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Hornblower Cruises & Events - Chicago

Navy Pier 600 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL, IL
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(312) 396-2226
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4.8 out of 5
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    Sandy

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  • I loved hosting my wedding aboard the Odyssey Chicago River! I wanted indoor/outdoor space and for my guests to also receive a Chicago experience as most guests were from out of town. Having food, alcohol, music and staff onsite was a major bonus. We were given the option to provide our own dessert which helped us feel as if our own touches could be included with the evening. The boat, bar, and city skyline speak for itself so having little details accommodated provided for a wonderful evening! I highly recommend this venue for your wedding. If I could go back in time, I would choose the Odyssey Chicago River again!

    Jenn

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  • We are so thrilled about our choice to have our wedding on the Odyssey Lake Michigan. Amy and Rachael were so wonderful to work with, not to mention kind and just so incredibly patient with me when I felt like I was losing my mind trying to plan a wedding while still in medical school and in the midst of graduation. The Odyssey is just such a beautiful venue especially with the backdrop of Navy Pier from the top ceremony deck, and when we decided to sign our contract for a June wedding, we never imagined that it would rain on our wedding day! I was having anxiety about the weather for days leading up to our wedding day. Amy was there with me from the very beginning, reassuring me that it was my night and they would make it special rain or shine. Mother Nature tricked us into thinking that the rain had passed and that we would be able to get through our ceremony without it raining again. So when I made the call not even 20 minutes before the start of our ceremony that I still wanted to ... Read more

    Diane

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  • My husband and I wanted to have a smaller yet memorable wedding ceremony and reception and chose the Odyssey. It was the perfect decision!!! Everything was so easy and perfect!!! The staff we worked with both when planning the event and the day of the event were nothing short of awesome!!! We would not have changed anything. We had a perfect wedding day and great memories to last a lifetime!!!

    Ashley

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  • I had my wedding in the late morning aboard The Odyssey at Navy Pier, because of all the boats at the pier this is the only one that offered a sit-down plated meal. This is the nicest wedding and reception I can imagine for the cost (book early to get an additional discount) as well as the nicest wedding and reception many of my guests (as they*still* continue to tell me *three weeks later*) say they had ever been to! (And these are people who have been to weddings all over the world) Pro: Value In the end, with a three-course meal, cake/dessert, and wine/beer package plus champagne toast, the total cost per person was about $100, which if you talk to anyone who has paid for a wedding at a restaurant or banquet hall, is basically what it costs for a windowless banquet room in a hotel, except that this is on a yacht and includes a cruise of the beautiful Chicago skyline. Con: Ok, so even if it's a good *value* for what you get, it might cost more in total than some options like a hom... Read more

    User5032596

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  • Super helpful coordinator. Took care of everything. Really willing to work with our budget

    User3993324

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  • Their food are great. Staff are nice and helpful (thanks Ashley our wonderful wedding planner, Susan, our account manager, Tyler, our service manager and many others). After our wedding on May 18, 2014, our guests commented on how wonderful our wedding was and how they enjoyed every minute on the cruise. Given the guaranteed high quality of their professional service, it seemed to me the only variable key factor to a perfect wedding with Odyssey cruise is whether the weather is good since the ceremony will be held on the observation deck. We were very lucky to have a gorgeous wedding day with the most amazing Chicago skyline and breathtaking Michigan lake.

    Meghan

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  • We got married on the Mystic Blue in November. We couldn't have been happier with our choice in venues. We had a small wedding ( 60 guests), we had both our ceremony and reception on board the cruise ship. Our wedding planner, Joe, was amazing. He answered close to 100 emails over the course of the planning process and was there the day of the wedding to ensure things went fabulous. The entire staff was very accommodating and willing to go the extra mile to make my husband and I's vision a reality. We had a lunch reception, the food was amazing, as was the DJ. We had our ceremony outside (in the cold!) and I couldn't imagined having it inside - the views were amazing, everything went great!

    Blanca

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  • My wedding was a small party not big enough for a private room. Either way the experience was phenomenal. The team on the boat are there with you all the way to help you and your party with anything needed.

    User3525504

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  • Entertainment cruises was amazing! Made our day perfect and they were so responsive to our needs. We did a day wedding on the Odyssey which was great value! The food was delicious! Our wedding coordinator was Joseph Altobelli! He did a great job, was really attentive, really friendly and very organized! Only negative things were we didnt get a dessert tray that we ordered but we got reimbursed for it and didnt need it anyways! We also werent that happy with how the rehearsal the day of the ceremony was organized! Other than that, it exceeded EVERYONE'S expectations! Would HIGHLY recommend them to anyone! Amazing company, friendly staff, beautiful scenery and great prices!!!! It looked gorgeous with all of the renos too!

    Monika

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  • We chose the Odyssey 11 in Chicago as our venu to have our wedding. It was absolutely beautiful. They just had a multi-million dollar renovation on the boat and it is stunning. I am very happy we chose to have our ceremony and reception on the boat. Made for forever memories. The ceremony is held on the upper most deck of the boat and with the views of the city and the pier around you it is amazing. The reception was all the we expected and then some. Beautiful room, amazing food. All of the servers and staff are incredibly nice and helpful. The wedding coordinator is amazing. They keep everything so organized to make sure your day goes smooth. I had no stress or worry at all planning our event with them. Looking forward to our one year anniversary on the boat. I would highly recommend anyone to have their wedding with the Odyssey Cruises.

    Sarah

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  • After attending one of their engagment gala's on The Odyssey, we decided to book our wedding for June 9, 2012. This was such a fantastic decision. Throughout the entire process, the whole staff was beyond accomodating and friendly. From when we began working with sales (Karri) to craft the package we wanted, to coordinating actual wedding day details and vendors (Susan), to the actual day of with making sure things were going smoothly (Sandra) I can't say a single negative thing about the experience. I've received so many emails and messages saying this was by far one of the most memorable weddings they've ever been to. It's so different and such a unique way for people that are traveling in to see Chicago. And my parents couldnt stop telling me how impressed they were with the attentiveness of the crew - they really made our day awesome!! One word of advice though - we did a day cruise instead of evening, and it was absolutely gorgeous weather (And cheaper) but it is more t... Read more

    Steve

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  • A wonderful experience and a truly memorable evening. Everyone loved it. I would highly recommend. My score reflects only the fact that there is no bargain, but everything was easy and I don't regret a dime spent.

    jackie

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  • Overall, the Odyssey was an excellent choice for our wedding ceremony and reception. The sales associate I worked with, Ms. Tiffany Weinstein, was excellent from start to finish and very responsive and warm. If you are looking to check out Odyssey we would recommend that you work with Tiffany. Overall, the service was acceptable, our deck beautifully decorated and the views terrific! The food was great and we recommend choosing a buffet style. We were lucky and the weather cooperated as well. On the actual wedding day, there were a few problems which were minor. The wedding party boarding, which was supposed to go smoothly (and quickly so we could start our ceremony on time), was halted because of some Odyssey team members on a power trip. The photography team on the boat insisted on taking pictures of our wedding party with the cheesy "Odyssey" life ring (even though we had our VERY EXPENSIVE PHOTOGRAPHER WITH US) and had to be asked to stop and then tried to explain why... Read more

    Sandra

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  • We wish we could do it all over again! Very professional and good service. My guests have told me it was the best wedding they've ever been too. I love the fact that we could go inside or outside. I'm so glad that it's the venue, catering, DJ and flowers all in one! It made things easier! There are no refunds so make sure you have a final guest count. In fact, you could go a little under and pay for the remaining guest at the week of your reception because there are bound to be people who cancel the day before! That way you won't get flustered at them for doing this at the last minute or have to scramble to find someone to fill the spots.

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