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City Cruises - New York is a unique boat wedding based in New York City, New York. From intimate ceremonies to grand receptions, engagement parties to rehearsal dinners, and bridal showers to bachelor/ette parties, an event on the water can be your something blue! With a dream team of wedding specialists to plan your day to perfection, City Cruises can help bring your unique vision to life with a stunning backdrop.
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City Cruises - New York features a fleet of exclusive yachts, including the Atlantica, Esprit, Infinity, Lexington, and Manhattan Elite. They boast the most fresh, chic, and elegant setting for your unforgettable celebration. Our venues are also the perfect space to accommodate both weddings and wedding-related events aboard our other brands: Spirit Cruises by City Cruises and Bateaux New York by City Cruises.
When booking with City Cruises for your special occasion, you will get to work with experienced event specialists who will help bring your unique wedding dreams to life. Choose from a variety of custom wedding packages, which helps streamline the planning process and ensure no details are left behind. The staff wants to ensure your big day is truly unforgettable. Included in your reception is your choice of custom menus and beverage packages, table decor including linens, china, glassware and silverware, a delicious wedding cake, and more. Other services include:
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- Beverage Packages
- Wedding Coordinator
- Wedding Cake
- Stunning Skyline Views
- Light background music
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Incredible and amazing
It was inexpensive and just totally lovely
Amazing Experience That Won't Break the Bank
First of all, Tyler in the sales office was a dream to work with. Super friendly and attentive without being pushy, he genuinely cared that we had an event we would love. He was super responsive to email inquiries and was great about giving us advice/guidance without forcing us in a direction we didn't like. He made us feel like we could have anything we wanted but also wasn't afraid to point out potential pitfalls for ideas we hadn't quite thought through. The ship itself was gorgeous, with floor to ceiling windows that let in a ton of natural light and priceless views of the NYC skyline.
You won't need much in the way of decorations to have a beautiful looking wedding (we just had some small floor centerpieces and photos of us). We had the ceremony outside on a sheltered deck so light rain - which we had on our wedding day - won't derail your plans or soak your guests. The main deck is entirely enclosed so once the reception started it could have started pouring and it wouldn't have mattered.
A big positive for us is that catering and the cake are included in the price so that took a couple of big decisions off the plate. We did the brunch buffet and it was absolutely delicious, with lots of different options for many palettes (the chicken and waffles are legit). The cake is from Magnolia Bakery with a good selection of options to choose from and the ability to upgrade to fancier decorative options. There was plenty of food and all of our guests commented on how delicious everything was. Also, the open bar that comes standard with all of their packages has a huge selection so no need to upgrade unless Top Shelf liquor is a major priority for you.
You don't really get a rehearsal on the ship because it is used for nightly cruises, but Hornblower provides you with a day of coordinator to keep everything on schedule. Ours was Gabriel and he was a blast, really adding to the festive atmosphere (multiple guests commented on how fun he was); we agreed on a timeline beforehand and he was great at keeping us on track without being intrusive or pushy so we could focus on enjoying our wedding and socializing with our guests.
Not only were we thrilled with everything, but our guests all raved about the food and the atmosphere. A lot of them said they never would have thought to get married on a boat and absolutely loved the vibe and the views (you will get a great view of the skyline and landmarks like the Brooklyn Bridge and Statue of Liberty). Several of our married friends joked that they wanted to do a vow renewal ceremony just so they could do the same brunch cruise setup we did.
Overall we cannot recommend Hornblower enough. We weren't sure we'd be able to afford the kind of wedding we wanted in notoriously pricy NYC, but we were able to get a private charter for our 70-ish person wedding with everything we wanted for well under the $33k national average, to say nothing of the much higher NYC average. Going with Hornblower gave us a fun and different reception that we will remember for the rest of our lives. Highly recommended!
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