"The maritime industry has not made any significant leaps in propulsion technology
since the introduction of the diesel engine on commercial vessels in the early 1900's
and we intend to lead and inspire a wave of advancement to continue until this industry
can function in harmony with our environment." - Terry MacRae, CEO, Hornblower Cruises
Historically, water transportation is not known for its environmentally friendly
practices. As a company, we acknowledge the challenges within our industry and are
committed to a philosophy of continual improvement. These improvements are based
on both internal and external operations that reflect our ongoing commitment to
environmental stewardship. We are working hard to reduce our impact on the environment
as well as raise awareness within our industry and our community.
In doing so, we have made some big changes. We have replaced our boat engines with
cleaner Tier 2 marine engines and switched to biodiesel. We are building hybrid
boats powered by solar, wind, and fuel cell technology. We offer carbon neutral
cruises and are expanding our environmental educational programs to serve our guests,
crew, and community. These improvements represent just a few of the many facets
attributed to Respect Our Planet and our continued efforts toward a sustainable
We have established a clear vision for the future of our company and embrace the
idea of what it means to truly be a sustainable company. To promote environmental
stewardship and encourage others to adopt green practices into their lives, we have
adopted the following goals as part of our mission to Respect Our Planet:
- Showcase advancements made by Hornblower companies to become greener.
- Educate people on how to reduce their environmental impact.
- Motivate people to take action in small or large ways.
- Partner with leading organizations to provide people the opportunity to make environmentally
friendly purchasing decisions.
- Use our location and company resources to educate children on conservation and