San Diego, California (April 17, 2018) – On April 28th, Hornblower Cruises & Events will host its 18th annual “Pet Day on the Bay” cruise, sponsored by Petco, Petco Positive Dog Training and The Port of San Diego. It’s a special day where dogs get to enjoy a fun-filled harbor cruise with their owners.

Proceeds go to the Helen Woodward Animal Center (HWAC), a local non-profit that provides care and comfort to orphaned animals. Donations of gently used towels and blankets are also accepted for HWAC.

Best Sightseeing on San Diego Bay with Your Dog:
These one-hour cruises offer breathtaking views of the San Diego skyline and storied landmarks, as well as a chance to experience delightful marine animals and majestic sea birds up close! Hornblower’s professional photographers will take pictures for purchase at boarding.

Special Guests:
Joining the 10:00 a.m. cruise will be Pet Day Annual Ambassador, Chopper the Biker Dog (and his owner Mark!).

Delectable Doggie Treat Bar by Petco:
A special smorgasbord to pamper pups throughout the cruise with a variety of mouthwatering treats (Sponsored by Petco)

Expert Dog Training Tips:
Darris Cooper will be onboard all day from Petco’s dog training department, sharing helpful advice and suggestions for dog owners wanting to brush up on their pet handling skills (Sponsored by Petco Positive Dog Training.)

Support For HWAC:
In addition to the proceeds from ticket sales, passengers are asked to bring much needed/gently used blankets and towels to further assist HWAC’s animals in need.

Reservations are now being accepted!

Four one-hour cruises are scheduled on April 28, departing at 9:30 a.m./11:15 a.m./1:00 p.m. and 2:45 pm from Pier 1 at Hornblower Landing at 1800 N. Harbor Drive. Boarding begins 30 minutes prior to departure.

Costs are $27 for adults, $13.50 for children ages 4 to 12 and $25 for seniors and the military. Children age 3 and under cruise free.

Safety is a priority for this event. Retractable leashes are NOT allowed. Canines must be kept on a leash throughout the cruise. Each cruise is limited to one dog per adult.


The Helen Woodward Animal Center believes that animals help people and people help animals through trust, unconditional love, and respect. Sharing this philosophy with others, the Center inspires and teaches, locally and globally, the importance of the animal-human bond. To learn about the Helen Woodward Animal Center and its animal adoptions, boarding services and programs, visit

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