What our guests are saying…

We couldn’t have been happier with our choice to host our wedding and reception on The Empress. However, what we received was far more. The yacht is simply beautiful and is extremely well maintained. The décor was elegant and comfortably accommodated our 80 guests. Moreover, the staff, the service and the food was stellar!

Our dream was to get married in the middle of the bay at sunset and then to continue to celebrate as the yacht sailed around the bay at night. Our vision was based off of our favorite picture of the bay area skyline at night and the Empress Events staff made it happen! Our wedding went off smoothly, with no hitches. Captain Gerry, Deborah the Sales/ Event Coordinator & Chef Chris each took the time to really listen to what we wanted and they delivered it all… and then some. Captain Gerry was so personable and routed us perfectly enabling our photographer to get the exact photos we wanted. Deborah was attentive, knowledgeable, organized & efficient which allowed us to be completely stress free on our wedding day. And what can I say about Chef Chris & Sous Chef Enrique? Two words – absolutely delicious! The rest of the staff servers and bartenders were also awesome! They worked to make all of our guests feel like VIP’s. And they did so with professionalism, style and an abundance of personality & smiles. You can tell this crew loves what they do!

If you are looking for a unique, high quality venue that can give you the personal touch, you simply will not find anyone better than Empress Events.

Bellalanique D.Wedding Event Client

Deborah & the entire Empress Yacht staff were our wedding dream team!  We had the absolute best time, and it was all because of the hard work these folks do to make whatever event you have, one that you and your guests will never forget.  There is no doubt, our #1 best decision was choosing the Empress as our wedding venue.

J.H.Wedding Event Client

Thanks so much to the Empress Events team, especially Deborah and Chris. We had an awesome Halloween party that was executed without any issue. That says a lot given we had around 115 guests!

Deborah was super helpful in the planning stages, providing guidance where needed (this was my first time planning an event of this size). She was also very available via email or phone whenever I needed to communicate with her which helped alleviate nerves in the weeks before the event.

The Empress Team let us come see the boat beforehand to scope out space and size. The two floors + 2 bars were perfect for the number of people we had.

If you plan to bring your own audio/DJ, I’d make sure to do a dry run or connect with the Empress Events DJ beforehand. We were missing a chord that prevented us from connecting directly to speakers so the sound was bit quieter than we had hoped.

Overall, the event was awesome. Chris did a fantastic job helping us both before the event and day of. He helped us get all of our guests onboard and set up a make-your-own taco bar that we purchased last minute. We also got a great selection of alcohol for our open bar and the bartenders were very generous with pours.

Great party! Great people, definitely will be using Empress again for a NYE or Halloween party.

Jackie MPrivate Event Client

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.Private Event Client

I had my wedding on the Empress and what can I say? My guests are still raving about it. I had the pleasure to work with Deborah. She was easy to work with and was always available. We had a Friday night ceremony and reception and Captain Gerry married us. The crew was amazing. The bartender had my guests entertained the whole night, he was very funny. Also the guests and myself really enjoyed the food, it was amazing and everything I could have asked for. We also had DJ Maurico. I was kind of hesitant on how he was going to be since I had no prior meeting with him, but let me tell you he did an amazing job and set the mood to dance the night away. My guests loved it so much they want to go again for our anniversary!

Thank you to the amazing staff at Empress Events for making my day, as well as the guests day, unforgettable!! Sausalito is the perfect romantic little town for a wedding weekend.

Danielle LWedding Event Client

I can’t recommend Empress Events enough! From my initial contact with Deborah, to our group trip aboard the Golden Gate Empress, everything went incredibly smoothly! Extremely friendly staff (Christian & Laura), accommodating & knowledgeable Captain (Steve), and beautiful boat! My family had a very memorable experience, and we will not hesitate to use Empress Events again soon!

Jason A.Private Party Client

I went on a event cruise with this company and it was totally awesome! The boat was very cute, clean and the staff was amazing. Andrew went above and beyond to make our parties experience great. I will totally recommend this business to my friends. Thank you!

Tiffany G.Corporate Event Client

Empress events what can i say! They did a great job over the weekend for my brothers 21st birthday party. To the food to the drinks everyone enjoyed every single bit. Deborah worked with us from last year til the very minute the party was over. I wish I can plan something else in the future with them! Totally great party enjoyed every minute!

Thanks Empress for having us!

Sharon S.Private Party Client

I was here for a party and had a great experience.
The bartenders were not stingy with alcohol in the mixed drinks, the crew are like ninjas with the cleaning (I never saw them), and the captain was nice.
Not for people who gets sea sick easily, don’t blame the boat. Nobody can control the waters.

We boarded a bit late but all in all it was great!

Dimples P.Private Event Client

Wow, where to begin? We are from the UK and held our wedding reception with Empress Events. Deborah was absolutely superb in her communication prior to the wedding, and without doubt the perfect host on the day. Her attention to detail is second to none and ensured every single guest was well looked after. The yacht was stunning and the crew were fantastic, so friendly, professional and fun. We cannot thank them enough for such a wonderful service that felt personal, reliable and would urge anyone to look no further and book with this company. We had the perfect wedding and empress events played a major part in making our day one we will never forget, thank you so much.

Maria G.Wedding Event Client

Thank you again for a great event!  We had a FABULOUS time and are so thankful for all you did in making our party a huge success!

Thank you so much again and I hope for the chance to reconnect in the future!
Have a wonderful day!

IolandaPrivate Event Client

The staff did an amazing job! Excellent service throughout the cruise. I will definitely share this awesome experience with my colleagues. Thank you for taking good care of us…especially Deborah.

Private Event Client

I organized my company holiday party with Empress events.  I couldn’t have pictured a more pleasant evening.  The crew were so friendly and accommodating.  The whole night seemed to effortlessly flow because of all their help.  The buffet dinner was so delicious and the view of the sunset under the Golden Gate was breathtaking.  From beginning to end, the whole event was flawless. We were even lucky enough to see the boat parade and fireworks show.  I would definitely recommend Empress Events to anyone looking for a nice boat ride around the bay.

Sarah B.Business Event Client

We recently had an amazing experience on-board the Sausalito Empress Yacht sailing on the San Francisco Bay under a starry night sky. We held a very successful corporate party aboard the Empress Yacht.

The party featured mouthwatering hors d’oeuvres selections, seated scrumptious dinner, a variety of bar and cocktail selections, live entertainment with a DJ, and a non-stop view of the gorgeous San Francisco Bay lights. The yacht also had an outdoor deck where we all enjoyed the ocean breeze.

Our party was planned and executed meticulously by Laura Maineri from Empress Events. She did an excellent job of communicating and working with us to plan. Captain Gerry Robertson was friendly, humorous and ensured the safety of all passengers. The crew, including Andrew and Sophia, paid extreme attention to each of our guest’s requests and food preferences.

The Empress Events organizers did everything right. I would highly recommend Empress Events.

Corporate Event Client

Just a brief note to thank you again for the extraordinary job you did to ensure the success of my celebration of Jim’s birthday last Sunday. You were everywhere: meticulously setting up the event with me; giving me good advice about vendors for decorations during the planning phase; picking up and carrying the balloons; artistically decorating the entire yacht on the day of the party; aptly supervising and personally participating in the food and wine delivery to the tables and the bar service; racing against time to make the seating reassignments go as smoothly as possible; and even carefully preserving my decorations for another use. For all of that and more, my thanks again. It was a pleasure doing business with you, and I look forward to having another smashingly successful event on your beautiful yacht soon. Thank you Empress Events the best private boat charter in San Francisco!

JuliaPrivate Event Client

We chartered the Empress yacht to take us out under the Golden Gate Bridge to scatter my mother-in-laws ashes in a final memorial to her.  When we arrived at the boat we were catered by Carlos, who assisted me with the reservations.  He was also one of two crew members on this short voyage who assisted us during the 1.5 hour excursion.  Once on board we were greeted by Capt. Gerry who is also the owner of the company.  He briefed us on Coast Guard safety and we where then under way.  Needless to say the memorial was wonderful and the service by the crew was the best me and the family have ever experienced.

Whether your looking for a boat to host a wedding, event for your business or friends, I definitely recommend this company.

I will charter from them again.

Jerry T.Ash Scattering Memorial Service Client

Wanted to let you know we had a great time on Saturday. Thank you for all your assistance in helping me coordinate what now may be an annual event for us!

MarioCorporate Event Client

Friday evening I boarded Captain Gerry’s magnificent Empress of Sausalito.  The all too familiar Empress traverses SF Bay with an obliging captain, experienced crew and amazing executive chef.  This boarding was for a business event but we chartered this glorious ship for my younger daughter’s bat-mitzvah….the event was well produced and enthusiastically enjoyed by all.  I’d recommend Gerry and the Empress to anyone seeking to introduce friends to San Francisco in the most gracious manner.

Lloyd A. S.Business Event and Bat-Mitzvah Client

We just got back from our honeymoon in Cabo! It was an incredible wedding and an unforgettable honeymoon…Everything went just perfect! Thank you so much for helping to do our wedding planning. Your crew and staff were awesome. Ed and Mary did a wonderful job keeping things under control, and Jared cooked an incredible dinner for us all to enjoy… All of our friends and family are still raving about what a wonderful time they had. The weather was unbelievable…no fog, beautiful sunset and warm all night long! The bridesmaids and I never even wore our wraps that I got for them. It was that warm…. We couldn’t ask for more. Thank you so much for everything.

I just wanted to thank you for a wonderful night on our cruise. I must say, your staff is absolutely wonderful and so very helpful. Thank you so much for taking the time to set everything up for us….So thank you for all your time and effort, it is greatly appreciated!

AndreaWedding Event Client

These guys have bands every Sunday through October I think…..they do private and public events, including 4th of July! What a way to see the fireworks!!

I have been 2x – once for The Mother Truckers (July 5th @ SweetWater Mill Vallley) and Father’s Day.

Both times AMAZING! FAB Service!

KariPrivate Event Client

All our family and friends couldn’t stop talking about how classy and seamless everything was. We owe it to you and your father. We’ll see you soon. Take care and much success with the Empress! All our best to you and your father.

HoyWedding Event Client

Thank you so much for the best party ever!!!!!!!! My family and friends were so totally happy about our choice of venue for the party. And you were so attentive to our every need, at every point in the process. And your Dad took us on the most perfect excursion…the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and the Ball Park during a game!!! Our guests absolutely loved every minute of it. We can’t thank you enough. I’d be happy to give you referrals galore!

CurtisPrivate Event Client

Thank you again for a wonderful evening! Everyone had a great time, especially the out-of-towners and people who have not had the opportunity to be out on the bay. One guest said that she had been on a similar cruise in NY, but this cruise was much more fun. I personally loved going by the ballpark in the end with all the lights and excitement of the game.

AshleyPrivate Event Client

What an incredible way to see the KABOOM fireworks show. This will be a tradition for us for sure. We had the best time and met some really great people. Thank you for a magical evening with great food and drinks!

DonnaPrivate Event Client

Thank you so much for arranging a superb cruise! The food was first class – we felt like we were on a large cruise ship to the Bahamas. The food not only looked beautiful, it was delicious. You’re a rare find, and I intend to recommend you to all of my friends!

SuannaPrivate Event Client

Thank you for being a part of our wonderful day. You [Gerry] and your crew made the whole night worry & stress free. We can’t wait to do our anniversary party with you!

Brittany & ChrisWedding Event Client

What a time we had… Thank you!. Thanks so much for making my 40th Birthday so special. I can’t begin to explain just how appreciative I am. You rock Gerry! The yacht was awesome! We all had a blast!

KarinPrivate Event Client