CITY CRUISES SAN FRANCISCO ANNOUNCES THE RETURN OF ITS NEWLY REIMAGINED FLAGSHIP YACHT, THE CALIFORNIA HORNBLOWER, TO THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY. After undergoing an extensive renovation, the 550-passenger vessel has returned to the fleet of now eight Bay Area City Cruises vessels to meet rising demand for corporate & private events and live experiences.

San Francisco, CA (November 15, 2022) – City Experiences announced today that City Cruises San Francisco’s flagship yacht, the California Hornblower (The Cal), will return as a newly reimagined vessel for sailings on the San Francisco Bay.  After undergoing a complete transformation including: refurbished bars, new windows, refreshed dance floors, renovated bathrooms, and an updated lobby, among other upgrades, The Cal has returned once again to host dining cruises, corporate events, weddings and special events for its guests.  For more information, visit


“We are thrilled to once again welcome guests aboard the iconic California Hornblower with a newly refreshed vessel,”


said Jill Benson, general manager, City Cruises San Francisco.  “After the past two years, we have seen that personal connection can’t be replaced as live experiences are continuing to rebound.  With that, we are seeing an increased demand with our group reservations as we head into 2023. The Cal been a part of the fabric of the San Francisco Bay for so many years, hosting decades of weddings, graduations and special events for our guests. We are excited to re-welcome the vessel back into our San Francisco fleet to create memories once again for new generations to come.”


Embarking on its first sailing in 1989, The Cal was the largest dining yacht on the West Coast and has hosted an nearly 900,000 guests since its inception. Today, it remains a popular vessel for corporate and private groups with three climate-controlled decks, an open-air sundeck, multiple dance floors and room for 550-passengers.


The Cal will also host public dining and entertainment cruises, including Signature and Premier Brunch and Dinner Cruises on the San Francisco Bay. These 2.5-hour cruises include chef-prepared meals, live music, and unbeatable San Francisco views, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Bay Bridge, and Alcatraz Island.


City Cruises offers guests exceptional dining and sightseeing opportunities across its footprint of 21 ports in the US and Canada.  Whether you’re looking for a night out on the town with dinner and cocktails, celebrating a special occasion with your family on our brunch cruises or taking in the majestic sights of the ocean with our whale watching experiences in San Diego and Boston, City Cruises offers something for everyone!  All delivered by our exception Crew, we continue to deliver extraordinary service and hospitality through our mission of creating amazing experiences for our guests.


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About City Experiences

City Experiences represents Hornblower Group’s expansive portfolio of water- and land-based experience companies and includes two sub-brands: City Cruises and City Ferry.  City Cruises companies operate dining, sightseeing and private events across 22 destinations in the U.S., Canada and the UK. City Cruises companies also operate cruises on behalf of the National Park Service and the Niagara Parks Commission and currently hold service contracts to provide ferry service to the Statue of Liberty National Monument and the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration, Alcatraz Island and Niagara Falls. City Ferry companies offer specialized knowledge and expertise required to transport passengers, vehicles and other cargo safely across inland and coastal waterways, serving as operator of NYC Ferry and Puerto Rico ferry system, among others.  City Experiences’ portfolio of companies also offers a range of water- and land-based experiences including shore excursions, partner-offered experiences, multi-port packages, with companies including Venture Ashore, Niagara Jet City Cruises, Walks and Devour Tours.  For more information visit


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Tracie Silberberg / City Experiences / [email protected]
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