Vancouver harbour cruises have a great reputation when it comes to celebrating events and the Royal Vancouver does not disappoint. The staff are friendly and helpful, the food great and on a sunny day, a great view of the Vancouver area and the city is sure to please.
The boat has full facilities for any kind of event and two decks on which to party. The bottom houses the bar and washrooms but the upper deck is where the action takes place.
The first event that I did on the yacht hosted forty guests. This seemed to be a good number as there was room to move around fairly easily and room to set up a basic budget DJ / Karaoke system.
However, the second event there included 60 guests. This was a bit challenging, but as you can see, we managed to pull it off and everyone had fun in spite of slightly cramped quarters.
Check out the video link here to see what I mean.
Of course, being on a harbour cruise yacht often means tight spaces here and there. Stairs can an issue. If you have guests that don’t navigate stairs well, you might like to discuss with the booking agent if there are some options available. There are no elevators on this yacht and stairs are narrow. It was reminiscent of the Pacific Yacht, which I reviewed here.
The narrow stairs may be a consideration for the vendor as well. I know getting the equipment down on to the dock from the parking area, then roll it along the dock to where the Royal Vancouver Yacht is moored, loading on the ship and up the narrow stairway to the upper deck is quite a bit of work and I do charge extra for that.
Another item to consider is the parking on Granville Island, where the yacht is moored. If your event is through the week in the evening, parking shouldn’t be too bad and you probably can find parking close to dock… If your event is Friday or Saturday, Granville Island is very busy, especially during summer and the holiday season. During these times, parking is much more challenging.
I gave the Royal Vancouver Yacht a 4 out of 5 due to the extra effort of loading equipment on the boat for vendors.
In summary, I found the Royal Vancouver Yacht charming, enjoyable and with great staff to help make your event a joyous occasion. I feel it worked great for an event of up to 55 guests and should meet with all your plans for a fun time on the water.
1696 Duranleau Street, Vancouver, BC, V6H 3S4
Check out my review of The UBC Boathouse, and the Deep Cove Yacht Club.