t’s a great time to celebrate one of Hollywood’s most beloved stars, John Wayne. As his birthday approaches on May 26 (he would be 110 years old this year), Hornblower Cruises & Events is offering exclusive John Wayne themed cocktail cruises and dining cruises aboard his former private yacht, Wild Goose.

Those joining us for a commemorative cruise can expect to feel like they have been transported back in time, with three decks of gorgeous woodwork, priceless paintings, intricate carvings and unique amenities. They will also experience an unforgettable front seat to the glorious sights and sounds of John Wayne’s stomping grounds, Newport Beach harbor, where they will see stunning beaches, towering luxury yachts and sprawling celebrity mansions.

Additionally, guests will have the opportunity to meet John Wayne’s personal captain, Bert Minshall, snap selfies with Madame Tussauds iconic John Wayne wax sculpture, cruise by his former 10 bedroom mansion, participate in informal staff tours of the ship and purchase a special drink made with Duke Spirit’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon.

A portion of ticket sales will benefit the John Wayne Cancer Foundation in support of the actor’s final wish: to find a cure for cancer. Learn more about the John Wayne Cancer Foundation at www.johnwayne.org.

More about Wild Goose:

For 15 years John Wayne spent his life aboard Wild Goose, a 136-foot converted World War II US Navy mine-sweeper and sister ship to Jacques Cousteau’s Calypso. In its heyday, the legendary yacht traveled the world, served as a relaxation haven for the actor and hosted parties with impressive guest lists that included the likes of Dean Martin, Bob Hope and Sammy Davis Jr. Today, it remains an intact vessel for John Wayne fans to tour and explore, is listed on the National U.S. Register of Historic Places and is currently the star of Hornblower Cruises & Events’ Newport Beach fleet of charter yachts.

Interested in taking part in the festivities? Reservations are now being accepted for the following cruises:


May 18, 24, 25 and 31

6PM–8PM | $40 per person


May 20, 27, 28 and 29

12PM–2PM | $69.95 per person


May 19, 20, 21, 27 and 28

7:30OM–10:30PM | $92.95 per person

To purchase tickets: Call 888–Hornblower or visit the Hornblower Cruises website at John Wayne Birthday Cruises. Taxes and service fees are additional. Discounts are available for children, groups, seniors and the military.

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