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2016 Calendar of Events

Events and occasions to celebrate

Special Events call for special celebrations, and we've got them all lined up and ready to go in 2016. Come celebrate the seasons-and book early, because these are our most popular cruises.


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Calendar of Events 2016

Lobster Dinner Cruises – Friday & Saturday Nights – Jan-Nov.
Go ahead, have the lobster! Try Hornblower’s specialty lobster menu, available throughout San Diego lobster season. You'll board your yacht with a glass of champagne and be treated to a three-course dinner including a giant Caesar salad, lobster tail, potatoes du jour, fresh seasonal vegetables and your choice of a premium dessert. More information...

Full Moon Dinner Cruises for 2016 – September 16-17, October 14-15, November 14, December 13.

Evenings on the water take on a whole new luster under the light of a full moon. Come aboard Hornblower’s signature Dinner Cruise and enjoy a boarding glass of champagne, a three course dinner and plenty of time to dance and take in the sights of the sparkling San Diego skyline. Reserve now...

Sights & Sips Sunset Cruises ­– May 6 – October 29
Every Friday and Saturday night enjoy the exclusive sunset happy hour created by Hornblower Cruises & Events. Boarding at 5:30 and cruising from 6-8p.m. with light hors d’oeuvres and DJ entertainment, plus drink specials, it’s a great way to start the weekend.  Book Now...

Bands on the Bay Dinner Cruises – Friday nights, June 3 – September 30

Friday nights come to life on Hornblower! You'll board your yacht with a glass of champagne and be treated to a three-course dinner set to the sounds of live music. With a band every month, from blues to swing to covers of legendary favorites, this is the perfect choice for a new Friday night tradition of dinner and dancing.  More information...

Summer Whale & Dolphin Watching Adventure Cruise in partnership with the San Diego Natural History Museum June 24-September 4

Take a ride on the wild side on a Whale & Dolphin Watching Adventure! Get up close and personal with Blue Whales, dolphins and other marine life. Cruises include full narration, on-board experts from the San Diego Natural History Museum, climate-controlled indoor areas and plenty of room on the outer decks. More info....

City Lights Fireworks Dinner Cruises – Select Dates in July, August, September

Come aboard for our most popular three-hour dinner cruise, combining champagne, a mouth-watering three-course dinner, DJ entertainment, views of San Diego, and a fireworks show above the bay to top it all off.  More information...

Tall Ship Parade Spectator Cruise – September 2

Viewing the tall ships from all over the world is a rare experience. If you like to take pictures, this is very unique also. Join Hornblower for a special 2 hour cruise to view Tall Ships during Maritime Museum of San Diego Tall Ship Festival.  More information...

Labor Day Weekend Celebration Cruises – September 2-5

Celebrate on the Bay! Join us for a Labor Day BBQ & Beer Cruise on Monday or come aboard any other cruises throughout the weekend. One and two hour Harbor Cruises & Sea Lion Adventures- six cruises daily, beginning at 10am. Sunset Dinner Cruises – nightly, 7-10 pm. Champagne Brunch Cruise – Sunday, 10am-1pm.  More information...

Fleet Week Sea & Air Parade Spectator Cruise - Sept. 10 

Sea N Air Parade is soaring back to San Diego with great fanfare as we prepare to experience the best of the U.S. military on display and in action.  More information...

September - First Responders Cruise free on one and two hour Narrated Harbor Tours  More information...

Grandparent’s Day Brunch & Dinner Cruises – September 13

Treat your most loved grandparents to a spectacular time on a 2-hour Hornblower Brunch or 3 hour dinner Cruise! They will enjoy a unique treat aboard one of our elegant yachts.  

San Diego Restaurant Week Dinner Cruises – September 25-October 2

3 hour cruise, 3 course dinner, $50! Restaurant week offers the best Dinner Cruise prices of the year, with Hornblower’s signature Dinner Cruise starting at just $50 per person. This is a great time to come aboard to be treated to the Hornblower experience at a great value. 

Kids Cruise Free – October

Hornblower Cruises & Events is inviting kids to explore San Diego Bay for FREE with their families. Kids 12 years and under can cruise for FREE on any One or Two Hour Harbor Cruise & Sea Lion Adventure on San Diego Bay. Each adult ticket purchased will admit up to two children to cruise for free for the entire month of October.

Bow Wow Brunch Cruise – Sunday, October 9 

Bow Wow Brunch is just like the weekly Sunday Champagne Brunch Cruise, but for this cruise, we welcome you, your family and your "fur child" aboard. You will enjoy the same delicious and bountiful buffet that you are accustom to with unlimited champagne and desserts, but Fido gets a pet buffet to choose from along with a dog relief area set up on the sun deck of the yacht! Portion of the proceeds for the Bow Wow Brunch on the Bay will go directly to helping Helen Woodward Animal Center.  More info...

Veteran’s Day – Veterans Cruise Free – November 11

Veterans Cruise Free on any one or two hour narrated Harbor Cruise all day on November 11. Hornblower Cruises & Events is inviting all military vets to explore San Diego Bay for FREE. Simply show proof of military service at the Ticket booth located at 970 North Harbor Drive. First cruise is at 10:00 a.m., with the following 11:15 am 12:30 pm, 1:45 pm, 3:00 pm and 4:15 pm. 

Thanksgiving Buffet Dinner Cruises – November 24

Try something different with your family on a Thanksgiving Day Buffet Cruise, perfect for entertaining guests! You will be greeted with a boarding glass of champagne and treated to a traditional Thanksgiving buffet, decorated in the holiday spirit and offerings will include all the Thanksgiving favorites plus trimmings!  More information...

Parade of Lights Dinner Cruises – December 11 & 18 

Watch the festively decorated local boats as they make their way around the bay. Enjoy the sights and lights from your comfortable table on board our yacht!  More info...

Christmas Eve Buffet Cruise – December 24

Give Santa a chance to get into the house while you enjoy a Christmas Eve celebration to remember! Experience a traditional holiday buffet aboard a yacht while you enjoy the calm waters and beautiful scenery of San Diego Bay.  More information...

Christmas Day Buffet Cruise – December 25

On Christmas Day Santa makes an appearance to hand out presents to all children on board! Experience a traditional holiday buffet aboard a yacht while you enjoy the calm waters and beautiful scenery of San Diego Bay.  More information...

New Year’s Eve Celebration Cruises – December 31

Toast to the New Year under the stars aboard a Hornblower yacht. The champagne will be flowing, delicious food will be served, and guests will be dancing the night away. Cap off a memorable evening with an extravagant fireworks display over the beautiful San Diego Bay! Choose from three distinct packages to make your night just right!   More information...

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The experience my family and I had, to say the least was beautiful. Not only was the ambiance beautiful, but the entire staff we interacted with was joyful, pleasant, warm and professional. Our server was made sure our needs were met and cups always filled. The Captain was awesome, he allowed my children the experience of driving the boat. They loved it!!!! The host/ greeter (cruise manager) was top notch. We were running slightly late to board the boat and because of him we were able to make it. This was definitely one of my families most memorable Thanksgivings.

– Jesse R.

We were very pleased with the cruising experience and the attentiveness of the crew to all of our needs. Julie was very gracious and provided excellent service. Enjoyed Captain Benjamin checking in with us at our table for a quick chat. We will never forget our special Thanksgiving Day aboard the Hornblower ship the "Entertainer" crusing in the Newport Bay. Looking forward to cruising again and will definitely brag about the experience to our friends.

– Peg R.