Offering Al Fresco Dining and Sightseeing Experiences from Chelsea Piers and Lincoln Harbor Marina, NJ
New York, July 15, 2020 – With New York dining and sightseeing cruises restarting the week of July 20, Hornblower Cruises and Events is now offering an exciting choice of al fresco experiences for those craving a getaway – all without leaving the city! Boasting the Big Apple’s most sought-after roof tops, mesmerizing views are guaranteed while cruising aboard the company’s fleet of modern yachts.
While guests can still expect the same high standards and welcoming service, experiences have been adapted to reflect the need for social distance, alongside elevated health and hygiene practices. And with expansive outer decks, vessels also provide plentiful space and fresh air – there is more than enough room on board for everyone to stay safely apart.
Hornblower’s General Manager, Nilda Bracero is urging fellow residents to take a staycation and let the city surprise them all over again: “What better way to celebrate summer and rediscover the world’s most iconic city than from the spacious deck of one of our cruise vessels! We are thrilled to be able to offer an expanded program of dining and sightseeing experiences from our berths on Manhattan and in New Jersey.”
Dining Cruises Departing from New York and New Jersey
With guest spaces spread over several levels, Hornblower’s sleek vessels combine delicious al fresco dining with ever-changing 360-degree views of New York’s famed skyline while cruising along the Hudson and East Rivers.
For those looking to set sail this summer, Hornblower offers a choice of lunch and dinner experiences departing from its berths at Lincoln Harbor Marina, NJ and Chelsea Piers, NYC (starting July 24). Cruises feature freshly prepared multi-course menus complemented by a sophisticated selection of award-winning wines, craft beers and specialty cocktails. Prices start at *$71.90 (lunch), *$127.90 (dinner). For private groups, Hornblower Private Yachts also operates luxurious charter options.
Alive After Five Cocktail Cruises
Available every Thursday through Saturday, the 2-hour Alive After Five Cocktail Cruise is a fun alternative for small social gatherings while listening to atmospheric background music and soaking up the Big Apple’s mesmerizing skyline. It is perfectly timed for those looking to wind down after a busy day with cocktail in hand! A range of refreshments and delicious appetizers are available for purchase on board. To reflect current requirements, guests will remain seated and be served at their table. Starting July 23, cruises depart from Pier 15 and start at $27.82.
New York Hop-On, Hop-Off Sightseeing Cruises
On the 90-minute Hop-On, Hop-Off Sightseeing Cruise guests can expect a comprehensive tour of NYC’s must-see sights, alongside an engaging live narration from the onboard guide. Operating Thursday through Sunday between 12pm and 4:45pm, guests can jump on and off at several stops in Midtown and Downtown. Prices start at: *$35 (adult) *$25 (child ages 4-12).
Rooftop on the Dock
For a limited time only, several of the company’s largest vessels will be opening their expansive outside decks for the ultimate rooftop experience. This exclusive outdoor pop-up is a fun alternative for social gatherings while listening to great tunes. A table-side bar service and light bites will be available for purchase. Entry to Rooftop on the Dock is free on a first come, first serve basis and in accordance with current capacity limits. Dates this coming weekend – weather permitting – July 17 from Pier 15 and July 18 from Chelsea Piers’ Pier 61.
Keeping Everyone Safe Onboard
To provide reassurance in the current pandemic environment, Hornblower has expanded its industry defining SafeCruise by Hornblower program, building on already stringent sanitation processes, to incorporate further health-driven measures to guard against the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses.
These include, but are not limited to:
- Mandatory daily crew member health screening, and wearing of appropriate PPE
- Revising boarding and ticketing procedures to allow for social distancing and touchless entry
- Requiring guests to wear face masks while cruising, except while eating and drinking
- Reducing the number of guests on board, and adapting all seating and table spacing to allow for a minimum 6-foot distance between guests while they cruise
- Implementing enhanced sanitation and disinfection procedures, with hand sanitizing stations available throughout
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. www.hornblower.com/safecruise
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 www.hornblower.com