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$10 for Halloween Party Cruise on October 31 ($20 Value)
Aboard the 100-foot-long William D. Evans, two DJs play top party hits and bartenders serve specialty drinks including The Sour Ghost, Witch’s Brew, and the Vampire Slayer at two cash bars during the Halloween event. Passengers can groove on two dance floors or wander about the boat's three levels to marvel at handcrafted mahogany doors, hand-woven rugs, and a vaulted skylight made from 50,000 pieces of European stained glass. Food and drink will also be available for purchase. The cruise boards at 9 p.m. at the Bahia Hotel and 9:30 p.m. at the Catamaran Resort Hotel. When the night is over, the crew drops passengers off at the Catamaran at 12:30 a.m. and the Bahia at 1 a.m.
The paddle wheels of The Sternwheelers' two signature boats churn through the blue-green waters of Mission Bay, transporting passengers back more than a century to when steamboats dominated America's rivers. Across the 100-foot-long William D. Evans, festive events with up to 600 passengers unfold under ornamental pressed-tin ceilings, handcrafted lamps, and the astronaut-crafted stars viewable on the open-air top deck. Handmade masts at the bow lead the ship's way, and its hundreds of decorative bulbs illuminate the bay at night. Bahia Belle, William D. Evans' smaller sibling, offers a more intimate space for gatherings. Its Victorian decor and architecture make way for a stained-glass skylight that beams vivid colors across its interior, resplendent with cast-iron staircases and red-velvet curtains. Weddings, banquets, and other events also take place on the boats between public cruises, each craft's rich detailing setting the tone for trips to remember.