Romance at Sea

How did we get Valentine’s Day?

One legend has it that “Valentine” was a priest in 3rd Century Rome, ruled at that time by Emperor Claudius. Claudius decreed that young men were not allowed to marry, believing single men made tougher soldiers.  It is said that “Valentine” performed marriages in secret, uniting hopeful couples in happy matrimony to live happily ever after.   Unfortunately for Valentine, he was not have a “happily ever after” and instead was promptly executed for having such a soft heart.

Cut to the 21st Century, where “Valentine’s Day” has come a long way from its tragic beginnings to represent a time to share our appreciation and affection with loved ones.

Living in Vancouver, you could say we live in one of the most romantic seaside settings in the world, with spectacular scenery and moody weather, perfect for cuddling up with a loved one.

What better way to spend your Valentine’s Day then by joining us for a romantic cruise in the Vancouver Harbor? Impress your mate with a sumptuous dinner feast of Lemon Dill Salmon, Teriyaki Chicken, Roasted Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables, Pasta, Salads and coffee and tea.  Share a bottle of champagne while enjoying the lights of the Vancouver seashore and feed each other bits of our Velvet Cupcakes.  Don’t forget to have your picture taken by our experienced staff-this will be a memorable keepsake for years to come.   When you’ve had your fill, swing your partner to the dance floor and sway to the music under the stars.  Give us a call to book your getaway on the water at 604-688-6625.

$299 Per Couple

Feb 10-15 and 17-18

Vancouver Carol Ship Parade of Lights

December is the perfect time of year to make new memories with family and friends.  It’s a time for giving thanks, sharing some laughs, and maybe even treating ourselves to a few extra goodies to combat the winter doldrums.  There’s always the ever handy New Year’s Eve Resolution to make up for any over indulgences.

It must have been a pretty dark month, until, one day, over 40 years ago,  one little brightly lit boat illuminated the night.  From that humble beginning,  the Parade of Lights has grown to include over 50 boats with thousands of spectators  enjoying the sparkling nights from December 3 to December 23rd.

During this time, we will be running our Carol Ship Cruises here from Granville Island-another great spot to get your holiday shopping done and maybe even enjoy some roasted chestnuts while checking out some of the great buskers performing on the Island.   Why not end your day relaxing on one of our Carol Ship Cruises with family and friends?

Our Carol Ship Cruises include a Holiday Buffet with all the trimmings, including Tender Roasted Turkey and Honey Glazed Ham, so, no need to make dinner after your day of shopping.   Our cruises are fun and interactive, so don’t be surprised if one of our cheeky Cruise Directors gets you to join in on the Carol Sing Along!

From all of us at Accent Cruises-we wish you all the best during the Holiday Season and hope you’ll join us in December!

Warm up your fall nights with this Toasty Recipe

The changing colors and cool crispness of the fall season are upon us. Time for hot toddies, cozy socks, and quiet intimate evenings spent with friends and family. A staff member of ours shared this delicious recipe with me, that I’d like to pass on to you. Bread pudding is one of my favorite treats, having had my first taste of it in New Orleans. I was instantly hooked to its comforting simplicity. Originally known as “poor man’s pudding” and created as a delicious way to recycle old bread, I love this recipe for its down to earth goodness. Somehow, it seems like the perfect Autumn dessert. I plan on making it this weekend.
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Accent Cruises!

Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce

Preparation:
Cut 1 loaf of french bread into 1 inch cubes
Heat 1 liter of milk (2% or homogenized) and 1/2 cup of sugar bring to scald do not boil

To bread cubes add:
1.5 tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1.5 tbsp vanilla
1/2 cup brown sugar

Pour scalded milk over bread cubes and fold in 5 whisked whole eggs
Let stand 15 minutes

-Pour into 1.5 liter corning ware dish. Put into water bath (place bread pudding dish into a larger pan 1/2 filled with water)
-Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes – 1 hour. Insert toothpick into center of bread pudding to test when done.
Toothpick should come out clean. Top of bread pudding should be golden brown. Oven temperatures vary may need to bake longer

Whiskey Sauce
1 cup whipping cream
1 cup brown sugar
Bring to boil
Remove from heat and stir in 1/4lb of butter and 1/4 cup of whiskey

To Serve
Scoop bread pudding into a bowl and top with whiskey sauce. Serve warm. Enjoy!!!

5 Tips to Plan the Perfect Accent Party

Accent Cruises has successfully executed hundreds of corporate functions, weddings, and private family gatherings, throughout our over 22 years in business.   Planning an event can be stressful for the organizer. Here some simple tips to ensure that your event planning with us is smooth and stress free.

Decide on your budget

We are dedicated to providing you with a quote for your event that will suit your needs, so be sure to clear about what kind of budget you have to work with.   For example, if you know that you have $50 a person for a dinner and 2 glasses of wine; let us know, so we can select a menu for your group that fits in your price range.   This simple step will ensure you get an accurate, custom quote perfect for your pocketbook.

Have some fun

When planning a party consider if you want to leave room in your budget for some decorations.  Whether you have $50 to spend or $1500, even small touches can have a big impact.  Helium balloons added to the entrance can give a welcoming festive touch, and at about $1.50 each at most dollar stores, are an inexpensive addition.   Small bubble rocks or even shells at your local dollar store laid out along your tables can also provide extra ambience.   Small gift boxes with a piece of chocolate inside placed at each setting, look and taste great.  If you have a bit more to spend, ask us about renting chair covers , sashes, votives, even red carpet runners if you’re looking for that “Hollywood Red Carpet” feel.  Again, let us know the budget you have for decorations and the theme you’re going for, and our creative team will be happy to steer you in the right direction.

Visit the venue

It’s a good idea to set up a time to view the yacht you are interested in.   This will give you the best sense of spacing.  It’s also a great time to meet with one of our sales and event coordinators who can answer any questions you might have.  We love to meet with our guests.

Plan your menu

I once attended an event where a hapless guest with a peanut allergy was served brownies.  Needless to say, he did not enjoy the evening.  Now, this is an extreme example, but it is a good idea to email all your guests and ask them to inform you, the organizer extraordinaire, of any food allergies or special dietary restrictions.   Then be sure to pass that information to us, so that we can ensure your guests have a wonderful, stress free dining experience, knowing their needs have been taken into consideration.

Letting your guests know how to get here

Getting here is easy.  We are located at the Ferry Dock on Granville Island in front of Bridges Restaurant.  Click on the “Contact Us” link in the top left hand corner of our homepage to access our address and map.

 

LADIES TIRED OF HOCKEY, SOCCER AND SPORTS EVENTS TAKE YOUR MAN ON A ROMANTIC SUNSET DINER CRUISE!

 

As a VIP client your 3 hour FIREWORKS Dinner Cruise is being offered at $25.00 off the regular $99.95 on weekends now for $75.00 per person.

Wednesday night FIREWORKS Dinner Cruise $64.95 per person.

RESERVE YOUR TABLE RIGHT NOW, FIRST COME FIRST SERVE!!
TICKETS ARE SELLING FAST…



VIP PRICES on our Regular Sunset Dinner Cruises depart daily 6 pm 9 pm $10.00 off

Planning a birth party or an anniversary party?
Contact us 604-688-6625

What a better way of giving a surprise party for friends or family…
$25.00 week days or $30.00 weekends minimum group size applies (party & dance cruise only).

all prices are subject to additional HST and Gratuity

 

 

‘Celebration of Lights’ Dinner Cruise 2010

Celebration of Lights!

The fireworks are on in English Bay!

Every year the single most attended celebration for Vancouverites!  A sell-out for every Restaurant with a water view, including us!! Book early to avoid disappointment.

Join us Jul 21st, 24th, 28th, or 31st for our dinner cruise and have a front row seat!

July 21 = USA, July 24 = Spain, July 28 = Mexico, July 31 = China and finale.

Departing/Returning to Granville Island…you miss all the downtown traffic and street closures!

Don’t miss out! call 604-688-6625

‘Celebration of Lights’ Dinner Cruise Details + Map >> http://schmap.it/2cgasd

 

13 Days – and counting

The well awaited 2010 has arrived in the City and it’s buzzing with exciting tents to finishing Olympic sites and now it is time to relax and enjoy ?
How can you enjoy and relax when you have no idea where to start? Accent Cruises will put on our blog on a weekly basis: where to be in Vancouver… we will list the most interesting venues and what they are offering. As you might know every country participating in the Olympics has there own venue where we can learn about there cultures.

Accent Cruises is offering Volunteers and and Guests of the 2010 Olmpics; to come on a scenic tour of Vancouver’s harbour (with a Special Olympic rate) and to enjoy the sea scape and skyline from the water…
There are many ways to get to Accentcruises.ca on Granville Island: you can take the the New Olmpic line free to Granville Island or you can choose ferry services that run to Granville island. There is pay parking at the Aquatic Centre under the the Burrard Bridge at Beach Ave which is $2.00 a hour check out our web site http://www.accentcruises.ca to see sailing times book online tor call the office for a group rate of $40.00 per person for a dinner and cruise.604 6888-6625

 

Vancouver 14 days left

14 days left, the Olympic Countdown

Come and join Accent Cruises on the water for breathtaking views and good food!

 

Public / Private Dinner Cruises:

Anyone interested during the Olympics let us know, if you have family or know athletes or volunteers that are coming to town, let them know that this is a FANTASTIC way to show off our CITY

Vancouver 2010 “let’s celebrate”