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Hornblower Co.


About Hornblower

Creating Amazing Experiences From The East Coast To The West Coast

Creating Amazing experiences from the east COAST to THE west coast 

Hornblower Niagara Cruises is the latest venture for the San Francisco based Hornblower Co. that opened its marine operation 35 years ago. The west coast’s largest and most established dining cruise and charter yacht company continues to charter the path for success by expanding on its ports including its newest attraction in beautiful Niagara Falls, Canada. Hornblower Cruises and Events have been treating guests to unparalleled experiences on the water from the west coast to the east coast operating more than 70 modern and classic vessels in over 10 cities. For the past ten years, Hornblower has been operating Statue Cruises in New York and Alcatraz Cruises in San Francisco Bay area. Learn more about Hornblower Co., visit: 


For over 30 years, Hornblower Cruises & Events has been treating guests to unparalleled experiences on the water, with dining cruises, whale-watching cruises, corporate events and weddings. It's the largest - and most popular - private passenger vessel company in North America, carrying over 16-million passengers on 150,000 voyages in 2012 alone.  

Since its inception in 1980, Hornblower has been the recipient of a host of industry awards and recognitions. But it was the pursuit of three prestigious contracts- that allowed Hornblower to really set sail and establish its position as the perfect trifecta of North American boat tours. 


In 2006, Alcatraz Cruises was awarded a U.S. National Parks Service concession for the exclusive operation of boat tours to the infamous Alcatraz Island, California. Today, Alcatraz Cruise provided ticketing and transportation to more than 1.5 million visitors to the island each year. Each excursion is accompanied by an award- winning audio tour of the Cellhouse and a dramatic retelling of the most famous Alcatraz escape attempts. The tour is available in ten languages: Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Mandarin and Spanish. 

It operates year-round. Guests of Alcatraz Cruises also have the luxury of sightseeing aboard the Hornblower Hybrid - the first hybrid vessel in the United States. The 64-metre-long catamaran runs entirely on a combination of solar power, wind power, and low-emission diesel fuel. 


Shortly after the launch of Alcatraz Cruises, Hornblower was awarded a second U.S. National Parks award and took over the ferry service to the Statue of Liberty National Monument & Ellis Island Memorial Museum in New York. Visitor here are offered the once-in-a-lifetime experience of travelling back in time to experience Ellis Island just as millions of Americans did so long ago. Guests are offered two ticket options: Reserve Tickets (specific date & time); or Flex Tickets (allowing flexibility when choosing a date & time for the the tour.)

Guests can enjoy a 60-minute Harbour Tour aboard the Hornblower Hybrid II, Hornblower's second environmentally-friendly catamaran. Passengers are picked up in Battery Park at the foot of Manhattan and taken on a narrated tour offering up-close-and-personal views of both the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island. 


In 2012, Hornblower Niagara Cruises won a highly competitive bidding process and was awarded the contract by the Niagara Parks Commission for exclusive boat tours in the infamous Niagara Gorge. Hornblower's newest subsidiary offers a whole new way to experience the iconic wonder of Niagara Falls. 

Guests cruise aboard all-new, state-of-the-art catamarans with 360 degree tiered decks for unobstructed views and sheltered viewings areas for a full - but dry - immersion in the awe of the mighty Niagara. Extended operating hours offer 40 minute Falls Illumination Cruises and Falls Fireworks Cruises; allowing passengers to catch the magic of Niagara at night. Souvenir audio guide - available in 8 languages - is the perfect tour companion. 


For three decades, Hornblower Co. has sailed past famous landmarks, while serving cities in California, New York and most recently Niagara Falls, Canada. Hornblower’s mission is to deliver premier quality dining, entertainment and cruise experiences. For 35 years, Hornblower has been recognized and selected for dozens of prestigious awards for Hornblower’s dedication to hospitality, the environment and business.


Hornblower Niagara Cruises envisions a clean and clear future in Niagara Falls, Canada by preserving the rich land, historical features and geological wonders while operating a sustainable business in a world-class tourism destination. We promote environmental stewardship and encourages staff and visitors to adopt green practices.


For nearly 35 years, Hornblower Cruises & Events has been treating guests to unparalleled experiences on the water with dining, cruises, sightseeing cruises, whale-watching cruises, company events, school parties and weddings.

Hornblower Cruises & Events is the largest private passenger vessel company in North America's hosting charter events for parties of 2 – 1,800 people. With locations in new York City, San Francisco, Sacramento, Marina Del Rey, Newport Beach and San Diego, Hornblower is recognized leader in marine hospitality.

Hornblower Cruises & Events offers exciting must see and do featured attractions that allowed Hornblower to set sail and establish its position as the perfect trifecta of North America boat tours including Alcatraz Cruises and Statue Cruises.

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