Island Packers has cruises for all occasions

View the decorated boats in Ventura Harbor. Photo by Doug Mangum

Island Packers offers a special holiday gathering. Schedule a Ventura Harbor holiday cruise or whale watching trip aboard the 64-foot catamaran.

These cruises offer a fun, unique way to bring relatives and friends together for an outdoor activity. View the decorated boats in Ventura Harbor as well as the decorated lighted homes in the Ventura Keys.

Island Packers offers the following holiday cruise selection:

One-Hour Caroling Cruises: Passengers can sing along with the crew or just relax and admire the decorated homes and boats in the Ventura Keys. The caroling cruise is 6:30-7:30 p.m. Hot and cold beverages and items from the snack bar are available for purchase. (Passengers may not bring alcohol on board.) Cruises are December 8, 12, 13, 14, 17, 19, 21, 22 and 23. The fare is $16 per adult, $13 per senior (55+), and $10 per child.

Ventura Parade of Lights: Friday, December 15 & Saturday, December 16. Passengers board our 64-foot catamaran at 6:15 for cruise from 6:30-8:30 p.m. to see the holiday lights, the boat parade, and ending with an onboard view of the fireworks display at 8 p.m.

Hot and cold beverages from the snack bar are available for purchase on these cruises. (Passengers may not bring alcohol on board.) The fare is $35 per adult, $32 per senior (55+) and $25 per child (12 and under). Discount rates for groups of 10 or more. Advanced reservations recommended.

Private Group Holiday Parties (great for company functions): Cruise options are: a buffet-style dinner, a no-host or host bar, and entertainment. Group rates are available for 30 up to 100 passengers. Contact Island Packers for private charter information.

Whale Watching Excursions, December 26 through April marks the official start of the gray whale migration. Regular trips are scheduled through mid-April. Departure times are listed daily on the Island Packers website. Rates start at $38 per adult for this half-day trip.

Island Packers Gift Certificates are great stocking stuffers and gifts! They are easy to purchase by calling the office or stopping in at Ventura location, 1691 Spinnaker Dr.

Recommended cruise attire: Passengers are strongly encouraged to dress in layers with a coat and gloves, and wear flat shoes. The Island Packers gift shop offers a variety of warm fleece pullovers and vests, T shirts and hats to purchase if needed before boarding.

For information, reservations or to purchase gift certificates: Visit, call 642-1393, or visit Island Packers at 1691 Spinnaker Dr., Suite 105B, in Ventura Harbor Village.

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