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Blue Whale Watching Season Begins With Daily Cruises on Hornblower in San Diego

(San Diego, CA – June 23, 2015) — Hornblower Cruises & Events’ San Diego port is launching their seasonal Blue Whale Watching Adventures cruises on Sat., June 27th

Departing from the convenient location Downtown, San Diego, on the Embarcadero at 970 North Harbor Drive, daily tours start boarding at 8:45 a.m. for the 9:00 a.m. – 1:00

p.m. daily excursion. Price is $75. per person ($40 for children 4-12), with the addition of tax, service charge and landing fee.

For a limited time, Hornblower Cruises & Events is featuring a “Splash Sale,” which is priced at $99 for two people. 

This specialty cruise is designed for those that love whales, dolphins, sea lions and sea birds. After boarding, guests will speed out to sea on one of the

fleet’s comfortable yachts and pass barking sea lions and pods of leaping dolphins in search of the legendary blue whales. During the four-hour tour, passengers will be treated to a live narration by an experienced

captain and an on-board naturalist (from the San Diego Natural History Museum). The accommodations are designed so that guests can enjoy both the outdoor and indoor environments along with the amenities of a

snack bar, featuring hot food, a full bar and souvenirs.

o For general interest information and the Captain’s Log of Marine Life Sightings, check out: http://sandiegowhalewatching.com.

o To book this excursion or for more information, please visit: www.hornblower.com/port/overview/sd+bluewhalewatching.

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Hornblower Cruises & Events has been the leading charter yacht and public dining cruise operator headquartered in California for 35 years. The company operates over 70 vessels, including the three

largest dining yachts on the West Coast and has ports 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 concessioners to  Alcatraz Island, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. In 2014, Hornblower Cruises & Events began

operating the third subsidiary, Hornblower Niagara Cruises, out of Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. For more information visit: www.hornblower.com or www.hornblowernewyork.com.

ARCHIVES: HORNBLOWER’S WHALE WATCHING ADVENTURES GIVE PASSENGERS THE THRILL OF A LIFETIME  — GUARANTEED

Starting December 14th, Whale Watching Tours Depart Twice Daily From Downtown San Diego

San Diego, California (Dec. 13, 2014) – Starting December 14th, Hornblower Cruises & Events will once again offer San Diego visitors and residents the epic experience of getting up close and personal with some of the most magnificent creatures on earth – guaranteed.  For nearly 25 years, Hornblower’s Captains have introduced thousands of passengers to the wonder and excitement of whale watching.  There is no better, safer and drier way to witness the whale migration as thousands of grays, finbacks and humpbacks migrate off the coast.  As Hornblower’s yacht heads out to the Pacific, passengers will also enjoy 360-views of the San Diego skyline, as well as sightings of sea lions, dolphins and sea birds.  Throw in the fresh salty air and the feeling of freedom that comes with gliding across the ocean — and passengers will make memories to last a lifetime.

Highlights include:

Interaction with Trained Docents from theNat (San Diego Natural History Museum): To make Hornblower’s cruise truly educational, volunteer naturalists from theNat provide ongoing commentary for spotting spouts, flukes, and massive whale tails, as well as information about whale behaviors.

A Comfortable (and Dry) Experience:  Unlike traditional small boat whale watching trips (where foul weather gear is a   necessary accessory), Hornblower provides the ability to view these beautiful creatures from large yachts, which provide unparalleled stability through the ocean waves. With top-level outdoor sundecks rising 30 ft. above the water and climate-controlled indoor levels, Hornblower yachts ensure optimal comfort and panoramic views for everyone.

Whale Sighting Guarantee:  If a whale is not sighted during a cruise, passengers will receive a pass good for a choice to return for another Whale Watching Cruise or a tour of the harbor instead.  Hornblower guarantees that every passenger will experience the exhilaration of seeing a whale break the surface of the water for the first time.

Food Service and Full Bar:  Passengers can purchase delicious snacks and lunch, complimented by a full bar service.

Reservations are now being accepted:

Times:  With two 3½hour cruises offered daily starting at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., everyone can find the perfect day for their adventure. Cruises leave from the San Diego Navy Pier at 970 N. Harbor Drive.

Tickets:  Weekend (Saturday and Sunday) costs are $44 for adults, $22 for children ages 4 to 12 and $42 for seniors and the military.  Weekday costs are $39 for adults, $19.50 for children ages 4 to 12 and $37 for seniors and the military.  Tax, service charge and landing fees are additional.  Children under 3 are free.  Discounts for groups of 20 or more and Hornblower Whale Club Card season passes are also available.  For more information and to make reservations, please visit http://www.hornblower.com/port/overview/sd+whalewatching or call 800-ON-THE-BAY

.San Diego Whale Watching Infographic

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Hornblower Cruises & Events has been the leading charter yacht and public dining cruise operator headquartered in California for over 32 years. The company operates over 70 vessels, including the three largest dining yachts on the West Coast, and has ports 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 concessioners to Alcatraz Island and the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, respectively. In 2014, Hornblower began operating the third subsidiary, Hornblower Niagara Cruises, out of Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. For more information visit: www.hornblower.com/pressroom

 

 

 

 

Hornblower to Launch New Blue Whale Watching Cruises this Summer!

Blue Whale Watching Adventures to begin on July 5, 2014
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For the first time ever, Hornblower Cruises & Events will embark on Blue Whale Watching Adventure Cruises this summer.  In the last five years, the blue whale migration has grown in San Diego, with over a thousand whales being spotted in a single previous season. Passengers can now experience of the wonder of watching the largest mammal on earth as it migrates through the waters off the San Diego coast.

Hornblower Cruises & Events is offering a 4-hour Blue Whale Watching Adventure, with an opportunity to spot whales, sea lions, and dolphins, as well as all the sights of San Diego Bay.  Included in the adventure is live narration on marine life by Hornblower’s experienced captains and volunteer naturalists from the San Diego Natural History Museum (theNat).  Snack bars on board feature hot food, a full bar and souvenirs.

Hornblower Cruises’ experienced captains and crew know the best places to find whales and the tours head directly to the prime viewing areas off of San Diego’s coast.  Blue whales migrate along the California coast from July through early September.  They are often accompanied by the second largest whale, the finback.  The size of the two whales makes for some great whale watching experiences.  Also spotted is the California favorite, the humpback whale.  Passengers will see massive whale tails, along with the whales feeding on huge quantities of krill.

Cruise Details & How to Buy Tickets: For reservations call 619-686-8715 or visit the website, hornblower.com.

Hornblower Cruises & Events’ Blue Whale Watching Adventure will sail every Saturday and Sunday from July 5 to August 31.  Passengers will board at 8:45am and sail from 9:00am to 1:00pm. Reservations are now open and tickets cost $75 for adults, $40 for children ages 4 to 12 and $73 for seniors.  Children under four are free.  Groups of 20 or more can arrange outings at a discount.  To follow whale watching season and to purchase tickets, visit the San Diego Whale Report at www.sandiegowhalewatching.com.

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Hornblower Cruises & Events has been the leading charter yacht and public dining cruise company for over 32 years.  The company has operates 32 vessels in San Francisco, Berkeley, Sacramento, Long Beach, Newport Beach, Marina Del Rey, San Diego and New York City.  In addition, Hornblower San Diego offers seasonal Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventures and year round Harbor Cruises.  For more information visit, www.hornblower.com/pressroom

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The Inspiration Behind new local Book about Whale Watching in San Diego

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Breaching Gray Whale Photo taken by Michael Roeder on 2/19/14 from Hornblower Cruises Whale Watching.

Michael Roeder and Scotty Schmidt have been aboard Hornblower’s Whale Watching Cruises more often than some of the actual Hornblower Captains! Why? Michael and Scotty just finished a book called “1000 Whales in a Year”. The book is for sale on Hornblower’s Whale Watching Cruises and on almost any given day you can get an autograph from the authors Mike and Scotty and even a photo with the pair of dedicated whale enthusiasts. The book’s goal was to to find one thousand whales in one year on the Pacific Ocean near San Diego. However there is so much more that inspired the book: a band of kindred spirits, people with a common bond(whales in the wild) and each in need of a little special healing.

Scotty says: I’m a US Army combat veteran who experienced many difficulties adjusting back to civilian life. I found myself searching for something for a long time, but I didn’t know what. Now I still find myself searching for something……whales, but they are something I can find! Scotty Schmidt.

Mike says: I’d recently retired and being a bit reclusive anyway, was looking for something social not too threatening. Kim and Dennis invite us on a whale watching cruise, my wife and I bought a season pass on Hornblower, we met Scotty and we joined the gang.* “…our motivation for spending all this time on the water in one year. After some calculations, we found we had spent an average of one hour per whale. Yes its obsessive behavior, we know. We are obsessive people. Whale watching is addictive and if you have an additive personality type you may be drawn in too. We never intended to spend 1000 hours watching, see 1000 whales or write this 100 page book- these evolved as our relationships with each other and the whales, grew.” Michael Roeder

Kim says: We are enthusiastic boaters, with extensive sailing experience as well as having worked with the US Navy and US Coast Guard Auxiliary.  We’ve spent lots of time near or on the water.  When we first started whale watching in February 2013, we saw it as just another opportunity to be on the water.  We were also looking for some peace and quiet after the loss of a service member in our family.   Seeing these majestic whales so close to our shore had an unbelievable positive impact to our life.  We met Scotty on the Hornblower and found a kindred soul.  The whales pulled us up to the rail, brought us out of ourselves and together as friends on a common quest.   Kim and Dennis Usrey.

The book also has an electronic version on the Apple iBook store in case you’d like to get your hands on this gem. Visit their website.

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* Yes you too can “join the gang”. Purchase a season whale watching pass on Hornblower Cruises, for unlimited whale watching cruises during the Gray Whale Watching season from Dec. to April. We look forward to seeing you onboard too!