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This year, corporate event planners are even more challenged than ever. While pop culture shows us every day that there are children's birthday parties tallying $40,000 and celebrity weddings topping the $1,000,000 mark, corporate meeting planners are looking for more value on smaller budgets. Thankfully, there are local venues that can help you make the most of your budget and throw a party that will be talked about and compared for years to come.

Hornblower Cruises & Events combines an unforgettable venue, freshly prepared meals, views to die for and full-service event coordination with a boat fleet of various styled and sized yachts sailing on San Diego Bay.

The first thing event planners consider for any great party is location. At Hornblower, you trade in the traditional banquet room for the incredible changing scenery of one of California's beautiful waterways like San Diego Bay. Instead of looking at stale walls, guests are treated to views of dramatic sunsets, bridges, naval ships, sea life, million dollar yachts and coastal estates. With location, you need the right size. You don't want an intimate gathering held in a cavernous room, nor do you want your guests packed in like sardines, lining up for the cheese display. With Hornblower's diverse fleet, you have access to choose the yacht that's the perfect size for your group & your event needs.

Next up is the menu. At the center of any unforgettable event is the food & beverage. You may love the space, but the menu has to fit your group's needs. A subpar menu or too little food can sabotage the entire event. At Hornblower, you'll work with your sales manager to design your feast, down to the last detail. The delicious fare is then prepared fresh onboard and is certain to exceed even the most discriminating of palettes.

Do you have a small group that you would like to wine and dine? High Spirits is recommended, this sleek historic cruiser with impeccable lounge-style furnishings, will set the tone for a thrilling night. Guests can move around on the two decks and in the varied salons with inside and outside areas for up to 150. Or do you have a big crowd looking to get down on the dance floor? Book Inspiration and give your guests room to kick up their heels, with 3 spacious decks, large dance floors and seating for up to 1,000.

Hornblower specializes in creating memorable experiences for your group. An event coordinator will be assigned to you to ensure that all the planning goes smoothly, everything is set up just as you want and the party goes off without a hitch.

Looking for the little things to make your guests feel special? Just let your event coordinator know. We can offer special touches like a photo booth, captain's hats, a red carpet and boarding glass of champagne. Or festive holiday carolers or Santa can pose for boarding photos to send you off. Want to say goodbye with a smile? We can pass out warm cookies as guests disembark. There is no detail too small.

Hornblower has been in business for over 30 years and we have the experience to make every event a flawless one. From holiday parties to corporate events to all of life's celebrations, Hornblower's fleet of luxury yachts and our professional event staff will ensure that your event, no matter the budget, will be everything you expected…and more!

For more information on booking San Diego, New York or San Francisco corporate events, call Hornblower at 800-ON THE BAY. Or visit www.hornblower.com for more information on the corporate event venues of interest to you.

Hornblower provides corporate event venues, high-quality dining, entertainment and charter cruises in six California port cities (as well as in Sacramento, with river cruises along the Sacramento River), New York City, and Corpus Christi, Texas. The company also operates to National Park Service concessions and plans to begin service at the Niagara Falls Gorge in 2014. Terry MacCrae is the founder and CEO, starting the company in 1980 in San Francisco.


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San Diego, CA 92103

Hornblower Cruises & Events Executive(s):

Jim Unger

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