Want to learn more? Here's everything you ever needed to know about Hornblower school events, from fun stuff like décor to practical stuff like security — and everything in between, including entertainment, boarding, minimums, deposits and lighting.
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Hornblower Cruises & Events (HCE) offers a complimentary boarding time for all cruises. This varies by group size and yacht. Smaller vessels have a 15-minute boarding time. Lord Hornblower or Adventure Hornblower both have a 30-minute boarding time. The Inspiration Hornblower offers up to an hour of boarding, depending on the size of the event. Guests will be able to enter The Abbey 15 minutes before the event start time. Once a guest has arrived, in-and-out privileges are not allowed.
For your guests' safety, security guards are required at 1 guard per 50 guests. Hornblower reserves the right to require additional security at an additional cost to charter group. Client will be notified in advance of this change. Guards will perform light "concert style" pat-downs and hand-bag searches as the group boards the yacht or enters The Abbey.
Please keep in mind that ANY damage incurred by the students or any vendors hired by the school will be extremely costly and will be the responsibility of the school.
Items not permitted on board:
- Alcohol / Flasks / Glow-in-the-Dark Items / Sharp Objects
- All Tobacco Products / Lighters / Matches / Water Bottles
- Any Illegal Substance / Markers / Wallet Chains
- Canes and Zoot Chains / Weapons
- Gum / Open Mint Containers
- Containers with a screw-on cap or lid, including perfume/cologne bottles.
This list can be modified per school request and is subject to change per Hornblower's policy.
The school administration may fax a list of any additional items that administrators would like confiscated.
It is the responsibility of the school administration and chaperones to ensure that the students act appropriately. Any student determined by HCE staff to be acting unruly or under the influence of alcohol or any illegal substance will be turned over to the school administration and will be asked to leave the facility.
At the conclusion of the contracted event time, all HCE staff and security will depart the facility. It is the school’s responsibility to ensure that all students are safely off the premises.
Please note that this facility does allow armed personnel, if approved ahead of time (i.e. security, school police, etc.).
Set-up for events will be permitted two hours before cruising time on the yachts, unless otherwise advised.
Decor must be approved in advance by Hornblower Cruises & Events and must be able to be loaded and assembled within the allotted period of time. No confetti, glitter, candles, open flames, nails, tape on woodwork, silly string, water balloons, hot glue guns or staple guns will be allowed.
Deposits, Guarantee Guest Counts and Final Balances
Deposit amount varies by venue. Inspiration Hornblower requires a deposit of $5000 for all events. All other venues have a $2,000 deposit, unless otherwise noted. Deposits are non-refundable. A guaranteed guest count is due seven days before your event. The final balance is due five days before your event. **We DO NOT accept credit cards for final balances; payment is due in the form of a school check.**
DJ and Lighting
Hornblower Cruises & Events can provide DJ’s and lighting for your event. If an out-of-house DJ is used, the school is responsible for having the DJ contact our in-house Entertainment Manager at least three weeks before your event. A $150 hook-up fee is required and provides your entertainer with a telephone consultation, yacht visit if needed, adapter cord if needed, and Coast Guard-approved 10db/+>~amp microphone for ambient sound.
The minimum guest counts required per yacht are indicated below. Call for options on smaller groups.
The Abbey (land venue)
- 200-guest minimum
- $12,000 (Saturday event minimum)
- 80-guest minimum for formal event packages
- Not available for Grad Night Packages
- 150-guest minimum for formal event packages
- 250-guest minimum for Grad Night Packages
- 300-guest minimum for formal event packages
- 350-guest minimum for Grad Night Packages
- 500-guest minimum for formal event packages
- 600-guest minimum for Grad Night Packages