Sternwheelers serve as beautiful banquet facilities for unique and special private events

Experience 19th Century Elegance On Mission Bay


Palm trees, sparkling waters and a Victorian-era sailing experience – Bahia Belle Boat Cruises are unlike anything else in San Diego.
The grand tradition of Mississippi riverboats comes to life on Mission Bay aboard Bahia Belle Cruises. Our ships, the Bahia Belle and the William D. Evans, were built to mimic an 1860s-era riverboat, down to the very last detail. Hand-carved mahogany doors, polished brass fixtures and etched glass and cast iron staircases are just some of the elegant details that make the ships memorable.

Sailing back and forth between the Bahia Resort Hotel and the Catamaran Resort Hotel, each boat cruise offers an opportunity to experience a bygone era amid the quintessential San Diego scenery of Mission Bay.

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William D. Evans

A composite of various 19th century steamboats, the 100-foot William D. Evans cruise boat features hand-crafted wooden masts, a twelve-ton paddlewheel and Asian ironwood parquet floors. The ship is also known for its vaulted, 42-foot-long skylight made up of 50,000 pieces of European stained glass.

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Bahia Belle

The stately Bahia Belle has been a popular attraction for more than three decades. Highlights on this 74-foot cruise boat include oak and brass railings; grand, curving staircases reminiscent of the Deep South and spacious rooms finished with rich wooden paneling. Bahia Belle’s top level is an open-air observation deck that provides panoramic views of Mission Bay.


Birthdays and Anniversaries

Birthdays and Anniversaries

A special venue for a special day.
Cruises aboard our ships are always a memorable experience and they make an important milestone such as a birthday or anniversary even more distinctive.

Events aboard Bahia Belle or William D. Evans include exceptional food, panoramic views and outstanding service.

Parties can include an onboard reception with passed appetizers while cruising the bay, and then move on to an ocean buffet or plated dinner while enjoying your guests and the elegant riverboat setting.

Whether you opt for an intimate sunset cruise or dinner cruise or a festive party cruise that includes renting the entire boat for your special day, Bahia Belle Cruises can make any occasion unforgettable.

Corporate Events and Team Building

Corporate Events and Team Building

A unique and picturesque backdrop for your next off-site corporate gathering.

The Bahia Belle and William D. Evans offer spacious, comfortable and versatile event space. The William D. Evans can accommodate up to 600 people, providing all modern necessities amid 19th century elegance. The Bahia Belle, with two interior decks, is ideal for smaller meetings, of up to 141 people.

The boats are available for daytime or evening corporate and team building occasions and the menus can be customized to suite your needs. Whichever boat you choose our staff will ensure your cruise event runs smoothly from start to finish.

Corporate Events and Team Building

Proms and School Events

Cruise Mission Bay, listen to music and enjoy exceptional food.

The Bahia Belle and William D. Evans provide a one of a kind setting for proms and school events. Our staff will attend to every detail, creating a boat party to remember.

A Memorable Venue for All Occasions

From banquets and birthday parties to meetings, team building and corporate gatherings, the Bahia Belle and William D. Evans make events something far from ordinary.

Rent a room aboard our ships or the entire boat. Bahia Belle’s size and design makes it ideal for intimate to mid-size events, the ship can accommodate up to 141 people. The William D. Evans can hold up to 600 people, seating up to 160 diners on each interior deck.

Events aboard both ships can include specialized catering, themed packages and sophisticated dining with fine linens, crystal stemware and china.

Whether it’s a wedding cruise, party cruise, or corporate gathering, a Mississippi riverboat is a venue unlike any other.

For Banquets and Catering call: 858.539.7720
For Group Meetings and Conventions call: 858.539.7700