The Voyage to the Falls catamarans, Niagara Thunder and the Niagara Wonder are set to sail the Niagara River for the 2020 season on March 28 – the earliest they have ever hit the water with passengers aboard.
A relatively mild winter and a favourable long-term forecast through to the end of March makes the early start to the season possible. The attraction didn’t open last year until May 15 because of excessive ice build-up in the upper Niagara River. No such situation exists this year.
“A record early opening is possible by not only favourable weather, but also by the efforts of our entire team to prepare our Lower Landing and vessels for operation,” says Mory DiMaurizio, vice-president and general manager of Hornblower Niagara Cruises. “There is no ice on the Niagara River right now that would impact our ability to open early. Based on the forecast, we are looking forward to our earliest opening ever and a great start to the season.”
When the season launches, the Voyage to the Falls Boat Tours will run every half hour between 10 a.m. And 4 p.m. until March 31. Then from April 1 to May 7, boats will sail between 9 a.m. And 6 p.m. The full season sailing schedule running to Nov. 29 is available online at niagaracruises.com.
“Opening this early in the season provides a great opportunity for local residents to come check out what is in their own backyard before the crowds of peak tourist season arrive,” added DiMaurizio. “The early start will also allow Hornblower to be open for Easter weekend, which gives families something unique and fun to do over the long weekend.”
2020 Voyage to the Falls Boat Ticket prices including access on the Hornblower Niagara Funicular are: Adult (13+) – $30.50 plus tax, Child (ages five to 12) – $20.50 plus tax, while Infants (four and under) ride for free. Tickets are available online at niagaracruises.com or through the Hornblower Niagara Cruises app.
For the 2020 season, Hornblower is introducing a couple of new features so guests can make the most out of their experience:
Voyage to the Falls 7-Day Flexible Date Mobile Tickets – Book in advance at niagaracruises.com and skip the line at the ticket booth with a flexible date mobile ticket. This new ticket is valid within seven days of the booked tour date, allowing you to plan around weather and other travel plans. Mobile entry is the easiest and safest way to access tickets – simply scan your ticket from your phone.
New Hornblower Niagara Cruises App – Not only a new way to purchase and manage your mobile tickets, the app is packed with features for an enhanced experience. Free audio tour guides are offered in eight languages, a virtual tour is an interactive way to learn more about important landmarks and a trivia game will test your knowledge of Niagara Falls. The app is available for download in the App Store and is coming soon to Google Play.