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Portland Spirit Cruises & Events

Portland, OR View map Visit website
Rating 4.8 out of 5
12 reviews
$13k - $15k For 100 Guests
Up to 400 guests

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$13k - $15k For 100 Guests
Up to 400 guests

Portland Spirit Cruises & Events offers a unique experience for your engagement party, rehearsal dinner or an elegant ceremony and reception. With all-inclusive wedding packages, we take the guesswork out of the planning process leaving you with a picturesque wedding on the river. Packages include three hours of private cruising time, Captain's ceremony, Pacific Northwest cuisine prepared fresh on board, Champagne toast, white linens, sound system, service charge and much more. We have been helping couples sail into happily ever after since 1994 — book your wedding today!

Facilities and Capacities

The flagship of our fleet, the Portland Spirit, gives you all the elegance and luxury of a cruising ballroom, featuring two stages with baby grand pianos, a marble dance floor and three levels including a viewing top deck; accommodates up to 300 guests for your ceremony and 400 for a reception. The Willamette Star accommodates 100 guests for your ceremony or 120 for the reception and features a cherry wood interior, gilded ceilings, piano and two levels including a viewing top deck. A more intimate space is the Crystal Dolphin, a luxurious yacht that accommodates up to 50 guests for a ceremony and 80 for the reception. Finally, the Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler provides the authentic riverboat experience filled to the brim with historic charm and accommodates up to 150 people. Built to replicate the paddle wheel vessels of the 19th century, the Sternwheeler boards in Cascade Locks May - October and Portland the rest of the year.


Services Offered

Inclusive wedding packages include many amenities with your package price. Services and items include:

  • 3 hours of private cruising time
  • In-house catering featuring Pacific Northwest cuisine prepared fresh on board (your choice of plated entrées or buffet)
  • Captain's wedding ceremony
  • Full service bar with bartender
  • Beverages (fountain sodas, iced tea, hot tea and coffee)
  • Champagne/sparkling cider toast
  • Tables and chairs
  • Standard white linen and napkins
  • China, flatware and glassware
  • Audio equipment & corded microphone
  • Event planning and on-site cruise manager
  • Gratuity/service charge


Cuisine
With fresh ingredients and delicious menu options, you'll be able to design the perfect menu with your choice of a variety of Pacific Northwest entrées, hors d'oeuvres and desserts. Our in-house Executive Chef will create anything ranging from seafood to salad, meats, vegetarian options and so much more.

  • Veteran-owned

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

$6,900

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$5,900

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

Yes

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Chairs
China
Clean Up
Event Planning
Flatware
Glassware
Lighting/Sound
Linens
Set Up
Tables

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Cake Cutting
Server(s)

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

Bartender(s)
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Wine
Specialty Beer

What is the maximum capacity of your venue?

400

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?

2

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

4

Describe your venue:

Boat/Yacht
Cruise Ship
Marina
Restaurant
Waterfront

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Covered Outdoor
Uncovered Outdoor
Scenic Views

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Elopements
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

All Inclusive Packages
Bar Services
Catering Services
Clean Up
Event Planner
Event Rentals
Lighting / Sound
Outside Vendors
Set Up

What catering services do you offer?

Buffet
Cocktail Reception
Dessert
Hors d'oeuvres
Outside Cake
Plated
Server(s)

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Cash Bar
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Liquor License
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer
Specialty Wine

What event items are available?

Audio Equipment
Chairs
Chair Covers
Dance Floor
Decor
Furniture
Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

May
June
July
August
September
October
December

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
March
April
November

12 Reviews

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Recommended by 96% of couples
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    Ann Married on 09/18/2021
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    Elopement Turned out Perfect

    Like many couples, we cancelled our almost 200 guest wedding venue/plans and decided to elope during the pandemic. We opted with the Portland Spirit to hold our elopement ceremony and dinner. Morgan helped us with the initial questions before we reserved in March 2021 and guided us with everything we needed to the September 2021 event. We were married by the Captain top deck and our area was set aside to enjoy dinner and the cruise with window views and exceptional service from all of the members aboard. It was extremely stress free and low-key exactly how we intended and we can't thank enough for Morgan's attention to details, responsiveness, and knowledge to answering every question (multiples on each email). The experience also was surprising to enjoy the live Pianist and driving the boat too! Thank you to everyone that helped make our day special!!
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    Sonja L. Married on 07/12/2021
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    Willamette Wonderful!

    Our wedding on the Willamette Star was one-of-a-kind! We had a beautiful ceremony and reception on board as the boat cruised down the river. The food was delicious and the boat was roomy. The Portland Spirit team was wonderful to work with leading up to and on the day of the event. Morgan helped us get all the details confirmed even as COVID policies were changing. On board, Maddy helped coordinate the sequence of events and did so without overwhelming me (she talked mostly to my sister). I highly recommend Portland Spirit if you want a fun, unique, and easy-to-plan wedding!
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    Julia B. Married on 05/28/2021
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    Perfect boat for rehearsal dinner!

    We all had a wonderful time. The weather was perfect as were the views, the music, and the food!

    The food was ten times better than I ever would have imagined and many of our guests also said this. The crew was very accommodating and Travis went above and beyond.

Awards

  • 12
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2018 Winner

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Professional Network & Endorsements

3 Endorsements
Steady State Studios Steady State Studios Wedding Videographers

Unbeatable venue for scenery, friendly and helpful staff, and overall excellent memories. Few places can rival the novelty and plain fun of a huge sternwheeler as it drifts down the Willamette. Check this place out!

Crystal Lilies Crystal Lilies Wedding Florists

There is no place in Portland where you can get the attention to detail and the experience you get with the people at the Portland Spirit. If you party is small or large, they will give you the attention and follow thru found no where else. For many years we have enjoyed working with the Portland Spirit and know that they care about their brides. Every event with them if different, because of the Portland you will see as you go down the river with them on your event. We would suggest the Portland Spirit to Brides looking for that once on a lifetime wedding.

Alyssa Jul Photography, LLC Alyssa Jul Photography, LLC Wedding Photographers

A fleet of amazing venues for ceremonies and receptions - We've worked on The Portland Spirit Cruise Ships for numerous weddings and have been impressed at each one!

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110 SE Caruthers Portland, OR, 97214
503-224-3900

Monday - Friday | 8 am - 5 pm
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