Hornblower Cruises and Events’ vessels offer couples a worry-free venue with wow-factor. Whatever you envision can come to life on the water.
Food & beverage, service and entertainment are all handled by our onboard crew and included in your event fee. Our event coordinators execute the details that bring your day to life, so you can stay in the moment.
Custom packages, large capacities and onboard entertainment, combined with a picture-perfect backdrop make your big day unforgettable like no other venue can.
Have Your Wedding on the Water
Norfolk's flagship vessel Spirit of Norfolk offers flexible event packages for couples to plan for the day of their dreams aboard any of their year-round dining cruises. The fun and festive yacht hasspace for up to372 guests on three private desks,as well as an open-air rooftop lounge, promisingmore than enough room for grand celebrations.
In 2017, Hornblower Cruises & Events, formerly Spirit Cruises, in Norfolk welcomed their premium private yacht Virginia Elite to offer even more customization. The vessel hosts exclusively private events and can welcome up to 140 guests aboard two private decks and an outdoor lounge.
Any ceremony, reception or wedding-related event with Hornblower Cruises & Events promises breathtaking views and a unique experience for all couples and their closest loved ones.
Whether couples are looking for an intimate gathering or a grand reception, the Hornblower Cruises & Events Norfolk team of wedding specialists will help couples plan their special day to absolute perfection, from start to finish. From setup and cleanup to lighting and sound, the unique venue offers it all. Couples also have several all-inclusive packages to choose from, ensuring they receive everything they want for their picture-perfect day. For bridal showers, engagement parties, rehearsal dinners, ceremonies, receptions, and even post-wedding brunches, the Spirit of Norfolk is the perfect “something blue” for couples. Other services provided include:
For dining, the Spirit of Norfolk offers buffet-style meals with freshly prepared entrees, sides, and desserts. If desired, couples can also have hors d'oeuvres or stations for their delicious reception dinner. Servers are on-board, ensuring every passenger receives quality service.
Virginia Elite has more customizable options to design the perfect menu.
Right on the Elizabeth River, our vessels are surrounded by Norfolk’s local gems, including the Nauticus, the USS Wisconsin BB-64, Town Point Park, the Chrysler Museum of Art, and more. Luxury hotels are within half a mile, and the Norfolk International Airport is only seven miles away.
39 Reviews for Hornblower Cruises & Events - Norfolk
Recommended by 98% of couples
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David Hill · Married on 10/06/2019
Excellent all around
It was a incredible experience. A big thank to our wedding coordinator Katie for everything she did for us. She made sure our big wedding day was the best. We also thank the kitchen staff for the good food, and to our waiter and waitress Chris and Mehgan for being so helpful. Our day turned out excellent.Sent on 10/29/2019
Hornblower Cruises & Events - Norfolk's reply:Thank you so much for letting us be apart of your special day, David! I am so thrilled that you both had such an amazing time. Congratulations!
Kathryn · Married on 05/26/2019
It was wonderful and the wedding coordinators were awesome to work with!
The wedding coordinators really made me feel at ease. They were always quick to respond to any questions or concerns I had. They also helped with changes and I had a lot of changes haha! They were always so nice every time. It was. Beautiful wedding and they truly care about making everything perfect.Sent on 05/28/2019
Sarah Bradshaw · Married on 04/06/2019
Had our wedding on the Virginia elite and it was absolutely perfect!! Staff and wedding coordinator were amazing!Sent on 04/16/2019
The Spirit of Norfolk and her employees are amazing! I officiate weddings on the Spirit of Norfolk every year, and am never disappointed in the level of service they provide to my couples. When a bride asks me for a unique venue recommendation, I often suggest the Spirit, especially when they want a " no-hassle" experience. They provide the ceremony location, the reception venue, entertainment, and great food. The coordinators are always "on point" and attentive to the couple's every need. The staff makes sure all events start promptly on schedule so the couple can maximize their party's private time before the other passengers are boarded for the cruise. If you are looking for a unique venue, The Spirit of Norfolk is definitely a great choice!