Celebration Cruises Santa Barbara is Santa Barbara’s luxury 42-passenger yacht, offering a daily schedule of cruises, special events and private chartering for an event your guests won’t forget.
Captain Fred Hershman and Kathy Hershman are a husband and wife team dedicated to giving you the most exclusive experience you can have in the waters off of Santa Barbara. Both Kathy and Fred are deeply committed to Santa Barbara and the waterfront community with years of experience on or near boats, including Santa Barbara’s original, authorized water taxi, Lil’ Toot.
Captain Fred holds a 100-ton, near coastal Masters license and has over 40 years of experience in both pleasure and commercial vessels. Capt. Fred was also in the U.S. Coast Guard and is a decorated veteran from the Vietnam War. Captain Fred started Santa Barbara Water Taxi, LLC in 2003 and has accommodated over 250,000 passengers over the past 8+ years.
Kathy Hershman has been an integral part of the success of Santa Barbara Water Taxi utilizing her skills for management and organization to keep the business running smoothly. Kathy is the official event planner and cruise director for the "Celebration Cruises" fleet. Call Kathy to organize your event! Together Captain Fred and Kathy Hershman offer a level of expertise and a commitment to safety to bring you an experience that won’t be beat.
The "Celebration" is a U.S. Coast Guard certified boat manufactured in 1990 by Hills Marine in Seal Beach, California. It is powered by two 550 HP Detroit Diesels and has a top speed of 15 knots.
Celebration Cruises' unique features make it the perfect Santa Barbara experience:
Celebration Cruises Santa Barbara is an official member of the Santa Barbara Tourism Partnership Program.