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November 15, 2013


With only two weekends in December that are perfect timing for the holiday office party, the time to book is now before all the options are gone


San Francisco, California (November 15, 2013) – This year, the way the December calendar falls, there are really only two weekends that are considered prime and desirable for the holiday office party. If your company requires a Friday or Saturday in December for the corporate outing, you may find a shortage of appropriate weekends available. Since a high percentage of coworkers take vacations around Christmas, they will start to leave town around the 20th of December. This leaves only December 6 and 7, and December 13 and 14 for corporate event planners or party planning committees to achieve the best attendance at the party.

Thankfully, there are still premium dates available at local venues that can help you make the most of your budget and throw a party that will be talked about 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 in the San Francisco Bay Area.

At Hornblower, you trade in the traditional banquet room for the incredible changing scenery of one of California's most beautiful bays. Guests are treated to views million dollar views, including the Golden Gate and Bay bridges, Alcatraz, Coit Tower, Tiburon and Sausalito, and Treasure Island. With Hornblower's diverse fleet of boats, you have access to choose the yacht that's the perfect size for your group, even up to 1800 people.

At the center of any unforgettable event is the food and beverage. 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 please even the most discriminating of palates.

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, a red carpet and specialty cocktails. Or if you wish to create a festive air, 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.

If December is a busy time of year for your company, and you prefer to have your party after the holiday season in January (like the retail industry, for example), you have the ultimate opportunity to receive better dates for your company's holiday celebration.

Hornblower has been in business for more than 32 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 your event in San Francisco or Berkeley, call Hornblower at 415-438-8300. Or visit for more information on the corporate event venues of interest to you.



Hornblower Cruises & Events has been the leading charter yacht and public dining cruise company in California for over 32 years. The company operates 32 vessels, including the 3 largest dining yachts on the West Coast, in San Francisco, Berkeley, Sacramento, Long Beach, Newport Beach, Marina del Rey and San Diego, and an office in New York City. Two Hornblower subsidiary businesses, Alcatraz Cruises and Statue Cruises, are National Park Service ferry concessioners to Alcatraz Island and the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, respectively. In 2014, Hornblower will begin operating the third subsidiary, Hornblower Niagara Cruises, out of Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. For more information visit: