The Live-Aboard Program is available to any organized youth group (scouts, schools, churches, etc.) or family. There is a 30-person minimum if you book on a night that does not already have multiple bookings. All participants must be at least 5 years of age.
All groups must provide proof of insurance, and must name the AIRCRAFT CARRIER HORNET FOUNDATION as named insured. Siblings, friends, or other guest are welcome provided they are also covered by the group’s insurance.
The cost of the overnight Live-Aboard program for Adult Groups is $100 per person.
This price includes overnight accommodations in the original crew’s berthing compartments (you supply the sleeping bag, pillow, toothbrush, and flashlight!), evening programs and tours throughout the ship, dinner and breakfast in the crew’s mess hall, a flight simulator ride, museum admission for the following day, and a commemorative certificate and coupon for a future visit!
A pre-payment of $10 per anticipated participant is required to secure a date for your group and will be applied toward the final balance. Final payment is due three weeks prior to the event and is non-refundable. Any credit remaining on the account after the event can be carried forward to a future overnight booking.
Adult Leader/Camper Ratio
A minimum of one adult leader is required for every 6 youth guests (groups with children age 9 or younger must be accompanied by an adult at a 1:1 ratio). Children must be supervised at all times. Be prepared to organize into parent/youth teams for crew assignments.
Sleeping Areas and other Facilities
Each group is assigned bunks in the ship’s berthing compartments. You will probably share the compartment with another group. Female guests may choose to sleep in a separate compartment. Please make your group aware they may experience normal ship noises, such as creaks and groans during the night.
Equipment to Bring
The berthing compartments are equipped with canvas covered “racks” with foam mattresses. Each person should bring a pillow, sleeping bag, and extra blanket in cold weather, toiletries, hand towel, flashlight, a jacket, and a warm hat in cold weather.
Please do not bring
Electronic devices, including hairdryers; laser pointers; knives; open flame devices, including lighters and matches; or food items.
A limited number of lockers are available to share in the berthing compartments. Each group can bring several locks to secure their valuables and personal belongings. The Aircraft Carrier Hornet Foundation is NOT responsible for loss of personal items.
Please make arrangements for your group to meet on the pier at the same time. The group leader must arrive on time to receive program instructions. The check-in briefing and safety drill are an important part of your overnight experience. Special arrangements can be made for late arrivals by contacting the Live-Aboard Director at firstname.lastname@example.org
Weekend (Saturdays) Schedule – Plan to organize on the pier by 4:30pm to begin your evening program with boarding at 5:00pm.
Weeknight (Wed – Fri) Schedule – Plan to organize on the pier by 5:30pm to begin your evening program with boarding at 6:00pm.
Driving directions are available online.
Overnight gear is not allowed on the ship before 5:00pm and private vehicles are not allowed on the pier. Parking is available across the street and participants are expected to carry sleeping bags and other gear on board at the appointed time. The Live-Aboard Program is conducted in a fun-spirited, organized manner; falling in, stowing your gear, and following orders are all part of this unique and memorable experience.
Wristbands will be issued upon arrival and must be worn at all times while on board the USS Hornet. The wristband gives you in-out privileges during museum hours on the second day.
All participants must participate in an emergency evacuation drill. (MANDATORY)
Due to the historical nature of the ship, handicap access is extremely limited.
Hornet staff will be onsite and available in case of emergency. After-hour or emergency contact can be made by calling the Security Desk at (510) 521-8448 x 226.
Many events take place on board the USS HORNET and it is possible that a banquet, dance, cocktail reception, or other function may be scheduled during your visit. On such occasions, your group activities will remain separated from the event area.