Hornblower Newport Beach Dining Cruises in Newport Beach, CA

Hornblower Cruises & Events2431 W. Pacific Coast HighwayNewport Beach, CA 92663
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Featuring the only floating Newport Beach restaurant, Newport Beach Dining Cruises by Hornblower Cruises & Events offers unforgettable dinner cruise experiences for a variety of occasions. Guests celebrating a birthday, an anniversary or another special occasion can enjoy two tour options, including a casual daytime outing or a formal sit-down dinner, both featuring enchanting music and fine wine.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Newport Beach Travel Experts
  • Choose between day and night cruises.
  • Dinner service and live entertainment included.
  • Spectacular scenic ocean views.
  • Dinner service begins immediately upon embarking.
  • Wear a light jacket.
  • Vegetarian options available.
  • 3 largest yachts in Newport Beach.
  • Each vessel is 100% Coast Guard certifie


from Newport Beach Dining Cruises
The Only Floating Newport Beach Restaurant!
Whether the highlight of a California vacation or a close-to-home birthday party, anniversary dinner or special celebration, a Hornblower Cruise is always memorable. Tour options include casual daytime outings and formal sit-down dinners complemented by music and fine wine.

Newport Beach Sunset Dinner Cruise: 3-Hour Cruise
A Newport Beach cruise at sunset is unforgettable—and you can enjoy its glorious sights and sounds from the comfort of a luxury yacht. Begin your evening with a welcome glass of champagne. Then sit down to a delicious four-course dinner crafted from local, seasonal ingredients at your private table. After dinner, head to the outdoor deck for music and dancing under the sparkling night sky. As we glide around the harbor, you’ll be treated to views of Southern California’s beautiful beaches. Listen to the barking of the playful sea lions, and spot the towering yachts and sprawling mansions.
Leaves from Newport Beach Hornblower South, 2431 W PCH at 7:30 PM
Boarding time: 7:00 PM

Newport Beach Champagne Brunch Cruise: 2-Hour Cruise
It’s the weekend, and that means it’s time for a relaxing, beautiful brunch. Set off from glorious Newport Beach, where sunlight bounces of the water and soft sea breezes stir the air. We’ll welcome you aboard with a bottomless glass of champagne. Then help yourself to the delicious buffet stocked with classic American breakfast dishes, plus plenty of seasonal lunch entrées and richly decadent desserts. You’ll enjoy relaxing background music and gorgeous views of Newport Beach’s seven islands, luxury yachts, celebrity mansions, and delightful sea life.
Leaves from Newport Beach Hornblower South, 2431 W PCH at 12:00 PM
Boarding time: 11:30 AM

Sunset Cocktail Cruise: 2-Hour Cruise
Join us for a midweek escape on our exclusive 2-hour sunset cruise, and enjoy cozy inside seating and outdoor decks open to the evening sky. Enjoy a variety of appetizers and relaxing music as you take int the spectacular views, and get a front row seat to take in the local sail boat races.
Leaves from Newport Beach Hornblower South, 2431 W PCH at 6:00 PM
Boarding time: 5:30 PM

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San Diego, California
"Wasn’t bad. Knowledgeable "
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed March 21, 2019 NEW
Boat: I’ve been on twice. Once with my family and once with my husbands family. We went for just the day tour (not the dinner, sunset, or brunch) You don’t really want to be inside unless it’s raining, a bit stuffy and you can get cold, or hot during the summer. The outside is nice to sit but try to get on early before they run out of seats. The drinks and snacks are a bit expensive but it’s typical for being on a boat in San Diego. Overall it’s a good tour for people that want to learn more about San Diego and how all of the boats and hotels got there, the military, submarines, etc. No real complaints. Get the Groupon if you can, it’s a lot cheaper.
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"Disappointed and Very Frustrated"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed March 15, 2019 NEW
Bought the Groupon tickets for Hornblower's whale watching tour. You have to call them to redeem these, as it won't let you redeem them if you make a reservation online. After being on hold for over 40 minutes (I checked the call timer on my phone once I hung up), I had to hang up in order to get to an appointment on time. Upon returning home, I tried several times to call again, but the calls wouldn't go through. I finally got their after hours recording, though it was only a little before 3 pm San Diego time. I tried their customer service number that I got from their website, but same thing. So we cancelled our Groupon order before our 24 hours ran out. By that point, I was so frustrated and disappointed that it likely would have tainted any trip we had booked with them anyway. Unfortunately, this means we probably won't get to whale watch at all while we're in San Diego. Very, very sad and disappointed...
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Vancouver, Washington
"Two hour cruise good city orientation"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed March 08, 2019 NEW
If you want to see both the military and pleasure sides of San Diego, try the two hour cruise for up close views of large Naval ships, helicopters, fighter jets and more, plus yachts and seal lions as well. Book online for a $3 off coupon (don't try calling the reservation line that is apparently a central booking line for multiple locations-it was a projected 65 minute wait on hold). Only downside is there is not a lot of open air spots on the boat (unlike a competitor's boat parked nearby), but the captain's narration was great.
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kristen s
"Disappointment - book somewhere else"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed March 07, 2019 NEW
Advertised an offer for $13 off whale watching tour if you booked over the phone. Spent 2 days trying to get through to booked and was hung up on several times, never got through. Utlimately, we had to purchase tickets at the window and was offered no discount or alternatives given the time and effort we made to purchase online. We were told there was nothing they could do. There was also another couple who had the same experience so this problem is affecting others. Disappointment.
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Woodbury, Minnesota
"We saw whales"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed March 06, 2019 NEW
The water was pretty choppy so the boat “rocked and rolled” considerably. Fortunately we were warned by one of the volunteers before boarding to take Dramamine available at the visitor center or on the boat. I am normally susceptible to motion sickness with the slightest swaying on a boat. The Dramamine worked and I never felt the slight bit nauseous even thought there were times when I felt we were in the Minnow on Gillian’s Island TV show. Thanks to the cruise volunteer giving us a heads up. Now for the cruise. The Captain worked hard against the choppy waters to make sure we saw whales and we did see them multiple times during the 3 1/2 hour excursion. You have to watch closely as they only pop up briefly to exhaust from their blow holes. Then you occasionally get to their fan tail as they dive back into deeper waters. The Captain and crew also do a great job of describing the sights on the bay on their way out to the Pacific as well as on their way back. They are very knowledgeable about the military establishments in and around the bay. The only thing I would say could be changed is the length of the excursion. I was ready to be back on land after about 2 1/2 hours. They run two per day. Perhaps one of them could be a shorter cruise. All in all a fun experience.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Newport Beach Dining Cruises

If one or more people in my party are not able to make it or we miss the cruise departure time will we receive a refund?
No. Once payment is received cruises are non-refundable. With a 48-hour or better notice we will be happy to reschedule your cruise date or issue a gift certificate for the amount paid. Cruises are non- refundable and non-transferable within 48 hours of your cruise. We do not compensate for no-shows or late arrivals.

Is gratuity included?
A service charge is collected at the time of reservation, related to the cruise and the service included in the ticket. If you wish to purchase additional beverages or food enhancements onboard, we recommend you leave a gratuity onboard based on the quality of service provided to you by your server.
What happens if it rains or snow?
Hornblower sails rain or shine. In the case of severe weather conditions or upon the direction of the U.S. Coast Guard, we will remain dockside, but provide the full dining service.
Are there any age restrictions on your cruises?
There are no age restrictions for most of our cruises. All minors require adult supervision. Please call with questions about any of our special event cruises, as minors are not restricted, but the cruise may not be appropriate for all age groups.

Do you offer any children discounts?
Children under 4 are complimentary.
What is the dress attire for the cruises?
Lunch and Brunch Cruises: We recommend California casual attire, such as khaki pants and collared shirts. We request no shorts, tank tops, flip flops, or gym shoes.
Dinner Cruises: Business casual to dressy casual attire is recommended. For men, slacks or khaki pants, and a collared shirt with or without a jacket; for women slacks or skirt, with a collared shirt, or dress. We request no jeans, shorts, tank tops, flip-flops, or gym shoes on these cruises.

You may find that some guests are dressed more formally, especially those celebrating special occasions. However, attire varies from comfortable shorts to the more formal. Bring along a light jacket or wrap as it may get a bit breezy on the outer decks.
What time do I board the ship?
Boarding time is usually 30 minutes prior to departure for all cruises. Please check your boarding time when making your reservation.
Is smoking allowed?
Smoking is allowed on the outside decks only with the exception of Harbor Tours and Whale Watching Cruises. Please dispose of all refuse in proper receptacles. Do not throw anything into the water. Please help us keep our harbors clean.

Is there pre-assigned seating for dinner cruises?
As you board, our captain and marine crew will direct you to your deck. From there the host/hostess will show your party to your assigned table(s). Decks are never guaranteed to non-private groups. We assign seats based on needs and capacity for each cruise.
Will I get my own table?
On the majority of our cruises, we assign private tables to the individual parties. However, on some of our cruises, we do have cruise-style seating, where we will ask you to share a table with other parties. If this is the case, you will be told if this is the case at the time you make your reservation.
What kind of entertainment is on board?
Hornblower offers inviting dance floors and a variety of music, from the dance hits of the 40's through today as well as a variety of jazz, standards and popular favorites. Depending on the cruise, it may be background music, a DJ or a live band. Please check online or ask one of our reservations agents for more details about the planned entertainment for your specific cruise.

Can we meet the Captain and visit the pilot house?
Yes. Guests are welcome to come and meet the Captain and the First Officer. However, for safety and security reasons, we ask that you check with our staff onboard before visiting the pilot house. We want to ensure that all passengers and crew are kept safe and that the captain is not distracted while performing essential duties.
Are there vegetarian options available for dinner cruises?  Can I make a special menu request?
Yes, for dining cruises, vegetarian meals are available and can be arranged at the time of booking. If you have a group with many vegetarians or if you have vegans, please notify a reservations agent at the time of booking.  If you have food allergies or other dietary restrictions, please let your reservations agent know at the time of booking. We can also accommodate most other special dietary needs with advance notice.
For dinner cruises, when does the meal begin?
Dinner service begins immediately upon embarking.

Do we need to pre-select the menu before the day of cruising?
No, you do not need to pre-select your menu. Some of our cruises have multiple entrée options and we have a menu that you will chose from onboard. For our other cruises, we either have a preset menu or offer a buffet with a variety of options available.
Can I bring cakes and flowers on board?
Cakes may be brought on board, however you will be charged a $1.50 per person cake cutting fee. Cake cutting fee for wedding or tiered cakes is $3.00/per guest. Small flower bouquets are also permitted. Please keep in mind you are on a ship, so top heavy arrangements will not be stable. Unfortunately, an early boarding is not available.
Are you regulated by the U.S. Coast Guard?
Our vessels are all subject to inspections by the U.S. Coast Guards and our crew are all properly licensed. We also follow Marsec security guidelines. Should the Marsec security level be elevated, we may opt to increase security measures onboard our vessels to insure everyone’s safety. The U.S. Coast Guard requires all passengers over 18 years of age to have valid photo identification. Please make sure to have your photo ID available at boarding.
Are life preservers on board?
Each vessel is 100% Coast Guard certified with life preservers and all required lifesaving equipment, including child life vests.
Is the ship handicapped accessible?
Hornblower does have accessible yachts in the fleet. However, not all yachts and decks are accessible. Please call 888-467-6256 to ensure handicap accessibility for the date you are planning to cruise.
Will I get seasick?
The vast majority of our guests experience no discomfort at all as we do not leave the calm waters of the harbor. If you tend to have a problem with motion sickness, you may experience seasickness. If you are sailing on one of our whale watching cruises, we do go out into the open ocean and as a result, the chance of getting seasick increases. For these cruises, we recommend that if you are prone to motion sickness that you take advantage of a number of preventative measures that are available to you.

Where are you located?
In Newport Beach, we are located at 2431 West Coast Highway, Newport Beach, CA 92663.
Does Hornblower validate parking?
We do not validate for parking.