At Hornblower, we value our crew members as much as our guests. Whether working on deck or in office, we share the same commitment that inspires us to create unforgettable memories every day for our guests and for each other.

Committed to creating amazing experiences? You might be just who we’re looking for!

Why Hornblower?

  • Change Your Perspective
    Set sail in your career with Hornblower. Experience new things, see new sights, and gain new perspective.
  • Find Your team
    Our diverse community welcomes you and supports your growth – and we’re not afraid to have a little fun.
  • Chart Your Course
    Build confidence, learn useful skills, and take pride in your work with career development opportunities.
  • Own Your Journey
    Never stop learning and growing. Gain recognition for your hard work and earn company rewards.

Join Our Team!

  • Adventure
    You’re not looking for a traditional workplace – you want to grow and explore. You don’t shy away from any opportunity.
  • Diversity & Inclusion
    You’re open-minded, embrace differences, and value diversity in people and ideas,. You treat everyone with respect.
  • Ingenuity
    You love creative problem solving and you’re not afraid to roll up your sleeves and get the hard work done.
  • Community
    You want a tight-knit, supportive, and collaborative culture where everyone is unified – we’re all on the same team here.

Learn More About Our Opportunities

History of The Company

Our story officially begins in 1980 when Hornblower Tours was purchased by Terry MacRae in Berkely, California.  However, the history of brands in our portfolio goes back nearly 100 years:
  • 1926
    Boston Harbor Cruises is founded in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1951
    Gananoque Boat Lines is founded in Gananoque, Ontario, Canada
  • 1974
    Potomac Riverboat Cruises is founded in Alexandria, Virginia
  • 1978
    Spirit Cruises is founded in Norfolk, Virginia
  • 1980
    Hornblower Tours purchased by Terry MacRae in Berkeley, California
  • 1980 - 1987
    The company is known as Hornblower Party Yachts
  • 1984
    The company moves its headquarters to San Francisco, California
  • 1986
    City Cruises is founded in London, England
  • 1987 - 1993
    The company is known as Hornblower Dining Yachts
  • 1987
    Mariposa Cruises is founded in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • 1991
    Odyssey Cruises is founded in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1993 - 2020
    The company is known as Hornblower Cruises & Events
  • 1993
    The company spins off Hornblower Marine Services (HMS), a marine management company focused on the operation of casino boats and ferries. HMS Ferries, Inc. expands to government contracting work and the development of high-speed ferry systems
  • 1996
    City Cruises develops the first new purpose-built sightseeing boat on the River Thames in London
  • 1996
    Seadog is founded in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1997
    The company acquires Lake Tahoe Cruises, Inc. and adds ferry services across Lake Tahoe
  • 1998
    Mystic Blue Cruises is founded in Chicago, Illinois
  • 2004
    Hornblower Group acquires Adventures at Sea and becomes the largest private yacht fleet in Southern California
  • 2006
    Alcatraz Cruises, a Hornblower subsidiary, is awarded National Park Commission contract for Alcatraz Island in San Francisco
  • 2007
    Entertainment Cruises acquires Baltimore Harbor Cruises
  • 2008
    Hornblower Group awarded National Park Service contract for Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island Immigration Museum
  • 2009
    Seaward Services is founded in New Albany, Indiana
  • 2009
    Alcatraz Cruises designed and built the first hybrid ferry in the United States which reduces fuel consumption by 75%
  • 2011
    Cruising Excursions is founded in London, England
  • 2012
    HMS establishes the American Queen Steamboat Company
  • 2012
    Hornblower Group awarded Niagara Parks Commission contract for boat tours in Niagara Gorge
  • 2014
    Niagara Cruises begins tours in Niagara Gorge with two state-of-the-art catamarans
  • 2015
    Hornblower Group awarded the NYC Ferry contract by the New York City Economic Development Corporation
  • 2015
    Shore Excursions of America is founded in Easton, Pennsylvania
  • 2016
    Victory Cruise Lines is founded in New Albany, Indiana
  • 2016
    Entertainment Cruises acquires Potomac Riverboat Company
  • 2016
    Entertianment Cruises is formed with the merger of Odyssey Cruises and Spirit Cruises
  • 2017
    NYC Ferry by Hornblower begins operations on May 1, 2017
  • 2018
    Entertainment Cruises acquires Mariposa Cruises
  • 2019
    The Gee’s Bend Ferry operates the first zero-emission, all-electric passenger/vehicle ferry in the U.S.
  • 2019
    Hornblower Group acquires Entertainment Cruises, Boston Harbor Cruises, Gananoque Boat Lines and UK-based City Cruises under the Cruises & Events division
  • 2020 - Present
    The company is known as Hornblower Group, with Cruises & Events becoming one of the company’s four divisions
  • 2020
    Overnight Cruise division added Shore Excursions of America to its portfolio in October 2020
  • 2020
    HMS Ferries Inc. named operator of Puerto Rico Ferry Service in November 2020
  • 2021
    Cruising Excursions is added to the company’s portfolio of businesses in January, expanding our footprint globally to 70 countries
  • 2021
    ShoreTrips is added to the company’s portfolio of businesses in February, expanding our global footprint to more than 110 countries and territories
  • 2021
    In April 2021, Hornblower Cruises & Events, City Cruises, and HMS Ferries, Inc. rebrand as one master company, City Experiences. City Cruises and City Ferry are named sub-brands of the division.