If you are in Newport Beach, California on Valentine’s Day, there are two types of cruises you can take. You can take a brunch or dinner cruise with Hornblower Cruises, or you can take a shorter cruise with Newport Landing that does not include a meal. Between the two companies’ offerings, there are a lot of different ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Newport Beach on the water, and below we explain what is available in one concise guide.
We’ll begin with the meal-centered cruises offered by Hornblower Cruises, which are much like the Valentine’s Day cruises that are offered all over the country, from San Francisco to New York City. Almost all of Hornblower’s Valentine’s cruises are three-hour dinner cruises that begin at 7:00 PM (boarding time is 6:30 PM) and end at 10:00 PM. Couples are given a private, candlelit table to enjoy a five-course meal. There is free-flowing champagne throughout the evening, and all of the cruises feature musical entertainment. The cruises that feature a DJ cost $135.00 per person, and the cruise with a live band costs $145.00 per person. Since Hornblower has several ships in their fleet, they are able to offer all of these cruises at the same time on Valentine’s Day. For those who can’t go out on the evening of February 14th, there is a brunch cruise earlier in the day from noon to 2:00 PM, and there is also a dinner cruise on the night of the 13th from 7:00 to 10:00 PM. Both of these cruises are substantially cheaper than the ones on the evening of the 14th – the brunch cruise costs $64.95 per person and the dinner cruise costs $89.95.
If you want to take a cruise for Valentine’s Day, but don’t want to have a meal on board, you’ll want to book something with Newport Landing. The company’s “Valentine’s Day” cruises actually start the weekend before, on Friday, February 6th, and then the last cruise is offered on the 15th. The sailing schedule varies from day to day, but the cruises all start in the evening and last 75 minutes. On most days, there are either three or four cruises, but on Valentine’s Day there are six: the first one departs at 4:00 PM and the last one departs at 11:30 PM. Every cruise, no matter the time or day on which it is taken, costs $35, and included in the ticket prices is a free drink, defined as “champagne, wine, beer, or [a] non-alcoholic beverage.” Since the cruise is not centered on a meal, you can simply enjoy some time in the Newport Bay with your partner, looking over the night coastline or an ocean sunset depending on what time you are sailing.
For further details about either kind of cruise, check out the Hornblower website or the Newport Landing website. You can make reservations online or speak with someone over the phone. If you are looking for other ways to celebrate, check out our more general article on Valentine’s Day cruises.