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The Return of Patches the Famous Dolphin

Yesterday, admist another incredible day of Whale and Dolphin Watching, we spotted Patches, the most famous, offshore Bottlenose Dolphin on the West Coast! Patches is a  rare, black-and-white piebald dolphin. His unique coloration is called leucism and results from a partial loss of pigmentation that causes Patches to have white, patchy colorations on his skin. Patches  is usually seen frolicking with other offshore Bottlenose Dolphins and always thrills the guests,…

Summertime Whale Watching

We began our Summer Whale Watching and Dolphin Watching season with sunny skies, calm seas, and a sampling of baleen whales. Each cruise was filled with thousands of playful dolphins, mostly Common Dolphins, but also Pacific Offshore Bottlenose Dolphins. At times, the dolphins surrounded the Adventure Hornblower as they leapt nearby and rode the bow and stern wakes of the boat. The highlights of the cruises, were cameo appearances by…

2018-2019 Winter Whale Watching Report

INsert text 2018- 2019 Winter Whale Watching Report DateMorning CruiseAfternoon CruiseNotes 04/21/197 Fin Whales, 120+ Common Dolphinsn/aMorning Cruise: The morning started with choppy seas and stiff wind which settled down mid cruise. After a couple hours we observed seven fin whales at different sightings. At one time there were three whales reasonably close to our boat on both sides and we could see blows in the distance. We were able…

Good Company Culture: What it Means and How to Get it.

Start Planning Today The daily grind. A common way to describe one’s job, whereas grinding typically means to pulverize into fine dust. It’s a reassuring way to describe an activity most of the world has to participate in. Who among us hasn’t disliked a colleague, whined about the lack of work-life balance, or lamented in the absence of transparency in our work environments? At some point, most people will work…

Blue Whale Watching in San Diego

Book Your Whale Watching Tour BLUE WHALE  Balaenoptera musculus The blue whale a rorqual, a family that also includes the humpback whale, fin whale, Bryde’s whale, sei whale, Omura’s whale, and minke whale. On land an animal the size of a blue whale would be crushed by its own weight without the support of large heavy bones. Because its body is supported by water,  the need for heavy bones  disappeared. This, plus…

Gray Whale

Description: The average size of a gray whale is approximately 11 to 15 meters (36–50 feet) long, and it may weigh up to 45,000 kg (49.6 tons). Like other baleen whales, females grow larger than males. Seen from above, a gray whale’s body tapers at both ends, and is a dark slate color that can appear mottled gray. Generally, so many barnacles and whitish scars appear on older whales that…

Blue Whale Watching from Hornblower Gives Passengers The Thrill Of A Lifetime

Starting June 28th, Whale Watching Tours Depart Friday thru Monday at 9am From Downtown San Diego   San Diego, California (June 13, 2019) – Starting June 28th, Hornblower Cruises & Events will once again offer San Diego visitors and residents, the epic experience of getting up close and personal with some of the most magnificent creatures on earth – blue whales.  For over 25 years, Hornblower’s captains have introduced thousands…

The Hornblower Difference

What a difference Hornblower makes! You have choices on your vacation in San Diego…here’s why we think you should pick Hornblower in San Diego! ALL CRUISES Never have to share tables with strangers All yachts Climate controlled interiors, includes AC or Heat Free WiFi Multiple Bathrooms Tables and moveable chairs NIGHTLY DINNER CRUISE Private tables are always guaranteed, no additional fee We cruise 365 days a year, 7 days a…

How a Surprise Proposal Turned Into a Sunset Reception.

Start Planning Today Lindsey and Mike were married on September 1st. The ceremony was held offsite at UC Botanical Garden in Berkeley. Once their “I Do’s” were exchanged, the happy couple and their 70 guests proceeded onto the Berkeley Marina where they boarded the Sunset Hornblower for their wedding reception. Their evening was spent taking in the sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay on the front bow and dancing…