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Yacht Party: By Day or Night?

Posted August 30, 2017 by Fantasea Yachts Team

Dandeana Yacht in Marina del Rey

Dandeana Yacht in Marina del Rey

Having your event on a yacht is a great way to make your bash stand out from the rest. From the breathtaking views and first-class service to the simple fact that you’re aboard a yacht, there are many unique characteristics.

One of the stark differences from a typical event venue is that, once aboard, you’ll enjoy a beautiful cruise on the water–an exciting feature for our clients and their guests. Depending on the time of day, your celebration can bask in the famous Southern California sunshine or sparkle under the night stars. This leads to a question we often hear from our clients: Should we hold our event during the day or at night? While both have their advantages, there are a few questions to consider first.

How formal is it?
Evaluate the scope of your event. Do you envision cocktail dresses and sharp suits? Formal gowns and classic tuxedos? Then your event is best suited for the evening. If you’re opting for a more casual feel with a bright, airy vibe then daytime is probably best.

A general rule of thumb is that formal events (e.g. weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, proms, corporate galas, etc.) are planned in the evening while lighter celebrations (e.g. family reunions, baby and bridal showers, engagement and graduation parties, etc.) occur during the day.

Who’s invited?
Scan your guest list and get a sense of the invitees. Are they early birds? Night owls? Are their weekends filled with work shifts and kid’s soccer games? If you answered “yes,” then an evening event will most likely be preferred. If the group is a little more flexible (i.e. not tied to a specific schedule) then a midday jaunt will probably work just fine.

What’s on the menu?

Decide what you plan to serve your guests. If you’re feeling a three-course sit down dinner complete with bread service and passed hors d’oeuvres, the evening is more appropriate. Daytime events are a little more comfortable and often call for a more casual setting featuring a fantastic buffet or a gorgeous brunch spread. Either way, food is a MUST for any event and should be served accordingly.

Sunset, stars or sunny skies?
Many clients consider the gorgeous backdrop of the Marina del Rey harbor as an enhanced feature of their event. In this case, clients look forward to a spectacular sunset for amazing photos while others rely on the twinkling lights of the harbor and stars to add a romantic feel. Our daytime clients really emphasize the sights on the water and enjoy the incomparable views of the Los Angeles coastline–from Catalina Island and the Palos Verdes peninsula all the way to Malibu. Daytime events are also fun for spotting wildlife and seeing other yachts in the harbor. It all depends on what your goal is. What do you want to experience with your guests?

Other factors to consider are enhancements like lighting. Did you want to do special uplighting? A gobo on the dance floor or on the side of the yacht? Does your event have specific colors or theme you want to feature? Did you want to use glow sticks on the dance floor or have sparklers for your grand exit once the yacht docks? Or did you want to keep it simple with natural lighting? These are all questions that will help determine when to hold your event.

We hope this information helped guide you in the right direction with your event planning. For additional details, please call 310-827-2220 or click here to submit an event query form.

~ The FantaSea Yachts Team

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FantaSea Yachts and the Celebration of Life

Posted June 4, 2017 by Fantasea Yachts Team

At FantaSea Yachts, we believe that life’s important moments are meant to be celebrated. The joy of a wedding. The accomplishment of graduation. The happiness of a milestone birthday.The achievement of retirement. The excitement of a new baby. The zeal of cultural traditions.

More recently, we’ve seen a newer occasion make its way to the list—The celebration of life. We’ve been honored to plan such services for our clients and their loved ones. It’s often filled with tears (both happy and sad), laughter and many sweetly shared memories.  

In thinking about those services we’ve planned, we’ve highlighted the top five reasons people have chosen to celebrate the life of their loved one with us.

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The ocean: There’s no denying it—There’s just something about the ocean. Especially during moments of grief. We’ve found that many of our guests find peace being on the water (our cruises take you to the end of the Marina del Rey harbor right to the edge of the open sea). The ocean is a natural, serene environment that often evokes a sense of serenity and calmness. The open decks of our yachts allow guests to move around, take in the wonder of the setting and just simply breathe and be with Mother Nature.

Ease of space: Each of our yachts is an open floor plan that’s customized to meet your needs. We’ve had clients designate areas for photos and various displays while others wanted to create a comfortable space for guests to sit and talk. Others have set up special entertainment or have found ways to incorporate hobbies of their loved one throughout the space. Whatever you decide, the yacht is 100% yours and ready to be molded as needed.

Exclusive area: Perhaps the biggest value of FantaSea Yachts is that the charter of our yachts ensures the absolute privacy of your event. Though a joyous celebration, this is also a time for healing and such a moment is often preferred to be private. Our exclusive yacht charters guarantee that privacy and dedicated space for your needs.

Staff & catering: We’re committed to ensuring that your time is spent exactly how you want—Visiting with your loved ones. Our highly experienced event team handles the logistics and details so you don’t have to worry about a thing and can focus on the experience being shared. Additionally, we offer full-service catering that can be tailored to honor your event.

We’re a family: FantaSea Yachts is family-owned and operated and has been serving greater Los Angeles for more than 35 years. Much of our staff has been with us for 10, 15, 20 years. We listen. Are empathetic. Pour careful thought into our planning. Put simply, we care about your family because we ARE a family.

Life is meant to be celebrated. Life is meant to be honored. Life is meant to be cherished. To learn more or to inquire about our services, please visit http://www.fantaseayachts.com/.

~ The FantaSea Yachts team

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Plan your summer office party on our luxe yachts

Posted May 8, 2017 by Fantasea Yachts Team

This summer, up the ante with your office outings. Take happy hour to the next level with an incredible sunset cruise. Plan a mixer or networking reception where the ocean is just as part of the event as the attendees. Reward your team with the ultimate VIP experience that reinforces their value and the importance of their contributions–positively impacting company culture and morale. Besides, what’s summer in Los Angeles without an ocean view? ;)

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Our Dandeana Yacht at sunset

If you nodded along to any of the scenarios above (and we hope you did), then look no further than FantaSea Yachts. With more than 35 years of experience, we consider ourselves the best luxury yacht charter company in Los Angeles. We’ve hosted incredible events aboard our yachts–from intimate business receptions to blown-out corporate bashes. And if that’s not enough, we have three gorgeous yachts that can be easily transformed into your own custom floor plan.

  • FantaSea One: Accommodating up to 300 guests, this ultra-modern mega-yacht has four levels, including an expansive sky deck, giving your guests sweeping 360 views.
  • RegentSea: Contemporary and stylish, this  tri-level yacht can accommodate 135 guests and features floor-to-ceiling windows, showing off amazing views.
  • Dandeana: The flagship of the FantaSea fleet, our Dandeana is a sleek, custom-built tri-level mega yacht that can accommodate up to 130 guests.

One advantage to hosting your event aboard one of our yachts is that the space is exclusively yours. Each event also comes with your own dedicated event planner and our signature VIP hospitality. Our event team will help execute your vision and coordinate logistics, details and vendors (think linens, floral arrangements, entertainment and more). Dreaming up a themed party? We can help with that, too. We’ve seen and done it all from beach-themed bashes and masquerade balls to winter wonderland holiday parties and tech-focused events.

Lounge area on the skydeck of our FantaSea One Yacht

Lounge area on the skydeck of our FantaSea One Yacht

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Smashbox corporate event

Of course, a good party isn’t complete without food and that’s where our talented culinary team comes in. Our chef (trained at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel) has served FantaSea Yachts for more than 20 years and can easily dish out distinctive bites for a cocktail party or prepare a three-course meal for a more formal affair. Our menu is seasonal, but can also be customized to meet dietary needs.

Celebrate summer with FantaSea Yachts. Your guests will LOVE the added bonus of cruising the Marina del Rey harbor, taking in a spectacular ocean sunset, and enjoying the beautiful backdrop of the Los Angeles coastline. Summer is meant to be spent outdoors so why not enjoy it on one of our luxury yachts?

To request more information, please call 310-827-2220 or click here to submit an event query form. You can also watch one of our newest videos, highlighting why FantaSea Yachts is the perfect venue for your next corporate event.


~ The FantaSea Yachts Team

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