We are pleased to announced that Annabella Stagner is the new VP Corporate Marketing and Sales effective immediately. We are thrilled to be able to bring a respected and proven veteran into this key position. Annabella will continue her efforts to support our Niagara Cruises start-up, particularly the development of the new web site, and the Omni ticketing system, which are now mostly transitioned to our new Niagara Management team.
Annabella began her Hornblower career in F&B aboard our vessels in both GLA and the Bay Area. Along her 18+ year career with Hornblower, she has held many key positions with increasing responsibilities and been a VP, team leader, a manager in many departments including our most important startups. She has worked with and mentored many of our best crew, and has worked closely with every Senior Manager in the organization.
Congratulations to Annabella!
Are you planning a holiday party for a group of friends or family? Let Hornblower Cruises & Events take care of all the food, drink, entertainment and clean-up, so you can sit back, relax and enjoy yourself.
Hornblower Cruises & Events is giving away a table for 10 on one of our holiday cruises in San Francisco, San Diego & Greater Los Angeles/Orange County. To enter, go to one of our local Facebook Pages and “Like” us. A winner will be chosen from each port, and all winners will be announced on December 2nd.
Whether you are a group of coworkers, besties forever, or a closeknit family, a Hornblower cruise is the perfect atmosphere for celebrating holiday cheer. And even if your group is bigger than 10, if you win, you can always pay to add on the additional guests, so that no one is left out. It makes the holidays fun, affordable, and painless.
A party with no work and no cleanup what’s not to love? Enter for your chance to win by liking our Facebook page at:
San Francisco Bay Area: http://www.facebook.com/HornblowerSF
San Diego: http://www.facebook.com/HornblowerSD
Greater Los Angeles/Orange County: http://www.facebook.com/HornblowerLA
Private Holiday Parties - ALL Ports
On a Hornblower Holiday Cruise moods are light and personalities shine. So throw your to-do lists overboard, leave the cubicles in your wake, and get the whole office on board for a fresh-air adventure that they'll remember throughout the year. Book by November 30th and receive a boarding glass of champagne and 10% off your hosted bar package. Available in San Francisco, Berkeley, San Diego, Marina del Rey and Newport Beach.
San Francisco & Berkeley
Holiday Cocktail Cruises on San Francisco Bay
Offered on December 6th and 13th, Hornblower’s two hour cocktail cruise is a great way for small groups to get out on the water and celebrate the winter holidays. Guests will enjoy delicious cocktails, accompanied by scrumptious hor d’oeurves and breathtaking views. http://www.hornblower.com/port/overview/sf+san_francisco_Holiday_cocktail_cruise
Belle of the Ball Holiday Dinner Cruise
Get into the holiday spirit with Hornblower on the iconic San Francisco Belle. Indulge with a delicious buffet dinner, hosted wine and beer bar and entertainment. Enjoy the best views of the city lights from multiple exterior viewing decks. Offered on December 7th and 14th. http://www.hornblower.com/port/overview/sf+sanfrancisco_belle_ball
New Year’s Eve
Come aboard a Hornblower yacht to ring in 2014. With three different cruises departing from San Francisco, we have the ideal celebration for you. Enjoy gourmet cuisine prepared fresh onboard, open bars, up close views of the fireworks and festive party favors to help you and your friends celebrate the evening! http://www.hornblower.com/port/category/sf+NewYears
Santa Holiday River Cruises
Visit with Santa on Hornblower’s one hour Santa Holiday River Cruise. Enjoy freshly baked cookies and a cup of hot cocoa, while sailing the Sacramento River with Mr. Claus. http://www.hornblower.com/port/overview/sac+Holiday-River-Cruise
New Year’s Eve River Cruises
Spend your New Year’s Eve on the Sacramento River. Enjoy a unique view of the New Year’s Eve Sky Spectacular Fireworks show onboard a one hour river cruise! You and your guests can relax during an evening cruise under the Tower and I Street Bridges, with background music and a complimentary toast of champagne. http://www.hornblower.com/port/overview/sac+Sacramento_New_Years_Eve_River_Cruise
Orange County / Los Angeles
Newport Beach Parade of Lights
Experience on of the best Parade of Lights in the country from aboard one of Hornblower’s yacht in Newport Beach. The Newport Beach Boat Parade is an incredible display of festively decorated yachts and waterfront homes. Enjoy a glass of champagne, a four-course dinner, a cruise on the harbor, all while marveling at the light display. http://www.hornblower.com/port/overview/nb+christmas_boat_parade
New Year’s Eve
With cruises available in both Newport Beach and Marina del Rey, Hornblower offers a festive cruise to ring in the New Year. Enjoy a boarding glass of champagne, gourmet dinner, music for dancing and ever changing views of the harbor.
Newport Beach: http://www.hornblower.com/cruise?date=12%2F31%2F2013&port=nb
Marina del Rey: http://www.hornblower.com/cruise?date=12%2F31%2F2013&port=mdr
Whale Watching season is upon us, and Hornblower can take you there to see the best views of the migrating whales and dolphins. Enjoy live educational narration by the Captains and trained Naturalists from the Natural History Museum. http://www.hornblower.com/port/overview/sd+whalewatching
Leave the cooking and cleaning to Hornblower. Enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving buffet dinner, while sitting back, relaxing and taking in the sights of San Diego Harbor. http://www.hornblower.com/port/overview/sd+ThanksgivingBuffet
Christmas Eve Dinner
You’ll be greeted by holiday carolers during boarding, and will enjoy a traditional holiday buffet aboard a Hornblower yacht. Enjoy the calm waters and beautiful scenery of San Diego Bay, while entertaining out of town guests or holding an intimate family affair. http://www.hornblower.com/port/overview/sd+ChristmasEveBuffet
Christmas Day Dinner
Experience a lavish traditional holiday buffet aboard a luxurious Hornblower yacht. Santa will make an appearance during boarding and check in for memorable photos. http://www.hornblower.com/port/overview/sd+christmasdaybuffet
Christmas Day Brunch
Join Hornblower Cruises for a memorable Christmas Day celebration complete with beautiful views, photos with Santa Claus and a delectable brunch buffet. Enjoy unlimited champagne, coffee, tea and juice. http://www.hornblower.com/port/overview/sd+ChristmasDayBrunch
New Year’s Eve
Celebrate the New Year on a Hornblower Cruise! We offer three options to celebrate your New Year’s Eve in San Diego. All cruises include splendid cuisine and bubbly champagne, upbeat music and legendary city views. http://www.hornblower.com/port/category/sd+NewYears
Santa's Christmas Eve Dinner
Celebrate this Christmas by feasting with Santa and Hornblower New York. On your Christmas Eve dinner Cruise you will enjoy a delightfull and plentiful buffet, gracious service and stunning views, with a special appearance by Santa! http://www.hornblower.com/port/overview/ny+Christmas-Eve-Dinner
Admiral's New Year's Eve Gala
Enjoy panoramic views of the spectacular New York City skyline aboard one of our all-new vessels, the Hornblower Hybrid. Take in up-close views of fireworks over Lady Liberty, be spoiled by our first-class service and dance your way into 2014 with our DJ taking requests throughout the evening! http://www.hornblower.com/port/overview/ny+admiralnye
Nautical New Year's Celebration
Enjoy panoramic views of the spectacular New York City skyline aboard one of our all-new vessels, the Hornblower Hybrid. Take in up-close views of fireworks over Lady Liberty, be spoiled by our first-class service and dance your way into 2014 with our DJ taking requests throughout the evening! http://www.hornblower.com/port/overview/ny+nauticalnewyear
Recently, Hornblower San Diego had the pleasure of hosting Robert Vogler Jr. and his family onboard our our dinner cruise to celebrate his wife's 85th birthday. Mr. Vogler is a former POW and survivor of the Bataan Death March during World War II.
The Bataan Death March began on April 9, 1942, when the Japanese Army forced more than 60,000 Filipino and American prisoners of war to march 65 miles through the Philippines. The march was characterized by physical abuse and murder, and was declared a war crime by the Allied military commission. Hundreds of prisoners reportedly died during the march, though the exact death toll has been difficult to determine due to the conditions of the war at the time. (Source)
Since the war, Mr. Vogler has been an active member of the POW community, and participated in a delegation that traveled to Japan in October of 2011. The group of seven delegates were all former POWs who were imprisoned by Imperial Japan after the Battle for the Philippines in early 1942. Mr. Vogler joined the US Army Air Corps in January 1940, when he was 19 years old. After his capture following the Battle for the Philippines he survived the Bataan Death March, Camp O'Donnell and Cabanatuan in the Philippines. He eventually found himself in a slave labor camp in China and worked at the MKK factory, which stood for Manshu Kosaku Kikai. He also had to undergo medical treatments that he believes were experiments conducted by the Imperial Army's biological warfare unit. In 1944 he was transferred to Japan as punishment for bad behavior to work for Mitsu Mining. After World War II Mr. Vogler remained in the US Air Force retiring in 1960, and went to work for General Dynamics for sixteen years. In 2000, Mr. Vogler and his wife returned to Japan, to meet with mine representatives, town officials and citizens. (Source)
Following their cruise with us, we received the following message from his daughter, Julie:
I am so proud of the Hornblower for giving such a generous ticket price to our Military, without the discount they couldn't participate. We celebrated my mom's 85th birthday with a group of 12 of us and we were all so impressed with everything and our food was excellent. Many times when you attend and get banquet type food it isn't good but yours was superb. My step dad is a POW and Bataan Death March survivor and the Captain (Rich Goben) came to our table and spoke with him and then invited him to the top as his guest. He was so kind and it made my dad feel very important. Thank you so much again.
Thank you to Mr. Vogler for his service to this country, and to all our members of the armed forces, past and present. We are pleased to extend a discount to our service men and women. Current service members can purchase tickets as special rates for any of our public cruises in any of the cities in which we operate by visiting their MWR office on base. Additionally, military discounts are available through our website or by calling our reservations department at 888-467-6256.
Image of Robert Vogler Jr. from the Pomerado News. The newspaper featured him in October 2011, following his visit with other POWs to Japan. In the picture he is wearing the Japanese-American friendship medal received during that trip.
Laurie Simmons, San Diego
2nd & 3rd Place by Port
We need to come clean: we have more than one hopeless romantic on staff with us here (if it isn’t already obvious with the quote we picked). So, with gay marriage now legally allowed in California again, Hornblower is proud to offer gay & lesbian wedding cruises. To us, love is full of beauty and gives greater meaning to this thing called life. Start sharing in the beauty of life as well as the certain trials and low spots ahead with your significant other.
As mentioned before, there are definitely a couple of us (many of us) who have always dreamed of the special day with that special someone. As a result we always love seeing couples come in looking to plan their dream wedding cruise, all the while seeing how each cannot but help smile when looking at their partner. It makes our hearts soar and our minds race (we also drink a lot of coffee so that might be one factor...) when we see such a pairing.
That big day doesn’t just happen on its own without putting in some work. Wedding planning is hardly ever accompanied by the words ‘fun’ or ‘enjoyable’ in our experience but that doesn’t have to be true for you and your partner. Let us help make your wedding planning more fun and less not-fun with the gorgeous gay & lesbian wedding cruises we offer in Berkeley, San Francisco, Marina del Rey, Newport Beach, Long Beach, San Diego and New York . You take care of the ‘forever after’ part and we’ll help with tying the knot in style.
With Joy & Love,
The Team at Hornblower
This summer, we had the opportunity to host Nyssa, editor of luxury travel and culture blog The Cultureur, for an elegant Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard our renowned Endless Dreams yacht in Newport Beach. As the sun reflected off the glimmering Pacific coastline, our two-hour cruise entertained Nyssa and our guests with lavish foods, drink, and rich history. We hoped to impress such world-travelers with a taste of everything a day on the water has to offer. Make sure to check out her review, and visit www.thecultureur.com for tips that may inspire your next new experience!
It’s always fun and exciting to be the new hire in the office: constant praise, appreciation for the work you’re doing, excitement at being at a new job. All in all it’s pretty great. Then you’re no longer the new hire and your employer keeps expecting the same level of work if not more. Stress creeps in. Doubt rears its ugly head. Growing pains follow. Or maybe it’s nothing like that and it’s rainbows and unicorns for you.
No matter what it’s like for you at work, everybody likes winning things. And few people like corporate events planning. Thankfully we at Hornblower have a solution for you and a way for you to become the office hero all over again. We have the Sunsational Office Summer Party Cruise Sweepstakes in full swing and invite you to enter the contest and potentially win a table for 10 on one of our brunch cruises or dinner cruises. Doesn’t sound too bad, does it?
We’re sure you’re wondering what we get out of this whole thing. Well, maybe there are a few more Facebook ‘likes’ in it for us. Or maybe we’re just trying to help you achieve Employee of the Decade at your job for changing how corporate events planning is done. Let’s be real for a second. Who doesn’t want their boss fawning them for winning a cruise? Nobody. So go ahead and like us on Facebook or enter on our website itself and let the Sunsational Summer begin!
It’s that time of year again: wedding season. Love is in the air and the beautiful summer of 2013 is well on its way and so we encourage you to plan your wedding with us. We would be honored to help you realize your dream of a romantic wedding cruise, whether it’s with a large guest list or a small gathering of your most intimate friends and family.
Have you always dreamt of the perfect wedding? We have a few hopeless romantics among us at Hornblower who have wanted nothing more than to tie the knot with a partner and, as a result, we have really tried to make our wedding cruises a dream come true for everyone involved.
Trust us at Hornblower to make your wedding just the way you had always hoped it would be. Choose from any one of our wedding cruise options which vary from port-to-port and are offered in San Francisco, Berkeley, Sacramento, Marina Del Rey, Long Beach, Newport Beach, San Diego, and New York.
We invite you to share your dream with us and help you make your wedding day one of the happiest days of your life. Visit us here to begin the process and congratulations on finding someone so special.
The Team at Hornblower