Hornblower Cruises & Events
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- Hornblower Cruises & EventsMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 5Jan 20, 2014
Like most dinner cruises, the evening included taking a cheesy prom pic once we boarded, an open bar, a live band, and a 4 course meal. There was pre-assigned seating, and our table was near the bar, but far from the dance floor and the windows at the end of the ship. The staff was very accommodating and my date managed to get us a new table next to the dance floor and near the windows.
The food came out at a good pace, and was actually quite delicious. We started with seared scallops, mixed greens and mini quiche, had surf 'n' turf as our main and a plate of desserts which included mini fruit tarts, chocolate covered strawberries, kahlua pot de creme and truffles. The live jazz band was actually amazing, taking requests and singing a lot of classic oldies and contemporary love songs. We danced or stepped outside to take in the views in between courses. Thankfully, the skies were clear, but it was still chilly outside.
It was a memorable dinner, and I'd recommend going on a Hornblower cruise to celebrate any special occasion. The 3 hour cruise really went by too fast. If you're prone to seasickness, don't forget to take Dramamine.
- Hornblower Cruises & EventsFirst to ReviewJul 04, 2012
Ambiance/Experience: Loved the ship as it reminded me of the months I worked for Semester at Sea. We got great window seats and had a perfect view of the bay. Pianist/MC/Hostess Gal was pretty entertaining! Yes, a bit cheesy, but she was funny and I liked hearing all the info. about the sites. The ship rocked a bit more than usual (from what we were told) but it wasn't too bad at all.
Food: The spread was ok---nothing really stuck out in particular but it was a solid standard brunch buffet. But let's be honest, that didn't stop us from stuffing ourselves. :) And afterall, it was the endless Champagne that what we took advantage of. I don't even remember how many glasses we consumed but it was definitely worth the cost of the brunch! :) We also ordered Bloody Marys from the bar----and although they weren't too pricey, the were just ok. My advice, stick to the bubbly.
You can also do several "add on" amenities to your Brunch experience for an additional cost. We saw that many guests added the "Celebration Package" for an additional $59. Although it does include two souvenir champagne flutes, small box of chocolates, and a bottle of bubbly at your table, I don't really think it's worth it. With unlimited champagne with your standard brunch ticket already, paying the additional money for a bottle to sit at your table seems like an unnecessary cost. But then again, that's just the opinion of this Baller on a Budget :) They'll also snap a quick picture of you when you're boarding the ship. For $20 you'll get (2) 6x8 photos.
If you're looking for a little something different to do, I would definitely recommend the Brunch Cruise. Although the food itself was just "ok" it is all about the overall experience. The few hours get-away combined with views of SF that you could only get from being on a ship were a PHENOMENAL way to spend a Sunday. The bubbly of course, was an added perk :)