In today's culture, "booze cruise" is a pretty common phrase. And really, is there a better way to describe a boat ride with cocktails flowing freely among those onboard, whose main purpose of being there is to drink? Yeah, booze cruise fits just right. So whether you're looking for bachelorette party ideas, a way to ring in New Year's Eve, or just a fun night out with your friends, here are the best booze cruise options around Los Angeles.
Booze cruise options around L.A.
Docked in Marina del Rey, this Polynesian-themed boat is stocked with a full bar, and you can add an open bar to any of the cruises they offer. If you're looking for a specific alcohol-focused cruise, the Tiki Mermaid offers a "Drink & Dance" cruise which includes a three hour yacht rental, an unlimited full bar (with well brand alcohol), as well as snacks of pretzels and nuts.
Tiki Mermaid is located at 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey (310-410-8454). "Drink & Dance" cruise is $57 per person (40 minimum) or $69 per person (25 minimum).
Hornblower has multiple locations along Southern California's coastline, and while its Marina del Rey and Newport Beach ports offer brunch and dinner cruises, we wouldn't consider those booze cruises. However, during summer months, the Long Beach port hosts a 90-minute cocktail cruise at 3pm on Saturdays and Sundays with live music and alcohol.
Hornblower's Long Beach port is located at 100 Aquarium Way, Dock 6 (310-301-6000). The cocktail cruise is $40.
This historic 1942 Navy ferry vessel is now a party vessel with a full-service bar and dance floor. The boat will go through the Port of Long Beach, under the Desmond Bridge and land back at Berth 55. These cruises are not on a regular schedule, but can be booked independently with charters available between 9am and midnight. The boat can fit up to 110 people and there's a three-hour minimum.
Why Knot? Party Cruises is located at 555 Pine Ave, Berth 55, in Long Beach (562-349-4209). Charter prices vary depending on the day, ranging between $350 an hour to $450 an hour.
If you're looking for a booze cruise in Orange County, this company offers two party cruises ripe for a good time. Cruise Newport Beach's Fiesta Cruise features complimentary chips and salsa as well as a full-service cantina, while the Entertainment/Nightlife Cruise features live music, dancing and, yes, a full bar. Both cruises take you through Newport Bay.
Cruise Newport Beach is located at 400 Main St, Newport Beach (949-673-1489). Cruise dates and times vary. Fiesta Cruise tickets are $25; Entertainment/Nightlife Cruise tickets vary.
This 35-foot sailboat may not have a bar on board, but you're encouraged to bring your favorite drinks along with you on any of their available cruises. If you're truly looking for a booze cruise feel, we suggest Happy Hour Fridays. This cruise has a pit stop at Killer Shrimp so you can sip on cocktails and snack on appetizers before getting back on board to finish the sailing trip.
Cruise Invictus is located in Marina del Rey. Happy Hour Fridays (only available for group of six) is $125 per person.
The Carnival Cruise to Ensenada, Mexico, is the ultimate booze cruise. You'll need some stamina for this three-day trip, which includes two days at sea and one day at the port in Ensenada. On board, guests can enjoy swimming pools, water slides, restaurants and, of course, lots of drinking.
Carnival Cruise Line's Ensenada bound ship departs from Long Beach on a varying schedule. Cabins range from $194–$499 per person.
If you have the stamina to drink and dance for three nights, then this country-themed booze cruise is for you. The ship will leave from Long Beach on Friday, January 6, 2017, for a three night party featuring live bands, DJ, line dancing, and, of course, booze. It will dock in Ensenada, Mexico, on Saturday and return to the Long Beach port Monday, January 9.
The Country Booze Cruise 2017 is Jan 6-9. Cabins prices range from $231-$480. To book, call 405-246-8506.