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Hornblower Hosts the 11th Annual Pet Day on the Bay

March 25, 2011


SAN DIEGO, APRIL 24, 2011 ---

 Hornblower’s 11th annual “Pet Day on the Bay” benefit is May 14

Festive, dog-friendly cruise supports the Helen Woodward Animal Center

This May 14, Hornblower Cruises & Events’ popular Harbor Cruises will go to the dogs – and benefit orphaned, abused and needy animals in the process.

Hornblower’s 11th annual “Pet Day on the Bay” is the one time each year that dogs cruise for free with their owners. People pay just $20 per ticket, with a portion of the proceeds supporting facility renovations at Helen Woodward Animal Center (HWAC) in Rancho Santa Fe. Guests are also encouraged to contribute a gently used blanket or towel that can warm animals at the center.

To better accommodate the schedules of owners and their furry first mates, this year’s Pet Day outings have been moved to Saturday: Three one-hour cruises are scheduled, setting off at 10:30 a.m., noon and 1:30 p.m. on May 14. Each departs from the Hornblower ticket booth at 1066 North Harbor Drive, San Diego 92101. Guests are also invited to board without dogs, or to simply stop by the ticket booth between 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. to drop off blankets, towels or financial donations for HWAC.

Last year’s 10th anniversary Pet Day cruises were a tail-wagging good time, and participants and pups gave generously to pets in need.

“Each year, we rescue, protect and find homes for thousands of deserving animals. Enhancing our facilities will allow us to have an even greater impact,” says HWAC President Michael Arms. “The financial contributions gathered through Pet Day on the Bay bring us closer to our goals, while the donated blankets and towels comfort orphaned and injured animals on a daily basis.”

“Hornblower is proud to partner with Helen Woodward Animal Center and our Pet Day on the Bay sponsors,” adds Rebecca Milkey, Hornblower director of marketing. “This event is just one way we can support those doing important work in our community, while offering exciting cruise options for guests in the process.”

Hornblower wishes to thank the Port of San Diego and PETCO for sponsoring this year’s Pet Day on the Bay.

Well-behaved dogs of all sizes and breeds are welcome for the 2011 Pet Day cruises. Canines must be kept on a leash throughout the cruise, and each dog must be accompanied by an adult. This event is not appropriate for dogs that are unpredictable in crowds, or for those that dislike strangers or other dogs; pups behaving badly will be asked to leave and their owners will receive a coupon to return for a non-dog cruise.

For more Pet Day on the Bay information, or to learn about Hornblower Cruises & Events’ daily tours, private charters and special events cruises, call 619-686-8700 or visit Upcoming San Diego Bay outings include Easter and Mother’s Day Brunches, Sunset Dinner Cruises and Sunday Champagne Brunch Cruises.

The Helen Woodward Animal Center believes that animals help people and people help animals through trust, unconditional love, and respect. Sharing this philosophy with others, the Center inspires and teaches, locally and globally, the importance of the animal-human bond. To learn about the Helen Woodward Animal Center and its animal adoptions, boarding services and programs, visit


Hornblower Cruises & Events has been the leading charter yacht and public dining cruise company in California for over 30 years. The company operates 32 vessels in San Francisco, Berkeley, Sacramento, Long Beach, Newport Beach, Marina del Rey and San Diego. The 1000 passenger Inspiration Hornblower is one of San Diego’s premier venues. In addition, Hornblower San Diego offers seasonal Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventures and year round Harbor Cruises. For more information visit: