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Protecting the Environment

Operating The Greenest Of Standards


Protecting Our Environment

As a partner operating in a National Park, Alcatraz Cruises is committed to preserving the natural resources of Alcatraz Island and enhancing the understanding and appreciation of these resources.

Respect Our Planet is an environmental management plan and education program designed to promote best practices throughout our business, and to encourage our guests to adopt these practices in their own lives.  Alcatraz Cruises is taking vital steps to Respect Our Planet (TM) and to uphold our strong commitment to cleaner air, cleaner water and a cleaner future. So what does this mean to our visitors?

We are working to reduce pollution.  Our Alcatraz Cruises ferry boats have been re-powered with the most fuel efficient, low emission engines available.  We use exhaust after treatment technologies that decreases particulate and NOx emissions an additional 80% over California’s strict Tier II air quality requirements.  Our annual fuel consumption has been reduced by 235,292 gallons, which is equivalent to taking 450 cars off the road and planting 718 acres of trees.

Alcatraz Cruises’ fleet also contains the greenest ferryboats in the nation!  To even more greatly reduce our impact on California’s natural environment, Alcatraz Cruises built and introduced the Hornblower Hybrid into our fleet, with its maiden voyage in December 2008.  All functions of the vessel are powered using a combination of diesel-powered Tier 2 generators, electric motors, wind turbines and photovoltaic solar panels.


We are working to protect the environment.  At Alcatraz Cruises we are doing our part to Respect Our Planet and to protect and conserve the natural resources and ecosystems on which our business depends.  Whether it involves organic food options, the use of recyclable or compostable disposables in food service, the careful selection of “green” vendors, or sustainable building and design practices, we are doing our best to protect our natural environment.

We are working to reduce our waste.  As a company we sort and recycle everything that passes through our facilities, our vessels and even on Alcatraz Island. Alcatraz Cruises recycles and composts all solid waste with a 94% diversion rate.  We track all resources that we use, including fuel and energy consumption, and set goals for continual improvement.

Learn more about what Alcatraz Cruises and Hornblower Cruises & Events(TM) are doing at: RESPECT OUR PLANET(TM).

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