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San Diego’s best location for off site corporate mixers, meetings and private events. The Maritime Museum offers four incredible ships, each with their own unique personality.

The National Historic Landmark, 1898 Berkeley ferryboat, located near the convention center on San Diego Bay, is available for corporate and private events, meetings, special events, and social gatherings. The Berkeley event space is not only unique with her gorgeous Victorian period appointments, but the space also has two large open-air decks that offer incredible views of both the downtown city skyline as well as breathtaking sunset views of the harbor. The event space boasts a large dance floor, beautiful hand carved wood seating, and Victorian (opalescent) stained glass windows that are back-lit at night and crown the venue with grace and elegance.

The historic tall ship Star of India is arguably, the most unique icon of San Diego, if not all of southern California. Built in 1863, she has circled the globe 21 times and has been designated with National and State Historic Landmark status.

The Star of India or any of the ships can be transformed, from an elegant cocktail reception to an exhilarating Pirate party. With its magnificent top decks, the Star of India is surrounded by a 360 degree breath-taking view of the San Diego skyline and harbor.

HMS Surprise, from the 20th Century fox Studios movie hit, Master & Commander, is available for corporate events and private events or gatherings. Host your unique corporate event, cocktail reception, a pre-dinner gathering, or dance on her decks into the night. She has a treasure of opportunities.

The HMS Surprise is fantastic for themed events as guests never forget the experiences aboard this majestic venue.

California’s State tall ship, Californian, has the dexterity to sail or stay dockside for intimate events and charters. She is instrumental in serving the community with our results oriented corporate team-building and sailing programs.

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ComicCon 2013

Jackdaw photo

The Star of India was transformed last week into @assassinscreed Jackdaw for ComicCon 2013!

Star ComicCon

Our crew worked hard around the clock to get the Star over to 5th Avenue Landing behind the Convention Center.

Assassins Creed photo

Assassin’s Creed transformed the Star into the Jackdaw and threw a giant party Friday night.


Photo by @assassinscreed

Guests danced, drank, and had the opportunity to demo Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag on board the ship.

Check out this video for more coverage:

Fair winds,

Erica Geary

Plan Your 2013 Party in Advance

Hello San Diego!

Happy 2013!  As the New Year begins, so does the planning for all of the upcoming parties, weddings, meetings, and receptions.  We know it takes a lot of time and effort to select the perfect venue, caterer, DJ, florist, etc.  That’s why we wanted to make sure you know that the Maritime Museum is one of the MOST flexible venues in San Diego.

We offer multiple event packages ranging from just the venue (one of our unique ships) or everything you need to throw an outrageous party (venue, caterer, DJ, florist, photographer, photo booth, and live entertainment).  The most important person in the event planning process is YOU!  If you can dream it–we can make it a reality.

Star of India

Want to bring your own caterer–great!  Want us to plan out an elegant meal for you–no problem!  Not only do we offer it all in terms of event services, we also provide you with an event coordinator to ease you through the planning process.

Still not convinced?  Come see our ships for yourself–we promise it’s an experience you’ll never forget!

Or you can call 619-234-9153 ext. 102 to set up a meeting with one of our event coordinators!

Fair winds,

Erica Geary

Holiday Parties

It’s that time of year again and along with the holidays come great parties!

Saturday Eventful hosted their holiday party aboard the Berkeley Ferryboat.  Music, cocktails, and holiday cheer filled the McKinney Deck late into the evening.

Ferryboat Berkeley
Ferryboat Berkeley

Sunset Mobile Music kept guests rocking and provided great tunes for the fashion show and dancing.

Food was provided by San Diego Catering and guests were seated around the dance floor.

Thanks for a great event @Eventful!  We hope to see you again soon.

Fair winds,

Erica Geary

It’s a Surprise Party–“HMS” Surprise

The best kind of surprise party in my opinion is an “HMS” Surprise Party!

HMS Surprise Events Her twinkling lights enhance her beauty and mystique during sunset and evening events.  She is definitely one of our more entertaining ships, having starred in Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

Event held on the HMS Surprise Multiple catering and dining settings can be arranged on the main deck.  Cocktails and appetizers are most popular on the Surprise as her decks are generally used for corporate mixers, private parties with live music, or cocktail receptions.

Dinner table on the Surprise For intimate affairs, private dining can be arranged below midship on the tween deck.  Here, guests can experience artifacts and history depicting life from the 18th century along with rotating art exhibits.

Does anyone have fun photos of events on the Surprise?

Fair winds,

Erica Geary

Catch a Glimpse of a Berkeley Party

Now that you’ve had a sneak peak at a party on the Star of India, I’d like to give you the insider’s guide to the Berkeley Ferryboat.  She is one of our most popular party venues and never disappoints!

Bar on the Berkeley For starters, the Berkeley has a built-in bar that is perfect for refreshments for any party.

Berkeley Ferryboat Venue with Dance FloorIn front of the bar is a large dance floor that can be used for dancing, mingling, or even be transformed into a seating area for larger dinners or receptions.

Lounge on the Berkeley FerryboatThe East and West Decks can be converted into posh lounge areas for corporate events or mixers.  The downtown skyline compliments evening events on the East Deck, and the waterfront views are spectacular off the West Deck.

Catering and Tables at Event VenuesOur preferred caterers, San Diego Catering Company and Continental Catering, can create the perfect table setting for any theme and their concoctions are admired all over San Diego.

Berkeley Ferryboat Photo OpsFinally, any event aboard the Berkeley Ferryboat comes with fun and memorable photo ops!

Hope you enjoyed the tour–check back soon for a look at another one of our historic ships.

Fair winds,

Erica Geary

An Inside Look at a Star Party

We have been hosting private events and corporate parties on the Star of India for 35 years now.  Many of you may have attended a birthday, anniversary, meeting, or even a wedding here with us.  For those of you who haven’t I have assembled some photos to give you a sneak peak at events on the Star.

Captain's Cabin on the StarThe Captain’s Cabin on the Star of India makes for an elegant and refined location for catering and private parties.

Catering stations on the Star of IndiaThe Tween Deck makes for lively catering stations and entertainment as guests can view artwork and artifacts to learn about the ship as they mingle.

Party on the Star of IndiaThe Main Deck offers beautiful waterfront views and has plenty of space for seating, catering, a bar, and even a band.

Corporate Event on the Star of IndiaAs night approaches, company logos can be projected onto her sails and she takes on an air of mystery and intrigue.

Hope you’ve enjoyed the sneak peak.  Stay tuned for tours of our other ships soon!

Fair winds,

Erica Geary