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A Romantic and Unforgettable Newport Beach Wedding

SARAH AND RYAN'S WEDDING ABOARD THE NEWPORT MOJO We love when we get to plan a wedding as sweet as the couple themselves. Despite living in Minneapolis, Sarah and Ryan made the decision to get married in Southern California. Planning a wedding long distance can sometimes come with a unique set of challenges, but working with this couple made it as breezy as the weather on their wedding day. Read…

Why Team Building Is More Important After the Holidays.

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO MOTIVATE YOUR TEAM IN THE NEW YEAR. There are few work days worse than those that come after the holidays. Between time off, overindulgence, and plenty of travel, January hits you as cold as the weather. Employee appreciation is at a peak in December between holiday parties, company gifts, and potential bonuses, which is why it’s even more important at the beginning of the year.…

Offsite Meetings: What Are the Benefits?

Start Planning Today NO MATTER HOW BIG OR SMALL YOUR BUSINESS, OFFSITE MEETINGS LEAD TO INCREDIBLE RESULTS Could this meeting have been an email? Today, more often than not, the answer is yes. Any meeting, no matter the length, should do one of four things: solve a problem, make a decision, develop a plan, or answer a question. How many meetings have you been in where one team member is…

Hornblower Wedding Spotlight: Meet our Marina Del Rey Wedding Planners

AN INTERVIEW WITH JANE WATERS AND ELIZABETH NAVE Whether the wedding was big or small, there’s one thing every couple agrees on after their wedding — there was so much planning they never expected. Behind the scenes of every wedding is someone hustling to make the wedding day unforgettable — the wedding planner. Some couples choose to step into this role themselves, while others hire a professional to ease their…

Humans of Hornblower: Executive Chef, Kelly McGinnis

Executive Chef Kelly McGinnis has been at Hornblower Cruises & Events for 25 years, creating unique dining experiences on the water in , and Marina del Rey. “Guests can always taste the difference,” says Kelly, who insists on only using fruit and vegetables in season. Kelly might be preparing breakfast for 400 guests, or making dinner for just one couple on their 50th wedding anniversary. No matter what, “I like…

Sail to Success with these Team Building Ideas

REPLACE THE TRADITIONAL COCKTAIL PARTY FOR CORPORATE OUTINGS ON A YACHT Good company culture helps create a good bottom line. Team building with your employees creates trust, mitigates conflict, encourages communication, and increases collaboration. With low unemployment rates in California, employees are on the move- and keeping them happy is a priority. It’s important for leadership to think outside the box, and get creative! Planning special events to keep employees…

New Year, New Look!

FOUR OF OUR HISTORIC YACHTS IN NEWPORT BEACH AND MARINA DEL REY UNDERWENT FRESH AND EXCITING REMODELS. The Zumbrota in Marina del Rey was originally commissioned by circus baron Charles Ringling. in 1918, Zumbrota was recently added to the National Register of Historic Places. This remarkable pleasure craft is still sailing the marina and looking better than ever. The beautiful renovations, completed in early 2018, represent a fresh feel on…

Team Building – A Cure For The Winter Blues.

SUMMER DAYS ARE FAST APPROACHING AND RISING TEMPERATURES ARE TEASING US TO GET OUTDOORS. Your desk-locked crew is more than ready to get out from behind their keyboards for a much needed reprieve. An out of office team building excursion is the perfect cure for those winter blues. Studies show that team building activities have a significant impact on team performance and are an effective way to foster collaboration and…

The Best Places to Spend New Year’s Eve

From sea to shining sea, we’ve rounded up the coolest spots to spend New Year’s Eve 2018. Best Crowd: The San Francisco Bay San Francisco’s midnight fireworks are legendary- that’s why more than 200,000 people made the trek to see them last year. Our fave spots to watch the show? The Ferry Building and the Embarcadero have countless lookout points. Get there before 11:30, and bring a blanket- it gets chilly! Once you’re parked,…

Humans of Hornblower

Newport Beach’s Amy Deift Sings The Praises Of Hornblower What do you do when you have an operatic voice, love boats, and need a summer job? Become a singing gondolie­­r, of course. Amy Deift first found herself on the water when studying music education and vocal performance at Chapman University in Orange, CA. “I mostly sing classical, musical theater, and jazz,” says Amy, who is now Director of Sales at Hornblower Cruises & Events in Newport…