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HORNBLOWER ANNOUNCES PARTICIPATION IN SEAFOOD WATCH PROGRAM, CONVERSION TO BIO DIESEL FUEL

April 9, 2008

San Francisco – Hornblower Cruises & Events has implemented a series of operational changes to reduce the company’s impact on the local environment. From a conversion to bio diesel fuel, green cleaning products, and sustainable seafood, these changes are being communicated to guests so that they too can make positive changes to help the environment.

Seven of the eight vessels in the Bay Area have begun using bio diesel fuel. Bio diesel, which is produced from vegetable products, is typically blended with regular diesel fuel when used in marine engines. Hornblower is currently using a 5% blend and will gradually increase to 20% by the end of the year. Bio diesel is domestically-produced petroleum that can be mixed with diesel fuel to reduce engine emissions. It provides a two-fold reduction by lowering emissions levels and reducing dependency on foreign oil. Because bio diesel is produced in the United States, its use provides employment opportunities and simulates the economy.

“Alternative fuels have been growing in popularity, and while they may not be a permanent or long term solution to our energy and climate crisis, we do know that the use of bio diesel results in lower emissions,” said Claire Sherwood, Vice President and General Manager of Hornblower Cruises & Events in the Bay Area. “We hope that our actions inspire our guests to look at all aspects of their lives, and where they can also work to improve the environment where they live.”

Hornblower’s new Executive Chef, T Collins, has brought new flavor and sizzle to the galleys. He has also implemented a sustainable seafood purchasing program. By following the guidelines established by the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program, Hornblower hopes to educate guests about the importance of catching and eating seafood from sustainable fisheries. All the seafood prepared onboard will align with either the aquarium’s “Best Choices” or “Good Alternatives.”

Hornblower will be distributing the Seafood Watch Consumer Pocket Guides to any interested guest on all public brunch, lunch or dinner cruises and private events. Additionally information about the program and links to more information will be available on Hornblower’s web site, www.hornblower.com.

“Our hope is that guests on board will understand why we, as a company, have made this choice, and the next time they are in a position to make a seafood selection, they will have the information necessary to make a sustainable choice,” said Hornblower Executive Chef, T Collins. “Knowledge is an important weapon, and the more information spreads the closer we get to ultimately saving many species of fish that may otherwise go extinct.”

In 2007, Hornblower began using environmentally friendly Betco cleaning products on all the vessels, including the historic Ferryboat Santa Rosa, which serves as the company’s corporate office. These products are Green Seal certified, which means they are designed and manufactured in an environmentally responsible manner.  

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About Hornblower Cruises & Events

Hornblower Cruises & Events has been California’s leading charter yacht and public dining cruise company for nearly 30 years. With 35 distinct vessels, ranging from cozy, custom-designed catamarans to the 3 largest dining yachts on the West Coast, Hornblower welcomes guests for classic sightseeing and dining cruises, corporate outings, weddings, special events, environmental tours and film shoots. In California, the company sails from San Francisco, Berkeley, Sacramento, Long Beach, Newport Beach, Marina del Rey and San Diego. Alcatraz Cruises and Statue Cruises, which are Hornblower subsidiaries and National Park Service concessioners, provide water transportation services to Alcatraz Island, the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island. Learn more at www.hornblower.com or 1-866-HORNBLOWER.