were looking for. Many area hotels offer a corporate rate for Hornblower clients which we and our guests found to be very competitive. We chose the Champagne Brunch package on the yacht Dream Maker with our ceremony performed by the captain and had a lovely event. We were able to customize parts of our ceremony, which I wasn't sure would be possible and very much appreciated. Captain Gordon was very friendly and personable, but also brought a nice degree of formality and gravitas in performing our ceremony. He was also very kind when my husband got a little choked up during our vows. The on-board service was excellent - everyone was friendly, cheerful, and very much on top of things. The brunch buffet was very good, plentiful, and nicely presented. Our guests enjoyed the food, the harbor cruise, and the beautiful surroundings. It was easy to accomplish a nice, relaxed environment that allowed us to really enjoy our wedding and our guests. One consideration to be aware of is that the steps between levels on Dream Maker are quite steep. Our elder guests managed just fine with assistance but extra accommodations would be needed for anybody with more significant mobility limitations. The other larger yachts will have different layouts, of course. I also needed some help on the stairs until my gown was bustled, but Holland the on-board coordinator always seemed to be on hand at just the right moment. Wearing a long gown and even having a train on the yacht can be manageable with some planning. I made sure to wear flats for convenience but my guests who wore heels had no problems navigating the steps. In conclusion, my new husband says "They really know what they are doing and they got everything right."
Package Deal!!!Reviewed on 10/19/2011 Grace H
Having worked with Hornblower Cruises was the best decision we made regarding our wedding venue. It was a package deal. Food was included, as well as the DJ. We weren't to impressed with the DJ, but you can hire your own if you prefer. Other than that everything right down to the coordinator on board was fantastic!!! The cake was even included and basic table dress/ware. They give you the option to have added details from vendors they work with, or they give you the option to work with outside vendors of your choice. Which saves on money as well. They gave us time to board the boat early with our wedding party, and also to decorate if we wanted to. We cruised for 5 hours, and every guest on the boat had an great experience. For some it was their first time on a yacht. They have a great selection of yachts as well. I will say we are from San Diego, but it seemed that the Newport area had better options, and deals than San Diego. They were more flexible as well.
okReviewed on 8/15/2011 Lucy X
went with electra cruises over this.. yacht weren't as modern.
great serviceReviewed on 6/23/2011 jennifer W
our wedding on the Dream Maker yacht turned out beautifully and we were very happy we used Adventures at Sea for our wedding!
Amazing!!Reviewed on 5/12/2011 Callie S
To anyone that is interested in using Adventures At Sea, don't hesitate. All I wanted was a California wedding on the beach and I ended up with an AMAZING wedding on the water. I can't even explain how awesome the girls (Karen,Heather and Alison) are. They know their stuff and were always helpful with anything and everything I needed input on. Karen was always there to assist me, weather it was a long phone conversation or a quick email. I couldn't have asked for a better coordinator. Everyone at Adventures was on top of everything. Like I mentioned above Karen was the best, but there was also the best crew on board. The day of my wedding they had everything set up so beautifully and the food was great. I couldn't have asked for anything better. The only bad part was that it was here and gone so fast. I wish we could have sailed for a little longer.
amazing experienceReviewed on 5/04/2011 Jessica m
I actually won a wedding with them and paid to have an additional 25 guests and the planning with them was a little difficult but it was an experience and the day of was almost amazing. For example they totally worked with getting the vendors on to the yacht earlier then they were allowed which helped with set up, which was a plus. one down point we had at the beginning was the issue of a certain amount of people being able to do pre boarding for pictures, which was not enough for my whole entire wedding party, i felt like they were telling me how many i can have in my wedding party, but after talking to someone they were able to accommodate everyone. Staff is really nice and if you have communication everything will go great! trust me the day of everything turns out good and it is so amazing.
Very Happy Couple!!Reviewed on 12/17/2010 cassondra l
We got married on October 16,2010. From the moment we contacted Adventures at Seas-Hornblower Co. We were totally taken care of . Our wedding cordinator Karen King was absolutely the best!! Her and the staff really went over and beyond their duties to make our wedding day perfect. From the cake, to the flowers , to the food, service and scenery we couldn't ask for anything better. Everyone was so professional and nice ! Karen never let any question go unanswered , I knew I could put my trust in her to plan our beautiful day. I would recommend Adventures at Seas to anyone looking for an intimate and elegant wedding. Our experience was amazing and my guests were happy and impressed. It was well worth our money! Very Happy Bride & Groom:) Nuttall~ October 16,2010-Lady Hornblower
Absolutely Awesome!! The perfect wedding for us!!Reviewed on 12/06/2010 Laurie B
We cannot say enough about Karen King, Chad, and the rest of the staff. Our wedding was everything that we asked for and more. Karen recommended Pamela Lowe the florist, Rossmore Bakery for our cake, and Steven the D.J. We were extremely pleased with these choices. Our choice for the sit down luncheon aboard the "Dream Maker" was perfect. Our guests raved about how wonderful the food and the day was. The kicker is that they were able to put it together for us in 10 weeks. You would have never known either. They are truly Professionals!! We would recommend Adventures at Sea anytime!!
Adventures at Sea gave us our dream wedding!Reviewed on 12/01/2010 Kristina G
Adventures at Sea was an amazing company to deal with. I live out of state, so a lot of the preliminary communication was via email/phone, and Jennifer was super to deal with. Right from the beginning she made me feel comfortable and answered all of my questions. Once we were able to visit the boats and finally reserve one (we went with "Mojo") we were even more impressed with the service and friendliness of everyone! The day of the wedding went off seamlessly and all of our guests commented on how smoothly everything flowed and how great the food was, the atmosphere, etc. I felt like I didn't have to lift a finger or worry about anything. I truly could not have asked for anything more and would highly recommend Adventures at Sea to anyone who wants a unique and beautiful wedding.
Great experience from beginning to end!Reviewed on 11/30/2010 Karen V
I began my planning a bit early, 3 years early, having had to change the date once. So I went thru at least 3 sales girls. All very nice and so attentive to my needs. I emailed them so much I almost felt bad. I have to say though that every email was answered in detail regarding whatever I was asking. My last salesperson Karen King-Hoyman, was awesome, she worked very closely with me and essentially with my wedding planner. The day of the main event turned out beautifully. I couldn't have asked for better service. I would definately recommend this company to anyone looking for a chic/romantic/all-inclusive event. Thank you.
ThanksReviewed on 10/28/2010 TamaraGarcia T
The staff of the yacht was so helpful and friendly to the guests.And all this service is really good.
All in one venue - just perfect!Reviewed on 10/28/2010 Mitzi A
We wanted a wedding by the ocean but at the same time something unique, simple but elegant. We planned to have about 50 guests and wanted something intimate where everyone can enjoy. We saw the Mojo yacht from Adventures At Sea and it was just perfect. It is newly renovated, looked like a private yacht (compared to other yachts) and it was beautiful. The people at Adventures At Sea were wonderful. Our wedding coordinator was Tonya who was just very sweet and helped me all the way from planning to execution of the event. She was just great! We chose the Elite package and the food choices were superb. During the wedding, we had an on-board coordinator, Allison, who was just as great. I am happy with their service. I highly recommend this company.
Excellent venue/options; terrible service early onReviewed on 9/20/2010 Katherine J
This was a great choice because I had just about everything except my photographer wrapped into one package, with multiple vendors to choose from. The yacht was amazing, and surprisingly affordable (we had wanted to do a vineyard wedding but couldn't afford it - never thought a yacht would be cheaper!). The downside was I got little to no attention until about two weeks prior to the big day. My calls went unreturned and it was like pulling teeth to get the info I needed, which hindered the planning process considerably. I think this is just because they do not consider you a priority until closer to the event. From then on, the service was great (I highly recommend Holland as your day-of coordinator and do NOT recommend Amy Deift as your ongoing contact person - try to book with someone else).
Review for Adventures at SeaReviewed on 5/10/2010 Erica T
I loved being on the water, the view was fantastic, and because we were in Newport Bay the entire time, no one had any issues with motion sickness. The staff was fantastic and treated us like royalty. The boat had recently been updated and was really lovely.;This was on a yacht on the ocean. We were lucky enough to have a gorgeous full moon and mild weather, but they obviously can't guarantee that. Also, everything has to be brought onto the boat, which creates certain issues with gifts (because of terrorism laws) and potential issues.
Review for Adventures at SeaReviewed on 5/10/2010 Tiffany S
The staff of the yacht was so helpful and friendly to the guests. The food that was prepared was perfect there is nothing that I would change about the food.