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It isn’t enough to view Niagara Falls from afar; the natural wonder is so impressive it inspires onlookers to get up close and personal. How does one get up close? Well, no need to jump into a barrel and freefall over Niagara Falls, in case that was your game plan. Thankfully, Hornblower Cruises will take you as close to the horseshoe falls as possible, putting you right smack in the middle of all the action.

Hornblower Niagara is currently in its fourth season of operation, and each year it keeps getting better and better. The Hornblower season runs from April through October, and there are three different cruising options, all family friendly and reasonably priced!

Niagara Falls Hornblower Details

For guests heading on a Hornblower Niagara cruise, it’s best practice to start your day early. Spend as much time as possible near the Falls by heading to the Hornblower cruise port in the morning, where guests can sit on the patio, listen to live music, and have breakfast alongside the Falls.

All cruises come with complimentary ponchos so no need to worry about getting wet. Hornblower Niagara also suggests you only bring small bags that easily fit under your poncho. Anything not under your poncho will be fair game for the waterfall spray and will get soaked. Hornblower Niagara features a bag drop and stroller drop.

All Aboard

Each boat features a completely open top deck, where the most breathtaking views are had. For those who prefer to stay dry, the lower deck of the boat is covered and heated, which is especially nice during the colder months.

The Voyage to the Falls cruise takes passengers as close to the falls as possible. At one point during the journey, you’ll be surrounded by the Canadian falls, so close you’ll see and hear the water gushing and roaring, the perfect opportunity for a selfie!

For the daytime journey, there is no specific time you have to sail; the boats leave every 30 minutes. The only thing locked in is the date you purchase the ticket for. Get there early, get there in the afternoon, it’s up to you! The boat also offers coffee, hot cocoa, and snacks for sale.

Niagara at Night

With two nighttime cruise options, guests can enjoy the falls in a different way, with the Illumination Cruise or the Fireworks Cruise. While these are family friendly, the night time cruise options also offer alcohol that can be purchased on board, as well as bar snacks.  You will not get as close to the falls as you would on the daytime journey, but seeing the falls at night is quite incredible.

The Illumination Cruise gives way to rainbow lights and city sights as the entire skyline, and the falls are lit up in different ways. This cruise sails at a particular time and only on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday until the end of October.  

The Fireworks Cruise is a seasonal operation, but isn’t to be missed either!  What could be more amazing than the sound of roaring waterfalls as the skies above are blasted with color? This special cruise operates from May through September, Monday to Friday.

The Fireworks Cruise and the Illumination Cruise sail at specific times on specific days. You must be on board the ship by the time on your ticket. It is the last sailing of the day and refunds are not available if you miss it.

Hornblower Niagara also wants to see your pictures! Make sure you use #InTheMist, and you’ll be able to submit that perfect in the mist selfie that is not to be missed! Any Niagara Falls selfie is cool, but one actually in the mist? Next level!

To get your discounted tickets for a Niagara Hornblower cruise, make sure you visit here!

Megan Roche

My name is Megan and traveling is my game! I love riding rollercoasters, exploring new theme parks, visiting some of the most historical sites in the US, and writing.

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