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Hornblower Cruises & Events Partners With NYC & Company And The NYC Economic Development Corporation To Introduce Dining, Sightseeing And Entertainment Cruises At South Street Seaport’s Pier 15

May 10, 2014 Cruise No Comments Email Email

 Hornblower Cruises & Events, the United States’ largest private passenger vessel company –in partnership with NYC & Company and the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC)

today announced the launch of its operations at South Street Seaport’s Pier 15, comprising a suite of new dining, sightseeing and entertainment cruises, as well as educational programming.

From left to right Fred Dixon, Catherine McVay Hughes, Margaret Chin, Murray Fisher, Gale Brewer, Debi Rose, Zac Smith and Terry MacRae cut the ribbon for the revitalization of Pier 15 at Hornblower Cruises & Events Pier 15 Launch Party at South Street Seaport, on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 in New York. (PRNewsFoto/Hornblower Cruises & Events)

In addition to the kickoff of Hornblower’s seafaring program, Pier 15 will also debut NYC & Company’s new Official NYC Information Center South Street Seaport. NYC & Company, the City’s marketing, tourism and partnership organization, will offer dynamic Information Screens, Concierge Terminals, and Digital Touch Screen Kiosks, providing up-to-date information on attractions, dining, and nightlife among other areas of interest for tourists to explore the City’s five boroughs. In addition, the new visitor center will offer restaurant reservations, bus tours and ticket sales to over 80 major attractions and events in the City, plus brochures and NYC & Company’s official visitor guides and maps.

“We couldn’t think of a better place –or better partners– for our newest Official NYC Information Center location,” said Fred Dixon, NYC & Company President and CEO. “Hornblower Cruises and NYCEDC have both been great collaborators in the past, and we look forward to our continued alliance on Pier 15. We’re confident that this partnership will provide visitors with a richer and more dynamic experience in the Seaport and Lower Manhattan, and offer access to other popular tourist attractions throughout New York City’s five boroughs.”

Tied to its downtown expansion, Hornblower is forging a new relationship with the New York Harbor School, the City’s maritime public high school, which will now offer courses on boating safety and training programs related to pier maintenance, as well as maritime movie nights in the summer on Pier 15.

Hornblower’s new presence at South Street Seaport will create up to 100 quality local jobs, stimulate much-needed economic dollars for the surrounding community –an area that sustained millions of dollars in damage from Hurricane Sandy– and provide additional waterfront transportation for the millions of tourists coming into New York City each year. This new service complements the company’s existing private charter and public dining cruise operations which are based at Pier 40 in the West Village and another embarkation point in Battery Park.

Construction of Pier 15 was completed in December 2011, with a $30 million investment of City capital, after which NYCEDC issued an RFP for a pier operator. Hornblower was selected in early 2012, becoming an important partner in NYCEDC’s East River Waterfront Esplanade project, which seeks to improve access to the waterfront for all New Yorkers, enhancing pedestrian connectivity, and creating waterfront amenities for public use and enjoyment.

“The launch of Hornblower’s operations at Pier 15 is a major and exciting milestone of the East River Waterfront Esplanade project, and will attract even more residents and visitors to this bustling and historic part of our city,” says NYCEDC Chief Operating Officer Zachary Smith. “By creating new amenities and increasing access, we are making New York City’s waterfront a place everyone can enjoy. I want to congratulate Hornblower on their bold and welcome arrival.”

“Hornblower will serve more than half a million tourists and New York natives annually from the Seaport,” says Terry MacRae, Hornblower President and CEO. “And, thanks to affiliations with our fabulous partners –NYC & Company, NYCEDC, and The Harbor School– we’ll create amazing experiences on the Harbor from the South Street Seaport while giving back to the community in a meaningful way.”

Hornblower’s new cruises from Pier 15 include Alive After Five and Rock the Yacht! The two-hour Alive After Five cruise departs at 6pm, six nights a week, and offers the ultimate views of the Manhattan Skyline and the Statue of Liberty. Hornblower’s Rock the Yacht! cruise runs from 9pm-midnight, five nights a week, and features performances by high-energy local music talent. Hornblower will also operate the Hu Business Sightseeing Cruise –a service geared towards the burgeoning number of Chinese tourists– that offers one-hour tours featuring the same iconic sights and sounds as the other cruises presented by a bilingual tour guide narrating in both English and Mandarin. By popular demand, this cruise will soon be presented in six additional languages including French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish.

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