Offering Magical Rooftop Screenings of Classic Movies with Tasty Bites on San Diego Bay


San Diego, September 9, 2020 –  Hornblower Cruises and Events is introducing an open-air cinema and dining experience aboard its San Diego flagship vessel. A city-first, this new initiative is perfectly timed for movie lovers who want to switch off the small screen and upscale their film-watching under the stars. Serving up an array of blockbusters and cult classics alongside a delicious meal, the series kicks off – or casts off, rather – on September 17 with a showing of Groundhog Day.

“Conceived in response to current demand for original, socially distanced events, our big-screen experience is a must for San Diegans,” said Kevin Lorton, Hornblower’s Regional Vice President for Southern California. “Whether looking for date night inspiration, a fun family activity or a social get together with friends, this all-in-one package of great food, fantastic views and a movie bring together all the essential elements for a truly memorable experience on the water.”

Floating movie nights will take place on the top deck of Inspiration – the biggest yacht in Hornblower’s San Diego fleet. Rising 30 feet off the water, the vast Sky Deck is fully open-air and offers 360-degree views of the Bay and the twinkling lights of the city. At 8,000 sq. feet, there is more than enough room on board for everyone to stay safely apart while enjoying the movie.

Movies will be shown on an ultra-large screen with audio provided via external speakers or by tuning into the Hornblower App through guests’ devices using their own headphones. A special movie night menu features an array of delicious dishes such as Short Rib Pot Pie, Lobster Roll and Chicken Kabobs alongside a variety of appetizers and yummy desserts. All can be enjoyed with your favorite tipple from a range of wines, beers and cocktails on offer.

Screenings will take place twice weekly, Thursdays and Sundays, with the following lineup of popular classics:

September 17   Groundhog Day

September 20   Black Panther

September 24   Crazy Rich Asians

September 27   Toy Story 4

October 1         Dirty Dancing

October 4         Back to the Future

Adult prices start at $48.00, Child (ages 4-12) $35.00, Family Package for 4 is $134.00 (2 Adults + 2 Children) and includes popcorn and an entrée of your choice. All movie’s to be shown range from G – PG13. For the ultimate date night, a special package offers bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champagne with dinner and premium seating from $149.00. All packages are subject to availability and exclude fees and taxes.

This special 3-hour experience takes place from 6:00pm – 9:00pm, and departs from Pier 1, Hornblower Landing, 1800 N. Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101.

To provide reassurance in the current pandemic environment, the experience on board has been adapted to reflect the need for social distance, alongside elevated health and hygiene measures as part of Hornblower’s stringent SafeCruise program. This includes the wearing of face coverings on board, except when seated at your table. All seating is pre-assigned, with tables spaced at least 6 feet apart from other parties.

Due to current capacity restrictions, numbers aboard are strictly limited, so movie-goers are encouraged to book early to guarantee a seat. Tickets are on sale now at or call 855-253-7943.

About SafeCruise by Hornblower
Established over 25 years ago, SafeCruise by Hornblower delivers industry-defining standards for health, safety and security across the Hornblower Group of companies. Continuously improving, the program follows the most up to date government and industry guidelines and applies decades-long operational expertise to ensure a safe environment for guests and crew members, while maintaining Hornblower’s excellent record of safety.

About Hornblower Cruises and Events
Hornblower Cruises and Events is North America’s largest and leading provider of water-based dining, sightseeing, private charter and transportation experiences. 22 coveted destinations are offered in the US, Canada and the UK, where the company employs over 4,300 shipmates who operate a fleet of 157 vessels serving upwards of 9.8 million guests each year. Hornblower Cruises and Events is a division of Hornblower Group which operates the official ferry boat service to Alcatraz Island, the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island Memorial Museum on behalf of the National Park Service as well as the New York NYC Ferry, American Queen Steamboat Company, Hornblower Niagara Cruises, Victory Cruises Lines and HMS Global Maritime. The expansive portfolio reflects almost a century of sector expertise and innovation ­­– from pioneering the earliest river sightseeing tours and dining cruises to developing the revolutionary Hornblower Hybrid, a vessel powered by wind, solar and battery electricity. For more information visit

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