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Greater DC Area Private Events

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Join us for a delightful charter on the Potomac River. With both luxurious private yachts and our classic riverboat charters, your next private event is sure to impress. Our private yacht charters offer a full-service yacht experience, while our classic riverboat charters offer a casual retreat to the water that’s perfect for any occasion. Contact us today for your next private cruise for everything from Weddings, to corporate events or even just a big birthday blow-out.

Private Yacht Charters

Our full-service yacht charters make planning an event incredibly easy. With onboard menus that span a range of tastes & décor options that are sure to fit any theme, planning your next event is a breeze.

How to Build your Private Charter:  1). Select your vessel (this includes the base charter fee, and the customizable rental duration with the hourly charter rate), then 2). select your choice of menu from our professional culinary team’s options before you 3). add drink packages, hors d’oeuvre selections and other entertainment options!

View our Vessels and start planning with an Event Planner today!


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Corporate Events

Escape from the desk and come aboard! Whether you’re hosting a team–building event, corporate happy hour or anything in-between, your team has the perfect space to come together to celebrate, collaborate and learn.


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School Events

School’s out – on the water! Take your next class trip, graduation, formal, prom or alumni event out of the classrooms and come aboard for a memorable event.


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Say “I do” on the water. With customizable ceremony and reception spaces, your nuptials and vows have a backdrop worthy of your moment. Let our professional wedding planners take care of the details so you can enjoy your day.

Classic Riverboat Charters

Our classic riverboat charters offer a casual excuse to get on the water. Board our historical vessels to take a step back into the memories of the Potomac River. Planning your next day on the water is as simple as selecting a vessel, contacting your caterer and selecting a beverage plan. See Vessels


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Potomac Riverboat Company can help you choose the right caterer for your event. Distinctive and custom catering options are available to clients through our select list of caterers. For additional information and pricing – please contact each vendor directly.

Catering Aboard The Miss Mallory & Cherry Blossom

If you have chartered the Miss Mallory or Cherry Blossom for your event, please note that PRC requires that you choose one of our caterers from the list below to cater your event. Only caterers are allowed to bring food on board these vessels. Additionally, outside caterers are not permitted to cater on the Miss Mallory or Cherry Blossom. Your Event Coordinator will coordinate your caterer’s set-up time and logistics with them for the day of your charter.

Your caterer of choice will work with you to custom design a menu to suit your taste and budget. Caterer will also supply:

  • Tables & linens
  • Glassware, china, or paper goods/plastic
  • Bar equipment and service personnel such as waiters/bartenders.

Catering Aboard The Matthew Hayes, Miss Christin, & Admiral Tilp

If you have chartered the Matthew Hayes, Miss Christin, or Admiral Tilp, you are not required to choose from one of our above approved caterers and you may bring on your own food. However, If you are interested in having your event catered aboard these vessels, you may certainly choose a caterer from above. We often times recommend this as our approved caterers are familiar with all of our vessels and can easily deliver flawless service for your catering needs!

Depending on your caterer and the type of catering you are looking for, your caterer should be able to provide:

  • Tables & linens
  • Glassware, china, or paper/plastic goods
  • Bar equipment and service personnel such as waiters/bartenders

If prefer to cater the event yourself, here are some helpful reminders:

  • Linens for buffet tables (3’x6’)
  • Aluminum foil or plastic wrap to protect your food
  • A minimum of (4) 66 gallon trash bags
  • Utensils and condiments
  • Ice in easy-to-carry coolers
  • Corkscrews, napkins, bottle openers, and cups
  • Fruit for mixed drinks
  • We suggest that you serve finger foods, such as small sandwiches, fruit, and cheese platters
  • Propane gas for heating is not permitted on any of the vessels. Sterno’s however, are permitted.

**Please note that there are no kitchen facilities on these vessels.

Preferred Caterers


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Bar and Beverages

Beverage Packages Are Required On The Miss Mallory & The Cherry Blossom Riverboat.

Potomac Riverboat Company will provide all liquor, beer, wine, and soda on these two vessels. (you may not bring your own beverages).

Special orders are available for an additional fee. Please consult your Event Planner if you are interested in more details.
*Prices listed below are subject to change

Bar/Beverages On Our Admiral Tilp, Matthew Hayes, & Miss Christin.

  • You may provide your own beverages, but you are required to purchase a bartender through PRC.
  • Caterers are not permitted to provide alcohol or soda; however they may supply coffee and hot tea.
  • Kegs are not permitted.


Bar Packages3-hour event prices2-hour event prices
Premium BarStarts at $28 per personStarts at $20 per person
Beer, Wine and Soda BarStarts at $24 per personStarts at $17 per person
Soda and WaterStarts at $10 per personStarts at $10 per person
  • Our wedding was wonderful and unforgettable. The food was fantastic and the service was first class. I am so pleased that we choose Hornblower Cruises for our wedding and will definitely recommend you to our family and friends.
    Michelle K
  • Thank you for making our wedding PERFECT! The stars were aligned-the food was excellent, service was impeccable, and the MC and music was THE BEST! I savored every bit of my wedding and received many compliments from the guests.
    Stacey K

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