April 18, 2019 – Hornblower Group has acquired Entertainment Cruises, uniting the best-known names in the river and harbor cruising industry in one company. The transaction brings together the best in product experience and execution, with an expansive footprint of thirteen brands, 150 vessels and almost 5,000 shipmates across 19 locations in the U.S. and Canada.
The newly merged businesses will boost Hornblower’s Cruises and Events division and offer broader choice of locations and experiences for guests in the dining, sightseeing, transport and charter cruise segments.
CEO Kenneth Svendsen continues to lead Entertainment Cruises as President of Hornblower’s Cruises and Events division, reporting to Hornblower Group Chairman and CEO Terry MacRae.
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Hornblower Cruises and Events locations, include New York, New Jersey, Chicago, Washington D.C., Boston, Baltimore, Alexandria, Philadelphia, National Harbor, Norfolk, Toronto, San Francisco, Berkley, Old Sacramento, Newport Beach, Marina Del Rey, Long Beach, San Diego & Niagara Falls.
Headquartered in San Francisco, Hornblower Group 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 Hornblower Cruises and Events, 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/our-experiences.
Entertainment Cruises is the premier provider of water-based dining, sightseeing and transportation experiences in North America. Over the last 40 years, the company has continually redefined the domestic marine hospitality industry, establishing a portfolio of eight distinctive, award-winning brands that are available in popular US city locations such as Alexandria VA, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Norfolk VA, Philadelphia, National Harbor, New York, Weehawken NJ, Washington D.C. area, as well as Toronto, Canada, following the acquisition of Mariposa Cruises in August 2018. Continuously innovating to elevate guest experience, the company recently debuted Odyssey Chicago River, a luxurious glass-enclosed vessel that pairs upscale dining and entertainment with an entirely unique 360-degree panoramic perspective that fully immerses guests in the spectacular architecture and vibrant energy of the Chicago River. Today, almost 2,800 full-time and part-time shipmates operate a fleet of 48 vessels, delivering over 27,000 cruises to upwards of 2.3 million guests each year. Entertainment Cruises is part of the PPC Partners group of companies. For more information, visit entertainmentcruises.com