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Eight Things You May Not Know About FantaSea Yachts

Posted October 20, 2016 by Fantasea Yachts Team

Whether you’ve cruised with us before or considering us for your next big event, we’re sharing a few, fun nuggets about what makes us Marina del Rey’s premier luxury yacht charter company!

When did FantaSea Yachts start its business?
We first entered the cool waters of Marina del Rey in 1980, and have been honored to serve this waterfront community for 36 years and counting.

Is FantaSea Yachts family-owned and operated?
It’s true! Companies like ours do exist. Not only are we a family business, but we consider our employees our family. Much of our team has worked at FantaSea for 10, 15, 20+ years! We’ve even gone on to hire the families of our staff. Several of our employees have also selected FantaSea as their chosen venue for their important life milestones. We’ve celebrated the weddings, birthdays and other joyous occasions of our employees aboard our yachts, which have been incredibly special for the entire team.

General Manager, Jasmine Lee, celebrates her nephew Noah’s 1st birthday  on RegentSea Yacht with her family

General Manager, Jasmine Lee, celebrates her nephew Noah’s 1st birthday on RegentSea Yacht with her family

How many yachts are in FantaSea’s luxury fleet?
We have three mega yachts that are kept here in the Marina - FantaSea One, Dandeana, and RegentSea.

What makes FantaSea’s yacht fleet so distinct?
There are several factors that make our yachts special. One thing that our guests love is that our yachts are privately owned. We also only do private charters. The other key factor is the maintenance of the yachts. We have a crew that’s specifically dedicated to making sure our yachts are in the most pristine condition, from paint jobs and polishing to yacht maintenance and furniture design. When you step aboard one of our yachts, its proper care and upkeep will shine.

Dandeana sparkles dockside

Dandeana sparkles dockside

What are the most popular celebrations you see aboard FantaSea Yachts?
Weddings take the cake (pun intended) as our most popular event, but we’re more than just “the big day.” Celebrations take the form of many special occasions from anniversary parties and blow-out birthday bashes to retirement festivities and family reunions. But adults don’t have all the fun. We’ve done countless bar/bat mitzvahs, proms and other social engagements! Our celebrations video showcases the gamut of our soirees.

Masquerade party on Dandeana

Masquerade party on Dandeana

Are corporate events held aboard FantaSea Yachts?
One word: YES! We love catering to our corporate clients. Business luncheons, seminars at sea, dockside meetings, sunset cocktail cruises, welcome receptions, closing parties, we’ve seen/done it all! Not only are we experienced with the business community, but our close proximity to LAX (only 4 miles), makes us easily accessible to those flying in for the event.  Our corporate video gives a sneak peek to our business savvy approach.

The skydeck of FantaSea One is ready to welcome guest for a cocktail reception

The sky deck of FantaSea One ready to welcome guests for a cocktail reception

Silicon Beach is buzzing on the Westside. How has FantaSea worked with this sector?
We’re making waves with our neighboring tech community by partnering with several start-ups for mixers and receptions aboard our luxury yachts, providing an exclusive experience for guests. This summer we held a reception on-board our Dandeana yacht for Silicon Beach Fest. The group loved being on the water, taking in views of the Los Angeles coastline. Our unique setting is what makes the FantaSea Yachts experience so desirable.

What is one thing people might not know about FantaSea Yachts?
One thing that’s apparent from the get-go is that we absolutely love what we do. Our team is an experienced group of event planning professionals. When we say “from start to finish we help with every step of the process,” we absolutely mean it! Have a question about table settings? We’ll toy with arrangements until you find “the one.” Need help with a DJ, band or florist? We can recommend proven crowd-pleasers. Looking to reprioritize your event budget? We can help assess your needs and figure out where you’ll get the most value. Thinking of a custom menu? Our chef will feed your gastronomic vision. And best of all? We’re there on your big day to make sure everything runs as smoothly as planned. With FantaSea, our clients automatically have built-in wedding/special event planners who will work hard to perfectly execute your vision, no matter how intimate or grand.

Wedding ready on RegentSea

Wedding ready on RegentSea

Have another question for us? Want to learn more about our event planning services? Give us a call at 310- 827-2220 or submit your event inquiry here. We’d love to hear from you!

~ The FantaSea Yachts Team



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The Act of Giving

Posted May 16, 2012 by Fantasea Yachts Team

As event planners we are constantly awed by the creativity and glamour of the party planning world. Each year brings new trends, new ideas and new looks to some very classic pieces associated with the special day for many. Sometimes, we are reminded of simple acts of kindness in ways that are both touching and charitable. As tradition calls in the Bar and Bat Mitzvah world, the celebrant has to complete an act of Charity, also known as Tzedakah within the Jewish Community. One such organization is SOVA run by JFS in Los Angeles. The SOVA Community and Resource Program provides free groceries and supportive services for over 12,000 men, women and children each month, with the goals of meeting immediate needs and helping people move from poverty to self-sufficiency.

Thank you Hannah, Hilary and Stephen for reminding us of this important lesson.

Baskets of Hope are beautiful custom decorated food basket centerpieces that complement your special event décor, impress your guests with their style and uniqueness and make a meaningful statement about your commitment to helping people living in poverty. They also some complete with a donation card in honor of the occasion for each centerpiece.


  • Holiday Table
  • Bar/Bat Mitzvah
  • Birthday Party
  • Luncheon
  • Business Event
  • Organization’s Gala

Your centerpieces will be a festive, colorful and meaningful substitute for flowers, and unlike flowers, your tax-deductible donationfor using Baskets of Hope will have a lasting impact helping the most vulnerable in our community.

For more information about using SOVA’s Baskets of Hope: OR contact Maxine Meyer (818) 988-7682 ext. 116 or email


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Vendor Spotlight – Peony & Plum

Posted March 7, 2012 by Fantasea Yachts Team

Peony & Plum Centerpiece

Peony & Plum Centerpiece

Exquisite. Extravagant. Elegant.

That’s what comes to mind when I think of the floral designs created by Peony & Plum and why they are FantaSea’s vendor spotlight of the week.

One night, after several years of helping friends create flower designs for their weddings, Susan Tom-Nellis had an epiphany and Peony & Plum was born!

At Peony & Plum, Susan’s goal has always remained the same – to find creative ways to make her clients’ events unique, fresh and specifically “them.” Susan works closely with all clients and makes sure each arrangement is tailor made to their specific taste and style….and not every design has to be just floral, she is not afraid to incorporate non-floral elements to accomplish the right look for you!

Some of the trends Susan has been seeing this year are ombre patterns…this is where your centerpiece starts off with a light shade of your color and slowly fades to dark (imagine ivory to pale pink to fuchsia); all white and yellow & gray are still big this year too.

One of Susan’s helpful hints for the budget-conscious…reuse your ceremony décor at your reception!

Whether you’re event is in our Yacht Club or onboard one of our yachts (Dandeana, RegentSea, FantaSea One) Susan and her team at Peony & Plum will bring your vision to life…after all, we all have the same goal…a successful and beautiful event with very happy clients!

For more information about Susan and her team at Peony & Plum, please check out her website, twitter and facebook.

Susan Tom-Nellis Peony & Plum Floral Design


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