Holiday Yacht Party
Holiday Yacht Party on the Bay!


Celebrate your Holiday Yacht Party in Style!

Hold your fabulous Holiday Yacht Party aboard our luxurious 90-foot yacht, The Empress Sausalito. Let us do the planning and coordination of your party! Moreover, our gorgeous yacht has been recently refurbished. We offer a state of the art sound system, 2 full bars and 2 decks with spectacular views of the Bay.  Additionally we have many available dock pick-ups conveniently located in Richmond, San Francisco, and Sausalito.

  • $75 per person (not including tax and gratuity) with a minimum of 30 people.

*This special offer is for bookings on weekdays only, Monday-Friday (excluding Friday night).

*Docking fees may apply depending on your desired departure location.

Please contact us at 415-332-3291.

We are happy to assist you with your Holiday Yacht Party and make 2018 a year to remember!


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Family Reunion Cruise on San Francisco Bay!

Family reunions are a special time to celebrate family and love. Looking for something different to do this year for your family reunion? Do something truly special and take a family reunion cruise! Empress Events can help you plan an unforgettable event that your whole family will love.

A Yacht Cruise for your Family Reunion!

family reunion cruiseOn an Empress Events cruise you can party and relax while we take care of all the details behind the scenes! Our crew will work with you beforehand to plan every detail. Once the party begins, we work tirelessly to ensure everything goes according to plan. This year enjoy the party with the family and we’ll take care everything!

Our yacht can hold up to 150 guests so your whole family can fit comfortably on board! Our yacht counts with ample seating inside and a large deck outside ensuring comfort for everyone.

Not sure what you can do on a yacht charter? Play games or dance on the dance floor. Enjoy some finger food and desserts or sit down for a special meal. Really, the options are endless on a family reunion cruise! Best of all admire the breathtaking sites of San Francisco Bay. Imagine this years family photo with the Golden Gate Bridge or San Francisco’s Skyline in the background!


Make your next family reunion the best yet… call Empress Events for an event you’ll never forget!

family reunion cruise


“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 R.

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Super Bowl 50

San Francisco Super Bowl 50

San Francisco Super Bowl 50 Experience

Panthers versus Broncos
February 7, 2016

The excitement is building and San Francisco is getting ready! Super bowl 50 is less than two weeks away and the Bay Area is in high gear preparing to show the estimated one million visitors a super time.  Even though only 75,000 will actually be able to attend the game in Levi’s stadium, football fans want to live the Super Bowl experience!

Be sure to plan ahead to enjoy all the special activities that will be held from January 30 to February 7. With so many exciting things to see in San Francisco and so many day trip options (Monterrey Bay for gray whale watching, Sonoma or Napa for wine tasting, a visit to gold country near Sacramento, the big trees in Muir woods in Marin county, etc.) you are certain to have a fun filled week.

And to top off your trip to San Francisco – “The City by the Bay” – take an unforgettable luxury yacht tour of the Bay, a special way to see and appreciate San Francisco.  Get spectacular views of the city skyline, the piers, Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge, all while enjoying a refreshing drink on the deck.  And then, let the city lights accompany
you as you enjoy a succulent dinner prepared on board.

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So come aboard the newest yacht on the San Francisco Bay – 90ft “Empress”. The Empress can accommodate up to 150 guests for a cocktail/ hors d’oeuvres reception and buffet or sit down dinner. The yacht is equipped with flat screen TVs, dance floor, and two separate bars. The Empress can also accommodate a full band.

Empress Events is a family-owned and operated, luxury yacht charter group founded by Captain Gerry K. Robertson who has 25 years of experience sailing the San Francisco Bay Delta.

Call us toll free:  888.922.4898


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Super Bowl 2016 Yacht Charters




Super Bowl 2016The biggest party of the year is coming to the Bay: The Super Bowl 2016! San Francisco is hosting Super Bowl 50 – The Golden State is the fitting home for the “Golden” Super Bowl. Super Bowl 50 will be played February 7th 2016 in the LEED Gold certified, state-of-the-art Levi’s® Stadium in Santa Clara, California, which is the greenest and most technologically advanced NFL football stadium in the United States.

Starting January 30th the San Francisco Bay area will be receiving an estimated one million visitors who will be attending the festivities during the Super Bowl week. With so many special activities and attractions to choose from, you will want to take time to make your Super Bowl 50 bucket list so you don’t miss out on what you really want to do and see!

Make your trip to the Super Bowl even more “Golden” by taking your whole group on a luxury Yacht tour of San Francisco Bay! After a day of site-seeing or having had “the NFL experience” treat yourself to the unforgettable adventure of admiring the San Francisco Lights slipping by while relishing a fresh beverage on the deck of one of our yachts only to be followed by an exquisite dinner on the Bay basking in the magnificence of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Make unforgettable memories with friends and family during a history-making week in the Bay by coming aboard the newest yacht on the San Francisco Bay – 90ft “Empress”. The Empress can accommodate up to 150 guests for a cocktail/ Hors d’oeuvres reception and buffet or sit down dinner. It is equipped with flat screen TVs, dance floor, and two separate bars. The Empress can also accommodate full bands. Overnight stays can also be arranged.

Empress Events is a family-owned and operated luxury yacht charter group founded by Captain Gerry K. Robertson who has 25 years of experience sailing the San Francisco Bay Delta.

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Super Bowl 50

Giants Yacht Charter

Watch History unfold before your very eyes on our Luxury Yachts.

The Giants will go to the World Series for the 3rd time in 5 years!

Cruise to the “GIANTS” World Series with your friends aboard a Private Giants Yacht Charter this 24th, 25th and 26th of October.

Giants Yacht Charter – Two Private Party Yachts to MC Covey Cove for the Giants World Series!

Giants Yacht Charter

The Giants Yacht Charter party commences from either Sausalito, Pier 40 or Gas House Cove (Marina) for a boat charter to AT&T park and setting anchor at MC Covey Cove.

Mention this blog or any Empress Events Facebook post for a promotional discount.

It’s going to be the Biggest Party on San Francisco Bay!


This October marks the start of Major League Baseball’s 110th World Series. The San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals will now play three games at At&T Park in San Francisco.

This is the first World Series with two teams that have won fewer than 90 games in the regular season, the first time a second wild card has made it and the second time the World Series features two wild cards.


World Series, Game 3
Friday, October 24, 8:07 PM
AT&T Park, San Francisco, California

World Series, Game 4
Saturday, October 25, 8:07 PM
AT&T Park, San Francisco, California

World Series, Game 5
Sunday, October 26, 8:07 PM
AT&T Park, San Francisco, California

*Cost of Giants Game Ticket is not included.

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

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San Francisco Bay Boat Charter Events

There is so much going on in San Francisco on any given day of the year. When it comes to San Francisco Bay boat charter events, you often don’t have as much of a choice. There’s no need to wait for someone else to plan an event to enjoy boat charter events, why not create some festivities of your own?

Call Captain Gerry K. Robertson of Empress Events to discuss your San Francisco Bay boat charter events. Give him a rough budget, how many people you would like to attend, and what the event you are planning is. He and his crew will help you decide what services they can offer which will fit within those parameters.

You can do something as simple as having your immediate family join you for a brunch buffet on your partner’s birthday. If your party is an intimate event you will love sailing on The Avalon. This is a 70 foot yacht that has been painstakingly refurbished. It accommodates six people on four different levels. She offers a state-of-the-art sound system, fly bridge which offers a 360 degree view of the city while you cruise on the bay, and an enclosed veranda deck with full-service bar.

Larger parties or events, up to 149 people, will require the use of The Empress. This 90 foot yacht was built in 2003. It is the perfect location for boat charter weddings, corporate parties or dinner cruises with live music. If you plan to dance at your event, there is a wonderful dance floor. The yacht is wheelchair accessible when boarding from the first level out of Sausalito port.

Included in the crew is a world-class chef who is able to prepare any food required for your San Francisco Bay boat charter event. If you want simple beverages and hors d’oeuvres it isn’t a problem. However the chef can also prepare sumptuous buffets as well as five-star meals for you and your guests to enjoy.

Think of the different reasons why you celebrate each year. Look at your calendar and start planning. The crew of Empress Events is available to help you plan your San Francisco Bay boat charter events no matter what day or time. Contact them at 1-888-922-4898 today to set your boat charter events in motion.

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Planning a Boat Party on San Francisco Bay

Planning a boat party on San Francisco Bay is so easy to do. Think of the events in your life that you want to celebrate. A boat party would make each event that much more special.

Empress Events has been a family owned and operated yacht charter for over 25 years. They stand ready, 365 days a year and 24 hours a day, to help you plan a boat party that will be remembered for years to come. Call them today at 1-888-922-4898 to discuss your party needs.

What do you think of when planning a party? You think about location, attendees, food and beverages, as well as theme and music.

One of the main components to lock down for any party is location. When planning a boat party on San Francisco Bay, you will have a location that is not limited the way landlocked locations are. You may begin the party at the dock but a yacht can sail along the Bay and provide a great backdrop to your festivities.

You’ll also consider how many people to invite to the party. The Avalon is perfect for intimate parties of six or less whereas the Empress will allow you to have up to 149 guests. Either yacht will be a wonderful location your guests will remember.

Most parties will include food and beverages of some type. You can provide some of the food, if you have specific foods you want, but the executive chef is also available to help you with your menu. The chef can prepare brunch, lunch or dinner buffets or prepare only hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. Take the time to explain what you want and they will do their best to ensure those desires are met.

Obviously, if you have your party upon a yacht, a nautical theme would seem logical. You can choose whatever theme you desire and the staff and crew will help make those decorations possible.

Perhaps you want to have music and dancing at your party. Both Empress Events yachts can accommodate some type of music. When you speak with the staff and crew of Empress Events, they will do whatever they can to provide the atmosphere and music you desire.

Empress Events is available make planning a boat party on San Francisco Bay a reality. Call them at 1-888-922-4898 to schedule your party today.

Reasons to Enjoy Boat Cruises on San Francisco Bay

San Francisco Bay Cruise

There are many reasons to enjoy boat cruises on San Francisco Bay. Whether you want to celebrate a special birthday, bar or bat mitzvah, anniversary, graduation or you have a corporate event to plan, one of the Empress Events yachts is the perfect place to have an event everyone will remember.

A boat cruise is a great birthday surprise for anyone celebrating a birthday milestone. Plan a Quinceaneras – Sweet Fifteen – or Sweet Sixteen birthday party for your teen. You could also commemorate other special birthdays such as an 18th, 21st, 30th, 40th, 50th, 60th or higher. Of course, every birthday is worth celebrating, but some are milestones you may want to honor above others.

What about anniversaries? Are you or your parents marking a marriage milestone? The 25th or 50th anniversaries are particularly momentous. However, you could plan a boat cruise on San Francisco Bay for any year. The crew of Empress Events will meet with you and help you plan a party that is sure to be special.

Small, intimate weddings with a nautical theme could also be something to remember if the service is held on a yacht. What if your dream wedding includes saying your vows at the stroke of midnight under the Golden Gate Bridge with the San Francisco skyline in the background? If you book your wedding with Empress Events, this dream can become a reality. Empress Events is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year to meet your boat cruise needs.

Business meetings and corporate yearly outings can also be held on a boat cruise on San Francisco Bay. Use a boat cruise as a means of team building, incentives or rewards, training seminars or entertaining out-of-town clients. You may also want to launch a new product from the Empress Events yacht.

Empress Events has been family owned and operated for over 25 years. Captain Gerry K. Robertson and his crew are available to help you plan and cater your special event whenever you come up with a reason to enjoy boat cruises on San Francisco Bay.