Horn­blower ex­tends sea­son into De­cem­ber

Tour op­er­a­tor lost a month at sea­son’s start

The Welland Tribune - - Arts & Life - JOHN LAW John.Law@ni­a­garadailies.com 905-225-1644 | @JohnLawMe­dia

Horn­blower Ni­a­gara Cruises will be ex­tend­ing its sea­son into De­cem­ber for the sec­ond straight year.

Now in its fifth sea­son op­er­at­ing on the Ni­a­gara River, the San Fran­cisco-based com­pany will stretch its sea­son one more week­end, of­fer­ing boat tours un­til Dec. 2. It caps a record-break­ing sea­son for the com­pany, which got off to a late start in May be­cause of ice build-up in the wa­ter.

Horn­blower Ni­a­gara vi­cepres­i­dent and gen­eral man­ager Mory DiMau­r­izo says the com­pany usu­ally ends its sea­son in late No­vem­ber, but based on weather and co-op­er­a­tion with Ni­a­gara Parks, the last two years have seen an op­por­tu­nity to go longer. Last year, Horn­blower’s sea­son ended Dec. 4.

“The river typ­i­cally never freezes be­fore late Jan­uary,” says DiMau­r­izio, adding any snow makes the boat ride more “pic­turesque.”

But push­ing the sea­son to New Year’s Eve or even into Jan­uary isn’t in the plans yet.

“There does be­come a point of di­min­ish­ing re­turns in re­spect to the weather. If you get too cold, it’s not a pleas­ant ex­pe­ri­ence for those guests.”

Keep­ing with its reg­u­lar sched­ule, the boat tours on Dec. 1 and 2 will run ev­ery half hour be­tween 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Horn­blower op­er­ates two cata­ma­rans on the Ni­a­gara River, ti­tled the Ni­a­gara Won­der and Ni­a­gara Thun­der. Each boat of­fers un­ob­structed views, wifi and re­fresh­ment ser­vice.

DiMau­r­izio says Horn­blower’s 2018 sea­son is all the more im­pres­sive be­cause it was de­layed 35 days from its sched­uled open­ing.

“One could only think about what it would have been had we had those ex­tra 35 days.”

BOB TYMCZYSZYN THE ST. CATHARINES STAN­DARD

A Horn­blower cruise ship makes it way to the Horse­shoe Falls. The cruises will be ex­tended un­til Dec. 2.

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