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San Diego Whale Watching Season Off to a Great Start

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Meet your Hornblower Captains:

 Captain Chadwick Cummings: 
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Captain Chad has been working for Hornblower Cruises & Events since 1998, that’s almost 20 years. Chad was in the Navy for 4 years. He loves whale watching, and you can hear it in his narration on the whale watching cruise and
with the way he handles the customers who are experiencing Whale watching for the first time! Captain Chad was the original catalyst for Hornblower starting a summer whale watching program in 2014.
Before 2014, Hornblower only offered gray whale watching in the winter. Capt. Chad works on weekends leading our gray and blue whale watching cruises. He has a degree in Astrophysics with a minor in Mathematics.
Captain Richard Goben, Hornblower’s Port Captain for over 25 years: (pictured with Captain Gary Meyer)
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Captain Richard Goben taught sailing while attending the University of California, San Diego.  During this time, he received his first Coast Guard license.  He ran classic sail and power passenger vessels for many years. During his college days, Richard became a writer for magazines, such as Sail, Sea, and other marine related publications. In the 1980s, he became involved in the America’s Cup sailboat races, and was a Navigator for Dennis Conners’ “B” team during the 1983 Cup races. In 1984, Richard began crewing on the 1863 Barque Star of India for the San Diego Maritime Museum.  In 1996, Richard served as Mate, then in 1998, became  Master.  The Star is the oldest active sailing ship in the world, and the only Class “A” sailing vessel known to not have an engine.  Captain Rich is still Master. In 1990, Hornblower Cruises bought Invader Cruises, and leased the 150 foot racing schooner, Invader.  Richard was the Captain of the Schooner Invader at the time, and joined  Hornblower as their Port Captain. He holds a Master’s license for power, steam and sail vessels of 1600 tons (Inland Mate) and 500 tons, (Ocean Master).  He is  also certified as Able Seaman, Unlimited.Captain Rich has been operating Passenger vessels since 1978, including Whale Watching vessels.  He completed the Naturalist class at the San Diego Natural History Museum, and serves as a volunteer on the Raptor Rehabilitation team for Project Wildlife.

Richard serves on the San Diego Harbor Safety Committee, and on the Executive Steering Committee of the Area Maritime Security Committee.  He also serves on the Safety and Security Committee for the Passenger Vessel Association of the United States. Richard is also an instructor in CPR/AED and First Aid for the American Red Cross.  In 1998, he received the “Outstanding Leadership” award from the Naval Order of the United States.  Each year, Richard heads a volunteer program to have Hornblower narrators serve on Family cruises on US Navy ships.  He has done this on over 50 Naval vessels. Other awards include the 2000 “Hospitality Employee of the Year” award from HSMA San Diego, and the 2001 “Creative Innovation in Sailing Programming” Award from US Sailing.  In 2002, Richard was awarded the first Annual “Roger Murphy National Safety Award” from the Passenger Vessel Association.  He now also serves on the PVA  National Safety and Security Committee.  In addition to his Port Captain duties, Richard is also the Facility and Vessel Security Officer for Hornblower San Diego.

 

What our guests say about Whale Watching in San Diego:

Great cruise. Great crew. Beautiful weather. Couldn’t have asked for anything better. I’ve lived in San Diego for 37 years and have never been on a whale watching cruise (if you can believe that) so this was a wonderfully anticipated experience.

– Mary T

I took a friend of mine on the San Diego Whale Watching Trip on Sunday the 28 on the 1:30 PM Trip. We saw many whales, and I believe it was a Humpback Whale that breached so many times, I lost track! One time it was a full breach about 40 yards out from the side of the boat! The Crew was great and I thank them! I did get a picture of a tail, but the timing is the trick! Thanks again.

– Jack B

An all around great experience for us and our out-of-state guest. Saw whale, dolphin and sea lions. The Hornblower was a roomy and comfortable ship, and we were able to have wonderful views of the ocean, islands and San Diego skyline.

– Carol M

Our family had so much fun on Sunday during our whale watching adventure. The captain was so knowledgeable, and enthusiastic about the trip. We saw two Fin back whales, and his excitement about this event was infectious. Also, the volunteers from the Natural History Museum were amazing, and I know that my children will remember this event forever. Thank you so much!

– Kelly Y

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.

Fast Facts about Blue Whales

  • The blue whale is bigger than 25 elephants.
  • It is almost twice the size in weight of most large dinosuars, including theArgentinosaurus andApatosaurus (once mistakenly know as the Brontosaurus).
  • It consumes about 40 million individual euphausiids daily, amounting to a total weight of 3,600 kg.
  • The blue whale’s tongue alone weights around 2.7 tonnes.
  • A young blue whale grows at a rate of 90 kg per day.Bluefluke