Taking a cruise along the Niagara River is one of Niagara’s signature attractions. For many guests, coming face to face with the base of Niagara Falls is a journey of a lifetime. The iconic tours allow new angles for photo opportunities and sightseeing of the majestic Falls. Since 1848, guests have been able to board a boat tour on the river, which has drawn the attention of many international celebrities, US presidents, UK royalty and other prominent world figures in its long history.
Until recently, the designated cruise ship to see the falls from the water has been the Maid of the Mist. However, The Maid has recently moved to the United States side of the border and the Niagara River cruise in Canada is now solely operated by Hornblower Niagara. While the boats have changed, the appeal of the cruise itself hasn’t, and in-fact Hornblower has introduced fresh new innovations.
Hornblower Cruises offer a way for tourists to get up close to the system of waterfalls that define the landscape, with 20-minute voyages departing every fifteen minutes. The boat travels close enough to the Falls that passengers not only enjoy stunning views of the American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, Niagara Gorge and the famous Canadian Horseshoe Falls, but also experience the thundering roar and driving mist.
One of the main changes in recent years is the expansion of the voyage schedule to include late afternoon and evening departures. Set sail on a Falls Fireworks Cruise during the Niagara Parks Fireworks Series for a romantic alternative to a daytime voyage. This 40-minute cruise is a great way to view the Illumination of the Falls under a starry sky and experience the legendary fireworks displays.
Hornblower currently keeps two catamaran boats and a smaller 150-passenger boat for private tours and special occasions. These ships are state-of-the-art and are equipped with full amenities and an in-built audio tour program: an educational narrative on the history of the falls and the boat tour.
Feel the force of the Falls up close! Our on-site tour company Magnificent Tours features Hornblower Niagara Cruises in several of their most popular experiences for added convenience.
Book your Niagara Falls Hotel Packages today at the world class Marriott Fallsview Hotel and Spa and add a cruise on Hornblower Niagara Cruises to your itinerary.