2019 season ready to kick off on Wednesday, May 15th
NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. — Just in time for Canada’s Victoria Day long weekend, Hornblower Niagara Cruises is launching its 2019 season on May 15th.
Get ready to hop aboard and make your way to a memorable experience no one ever forgets – the Voyage to the Falls Boat Tour. A trip like no other, get up close and personal with the American Falls and the full-mist of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls, or ride after sunset for a light-mist experience (that’s still heavy on the magic) with the illumination of the Falls. For a late-at-night moment, you’ll only find here, there’s nothing quite like a 40-minute Falls Fireworks Cruise featuring starry skies, panoramic skyline views, stunning illuminations and, of course, fireworks that light up the sky — and your smiling faces.
“For the past month, guests, tour operators, online travel agencies and our partners in the region have been asking about our opening date and what we have lined up for the season. Well, it’s finally here,” says Mory DiMaurizio, Vice-President and General Manager of Hornblower Niagara Cruises. “From the amazing mist at the base of the Falls, the stunning illuminations at night, the beat of music on our Riverside Patio, or the spectacular fireworks overhead, we provide unique and amazing experiences you cannot get anywhere else.”
Hornblower Niagara Cruises recently announced the all-new VIP Brews & Cruise Event Series starting on May 24th. Kick off a full evening with a pre-cruise party in the private Hornblower Niagara Cruises’ VIP Event Tent, featuring live DJ, gourmet party appetizers, beverages, and the night capped off with VIP pre-boarding on the Falls Fireworks Cruise.
This Hornblower Niagara Cruises season will also mark the long-awaited return of the Funicular (originally known as the Clifton Incline).
The 50-passenger incline railway is a two-and-a-half-minute, climate-controlled ride from the top of the escarpment to the bottom of the Niagara Gorge where Hornblower’s Riverside Patio and boarding area are located. While there is a deep history of a funicular operating at the base of Clifton Hill — dating back to the late 19th century — the Hornblower Niagara Funicular will be returning the service after a nearly three-decade absence.
“Anytime you are dealing with an attraction that uses the Niagara River, you are bound to the weather,” says DiMaurizio. “Our opening is beholden to the whims of Mother Nature, and our long, cold winter, left thick ice on the Niagara River well into spring. But we are excited that we have turned a corner and are looking forward to another great season ahead of us.”
Voyage to the Falls Boat Tour Schedule
|May 15||9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.||Every 30-minutes|
|May 16 – September 2*||8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.||Every 30-minutes|
|10:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.||Every 15-minutes|
|7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.||Every 30-minutes|
|September 3 – October 14||8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.||Every 30-minutes|
|10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.||Every 15-minutes|
|4:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.||Every 30-minutes|
|October 15 – October 31*||8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.||Every 30-minutes|
|10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.||Every 15-minutes|
|4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.||Every 30-minutes|
|November 1 – December 1||10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.||Every 30-minutes|
Schedule is subject to change. *Later Voyage to the Falls Boat Tours available from 8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. on May 21-23, 28-30, June 3-6, 10-13, and from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. on October 18-19 and 25-26.
Falls Fireworks Cruise Schedule
|May 17-20, 24-27, 31, June 1-2, 7-9, June 14-Sep 2, Sep 6-8, 13-15, 20-22, 27-29, October 4-6, 11-14||9:30 p.m. – 10:10 p.m.|
VIP Brews & Cruise Event Schedule
|May 24-27, 31, June 1-2, 7-9, June 14-Sep 2, Sep 6-8, 13-15, 20-22, 27-29, October 4-6, 11-14||7:30 p.m. – 10:10 p.m.|
For more information on the schedule or to buy advance tickets that include the Hornblower Niagara Funicular, please visit niagaracruises.com. Tickets without the Funicular can be purchased at Hornblower’s Main Ticket Plaza and Kiosk area. Follow Hornblower Niagara Cruises on Instagram @NiagaraCruises and Like on Facebook.
About Hornblower Niagara Cruises:
Hornblower Niagara Cruises, the official Boat Tour operator for the Niagara Parks in Niagara Falls, Canada, is a sister company of Hornblower Cruises and Events; a North American company based in San Francisco, California, with more than 100 vessels and 30 years of experience operating various types of marine services across the east and west coasts. As Canada’s most memorable visitor experience, the Niagara Falls boat tour operation hosts millions of visitors a year. In September 2018, Hornblower welcomed its 10 millionth visitor.