Set Sail with These Long Beach Venues

Picture this: your guests at an annual retreat or networking mixer are raving about the unique experience they had at your event … because it was on a boat! If you’re planning a meeting or event in Long Beach, take advantage of the waterfront location and charter one of the many vessels in our local waters.


Book your next event on a 1930s luxury ocean liner that also boasts an exciting history. The iconic Queen Mary (1126 Queens Highway) sailed to its permanent home in Long Beach in 1967. Today the ship is a hotel, museum, and events venue, offering several show stopping spaces rich with history; from the wood-paneled 720-square-foot Board Room to the 9,000-square-foot art deco Grand Salon, which originally served as the first class dining room. The Queen Mary offers full-service event planning, from linens and decor to audio visual technology and catering.

Credit: Queen Mary



Start daydreaming about your swanky event aboard a luxury catamaran by visiting the Crown Yacht Cruises (110 N Marina Dr) website and clicking through photos of Black Cat, a Samana 59 sailing yacht and the only vessel of its kind in North America. This stylish yacht features a full kitchen, above-and-below-deck lounge areas, dining table and swim platform. Guests can add a personal chef, DJ, bartender, decorator, or event planner to their reservation. For business meetings, the Black Cat is outfitted with a dropdown monitor and Bluetooth sound system for presentations.

Credit: Crown Yacht Cruises


Yacht Life Events

Sailing out of Rainbow Marina in Long Beach, Yacht Life Events (450 E Shoreline Dr) operates La Grande Bellezza, a Leopard 58-foot catamaran. The first-class luxury yacht features five cabins, an outdoor kitchen with a grill and bar, a fly-bridge with seating for 10 people, and spacious aft deck and forward patio. Sail to Newport Beach or Catalina Island with private catering by a gourmet chef and cocktails waiting for your guests when they board.

Credit: Yacht Life Events

Harbor Breeze Cruises

Harbor Breeze Cruises (100 Aquarium Way, Dock #2) is known for their daily whale watching excursions, but the company also offers charters for weddings, corporate events, and private dinner cruises. Their fleet of five double-deck sightseeing vessels are eco-friendly with low emissions, with capacities of 100 to 250 passengers. Vessels are docked at Rainbow Harbor on the downtown waterfront for easy access from area hotels. Visit the website for sample menus and more details.

CREDIT: Harbor Breeze Cruises

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