With over 300 miles of waterways, Fort Lauderdale is often called the Venice of this country. We can’t imagine a better way to enjoy these winding waters of the Intracoastal than a night of dining and dancing in the moonlight aboard Charter One Yacht Charters’ Floridian Princess.
The 400-pax yacht sat proudly among the other luxurious boats in the marina. Upon boarding this massive vessel, docked hotelside at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66, our group was greeted with champagne and a warm smile from a friendly mate.
The 18,000-sf ship has been offering groups chartered tours of South Florida’s watery backroads—from Miami to West Palm Beach—since 2010. It is one of two boats belonging to owners Matt and Lauren Talchik. Its sister boat is the Summer Wind, a 65-pax vessel.
“We’re the newest boat in South Florida,” says Lauren. “On top of that, we’re one of the largest so that’s a plus, as well.”
From their baked brie bites to freshly made sushi and pecan-crusted chicken, Matt and his team treated our group to some amazing appetizers. The dinner was fantastic as well, featuring a lightly drizzled caprese salad, roasted rib eye, mahi with mango salsa and couscous, grilled vegetables, steamed potatoes and over 10 dessert options ranging from homemade carrot cake to german chocolate cake and other sumptuous samplings.
“We prepare everything onsite and it’s guaranteed to be fresh, so there’s no need for outside catering,” says Matt. “We also try to say no to as little requests as possible from groups.”
As the night went on, we found ourselves gazing out at the million dollar homes on the water, while others danced the night away to the ship’s live entertainment. One thing was for sure—No one went home hungry or bored.
The yacht can be transformed to meet any group’s needs, and some past events have featured casino tables, a “Havana Nights” theme, and a Reebok product launch where a shoe store atmosphere was created inside the ship, featuring walls of the company’s newest shoe available for those lucky enough to be on board.
“We tried to keep this upscale and neutral,” says Matt. “We’re as flexible as possible for our meeting planners and their clients.”
Smaller groups are also encouraged to hop onboard, only using certain decks of the ship in order to prevent being lost in the space. With a bar on each deck and plenty of seats, any of the levels can serve as the perfect space for your next event.
“It’s a lot of space, air conditioning, great views and amazing food,” says Lauren. “It’s also a great social venue, so you can’t go wrong.”