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Alcatraz Cruises is a private company started in 2006 operating passenger ferry services between Pier 33 Alcatraz Landing and Alcatraz Island and has the largest fleet of Hybrid passenger ferry vessels in the country. As the Authorized concessioner of the National Park Service, we organize many of the special events that take place on Alcatraz Island. Our sister company, Alcatraz Island Services, provides a number of essential services including potable water, wastewater, fuel, electricity generation and operation of the accessibility tram on Alcatraz. Our fleet provides the delivery of goods and supplies to the Island and to our National Park Service and Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy partners.

We are one of a family of companies owned by Terry MacRae who began Hornblower Cruises & Events as a two-vessel operation on the San Francisco Bay in 1980. Hornblower has grown as the west coast’s largest and most established dining cruise and charter yacht company, with 75 modern and classic vessels in over 10 cities in the United States and Canada.

San Francisco based Hornblower Cruises & Events continues to treat guests to unparalleled experiences on the water from the west coast to the east coast on board Hornblower Cruises & Events, Statue Cruises and Liberty Landing Ferry in New York, Adventures at Sea, Marina Del Rey Waterbus, Hornblower Niagara Cruises, and the newest family members, NYC Ferry by Hornblower and our first land experience, Hornblower Classic Cable Cars.


In 1980, Hornblower was acquired by Terry MacRae. What started as a two-boat, 114-passenger charter yacht company in Berkeley, California has since expanded to a 70+ vessel, multi-million dollar marine hospitality company. And although it has been more than thirty years, MacRae’s mission has not changed: Deliver premier quality dining, entertainment and cruise experiences while emphasizing customer service, safety and teamwork. Today, Hornblower continues to expand, growing its operations throughout North America. For more details go to

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