UPCOMING BOAT PARTIES IN VANCOUVER
The next event is the Christmas Booze Cruise on December 17th on the Burrard Queen. After that there are two cruises on December 31st. They are the New Year’s Eve Fireworks Boat Party and the Vancouver New Year ‘s Eve Yacht Party 2023.
Visit the Vancouver Boat Parties website for more information about the above December cruises.
This article contains information about the following topics:
Christmas Party Cruise | New Year’s Eve Cruises | Valentine’s Day Yacht Party | St. Patrick’s Day Party Cruise | Cinco De Mayo Cruise | Victoria Day Weekend Cruise | Canada Day Boat Parties | Summer Fireworks Boat Parties | Diwali Boat Parties | Halloween Nightclubs on the Water | Tips and Advice | Other Information
Night Club Cruises with Vancouver Boat Parties
Party boats are great ways to experience Vancouver’s nightlife while enjoying the city’s spectacular views. They typically depart in the evening from either Coal Harbour or False Creek in downtown Vancouver. The boats then cruise around the coastline of the city for a few hours and return by around midnight or shortly after.
On the vessels passengers enjoy DJ music, dancing and the Vancouver skyline at night.
Vancouver Boat Parties is a company that offers special cruise events at different times of the year. Their trips involve some of Vancouver’s top DJs and the city’s largest and fanciest yachts. On board, guests can purchase snacks, alcoholic beverages and soft drinks. They can also experience some of the region’s most exciting nightlife and amazing views.
Vancouver Boat Parties Events
Floating night club-style events with Vancouver Boat Parties include cruises at New Year’s Eve, St. Patrick’s Day, Canada Day, Halloween and Diwali Fest (the last of which happens in October or November).
Descriptions of some of the company’s events are provided below.
Note: Most of the cruises are adults-only events for ages 19+, although occasionally there are family-friendly voyages too.
To book a cruise, check out the Vancouver Boat Parties website or call 778-829-5245 or 1-888-450-3991.
Christmas Party Cruise
Vancouver Boat Parties hosts a Christmas-themed cruise about one week before Christmas in 2022. The Christmas Booze Cruise takes place from 8:00 pm until 12:00 am on Saturday, December 17th.
The holiday boat party features a night club atmosphere, premium bar, an outdoor viewing deck and two DJs playing a variety of music. Food is available for purchase and Santa Claus is also onboard for photos. Actual time spent sailing is about three hours.
The Burrard Queen departs from 760 Pacific Boulevard and all guests are encouraged to wear ugly sweaters (but it isn’t mandatory). Everyone has to be 19 years of age or older to attend and ID is required.
For more information about the cruise, visit the Vancouver Boat Parties website.
New Year’s Eve Cruises
One of the most memorable ways to celebrate the arrival of the New Year is on a New Year’s Eve party cruise.
Vancouver Boat Parties offer two events to conclude 2022 and ring in the New Year on December 31st this year. There is the Vancouver New Year ‘s Eve Yacht Party 2023 and the New Year’s Eve Fireworks Boat Party.
(Note: The NYE cruises typically all sell out well in advance, book your spot as soon as you can! See the official Vancouver Boat Parties website for the most up-to-date details.)
New Year’s Eve Yacht Party 2023
The New Year’s Eve Yacht Party is scheduled to take place on December 31st, 2022, on the Magic Charm. Folks ages 19 and above can party on board for about four hours.
This year, the party begins at 9:30 pm and runs until 1:30 am. The boat sails for about three hours and is docked for an hour before. Music is provided by DJ Ignite and light food is available for purchase onboard. Tickets range from about $80 to $110 depending on how early you book.
For more details click NYE Boat Party Vancouver 2023.
New Year’s Eve Fireworks Boat Party 2023
The New Year’s Eve Fireworks Boat Party runs on December 31st, 2022, on the Burrard Queen. The 4-hour event features awesome views of the False Creek Fireworks. There’s lots of dancing as well. DJ Thunder plays popular Hip Hop, Throwback and Reggaeton tracks.
The boat departs at 10:00 pm and does not return until 1:00 am. However, boarding begins about a half-hour early and everyone has to be off the boat by 1:30 am. Food is available for purchase and everyone should dress to impress. Tickets start at $73 and could cost up to about $107.
For details and tickets click Vancouver NYE Boat Party 2023.
Valentine’s Day Yacht Party
A Valentine’s Day Yacht Party took place on the Saturday of February 12th in 2022. It featured DJs playing a mix of top hits Throwback, Hip Hop and other music.
This boat party happened on the Burrard Queen. The vessel has a heated inner deck and an upper open-air deck. The trip departed from False Creek and went out into English Bay, under the Lions Gate Bridge and into Burrard Inlet before returning to False Creek about three hours later.
In 2022, because of COVID-19, vaccine passports were required as were masks when not eating or drinking. Also, as per government health orders, this was a sit-down event.
To learn more about this event click Valentine’s Day Yacht Party 2022.
St. Patrick’s Day Party Cruise
This event was cancelled in 2021 due to the pandemic but it returned on March 19th in 2022!
The Saint Patrick’s Day Boat Party was an Irish-themed cruise and dance party on the party vessel The Queen of Diamonds in 2022. Regular admission cost around $150. The event is very popular and sells out most years.
On board there are usually plenty of green decorations, a complimentary buffet, Irish-themed drinks and happy party-goers dressed in green and dancing to tunes played by DJs on one of the boat’s dance floors. For more information click St. Patrick’s Day Weekend Boat Party.
Cinco De Mayo Cruise
In some years Vancouver Boat Parties hosts a special Cinco De Mayo Fiesta Boat Party. The cruise usually takes place on the Saturday just before or after Cinco de Mayo, which is a Mexican holiday on May 5th each year. The event isn’t happening in 2022, but it might again in 2023.
When it does take place, the party begins at around 9:00 pm at 760 Pacific Boulevard. The cruise itself though runs from 10:00 pm until 1:00 am. The floating party features lots of dancing and a variety of music ranging from Latin Tropical and Reggaeton tracks to Hip Hop and Top 40 hits. Two DJs are on board, in addition to a premium bar serving alcoholic beverages and snacks.
Similar to other events hosted by Vancouver Boat Parties, this cruise is for adults only, so for people ages 19 and above.
Victoria Day Weekend Cruise
Vancouver Boat Parties hosted an event out on the water on the Victoria Day Long Weekend in 2022.
The Victoria Day Weekend Boat Party happened on Saturday, May 21st. The event was held on the Burrard Queen from 8:00 pm until midnight. It included a 3-hour cruise with stunning views of the Vancouver skyline. There were also dance floors and DJs providing a fun selection of music throughout the night. The event was for adults only because there was a premium bar and a night club-like atmosphere onboard.
The Victoria Day Weekend Boat Party had a dress code of all white. Although you didn’t have to follow the dress code, it was highly recommended.
To learn more about the cruise click Victoria Day Weekend Boat Party.
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Canada Day Boat Parties
One of the Lower Mainland’s most popular things to do on July 1st each year is watching the fireworks blast off from in front of Canada Place in Burrard Inlet. And one of the best places to watch the Canada Day Fireworks displays is from the water on a yacht, like the one that Vancouver Boat Parties hosts its Canada Day Boat Party on.
The fireworks cruise on Canada Day in 2019 was on the 128-foot Queen of Diamonds which holds up to 400 guests. In 2020 the event was set to take place on Wednesday, July 1st. It got cancelled though, and no cruises took place in 2021 either.
Canada Day cruises took place again in 2022. That being said, the traditional fireworks part of the city’s celebrations didn’t happen. There were family-friendly Canada Day celebrations near Canada Place and the Vancouver Convention Centre in 2022. There just weren’t any fireworks. Hopefully they’ll be back again next year.
The dress code on the Canada Day Boat Party in 2019 was “all white”. Tickets started at $50 and they quickly sold out. Departing from False Creek not far from Science World at 7:30 pm that year, the party vessel went out into English Bay, around Stanley Park, under the Lions Gate Bridge and into Burrard Inlet for the fireworks. The yacht then returned back the same way to False Creek and re-docked shortly before midnight.
In 2022 there were three boat parties on July 1st. One was the Canada Day Boat Party on the Burrard Queen which is a 2-level party boat that departs from docks in False Creek not far from BC Place Stadium. Another was the Canada Day Yacht Party on the Magic Charm yacht which is a 2-level yacht that departs from the docks by the Westin Bayshore Hotel in Coal Harbour.
In addition to the above two events, there was also the Vancouver Latin Boat Party which took place on the Burrard Queen in the afternoon until early evening on July 1st in 2022.
Summer Fireworks Boat Parties
The Honda Celebration of Light is a world-famous fireworks competition that takes place in English Bay on three different nights leading up to the BC Day Long Weekend each year. There are a number of Top Places to See the Fireworks. One of the best, however, is from a boat out on the water!
On Saturday, July 23rd, there was the Vancouver Fireworks Boat Party 2022 on the Burrard Queen. On the same boat a few days later, there was the Fireworks Boat Party Vancouver on Wednesday, July 27th. Both of these events offered nightclub-like party settings. They also offered some of the absolute best views of the Vancouver skyline and fireworks that you could imagine!
To learn more about these and other events, see the Vancouver Boat Parties website.
Diwali Boat Parties
Diwali is an East Indian holiday. To celebrate, Vancouver Boat Parties offered a couple of cruises in 2022. One was family-friendly, while the other was for adults only. Both cruises took place on the Burrard Queen with Bollywood music, dancing and more.
Diwali Fusion Bollywood Boat Party
The Diwali Fusion Bollywood Boat returned on Friday, October 21st in 2022.
Diwali is an East Indian festival that’s celebrated in either October or November. To celebrate, Diwali Fest is a Lower Mainland festival with a series of events taking place each year at venues in Vancouver and Surrey. Although not officially part of Diwali Fest, the Diwali Fusion Boat Party was a floating night club-style event on the Burrard Queen.
The party boat left at 8:30 pm and returned three hours later, so at 11:30 pm. There was Bhangra, Bollywood, Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu and other East Indian and South Asian dance music. In 2022 the music was provided by DJ Shalv.
Tickets for the Diwali Fusion Boat Party in 2022 cost between about $30 and $60. All guests had to be at least 19 years old.
For more information about the event, click Diwali Fusion Indian Boat Party.
Diwali Family Boat Cruise
The Diwali Boat Party sailed from 8:30 to 11:30 pm on Saturday, October 22nd in 2022.
Similar to the boat party described above, this event also took place on the Burrard Queen with East and South Asian music provided by DJ Shalv. However, this cruise was a family-friendly way to celebrate Diwali. There were wonderful views of the city that folks could enjoy from the outdoor deck. In addition, a professional photographer was on board to take photos of families and friends.
Admission costs varied between $30 and $60. Light food was available to purchase as well. Traditional attire was encouraged but not enforced.
To learn more about the event, click Diwali Family Boat Party.
Halloween Nightclubs on the Water
At Halloween in 2022 there were two party cruises for adults only. One happened on October 29th and the other was on November 5th. The events were about 4 hours long, with a total of 3 hours or so out cruising the waters.
Below are details about the two different types of Halloween boat party excursions in 2022.
(Note: Exact times and other details were subject to change. See the official Vancouver Boat Parties website for the most exact and up-to-date information.)
Halloween Havoc Boat Party
This cruise took place on Saturday, October 29th, from 8:00 pm to 12:00 am. It was held on the Burrard Queen which launched from 760 Pacific Boulevard.
Super early bird tickets started at around $50 and regular admission cost about $100 closer to the event. VIP passes were available in groups of 2, 4 or 6 people and included a table, priority boarding and a bottle of champagne.
To learn more about this event click Halloween Havoc Boat Party.
Halloween Glow in the Dark Boat Party
The Halloween Glow in the Dark Boat Party ran on the Saturday after Halloween. In 2022 the event took place on November 5th from 8:00 pm until midnight.
This cruise was held on the Burrard Queen with a special twist. Everyone was encouraged to dress in white, neon colours or in Halloween costumes. All guests received free glow sticks for the party and the evening was full of energetic music and dancing.
Admission ranged from $50 to $100 depending on when you bought your tickets.
To learn more about this event click Halloween Glow in the Dark Boat Party.
Tips and Advice
Below are some suggestions to help you make the most out of your boat party experience.
What to Wear Suggestions
TIP #1: If it’s a costume-themed event, wear a costume. Whether it be for Halloween, St. Patrick’s Day or Canada Day (when the dress code is sometimes “white”), dress up! You’ll have more fun!
TIP #2: Wear comfortable footwear (for the dancing) and warm clothing (as it can get cold up on the outer deck). Also, don’t forget to take everything with you (both getting on and off the boat). Again, once the boat departs, it’s gone! There is no going back to the car to get something until it’s all over!
Things to Consider Before You Go
TIP #3: Give yourself lots of time to get to the docks well before departure. If you get stuck in traffic or get delayed finding parking, you’ll be out of luck. Once the boat leaves the dock it’s gone!
TIP #4: Buy your tickets as early as possible. You’ll save money by paying the early-bird prices, plus you’ll avoid disappointment if the cruise sells out (which they often do). Don’t forget though that tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.
TIP #5: Plan in advance how to get home after the party. Take a cab or public transit, or convince a friend to be the designated driver.
Other Things to Keep in Mind
TIP #6: Unless you have paid extra for a table in advance, or plan to stand up and dance the whole time, go early to get a table or a chair. It will mean standing in line for a bit extra before boarding time, but the earlier you go the better your chances of claiming a spot to sit at with your friends.
TIP #7: Invite your friends and go as a group. Boat cruises can be wonderfully romantic for couples wanting time alone on dates. They can also be especially fun though with a pile of friends.
TIP #8: Night club-style events with Vancouver Boat Parties are for adults only (ages 19+). Valid picture ID is required, so don’t forget to take some.
TIP #9: Check-in and boarding usually take place an hour or so before departure. The music and dancing start near the beginning, so go early to maximize your fun.
TIP #10: Vancouver Boat Parties does private parties too. If you are celebrating a birthday, bachelorette or corporate event, or attending one of their regular events with a big group, give them a call at 778-829-5245. Extra perks and discounts are sometimes available.
See the official Vancouver Boat Parties website for more information about the company and its cruises.
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
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- Vancouver’s Shows & Entertainment Calendar
- Vancouver at New Year’s Eve, St. Patrick’s Day, Canada Day or Halloween
- Vancouver Halloween Boat Parties