HORNBLOWER CRUISES & EVENTS ANNOUNCES POPULAR
JOHN WAYNE BIRTHDAY CRUISES IN NEWPORT BEACH
ON BOARD THE WILD GOOSE
Newport Beach, California (March ?, 2017) – Hornblower Cruises & Events is once again hosting a series of John Wayne Birthday Dining Cruises aboard his famous yacht, the Wild Goose to commemorate Wayne’s May 26 birthday. With three decks of gorgeous woodwork, priceless paintings, intricate carvings and unique amenities, the Wild Goose was once the private playground for the legendary actor and famous Newport Beach resident.
It was aboard this 136-foot former WWII Navy minesweeper from that Wayne would cruise the waters off Balboa Island or play bridge with famous friends that included Dean Martin, Bob Hope and Sammy Davis, Jr.
Cruise Highlights: Passengers will be transported back in time as they enjoy a variety of cruises aboard the Wild Goose, between May 18 and June 18, meet Wayne’s Captain, 83-year-old Bert Minshall, who will be on board to share stories as well as autographing the book On Board With Duke and chat with other John Wayne fans. Guests will also have the opportunity to capture a picture with the wax version of John Wayne, the iconic figure on loan from Madame Tussaud’s Hollywood.
In addition, Hornblower will cruise-by the location that was formerly John Wayne’s 10-bedroom, 7-bath waterfront mansion where he and his family lived and Wild Goose was docked for many years. Passengers will enjoy their cocktail cruise, 4-course dinner or brunch in a historic setting and will have an unforgettable front seat to the glorious sights and sounds of Newport Beach harbor, with views of beautiful beaches, towering luxury yachts and sprawling celebrity mansions. Informal tours of the Wild Goose will be available by the Hornblower crew during the cruise. Guests can also enjoy drink specials made with “Duke Bourbon.” Additionally, a portion of the ticket sales will benefit the John Wayne Cancer Foundation in support of John Wayne’s final wish – to find a cure for cancer. Learn more about the John Wayne Cancer Foundation at www.johnwayne.org.
More About The Wild Goose: For 15 years of John Wayne’s life, he spent leisure time on board the Wild Goose, a 136-foot converted World War II US Navy mine-sweeper and sister ship to Jacques Cousteau’s Calypso. It was where he traveled the world, relaxed, entertained a list of Hollywood’s “who’s who” of the time, including Dean Martin, Bob Hope and Sammy Davis, Jr. The Wild Goose was Wayne’s most prized possession and is listed on the National U.S. Register of Historic Places.