Looking for something fun and unique to do in Newport Beach California? Then this blog post is for you! This past weekend I was in California for a wedding and we decided to stay an extra day to explore Newport Beach area. My sister found the Hornblower Cruise and they have a Champagne brunch cruise on Saturdays! First off I love brunch, and champagne so I was already in love with this idea. You do have to get tickets online in advance. Your ticket includes a 2-hour cruise around the harbor, unlimited champagne, live solo jazz player, brunch buffet and amazing views.
You are first greeted onto the ship with your choice of a glass of champagne or apple cider. They then will take your party to your table. Most of the tables are near a window so you get a beautiful view of the bay area. Once boarding is completed and everyone has found their tables brunch is promptly served.
The brunch spread was beautiful and delicious. Hornblower brunch cruise offered a huge selection of freshly cooked food. The breakfast hot entrees were in warming dishes, that ranged from scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, and french toast. They also have some lunch items, like salad, pasta salad, shrimp and carved turkey or ham. Plus they have fresh fruit and lots of delicious treats. I was so impressed with the quality of the food, everything really tasted amazing. During the whole cruise experience, you will listen to live light jazz music that really sets the ambiance.
Go up early to the top deck and enjoy the amazing views while everyone else is still eating, you will get the whole deck to yourself. The Hornblower champagne brunch offers unlimited champagne but if you want to order mixed drinks or wine there is a bar you can order from. Also if you knock on the captions door you can ask to get a photo in the captions seat and chat with the caption. Being on the top desk is so much fun! It’s nice to enjoy the beautiful California weather, sip on champagne and be with family.
A few things you should bring with you on your cruise is sunscreen especially when you’re on the top deck. A light jacket, it can get chilly with the wind, along with sunglasses, even if it’s cloudy it can be very bright. I went in June and even though there is June gloom, around noon the clouds disappear.
Overall I would highly recommend doing the Hornblower’s Champagne brunch cruise. I will defiantly be going back to try the dinner cruise. If you are not a local to Newport Beach, CA don’t worry Hornblower Cruises have eight locations ranging from San Diego, San Fransico to New York, check out all eight locations! Be sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram to see upcoming events. They offer a lot of fun holiday events that look like a blast. It’s perfect for a group of friends or a romantic couple. I can’t express how much fun this cruise is plus how unique this experience was!
Photography by Jordan Hibbs Photography
The Hornblower Cruises graciously hosted us, but as always, opinions expressed on Hibbs Life & Style are independent and comprehensive. Bella Hibbs is the founder and CEO of Hibbs Life & Style and holds a degree in Hospitality and Tourism with a specialization in hotel management.