Hornblower Cruises & Events is a wedding and event venue in San Diego, California. Hornblower founder and CEO, Terry MacRae, bought a small charter business in 1980. The company has grown and now cruises from seven California city ports and other cities including New York City. Hornblower Cruises & Events can make your wedding dreams come true.
Facilities and Capacity
Hornblower Cruises has seven stunning boats in San Diego Bay. Inspiration Hornblower is the largest yacht in Southern California and is perfect for large events and celebrations. It is 222 feet long and can accommodate 1,200 guests. Admiral Hornblower is newly remodeled and newly named. It has been afloat in the San Diego Bay for more than 30 years. It is 151 feet long and can accommodate 600 guests for a cocktail party and 420 guests for a seated dinner reception. Adventure Hornblower has panoramic windows from both decks. It is sleek and spacious for guests to relax and enjoy the views. It is 150 feet long and can accommodate 350 guests for a seated dinner, 400 guests in buffet seating and 550 guests for a cocktail reception. High Spirits was originally made to be a sister ship to President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s presidential yacht, the Sequoia. High Spirits in 112 feet and can accommodate 150 guests.
Emerald Hornblower has various colors of green in the design to reflect its name. It is an 85 foot Skipperliner that accommodates 120 guests for a cocktail reception and 90 guests for a seated dinner. Emerald Hornblower has a custom designed convertible sunfoot on the top floor deck that opens to fresh air and dancing under the stars. Newport Hornblower received a full remodel in 2017 that features a modern interior. It accommodates up to 80 guests. Renown is a simple yet sophisticated yacht with a charming interior. It was built in 1940 and is 72 feet long. It can accommodate 45 guests. They also offer an on-land option for special events. The Abbey was an Episcopal church built in 1910. It is one of San Diego’s only remaining Classic Revival structures and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Abbey is a 10,000 square foot house with winding dark-wood balconies, arched windows, antique light fixtures and a stained glass dome. It can accommodate 475 guests for a cocktail reception and 300 guests for a seated dinner. It includes a full kitchen for catering needs.
Hornblower Cruises & Events can host your rehearsal dinner, ceremony, reception, engagement party, showers, luncheons and other wedding events. They offer a range of packages for wedding and receptions, wedding specials, celebrations and intimate weddings. They offer custom wedding options including flowers, photography, entertainment, transportation, red-carpet boarding, and more. You can also choose to add custom reception items including boarding photos with ring buoy, colored napkins, chair covers, chocolate fountain, favors and more. You can customize your day down to the napkin color with Hornblowers Cruises. They make it easy to plan all the details and get all your services in one place. Their wedding specialists help you choose the yacht for your event and all the services and customization options to make your day unforgettable. Hornblower Cruises provides bar and catering services for all your events. Their talented culinary team works with you to plan exquisite meals and drink pairings.
Recommended by 97% of couples
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Bonnie · Married on 11/09/2011
I had my wedding in November on the Lord Hornblower. I was planning my wedding from out of state but had family in San Diego helping me. Kristie and Jill were fantastic to work with, and let us view the boat several times to get all of pur plans set and for my family to take pictures to send to me since I couldn't be there. The entire experience was wonderful and very organized. They set up the reception exactly how I wanted, and they had a coordinator the day of to make sure everything ran smoothly. The DJ (Laura Jane) was excellent, and the staff was so friendly and helpful. The cake was included and the catering was the best wedding food I have ever had! My guests raved about the venue and how unique it was to sail around on the bay for a wedding!
Christine · Married on 07/07/2018
My husband and I are so happy that we chose the Hornblower for our wedding day. I still can't believe how much fun our wedding day was. We were both stress free and genuinely impressed at how simple, yet memorable our wedding turned out to be. Kudos to Kristie and Kelly for their exceptional service! The crew on board were amazing! The FOOD WAS PHENOMENAL. And the wedding cake. OMG! That was divine. They made everything so seamless. I definitely recommend to brides who doesn't want to stress out about the tiny details on their wedding day!
Samantha · Married on 08/12/2016
Wedding was perfect thanx to the great tram at Hornblower! Staff was so attentive and professional. Made everything extreamly painless.
No a better option on the bay! We love to partner with Hornblower Cruises & Events! Their entire team goes above and beyond to make sure you have the perfect time! Andy Owner The Groove
Not only do we love playing on the Hornblower boats...but our brides, grooms and their guests cannot get enough of the gorgeous views and ambience.
We attended a wedding last month for my nephew and his partner on the Lord Hornblower. Fantastic. The service was great and the views beautiful.