Empress Events Yacht Charter FAQ Series: Question # 5

Are you planning a special outing on the San Francisco Bay? If you have never been on this type of cruise, you may be wondering what to expect. It is a beautiful way to unite family and friends. In this series of short articles, we will answer some frequently asked questions. This is the fifth article of the FAQ series.images (43)

Question: What is the Best Length for a Cruise?

You can charter a yacht for any occasion. The best length for a private yacht charter San Francisco Bay is different for each type of event and each person. The following are a couple possible scenarios.

  • Corporate events can vary in length. You may prefer to charter the yacht for the whole day for functions such as business seminars, employee training outings and marketing idea meetings with your staff. For meetings with potential clients or a corporate holiday party you may prefer to book the yacht for about two hours.
  • A large wedding held on a yacht could also take several hours. You may charter the yacht for the entire day or evening so that you can enjoy a relaxed ceremony and celebration.
  • A birthday party may only take one and one-half hours from the time you leave the marina until you return.
  • wedding anniversary for a couple who loves spending time on the water may wish to linger on the waves.
  • Do you want to enjoy a special brunch on board a luxury yacht? This event typically lasts from 11 AM to 2 PM.
  • For a sunset dinner on a yacht you may arrive shortly before sunset and enjoy a leisurely dinner while cruising around the San Francisco Bay as the stars appear.

So, what is the best length for a Private Yacht Charter San Francisco Bay?

Answer: That depends on you! You choose the duration of your cruise!

The best length is one that meets your particular needs. At Empress Events we work with our clients to meet your needs and time requirements. Call today to find out what would be best for the event you have in mind!

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Team Building Cruise San Francisco Bay

Team Building Cruise San Francisco BayBusinesses often use team building activities for their employees. Why are these activities so useful in business? They teach corporate managers and employees to “think outside the box” by getting them out of their normal surroundings. Team building activities improve team dynamics, build trust and facilitates communication and teamwork. Overall, they are helpful for building camaraderie among the employees so everyone works at their peak performance.

Why chose a Team Building Cruise San Francisco Bay?

San Francisco yacht charters are ideal for team building activities. If you are looking for the right place to hold your next corporate team building event, look no further than Empress Events – the perfect “out of the box” location.

Choosing to host your event on a yacht that is sailing the San Francisco Bay will get your employees out of their offices and cubicles. A change of location is often all it takes to spark new creativity. A yacht is secluded and limited in size building unity and communication between employees.

Team Building Cruise Activities:

What type of team building activities can you host on a San Francisco yacht charter? The only limitations are your imagination and the willingness of your employees to participate. Here are some ideas you may want to include:

  1. Problem solving exercises that relate to a specific work issue. In fact, if you can find something that has similar elements but is very different, you may find your team is able to work together to find a solution for a fictitious problem that can be used back at the office.
  2. Mission impossible may be what some of your employees think about a certain issue they are facing. Have your employees break up into small teams, being sure to split up people that normally work together, and present them with an impossible task. Ask the teams to come up with possible solutions to their impossible mission. Having a few new heads may bring new solutions to the table.
  3. Trust building activities can be helpful. No, you do not have to ask your employees to close their eyes and fall back, hoping someone is there to catch them. There are other ways to build trust.
  4. Your employees could play out a murder mystery. The planner would secretly ask one employee to “play” a murderer who is removing people from the group. The remaining employees must work together to determine who the guilty party is. There are pre-prepared mysteries of this type or you may want to come up with some ideas of your own.

And the options go on and on. Empress Events can help you plan a team building cruise that will not only build communication and cooperation but will also be enjoyable for everyone. Therefore, Call today to plan your Team Building Cruise San Francisco Bay.

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America's Cup San Francisco

America’s Cup 2013 – What a rush!

Official VIP Yacht for New Zealand Team

Empress was the official VIP Yacht for the America’s Cup Challenger Emirates New Zealand Team 2013.  And what an exciting series of final races we witnessed on the beautiful San Francisco Bay during September 2013.  The amazing 72 by 48 foot catamaran yachts were able to achieve speeds of up to 53 mph.  From the decks of the Empress Yacht,  as they literally flew past us, we had a front row view of these cutting edge sailing machines and of the exhilarating speed created by the enormous 131 ft. sails.  Against the dramatic backdrop of  San Francisco Bay, the Golden Gate Bridge and landmarks such as Alcatraz, this America’s Cup was truly an unforgettable experience.

Boat difficulties

Early on in the races, the Oracle Team experienced a design flaw with the foils on their boat.  Due to the intense friction around the foils the water started boiling and resulted in these breaking.  To resolve this problem the Oracle Team modified the material used in fabricating the winged foils and also the winglets at the bottom of the rudders.  The foils were a critical part of the equation and adjust not only up and down but side to side and forward and aft.

 Kiwis take the lead

As the races started out we saw a strong lead by the New Zealand team.  By race #11 the score was 8-1 in favor of the Kiwis in what seemed an impossible to break lead.  In race #8, we witnessed the beginning of an unbelievable comeback when the New Zealand boat almost capsized due to hydraulic failure while tacking .  The Oracle team took advantage of this failed maneuver and won the race, blocking the New Zealanders from winning the America’s Cup.

 

What a Comeback!

But what did the Oracle Team do to reverse their loosing streak?  There is much controversy about what the Oracle team changed to be more effective in the water, especially in the upwind leg.  Was it the team?  Was it something mechanical?  What we do know is that they shortened the forward tri area, changed the tactician from John Kostecki to Ben Ansley, along with a couple other crew changes and minor tweaks here and there.  Due to the adjustments we saw amazing improvement in their sailing performance which led them to win race #12; and after some breathtaking racing achieved an 8-8 tie!

This America’s cup was the longest on record with a total of 19 races.  As you probably already know, the tension continued until the very end of the last race.  On the last leg of that race Oracle team USA beat New Zealand by seconds.  It seemed that the Oracle team’s position was unsalvageable but they managed to turn their score around and bring home the trophy.

 

Looking forward to the next America’s Cup

Captain Gerry Robertson is looking forward to the 35th Cup and believes San Francisco to be the ideal venue for both the competitors and spectators.  Gerry has been sailing on the San Francisco Bay and The Pacific North and South Oceans since childhood.  “I started my career from The St Francis Yacht Club.  I’m proud to say with John Kostecki and all the top sailors aboard one design sailing yachts and IOR [international offshore rule] racing from the early 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.  Johnny and I won many races together and for all those years of competition we always took home the trophy.  Mr. Kostecki is one of the world’s top sailors.  He is the original tactician on the Oracle Team USA and remains a critical part of Oracles winning program.”

Empress Events luxury yachts offer the best event hosting on the San Francisco Bay. From weddings to corporate events to the America’s Cup you’ll find all you need for an unforgettable occasion on the Empress yachts.

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Celebrate Your Next Event on San Francisco Bay

charter a yacht san franciscoIndividuals or businesses interested celebrating their next event in an out of the ordinary way should consider a luxury yacht charter on San Francisco Bay. A cruise is ideal for every occasion. Below are three occasions perfect to charter a yacht San Francisco Bay.

 

Office Parties:

Looking to try something different for your next office party? Chartering a yacht is a very different option. It is likely to be much more exciting and fun. It could be a very good way to celebrate excellent employees, a reached goal or to boost morale. So, why not charter a yacht San Francisco for your next corporate party?

Holiday Celebrations:

During the holidays, families often congregate to a designated family member’s home. A cruise could be an enjoyable alternative. Bring your family together aboard a luxury yacht. Enjoy one another’s company and the beautiful sites of San Francisco Bay.

Engagement Parties:

Getting married is a momentous occasion. Many people upon becoming engaged will throw themselves (or someone will throw one for them) an engagement party. These parties are an opportunity for the family and friends of the engaged couple to get together, celebrate and offer best wishes. Individuals that want to make the occasion extra special may want to consider chartering a yacht.

In Summary: Charter a Yacht San Francisco

Chartering a boat is a great way to make an already special occasion an even more special one. No matter what the occasion is, from engagement parties to wedding, from holiday parties to corporate events, a yacht charter is the perfect way to celebrate!

Contact Empress Events for your next special event!

We just hosted an event there, and it was fantastic. The crew was first class: helpful, attentive, fun, cheery, and with a great attitude. The yacht was a surprise for our guests, who thought it was even better than we described.
Plus, when whales started showing up in the Bay, the captain slowed the boat down long enough for us to view, and another crew member would say over the microphone which side they were on.
Great experience!” Kevin

Corporate Yacht Charter San Francisco – Make Your Next Corporate Event One to Remember

Empress EventsCorporate yacht charter San Francisco – A chartered yacht for a company holiday, retirement and/or employee appreciation party is one way to take a corporate event to the next level, making it an occasion to remember.   When companies celebrate, they typically don’t depart much from the norm. This often consists of catered meals on company property or potlucks. While the above can be a lot of fun and are often economical, they aren’t the only option. They probably aren’t the best option for companies looking to make a big impression.

Below are various occasions where choosing a corporate yacht charter is a great option.  The occasions include holidays, retirement and employee appreciation parties.

Holidays: Companies often throw holiday parties. These allow employees the opportunity to get together, either during the workday or outside of it, to celebrate the holidays. Some companies will allow employees to bring in dishes which they share with each other. Others will cater a meal, finger foods or snacks. Still others will host a party offsite, often at a hotel or party hall. One underutilized option is a chartered boat. It’s too bad that it is underutilized because it’s a terrific option and one that employees are likely to enjoy.

Retirement Parties: It’s a big deal when an employee retires. This is especially true when the employee is a valued one. Hosting a retirement party on a yacht is really a great departure from the office conference room. An annual retirement party where that year’s retirees are honored would likely go over quite well and be appreciated by the retiree.

Employee Appreciations: It is extremely important for a company to relay to its employees how much they are appreciated. Doing so helps to improve employee morale. While there are many ways to show appreciation, chartering out a yacht for the employees would be one of the very best.

Corporate Yacht Charter San Francisco: In Summary

A company that wants to celebrate the holidays or it employees in a unique and luxurious manner may want to consider a corporate yacht charter San Francisco. Chartering a yacht for corporate events is growing in popularity. As companies begin exploring their options and deciding against boring, run-of-the-mill parties, celebrations and events, boat charters are becoming an increasingly popular option and with good reasons. They are luxurious, unique and leave a lasting impression. All of the aforementioned can help boost company morale and subsequently, a company’s bottom line.

 

Boat Charter San Francisco: Yacht Corporate Events San Francisco

Empress Events San Francisco BayBoat charter San Francisco options for corporate events run the gamut. Such charter trips are an option available to businesses interested in hosting events in a different and unique way. Many people enjoy spending time on the water. For these people, boating is an especially fun experience. Chartering a boat for a corporate event would go over well with these people. The same might also be true of people who have never spent time on a boat. Charter companies, such as Empress Events, can help you plan the perfect yacht corporate event in San Francisco.

Many businesses host corporate events from time to time. These might be annual events that the business or corporation holds simply to improve or maintain employee morale. Other reasons might include the celebration of meeting a goal or milestone. Whatever the reason, having a normal, boring office party, may be something that companies want to avoid. Those that do seek alternate venues will find that there are charter companies that will offer such services.

Other occasions for which companies might want to charter a boat include meetings, small conferences and to reward outstanding performers. There could be other reasons, as well.

Boat charter San Francisco companies will work alongside companies to help plan and pull off their special events. They know exactly how to go about planning a boat charter event so that as much as possible, it goes off without a hitch. While it is impossible to completely avoid problems, they can normally be greatly reduced by working with a professional chartering company, one that specializes in yacht corporate events San Francisco.

When seeking out a chartering company to hire for corporate events in San Francisco, it is important that businesses do their best to find companies that have an adequate amount of experience. What’s considered adequate will depend on the business. Some will want a company that has been around a long time while others will be satisfied with just a few years experience.

A boat charter San Francisco for corporate events can be an exciting way to host an event. It is certainly unique. Companies tired of having the same tired corporate parties and events may want to branch out a bit and try different things. Chartering a yacht for special events is certainly one way for people to do so. There are numerous boat charter companies in San Francisco, which can help with these types of events. When shopping around, companies should consider the amount of experience a company has, what’s included in the event package (if available) and the charter business’ rates.

Use Corporate Yacht Charter in San Francisco for Your Crew

Corporate EventsIf your company will be celebrating an anniversary, a major milestone, the landing of a major account or simply a successful year, use corporate yacht charters in San Francisco for your crew. This can be an ideal way to do so. It’s likely to be a welcome departure from the norm. Office potlucks and catered lunches, while at times are enjoyable, they can get a little boring and mundane. Those looking to do something different should consider a yacht charter. This is a terrific way for a company to treat its workers to an afternoon or evening of luxury. Showing workers how much they are appreciated is a great way to improve morale. Let Captain Gerry Robertson and the crew of Empress Events, help you plan your corporate yacht charter in San Francisco.

The best corporate yacht charter companies will provide a crew. The yacht charter company will have someone to navigate the yacht (a captain) and workers who will take care or service the guests. This makes it possible for a company’s employees to fully enjoy themselves without having to worry about the operation of the yacht or serving food.

When seeking out yacht chartering companies, there are a few questions that should be asked. Only after answering these questions and receiving satisfactory answers, should a company proceed and hire the yacht charter company in question.

What exactly will the crew do?
In some cases, the only available crew is the captain who mans the ship. Some yachting charter companies will make available additional crew, for instance, in addition to the ship captain. The charter company might also provide a chef and servers.

How much does a crew cost?
This is a very important question. Most companies will have a limit on how much money they can charge for company related parties. It will be necessary to determine how much the crew will cost so that a decision can be made regarding whether or not to hire them.

How much experience does your crew have?
The amount of experience a crew has is very important. An experienced crew will know how to successfully navigate the Bay. They will know where the best spots are, how to stay out of trouble and how to correct mishaps.

Is the crew well-trained?
Experience is important. So is an adequate amount of training. It is extremely important that whatever crew will be navigating the boat and serving the guests are experienced. Because so many people’s lives are at stake, it is particularly significant that the crew is properly trained and experienced. Companies seeking to hire a yacht chartering company with a crew will need to ensure that they are well trained. The only way to determine whether or not they are is to ask.

If you choose to use corporate yacht charters in San Francisco, take your time to do some research. This will ensure you are getting your company’s money’s worth and everyone has a good time.

Use Corporate Yacht Charter in San Francisco for Your Crew

Corporate Events

If your company will be celebrating an anniversary, a major milestone, the landing of a major account or simply a successful year, use corporate yacht charters in San Francisco for your crew. This can be an ideal way to do so. It’s likely to be a welcome departure from the norm. Office potlucks and catered lunches, while at times are enjoyable, they can get a little boring and mundane. Those looking to do something different should consider a yacht charter. This is a terrific way for a company to treat its workers to an afternoon or evening of luxury. Showing workers how much they are appreciated is a great way to improve morale. Let Captain Gerry Robertson and the crew of Empress Events, help you plan your corporate yacht charter in San Francisco.

The best corporate yacht charter companies will provide a crew. The yacht charter company will have someone to navigate the yacht (a captain) and workers who will take care or service the guests. This makes it possible for a company’s employees to fully enjoy themselves without having to worry about the operation of the yacht or serving food.

When seeking out yacht chartering companies, there are a few questions that should be asked. Only after answering these questions and receiving satisfactory answers, should a company proceed and hire the yacht charter company in question.

What exactly will the crew do?
In some cases, the only available crew is the captain who mans the ship. Some yachting charter companies will make available additional crew, for instance, in addition to the ship captain. The charter company might also provide a chef and servers.

How much does a crew cost?
This is a very important question. Most companies will have a limit on how much money they can charge for company related parties. It will be necessary to determine how much the crew will cost so that a decision can be made regarding whether or not to hire them.

How much experience does your crew have?
The amount of experience a crew has is very important. An experienced crew will know how to successfully navigate the Bay. They will know where the best spots are, how to stay out of trouble and how to correct mishaps.

Is the crew well-trained?
Experience is important. So is an adequate amount of training. It is extremely important that whatever crew will be navigating the boat and serving the guests are experienced. Because so many people’s lives are at stake, it is particularly significant that the crew is properly trained and experienced. Companies seeking to hire a yacht chartering company with a crew will need to ensure that they are well trained. The only way to determine whether or not they are is to ask.

If you choose to use corporate yacht charters in San Francisco, take your time to do some research. This will ensure you are getting your company’s money’s worth and everyone has a good time.

Choosing Boat Cruises in San Francisco

Empress Events San FranciscoDo you have problems choosing boat cruises in San Francisco? There are many companies which offer cruises in San Francisco Bay. Empress Events offers the following guidelines to help you choose the best cruise to meet your needs and desires.

  • Decide upon your reasons for choosing boat cruises in San Francisco Bay. Perhaps you simply want to see the San Francisco skyline from the bow of a yacht. You may also want to see specific landmarks. When you know what you want from a boat cruise you’ll have a better idea of how much time to allot for it.
  • Think about the experience you want from your boat cruise. How many people will be in your party? Do you expect to eat a meal while you’re on the cruise? If so, which meal will you eat? Do you have dietary limitations to consider if you choose to eat while on board?
  • Will you require entertainment while on the cruise through San Francisco Bay? Depending upon the package you choose, you could have a DJ to provide music they have pre-planned or you could provide the music you would like to have played during your cruise.
  • Consider when you want to take your cruise. Obviously choosing to see the night skyline of the city will require you to be out after dark. When you choose Empress Events as the company you cruise with, you’re not limited to specific dates or hours to enjoy your cruise. They provide cruises 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year.

Asking and answering these questions will enable Empress Events to know what type of package they can put together for you. They are available for private parties, corporate events, weddings and much more. Call them today to discuss ideas you have for a cruise. You can reach them by calling toll free at 888-922-4898. They are eager to help making your decision of which type of cruise to take or when you’re faced with choosing boat cruises in San Francisco.

Top Reasons for Planning a San Francisco Bay Yacht Charter for Your Next Corporate Meeting

Corporate Events on the waterYou have to plan an important business meeting. Consider these top reasons for planning a San Francisco Bay yacht charter for your next corporate meeting. When you’re ready to make your reservation, contact the staff of Empress Events to schedule your meeting 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

A San Francisco Bay yacht charter will be a neutral, stress-free environment. Your employees won’t feel the need to ‘perform’ like they would at the office or a traditional meeting venue. They can relax which may encourage employees to come up with new ways of doing things that hadn’t been thought of before.

Unlike corporate events which are held at hotels, the employee isn’t likely to make an appearance and then disappear. They’re a captive audience but they may find themselves actually enjoying the meeting because of the location. While they can take a stroll out on the deck, they really can’t go very far.

Being away from the office may also encourage everyone to be more willing to open up and express themselves. They may feel less ‘threatened’ by upper management because they see them in a different light. Management can seem to be more like the rest of the employees when they’re away from the office.

A San Francisco Bay yacht charter is also good for team building. Employees may spend eight hours a day together but they rarely get to know one another. Being on a yacht out in the bay is the perfect opportunity to work together and build camaraderie.

The cruise in San Francisco Bay is also a great way to reward employees for a job well done. Imagine the surprise on your employee’s faces when you tell them where to go for the corporate meeting. They’ll be shocked and amazed at the mini-vacation they’re being given even if you do expect some work to occur.

If your employees know they’ll have another San Francisco Bay yacht charter to look forward to next year, it may motivate them to perform better the coming year. It is one way you can encourage your employees and give them incentive at the same time. Empress Events is poised and ready to help you make this year’s corporate meeting a success.

Depending upon the size of your event, the cost doesn’t have to be much different than what you would spend to hold the meeting at a hotel. We’re available 365 days a year. Use these top reasons for planning a San Francisco Bay yacht charter for your next corporate meeting, call Empress Events to get your meeting on our books.