Month: April 2016


To celebrate Earth Day, Alcatraz Cruises, official concessioner of The National Park Service, providing ticketing and transportation to Alcatraz Island, and Respect Our Planet will present a full day of free, family-friendly activities on Saturday, April 23, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Partnering with local environmental companies, Alcatraz Cruises’ Earth Day festivities are free and open to the public and will take place at Pier 33/Alcatraz Landing in San Francisco. Activities, interactive stations and partners will include:
 Nature Learning Stations and Discovery Labs – with live animals, amphibians, tree frogs, bats and insects, visitors will learn about habitats, environments, rescue and preservation.
 Discover the Bay — On display will be “Our Changing Oceans,” where participants will learn about renewable energy through solar powered toys, explore ocean acidification by blowing bubbles in water and measuring the pH, learn about aquatic animals with artifacts and mobile touch tank that features live aquatic invertebrates.
 Arts & Crafts — educational and creative green art station for children to create their own sea life out of recycled & reused materials to paste onto our eco-artwall.
 Gifts and Giveaways — enter to win drawings for children and a spinning wheel for chances to win additional prizes.
 Other Activities — Music, face painters and other entertainment.
 And appearances from the following partners – Alcatraz Gardens; Hostelling International USA; NorCal Bat Rescue & Education; – Insect Discovery Lab; Tree Frog Treks; Aquarium of the Bay; KOIT Radio; National Park Service; Golden Gate National Park Conservancy; and the International Indian Treaty Council.
In addition to the aforementioned activities, Alcatraz Cruises is partnering with Telelgraph Hill Neighborhood Center ( to introduce the members, ranging from infants to seniors, to the National Park Service and its Centennial celebration. TelHi members recently took part in a field trip to Alcatraz Island and have since created a collection of stories and visuals about the National Parks for a commemorative centennial book that will be on display during the April 23 Earth Day festivities.
On Earth Day and every day, Alcatraz Cruises actively promotes sustainability efforts in San Francisco and throughout the maritime industry. Alcatraz Cruises was the first to run hybrid ferry service in the country and the first passenger vessel company to consistently reach recycling diversion rates of 94%-96% consistently for the third year in a row. This is an average of 95% landfill diversion as verified by audits. Additionally, Alcatraz Cruises is certified by several national agencies because the company has always and continues to perform at the highest levels for health and safety, quality and the environment.
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HORNBLOWER HOSTS 16TH ANNUAL PET DAY ON THE BAY ON April 30TH Popular Harbor Cruise “Goes to the Dogs” to Benefit the Helen Woodward Animal Center

On April 30th, Hornblower Cruises & Events will host its 16th annual “Pet Day on the Bay” to benefit the Helen Woodward Animal Center (HWAC), a local nonprofit that provides care and comfort to orphaned animals. On this special day each year, dogs are welcomed aboard to enjoy a fun-filled harbor cruise with their owners. The event is also annually sponsored by the Port of San Diego and Petco.

Best Sightseeing on San Diego Bay with Your Dog: These one-hour cruises offer breathtaking views of the San Diego skyline and storied landmarks, as well as a chance to experience delightful marine animals and majestic sea birds up close.

Special Guests: Joining the cruises will be event ambassador, Chopper the Biker Dog and Jagger & Kristi from Magic 92.5 for a fun meet and greet.

Delectable Doggie Treat Bar: A special smorgasbord, sponsored by Petco, will pamper pups throughout the cruise with a variety of mouthwatering treats.

Expert Dog Training Tips: Experts from Petco’s dog training department will share helpful advice and suggestions for dog owners wanting to brush up on their pet handling skills.

Support For HWAC: In addition to the proceeds from ticket sales, passengers are asked to bring sorely needed blankets and towels to further assist HWAC’s animals in need.

Reservations are now being accepted: Times: Three one-hour cruises are scheduled on April 30th, departing at 9:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. from the Hornblower ticket booth at 1800 N. Harbor Drive. Boarding begins

Tickets: Costs are $24 for adults, $12 for children ages 4 to 12 and $22 for seniors and the military. Children three and under are free. Each adult passenger is invited to board with one dog. Canines must be kept on a leash throughout the cruise. To make reservations, visit

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Hornblower Cruises & Events has been the leading charter yacht and public dining cruise company in California for over 35 years. The company operates 49 vessels, including the 3 largest dining yachts on the West Coast, in San Francisco, Berkeley, Sacramento, Long Beach, Newport Beach, Marina del Rey, San Diego, and New York City. Two Hornblower subsidiary businesses, Alcatraz Cruises and Statue Cruises, are National Park Service ferry concessionaires to Alcatraz Island and the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, respectively. Last year, Hornblower began operating a third subsidiary, Hornblower Niagara Cruises, out of Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. For more information visit:

The Helen Woodward Animal Center believes that animals help people and people help animals through trust, unconditional love, and respect. Sharing this philosophy with others, the Center inspires and teaches, locally and globally, the importance of the animal-human bond. To learn about the Helen Woodward Animal Center and its animal adoptions, boarding services and programs, visit

Hornblower’s Third Season Boasts Earliest Opening

Hornblower Niagara Cruises opened its doors for a third season of thrilling passengers on its legendary boat tours into the mighty Niagara Falls. The attraction officially opened to the public on Friday, April 1, 2016.

“We’re ecstatic to announce the opening of our third year of operations in Niagara Falls,” said Terry MacRae, CEO of Hornblower. “We had a fantastic first two years with tremendous community and industry support. We look forward to another successful year in Niagara.”

Its inaugural season was a year of many firsts for Hornblower Niagara Cruises and the local tourist industry. The introduction of evening Falls Illumination Cruises and Falls Fireworks Cruises in the Niagara River provided visitors a whole new way to experience Niagara Falls, attracting more visitors and extending their average length of stay. Stronger than anticipated demand allowed the marine hospitality company to remain open well past the traditional October 24 end of season. Hornblower continued boat tour operations and hosted visitors from around the world through November 30 adding an additional five weeks to the Niagara tourist season. This was both a welcome delight for visitors to Canada and a huge benefit to local tourism stakeholders.

In 2015 Hornblower introduced all new land-based events in their Lower Landing Visitor Pavilion and private Event Tent. Nestled in the Gorge along the Niagara River shoreline Hornblower hosts private events of all sizes. Fully catered with fresh Niagara farm-to-table cuisine, the Hornblower pavilion is the ideal location for wedding receptions, corporate retreats or private parties, all framed by the incredible waterfalls of Niagara Falls. Hornblower also offers a unique way to experience the Falls with the Niagara Guardian now available for private charter. The 150-passenger open-air jet boat travels up the Niagara River to the base of the Horseshoe Falls, giving passengers a new and extraordinary perspective that only Hornblower Niagara Cruises can provide.

Following one of the coldest, longest winters on record and a late April 30, 2015 opening day that resulted, Hornblower carried over 1.8 million passengers into the heart of Niagara Falls exceeding targets for its 2nd consecutive year. Hornblower saw significant increases in the number of international visitors, in particular, from the U.S., China and Europe

With an early April 1 opening and operating through November 30, this year will be an historic milestone representing the longest boat tour operating season in history. As an iconic demand –generator for in-bound tourist visitation, Hornblower’s extended 2016 operating season will be a boon to the local tourism economy. Hornblower and Niagara Falls are also poised for significant increases in American visitors as a result of their favorable US / Canada currency exchange rate, lower gasoline prices, strong U.S. economic growth as well as the strong Hornblower brand across North America and around the world. Hornblower Niagara Cruises’ Sales & Marketing team travel internationally with the Destination Canada (Canadian Tourism Commission) and the OTMPC, the marketing arm of the Ministry of Tourism promoting Niagara Falls, Canada and the Hornblower experience to the world. Key markets include the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Mexico, Brazil, China, Japan, Korea, India and Australia where Hornblower Niagara Cruises has already established strong brand loyalty and sales.

Hornblower’s marketing to core international markets through its unprecedented engagement with Destination Canada, provincial, regional and local tourism partners alike is seriously elevating the profile and appeal of not only the Niagara tourist region but also enhancing the compelling mix of iconic visitor experiences for Toronto, Ontario and indeed Canada. Hornblower Niagara Cruises will continue to be represented at major tourism events around the world.

The Niagara Parks Commission awarded Hornblower Niagara Cruises a 30-year contract to serve as its official boat tour operator after the company won an open procurement process. Hornblower is the only company on the Canadian side of the Niagara River permitted to operate the iconic boat tours to the Bridal Veil, American and Horseshoe Falls. As the largest passenger vessel company in North America, also operating the official tour boats to the Statue of Liberty in New York City and to Alcatraz Island, San Francisco, Hornbower is pushing the envelope in tourism offerings once again in Niagara Falls.

Hornblower is known throughout North America for innovative concepts and high quality standards of excellence in everything that we do,” said MacRae. Operating public boat tours and charter excursions for more than 30 years, Hornblower has earned a reputation as the most experienced, versatile and accomplished maritime company in North America.