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September 27, 2011

Hornblower Hybrid, America’s largest commercial hybrid vessel, launched in Bridgeport, Conn. this month and will undergo sea trials and final approvals from the United States Coast Guard before making its home in New York City this November. Hydrogen fuel cells, solar panels and wind turbines can power the 600-passenger energy-conserving vessel, which will transport guests on sightseeing, dinner and special event cruises.

Beyond its fuel saving capabilities, the vessel incorporates sustainable materials throughout the design. The distinctive exterior features blue-tinted recycled glass exterior viewing platforms, which combined with a spacious atrium, guarantees amazing New York skyline views. Intimate low voltage mood lighting, aluminum wall coverings and ceiling panels and Vetrazzo countertops of recycled glass further reduce resource consumption, while creating a contemporary look.

The Hybrid’s two indoor decks can accommodate a variety of configurations for corporate, social, school and wedding events while thousands of energy efficient LED lights are customizable to any color scheme. Charter and public cruise guests can also enjoy the multiple open-air decks, vessel-wide multimedia system, on-board touchscreen tablets and complimentary Wi-Fi.

“In addition to the breakthrough technology that powers the vessel, our guests will be amazed with the innovative on-board technology,” said Terry MacRae, CEO of Hornblower Cruises & Events. “Great attention to detail went into creating this vessel, including all the hi-tech features, which help fit with today’s lifestyle and give our guests the ability to enjoy the most personalized events.”

Charters and Special Events on the Hornblower Hybrid are available beginning November 2011, with public dining cruises scheduled in early 2012. The vessel will also serve to visitors the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island through Hornblower Cruises & Events’ subsidiary and National Park Service (NPS) concessionaire Statue Cruises.

Hornblower, North America’s largest privately owned passenger vessel operator, will introduce three other vessels to the New York/New Jersey Market in 2012, including the 1,100-passenger Hornblower Infinity. For more information on the Hornblower Hybrid, visit Statue Cruises’ ferry tickets and charters may be booked at

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About Hornblower New York

Hornblower New York is a subsidiary of Hornblower Cruises & Events, one of the largest charter yacht, dining cruise and eco tour companies in the country. The company operates America’s first hydrogen hybrid commercial vessel, the Hornblower Hybrid, and will launch a four-boat fleet in 2012. Designed as premier venues for dinner cruises and private events, the vessels offer a variety of configurations for capacities up to 1,100 guests. For more information visit: