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Hornblower Yacht Dinner Cruise - Food?

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helper Mar 27, 2008 03:22 PM

We're considering a Sweet 16 Dinner Party Cruise for our daughter on the Hornblower Yacht out of Newport Beach Harbor. Any comments on recent experiences, in particular, food quality and service? Alternate suggestions if warranted?

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    bauer55 Mar 27, 2008 03:40 PM

    Hi Helper;

    I think a dinner cruise for a Sweet 16 could be a very fun idea if lots and lots of friends go. The food is typical of ship food. I liken it to hotel food. Definitely not gourmet but Hornblower is a bit better than most meals you will get at a wedding reception. Hope that helps.

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      hpcat Mar 27, 2008 06:04 PM

      I was on a Hornblower cruise in San Diego in December and the food was surprisingly decent. I was served a large and fresh salad, steak that was tender and cooked to order, fresh vegetables, potato, cheese cake. The cruise was nice, too. It will be even nicer in warm weather when hanging out on the decks will be comfortable.

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        ns1 Mar 27, 2008 06:22 PM

        I had a recruiting event on one, out of MDR.

        I thought it was pretty good. Not dinner sets but h'or deurves(sp?).

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          josephnl Mar 27, 2008 09:43 PM

          It's a great idea for a sweet 16 party! I was on the Hornblower about a year ago, and everyone had a terrific time. Of course the food is not outstanding, but I'm sure that the kids will all have a memorable time and no one will even remember the food.

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            bauer55 Nov 13, 2008 09:19 AM

            I think the good time a group of 16 year olds will have on the ship will outweigh the food. I have been on a couple of their dinners and the food is average. Probably not what you might find on a luxury ship but it was certainly better than just edible and remember, they probably love fast food so this could be gourmet food to them.

            1. olive oill Nov 13, 2008 09:39 AM

              My husband and I went on the Hornblower a few years ago for a Christmas party. The boat was a lot of fun. And the food was decent. I would say mid-grade hotel food, perfect for a bunch of 16 year olds. The service was very good. Have fun!!!!!

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