Waterfront Corporate Event Venues for Rent Downtown San Diego

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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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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


Contiental Catering Food Tasting

Yesterday I visited Continental Catering, one of our preferred caterers here at the Maritime Museum of San Diego.  They prepared a special tasting for our Event Venues team and totally wowed us!

Event Venues Team

The facility was bright and welcoming and it was fun mingling with our friends at Continental Catering.

They offer special tastings to help you select the perfect menu for your event be it a wedding reception, meeting, or party.

The Continental team is great at helping each client design a custom menu.  Just ask them if there is something special you have in mind!

My taste buds were jumping with joy at each of the delicious concoctions they served us.  For starters we enjoyed an Antipasto Plate of Olives, Mozzarella, Roasted Bell Hummus, and Baguette.  It was the perfect start to a decadent meal and a great idea for any catered event since it can be served as guests are seated and give them something to snack on.

Then came the interactive Apple Salad.  It was served in a mason jar and was definitely the most fun part of the meal because we got to shake them before we ate them.  It sounds simple–but it’s a lot of fun–so make sure to remind your guests to tighten the lids before shaking.  It included Mixed Baby Greens, Avocado, Bacon, Apple Toasted Pecans, Raisins, Blue Cheese, and Apple Vinaigrette.  Rolls and butter fit nicely on the plate as well since we ate the salad right out of the jar.  It was fun, easy to eat, and kept me (usually very anti-vegetable) interested and eating as I uncovered all of the goodies.

Next we sampled Grilled Cheese Triangles with Fig and Brie with Truffle and Curry Cauliflower Soup Shots for Appetizers.  The grilled cheese was to die for.  The flavors blended together in a perfect sweet and savory combination.

After all of that we were served three Small Tasting Plates.  First we tried the Waguy Beef & Black Truffle Ravioli & Pea Shoot Ravioli with Date & Poblano Sauce.  The sauce was sweet and tangy, once again creating an extraordinary flavor.

Golden Chicken

Tangerine Grilled Salmon with Seasoned Couscous Topped with Tangerine Sauce followed, accompanied by Golden Chicken which included Chicken Roulades sliced and served on Rosemary-Garlic Mashed Potatoes with Roasted Vegetables.

To top it all off, we sampled the Fruit Tart drizzled in Caramel Sauce for dessert.  I was so full by the time dessert arrived, but I had to eat most of it.  It was too good to leave alone.

After finishing our delicious meal, we took a tour of their enormous kitchen.  It was very impressive.

On our way out they even sent us home with a chocolate milk and cookies party favor–which is a great idea for weddings or corporate events.  It’s always nice to take a little something home and who doesn’t love cookies?

Thanks Continental Catering for an awesome meal!  It was wonderful.  Want to see more photos?  Check out our Facebook and Flickr account for the rest!

Fair winds,

Erica Geary

Meet the “HMS” Surprise

One of my favorite vessels here at the museum has to be the “HMS” Surprise.  She is a replica of the mid-eighteenth century British Royal Navy frigate, HMS Rose.

The Rose fought along the coast of France and in the Caribbean in the mid-1700s and was later sent to patrol the New England coast to put an end to the smuggling trade of molasses and rum in Rhode Island.  She may have even been the stimulus for the formation of the US Navy, as colonists petitioned Congress to defend against the Rose.

The replica vessel, built in 1970, was originally called the “HMS” Rose, created as part of a fleet of replica ships significant to the American Revolution.  She then served as a dockside attraction in Rhode Island, was restored to sailing condition, and became a sailing school vessel from 1991-2000.

Her name was not changed to “HMS” Surprise until 2001 when 20th Century Fox purchased her and she became famous.

She was showcased as “HMS” Surprise in academy award winning film, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World.  Later, she was also used in Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

With such star quality, I would have to describe the Surprise as a diva.  She is also a bit of a control freak, a rule-enforcer, and at times overbearing, though all of her flaws are forgiven once you meet her, and are charmed by her impressive strength and elegance.

Today in San Diego, California her decks host an assortment of events and conceal treasure only the bravest of buccaneers dare to uncover during Pirate Parties.  As a full rigged ship, her sails create an adventurous backdrop for weddings and corporate events alike.  The Surprise is available for rent and to be explored here at the museum.  Hope you can stop by to admire the diva of our fleet.

Fair winds,

Erica Geary

Victorian Ferryboat Berkeley

Boats have character, just like people.  That being said, I thought a little bio would be appropriate to introduce our vessels.  This week, I’d like to introduce you to Berkeley.

Historic ferryboat Berkeley is available as a Venue for Corporate Events, Private Events, Weddings, and Receptions.

You can be a part of living history!  Built in 1898, the Berkeley ferryboat still enchants and delights with her carved wood paneling, old-fashioned passenger seating, elegant stairwells, and stained glass windows.

Dance floor

Back in the day, she was the largest commuter ferry in the US.  Berkeley was built to transport rail passengers from Oakland to San Francisco and even evacuated refugees and transported aid following the San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906.

Deck party

Today guests can rent out the upper deck for a variety of special occasions.  The Berkeley can accommodate up to 1,000 guests.  She has ample seating for 350, a dance floor, bar, tables, presentation screen, a sound system, and two outdoor party decks.  Catering, music, flowers, and even pirates to entertain guests can be arranged through the Event Venues department.


If Berkeley were my friend, I would say she was classy, elegant, trustworthy, heroic, and at times surprising.  Intrigued?  Come on by for a tour of the Berkeley and see her beauty for yourself!

Fair winds,

Erica Geary

2012 New Year, New Blog!

2012 has arrived!  As I kick off the new year I cannot help but be filled with anticipation for all the events 2012 has in store.  For the past seven years, I have made it a personal goal to live to greet the year 2012 mainly out of curiosity for the Mayan calendar.  Having achieved my goal, I wait in expectation to see the events of the year unfold.

As I plan my year I have been asking myself what it is I wish to accomplish.  My goals involve writing, building my community, spending more time with friends and family, and learning a new language.  What is on the horizon for you San Diego?  A big birthday bash or a wedding maybe?

If your plans  happen to include an  exciting event but you don’t know where to host it look no further.  The Maritime Museum of San Diego would love to assist you with your new event for the new year.  The Event Venues department provides services for a wide array of private events including: weddings, corporate events, pirate birthday parties, sailing charters, and more.

I’ll be following some of our big events for the year and making sure to keep everyone posted on the details!  Looking forward to a great year San Diego.


Fair winds,

Erica Geary

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