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November 1, 2009

Charles Bills to be Corporate Vice President of Marine Operations and Engineering

San Francisco, CA – Hornblower Cruises & Events has appointed respected maritime executive, Charles Bills, as the Corporate Vice President of Marine Operations and Engineering. Charlie had previous worked for Hornblower from 2003 through 2007. In his new position he is responsible for managing capital expenditure projects as well as overseeing the marine operations in each of the company’s seven locations nation-wide.

Charlie will also oversee engineering projects for the company. In recent years Hornblower has become an industry leader through the successful design and operation of the nation’s first hybrid ferryboat, the Hornblower Hybrid. Hornblower is currently developing a ferry powered by hydrogen and capable of operating an entire day without generating emissions. The Hornblower Hydrogen Hybrid is currently in development for service in the Statue Cruises fleet.

“Charlie is a strong asset to our crew. His many years of experience with the United States Coast Guard and his engineering background fit nicely with the direction Hornblower is headed,” said Terry MacRae, CEO of Hornblower Cruises & Events.

Charlie spent over twenty years with the Coast Guard, serving as Commanding Officer for the stations in Portland, OR and San Juan, PR. He worked for several leading engineering and construction firms before coming to Hornblower in 2003. Between 2007 and his return to Hornblower  he was the General Manager of a small firm that provides environmental-friendly solutions for homes and businesses.

Hornblower Cruises & Events has been the leading charter yacht and public dining cruise company in the United States for more than 29 years. The company operates over 50 vessels, including the 3 largest dining yachts on the West Coast and the first Hybrid ferry in the United States. The company operates two ferry service concessions for the National Park ServiceAlcatraz Cruises provides transportation to Alcatraz Island and Statue Cruises provides transportation to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.  In 2005 Hornblower founded Respect Our Planet, a nationwide environmental organization dedicated to educating Hornblower guests and employees on how to protect and preserve the environment. For more information visit:


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.