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December 14, 2009

Guests get close encounter with rare species

San Diego, CA (December 14, 2009) – Guests aboard the Hornblower Cruises & Events’ Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure this past Saturday were treated to a very rare site. A pod of five Oracs (also called Killer Whales) surfaced close to the vessel, then swam up to the vessel – close enough for passengers to feel the mist coming from the whale’s blowholes. The sighting occurred about nine miles off the coast of Point Loma.

Orcas are not often seen in San Diego, but can be nomadic in their search for food. As young Gray whales are a favorite meal for the species, they could be positioning themselves for the northern trip of the Gray Whales a few months from now. 

The fantastic sighting occurred on the opening day of Whale Watching for Hornblower. The season is expected to last through April. Whale Watching cruises depart from the South Broadway pier at 9:30 AM and 1:30 PM daily. For tickets go to, call 888-HORNBLOWER or visit the Hornblower Ticket Booth.


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 or 1-866-HORNBLOWER.