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Press Release: John Wayne Birthday Cruises in Newport Beach on Board the Wild Goose

FEBRUARY 26, 2016

Newport Beach, California (Feb. 26, 2016) –  Between May 19 and 26, Hornblower Cruises & Events will be offering John Wayne’s Birthday Dining Cruises aboard his famous yacht, the Wild Goose.  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 such as Dean Martin, Bob Hope and Sammy Davis, Jr.

Cruise Highlights:  Passengers will be transported back in time, as they enjoy a their dinner or brunch and cruise aboard the Wild Goose, chat with other John Wayne fans, and meet Wayne’s Captain, Bert Minshall.  Capt. Minshall, age 82, will be autographing and selling his book On Board With Duke. (Visit the backstory of Wild Goose with Bert Minshall).

Get your picture with wax John Wayne, the iconic figure of John Wayne, 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. Guests will enjoy a 4-course dinner or brunch in a historic setting. Passengers 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, visitors will experience a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. In addition, informal tours of the Wild Goose will be available by the Hornblower crew during the cruise.  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 Caner Foundation at

More About The Wild Goose:  For 15 years of John Wayne’s life was spent 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 “who’s who” from Hollywood of the time such as 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.  The ship is currently the star of Hornblower Cruises Newport Beach fleet of charter yachts located at 2431 W. Pacific Coast Highway.

Reservations Are Now Being Accepted:

Thursday, May 19th:  Sunset Cocktail Cruise, 5:45-8:15 pm

Friday, May 20th:   Dinner Cruise, 7:30-10:30 pm

Saturday, May 21st:  Brunch Cruise 11:30am – 2pm

Sunday, May 22nd:   Dinner Cruise, 7:30-10:30 pm

Thursday, May 26th: Sunset Cocktail Cruise, 5:45-8:15 pm (John Wayne’s actual birthdate.)

Friday, May 27th:   Dinner Cruise, 7:30-10:30 pm

Saturday, May 28th:  Dinner Cruise, 7:30 – 10:30 pm

Sunday, May 29th: Brunch Cruise 11:30am – 2pm


Tickets:  The Dinner Cruise costs $89.95 per adult and $78.25 for seniors and the military.  The Cocktail Cruise is $35.00 per adult. Brunch Cruises are $68.95 per adult and $60.25 for seniors.  Taxes and service fees are additional. Discounts are available for children, groups, seniors and the military.  To make reservations, call 888 – Hornblower or visit the site at John Wayne Birthday Cruises.