San Diego, CA, June 12, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Starting June 30th, 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 over 25 years, Hornblower’s captains have introduced thousands of passengers to the wonder and excitement of whale watching in Southern California.  There is no better, safer and drier way to witness the whale migration as thousands of blues, finbacks and humpbacks journey off the coast.  As Hornblower’s yacht heads out to the Pacific, passengers will also enjoy 360-degree views of the San Diego skyline, as well as sightings of sea lions, dolphins and sea birds.

Highlights include:

Interaction with Trained Docents from theNat (San Diego Natural History Museum): To make Hornblower’s cruise truly educational, trained volunteer naturalists from theNat provide interaction with guests, facts and maps, samples of krill and baleen on board, ongoing commentary for spotting spouts, flukes and massive whale tails and 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 another Whale Watching Cruise.  Hornblower guarantees that every passenger will experience the exhilaration of witnessing 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:  The 4-hour cruise is offered Friday to Monday with boarding at 8:30 a.m. and cruising starting at 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Location: Cruises conveniently leave from the downtown San Diego waterfront at 970 North Harbor Drive.

Tickets:  Weekday costs are $55 for adults, $27.50 for children (ages 4 to 12) and $53 for seniors and the military. Weekend (Saturday and Sunday) costs are $65 for adults, $32.50 for children (ages 4 to 12) and $63 for seniors and the military.   Children under 3 are free.  Discounts for groups of 20 or more.  For more information and to make reservations, please visit http://www.hornblower.com/port/overview/sd+whalewatching or call 800-ON-THE-BAY.

Private Whale watching charters are also available to groups of 20 – 355+ in San Diego or Newport Beach aboard the historic yacht, Mojo. Call for more details and a proposal.


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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.


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CONTACT: Rebecca Milkey
Hornblower Cruises & Events
[email protected]

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