The Hornblower Hybrid has redefined the profile of vessels on the San Francisco Bay. As the nation's first hybrid ferry, this boats mission is far more important than its appearance. It's called a hybrid because it uses energy from solar, wind, grid electric, and Tier 2 diesel generators to power the vessel.
When the solar panels on top of the vessel absorb sunlight and energy is generated by the wind turbines, power is provided to charge 380 V DC batteries. Additional power is provided by the diesel generator for more efficient movement through the water. The vessel can operate on propulsion batteries alone for over an hour providing a silent cruise around the bay. The Hornblower Hybrid is leading the way in environmentally friendly vessels and the potential to decrease our daily carbon foot print.
The Hornblower Hybrid, our environmental flagship, serves many purposes for Alcatraz Cruises. Ferrying visitors from all over to world to Alcatraz and Angel Island, the hybrid is also host to private charters and events. The Hornblower Hybrid has five distinct areas for buffet and cocktail setup and also allows for optimal viewing and mingling opportunities. This provides you with flexibility to meet your event and group needs. With a maximum capacity of 149 passengers for ferry service and up to 110 guests for a cocktail party, the Hornblower Hybrid is ideal for any environmentally friendly event.
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Join Aquarium of the Bay and Alcatraz Cruises for a unique, hands-on educational experience. Our new Discover the Bay program combines the experience of learning about San Francisco Bay onboard the Hornblower Hybrid, the nation’s first hybrid ferry, with a guided tour of Aquarium of the Bay’s exhibits with more than 20,000 local marine animals. Lead by the Aquarium’s team of expert naturalists, this experience provides an immersive learning experience with San Francisco Bay from above and below the water.
During this 5 hour program, your students will learn about the ecology of San Francisco Bay, the history of these waters and the surrounding Golden Gate National Recreation Area, impacts of climate change to this region, innovative energy saving technologies, and personal actions everyone can do to protect this vital resource. The Discover the Bay program is aligned with California State Science Standards for 6th grade – and is appropriate for students in 5th through 8th grade. Alcatraz Cruises is pleased to partner with Aquarium of the Bay, a local non-profit dedicated to creating experiences that inspire conservation of San Francisco Bay and its watershed.
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