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Island Packers Ventura Harbor - Dinner Cruise (VENTURA) - PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Reservations are now available for evening Dinner Cruises in Ventura Harbor this Summer. Starting in June, and operating on selected Saturdays through September, passengers can cruise the protected waters of Ventura Harbor, enjoy a scrumptious meal, and listen to quality music aboard a comfortable motor catamaran. Food on these limited capacity trips will be catered by local restaurants including Anacapa Brewery, The Greek Mediterranean Steak & Seafood, and Margarita Villa. Guests will enjoy live music featuring blues, jazz, rock, country, bluegrass and more. With seating available inside the lower and upper cabins, passengers have several comfortable seating options as they cruise through Ventura Harbor and the waterfront homes of the Ventura Keys. A variety of beers, wines produced by local wineries, as well as non – alcoholic beverages, are available for purchase.
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Take to the sea with Island Packers new dinner cruises
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With summer fast approaching, visitors to Ventura Harbor Village, Ventura’s top seaside attraction, can now enjoy the warmer days ahead on a two-hour Island Packers boat dinner cruise where they will experience delicious cuisine paired to live entertainment from June through September, 2019.
Beginning in June, and operating on selected Saturdays through September cruise the protected waters of Ventura Harbor and enjoy a savory meal, and listen to quality music aboard a comfortable motor catamaran. Cuisine on these limited capacity ships is catered by the Ventura’s top restaurants, including Anacapa Brewery, The Greek Mediterranean Steak & Seafood, and Margarita Villa. A variety of beers, wines produced by local wineries, as well as non-alcoholic beverages, are also available for purchase.
Guests will enjoy live music featuring blues, jazz, rock, country, bluegrass and more. With seating available inside the lower and upper cabins, passengers have several comfortable seating options as they cruise through Ventura Harbor and the waterfront homes of the Ventura Keys.
Dinner Cruises $ 60 Adult, $ 56 Senior (55+), $ 45 Child (age 12 and under)
Includes: Harbor Cruise from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., live music, one appetizer, dinner, dessert and one free beverage of choice.
Island Packers is the authorized concessionaire servicing the Channel Islands National Park and has been family-owned and operated since 1968. For information, reservations or to purchase gift certificates: Visit www.islandpackers.com, call 805-642-1393, or visit Island Packers at 1691 Spinnaker Dr., Suite 105B, in Ventura Harbor Village.
The above prices represent cash discounted prices.
Holiday Cruise Prices Times apply for events during December.
If you pay with debit or credit "Dreamer" is $995/hr. or $900/hr Cash.
You are allowed to bring on your own food, however due to our liquor license,
all alcoholic beverages must be purchased on the vessel. Boat must be left as when chartered or a $150+ cleaning charge will be added to the bill.
All payments are due prior to sailing. There is a no cancellation policy on all private events. Any charter
canceled will be charged for the entire charter bill.
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Ventura County is located on the coast of California midway between Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. Aside from the many little towns in this county that is often referred to as The Gold Coast, there are also three ports: Ventura, Oxnard and the deep-water Port Hueneme. While Hueneme is primarily used for military and commercial purposes, dinner and party cruises leave from Ventura and Oxnard harbors on a regular basis.
Pirate Dinner Cruise
The Pirate dinner cruise leaves from the Ventura harbor. Dine on tri-tip and shrimp while listening or dancing to a Jimmy Buffett ("A Pirate Looks at Forty") tribute band. There are regular weekend cruises from summer through October, with dinner, beverage, dessert and live music included. Beer and wine are for sale in the galley and no high heels are allowed on the boats. But what self-respecting pirate would be caught dead in a pair of Jimmy Choo pumps anyway? The ticket price for an adult was $52 in 2010.
Island Packers Ventura Harbor 1691 Spinnaker Dr. Suite 105 B Ventura, CA 93001 805-642-1393 islandpackers.com
Oxnard's Scarlett Belle
Although a popular choice for seagoing weddings, Oxnard's Scarlett Belle also offers many brunch and dinner cruises during the spring, summer and fall–wine tasting with jazz, Dixieland with barbecue, or just a great steak dinner. A romantic replication of a Mark Twain era paddle-wheeler, the Scarlett Belle can host about 150 guests and the rate as of 2010 was $75 per person for most cruises. Private dinner parties can also be arranged.
Scarlett Belle 3600 Harbor Blvd. Oxnard, CA 93035 805-204-0977 scarlettbelle.com
Take a beautiful dinner cruise aboard the 54-foot motorized paddle-wheeler Dreamers Dream, a charming double-decker day boat with open viewing areas on the top, stern and bow, enabling guests to fully enjoy the sunset. In summer, the cruise starts at 7:30 p.m. but do make reservations, because the boat only holds 24 dinner guests. The buffet menu comes from different Ventura Harbor village restaurants every night. One night may mean sushi, another Greek. Entertainment? As the staff says, the view–or your companion–should be your entertainment.
Ventura Boat Rentals 1575 Spinnaker Drive Ventura CA, 93001 805-642-7753 venturaboatrentals.com
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Experience unparalleled celebrations on the sea with Scarlett Belle. Host your wedding or private event on the only boat offering a unique venue for unforgettable gatherings.
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We completely understand the responsibilities and pressures of finding the right venue, allow our packages to assist on making things easier.
We completely understand the responsibilities and pressures of finding the right venue, allow us to take charge and coordinate every aspect of it!
Raise a toast to new opportunity or continued relationships! From corporate events to prom night on the water, there are always reasons to celebrate!
Raise a toast to new opportunity or continued relationships! From corporate events to Prom night on the water, there are always reasons to celebrate!
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At Scarlett Belle all of our events are held within the Harbor where the water is calm, there are no ocean waves in sight, and the yachts sail very slowly. Plus the yacht is simply too large to be affected by a wave!
The Scarlett Belle is fully enclosed with railings along the parameters of the outside decks. The Belle is equipped with adult and child life vests as well.
Majority of our events are held in 3 hours and 4 hours for weddings. Unless you anticipate having a long ceremony it tends to be more than enough time. In that case we can always add more time! Just ask a Representative!
Ho Yes it is! We host small intimate events for 20 or have all of your friends and relatives for a party up to 150. The beauty of having a party on the Belle is having two decks for all of your festivities so you never feel crammed.
Guests in wheelchairs and walkers usually can get on with our ramp and the ample spaced bathrooms. We do have stairs to the upper level deck. We can assist up the stairs if necessary.
Our friendly harbor patrol can take people from the boat back to the dock.
The Belle is almost entirely enclosed the nature of your party will not be affected rain or shine. Captain will make the ultimate call if there is heavy wind then we can stay at dock for your Party.
Our service staff is also made up of knowledgeable experienced deckhands who are constantly doing engine room checks to prevent problems. In the event of a major issue we will stay docked for the event.
Yes. All pricing is the same except now you have more time for reception.
Ceremony Rehearsals are scheduled by appointment and are $75 . We offer a 30 minute ceremony rehearsal off the boat in the grass area next to the boat.
Yes Many within a 5 mile radius.
Guest list is required. Pick a person from your group who can check in guests the day of the event then hand the list to the Crew before boarding. We will be going over your table floorplan and items you plan to bring 15 days prior to your event.
You will be provided a map for your invitations.
Yes, we do have many options ask our Planning team.
A Handful or small basket of Rose petals, any color, real or silk No open flamed candles, confetti or rice please.
Linen colors for tablecloths, overlays and napkins are Black, White, Ivory, Burgundy, Hunter Green and Navy Blue. You may use one color as a tablecloth and another color as an overlay.
No, unless you would like to. We can reserve via email, phone and fax.
To reserve the Belle, date and time the initial deposit that goes towards the balance is $2,000 for an event and 3000 for a wedding. We take cash, credit cards or personal check for initial deposit.
Our Crew sets up your tables ,chairs and linens for you. One and half hours before your event start time up to three adults are allowed to come on a decorate according to the decorating approved guidelines you discussed with our office staff. If you need further time we will charge accordingly.
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https://t.co/HfbwH3HYcP ✨ Join us for a dazzling experience aboard the Scarlett Belle! 🎄 Our 'Holiday Lights Cruise' sets sail on December 12th and 19th at 5:30 PM. Immerse yourself in the magic of the season with shimmering lights, breathtaking views, and festive cheer.🚢🌟 — Scarlett Belle (@ChanelIslands) November 12, 2023
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- The new Evening Harbor Cruises from Island Packers will sail around Ventura Harbor on select summer Saturdays (as well as a couple of fall dates)
- $18 adult; other ticketing tiers available
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'TIS THE SEASON... for all sorts of sunset-hued, easy-breezy, no-worries-no-hurries happenings to pop up along the coast, those warm-weather experiences that take place out on the water, but not too far out on the water. It isn't too chilly these days and the wintry rains have mostly wrapped, which means we're looking to the ocean for a wind-down adventure that won't require a whole day or even most of a night. Island Packers , the ahoy outfit that has long provided a brisk and beautiful way to reach the Channel Islands by way of several well-appointed boats, is looking to connect landlubbers with an ocean experience timed to the Golden Hour. It's the brand-new...
EVENING HARBOR CRUISE, and it will pop up on select Saturdays throughout much of the summer and a bit of the early fall. Ventura Harbor is the place, meaning guests of the cruise will be able to soak in all sorts of sights, from seabirds to seals to sea lions to some of those incredible homes that sit near the waves. You'll also take in part of the Ventura Keys, giving you a vast and vibrant view of the picturesque area. Sipping vino while the stars come out? That can happen; there will be a place to purchase wine, beer, and several soft drinks on the boat. Bringing your camera along for some superb and splashy snaps? You are most welcome to do so. Do purchase your ticket for the hour-long cruise in advance; the price is $18 for adult admission.
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Embrace the True Spirit & Sparkle of the Holiday Season with “OUT OF THIS WORLD” Seaside Experiences at Ventura Harbor Village
The 2022 Parade of Lights & Fireworks, Winter Wonderland, Santa Paddle & Cruising are a Must This SEAson!
Immerse yourself in the holiday spirit seaside at Ventura Harbor Village, located off California Highway 101, where friends and family from near and far, are invited to add sun and sparkle this season. Trade in snow for sand and snow boots for flip flops – it’s time to enjoy another iconic event lineup at this stunning destination situated along the waterfront in Ventura. The Harbor is truly a “must SEA” spot this time of year.
Ventura Harbor is mustering up more holiday magic than ever with ocean-inspired decorations in a color palette of twinkling blue, aqua, and green beachy hues. On display for all to see are spiraling sea pearls, a scenic “SEAsons Greetings” photo op, whimsical holiday trees, vibrant wreaths, and other festive décor that reflects off the glistening marina waters. Seasonal décor can be enjoyed from now through the New Year!
Visitors are encouraged to take a seaside stroll to enjoy the lights and stop in for quality food on a cozy covered patio – a perfect way to entertain and spend quality time with loved ones. Following a relaxing meal, explore Harbor Village for one-of-a-kind gifts. Ventura’s locally-owned shops and art galleries have everything from handmade treasures to fun stocking stuffers.
Ventura Harbor offers an array of community festivities for the holidays including Santa Paddle, Winter Wonderland & Marketplace, and the most anticipated event of the year – the 45 th Annual Ventura Harbor Parade of Lights & Fireworks .
Winter Wonderland & Holiday Marketplace 2022
Seas the day and add a little glee with Ventura Harbor Village’s annual Winter Wonderland & Holiday Marketplace 2022 on Saturday, December 10th from Noon to 3:00pm. Visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus for photos and get up close to two of their reindeer! Live Dickenson carolers and holiday characters will be roaming, catch the Toy Soldier band, play in the faux snowfall, and browse a Pop-Up Village Makers Market along the seaside Promenade. Featured Harbor Village artisans and creators include Lemon & Lei, Harbor Village Gallery & Gifts, Mermaid Gallery and Ventura Pottery Gallery. In addition, complimentary crafts for kids will be provided by Lakeshore. venturaharborvillage.com/event/winter-wonderland-holiday-marketplace-2022/
Arrive early on Saturday, December 10 th at 11:00am for Ventura Harbor’s 6 th Annual Santa Paddle – a sure bet for holiday fun. Santa Trades Reindeer for Paddle Board in a salute to the sea, whereby visitors rent a kayak, SUP, or stand-up YOLO board or character pedal boats from Ventura Boat Rentals to join the fun. Everyone is invited to dress festively in the spirit of the season in red and white Santa’s elves, and of course Santa Hats! Arrive early to secure your rental needs. venturaharborvillage.com/events/
Ventura Harbor Parade of Lights & Fireworks 2022
It’s an “Out of this World” moment when spectators get their first glimpse of the magnificent boats amid festive décor at the 45 th Annual Ventura Harbor Parade of Lights & Fireworks on Friday, December 16 and Saturday, December 17,2022 at 6:30pm with fireworks at 8:00pm . Vivid and bright, the procession of colorfully decorated boats is a spectacle to behold. This year’s theme of “Out of This World” will be all things outer space. Here’s peek at what’s planned:
4:00pm & beyond – Kids Rides & Carnival Games on the Harbor Village main lawn 5:30pm – Faux Snowfall, LED Performers twinkle and shine along the Harbor Village Promenade 6:30pm – Boat Parade Begins (two laps throughout Ventura Harbor) 8:00pm – Fireworks (weather pending) – look northwest for best viewing
The celebration spotlights more than 25 illuminated power and sail boats per night as they cruise around the entire Harbor – plus carnival rides, sweet treats, warm drinks, and waterfront dining throughout Ventura Harbor Village. To cap off the evening, a fireworks display lights up the night sky and sea on both Friday & Saturday at approximately 8:00pm (weather permitting). Event admission and parking are complimentary. venturaharborvillage.com/parade-of-lights/
Plan to vote for the prestigious People’s Choice Award on the Ventura Harbor’s Facebook page! View all parade entries on the “2022 People’s Choice Award” album and “like” your favorites. Boat owners are invited to bring holiday cheer to the Ventura County Community by joining the parade.
Entering as a boater is completely free, plus awards and participation prizes will be given, including cash and gift certificates. To join the parade with your decorated boat, visit venturaharborvillage.com/pol-boaters/ for details.
Ventura Harbor Parade of Lights is made possible by the following sponsors: Four Points by Sheraton & Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Portside Ventura Harbor, Andria’s Seafood Restaurant & Market, Ventura West Marina, Ventura Isle Marina, Channel Watch Marine / Tow Boat US, Island Packers, The Greek Mediterranean Steak & Seafood, Brophy Bros. Restaurant & Clam Bar, On the Alley, Ventura Yacht Club, Ventura Marina Community, Ventura Keys Association, Mavcco Market, Ventura Harbor Boatyard, Coastal Cone, Harbor Cove Café, Deep Sea Winery, Sunbelt Rentals, RP Barricade, Cumulus Broadcasting, Ventura Breeze, VC Reporter, & Valley Scene Magazine.
Holiday goers can also revel in the true spirit of the season with these special public on-the-water activities and holiday cruises:
Island Packers Public Holiday Cruises
Island Packers Holiday Lights Cruises: Cruise in style to view holiday lights with friends/family during a one-hour Island Packers Holiday Lights Cruise on select dates from December 7- 23, 2022. Cost: $18 per adult, $16 per senior (55+), and $12 per child. For advance reservations call 805-642-1393.
Island Packers Parade of Lights Cruises: For those who wish to see the colorfully-lit boats up close, look no further than Island Packers Ventura Harbor Parade of Lights Cruises on December 16 and 17, 2022. Cruises depart at 5:45pm, 6:00pm, & 6:15pm. Fare is $38 for adults, $35 for seniors and $28 for children under 12. Group rates are available. For advance reservations call 805-642-1393 or visit islandpackers.com to book.
Get on the Water with Ventura Boat Rentals
A menagerie of charter boats (ducks, dragons, flamingos and swans) offered by Ventura Boat Rentals get visitors in the holiday spirit with both public daytime and nighttime rentals when the boats are lit with colorful lights. In addition, Ventura Boat Rentals is also offering private holiday boat charters to experience California Sleigh Rides and to view the Ventura Harbor Parade of Lights & Fireworks. For advance reservations call 805-642-7753 or visit venturaboatrentals.com .
Cuisine From Around the World:
Holiday Fare On Christmas Day: Make memories with a casual meal, a sweat treat or gather for a special dinner with family and friends at one of the dining options at Ventura Harbor on Christmas Day, December 25, 2022 .
Ring in 2023 on New Year’s Eve : Enjoy the live music seaside with the band “ Blown Ove r” from Noon to 3 PM on December 31, 2022 in beautiful Ventura Harbor Village. Listen from the scenic Village promenade or while dining on a nearby waterfront restaurant patio. SEA you seaside in celebration of the New Year! venturaharborvillage.com/events/
Waterfront Dining On New Year’s Day : Welcome 2023 waterside and toast the New Year with a savory selection of al la carte and pre fixe menus items accompanied by handcrafted and specialty cocktails at an array of Ventura Harbor restaurants on New Year’s Day, January 1, 2023 .
Admission & Parking Information:
Admission for Winter Wonderland & Holiday Marketplace, Parade of Lights, and Santa Paddle are complimentary. Complimentary event parking is available in Ventura Harbor Village Parking Lots, designated spots along Spinnaker Drive, Surfer’s Knoll Beach, Harbor Cove Beach, and Safe Harbor Ventura Isle (Dolphin Parking Section only).
Arrive early for best parking and shopping throughout Ventura Harbor Village. Consider taking Uber and Lyft to the events this year. Dinner reservations are recommended or arrive early to dine in venues throughout Ventura Harbor. Parade and fireworks are weather pending. For best views of the parade, reserve a Parade of Lights cruise. Ventura Harbor Village is excited to welcome the community with an outdoor, open-air public space to spend and enjoy the holiday. The Harbor asks that visitors please be mindful during their visit and seaside safely. Post, share, and tag your experience @VenturaHarbor for a chance to be featured!
Visit venturaharborvillage.com/events/ to SEA a full stellar line-up of events to make your holidays merry and bright!
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