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New Operator Setting Sail in Niagara Falls

Hornblower Niagara Cruises is ready to launch its boat tours to the base of Niagara Falls. Once the ice clears on the Niagara River—in approximately mid-May—the company will begin its unique tours of one of Canada’s best-known natural attractions.

Hornblower was awarded a 30-year contract to be the sole operator on the Canadian side of the Falls following an open procurement process conducted by the Niagara Parks Commission. Its fleet is comprised of three custom-designed, state-of-the-art tour boats: two 700-passenger catamarans, and one 150-passenger jet boat, which will be used for private charters and special events.

“We are so excited to get our boats in the water and get the season under way,” says Madalena Phillips, senior marketing manager, Hornblower Niagara Cruises. “We’re looking forward to helping visitors from around the world experience the beauty and power of Niagara Falls as they never have before.”

Regularly scheduled tour options include:

  • The Voyage to the Falls: A 15-minute early morning sunrise boat tour that provides an up-close view of the Niagara Gorge, American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and of Horseshoe Falls.
  • Sunset Cocktail Cruise: A half-hour cruise during which guests can sample Niagara wines and beverages while watching the sun set on the Falls.
  • Falls Illumination Cruise: Thirty-minute cruise offering panoramic views of the city lights and coloured illumination of The Falls (licensed bar and snacks).
  • Falls Fireworks Cruise: Thirty-minute cruise with views of the illuminated Falls and fireworks display (licensed bar and snacks).

Hornblower Niagara Cruises is the company’s first Canadian operation. In business for 30 years, it operates 32 vessels in San Francisco, Berkeley, Sacramento, Long Beach, Newport Beach, Marina Del Rey, San Diego and New York City.


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