Hornblower Cruises & Events has launched America’s first hydrogen hybrid yacht, available for private group events traveling up and down New York City’s waters. Wave hello to Lady Liberty, a 600-passenger eco-friendly vessel powered by hydrogen fuel cells, solar panels and wind turbines.
The ship’s sustainable measures include aggressively reduced emissions and recycled components. Its blue-tinted glass viewing platforms feature thousands of energy efficient LED lights (that can be customized to create any color scheme, by the way). The carpet is LEED-certified, and all F&B consists of organic beverages and locally sourced cuisine.
Onboard, groups are welcomed with organic bevs such as a Blood Orange Champagne cocktail. One delicious locally-sourced dinner option is the chicken marsala with a medium curry blended with onion, garlic, coriander and turmeric. Or try the tandoori combo, a mix of roasted chicken and lamb marinated in yogurt and spices.
“In addition to the breakthrough technology that powers the vessel, our guests will be amazed with the innovative onboard technology,” said Terry MacRae, CEO. “Great attention to detail went into creating this vessel, including all the hi-tech features, which help fit with today’s lifestyle and give our guests the ability to enjoy the most personalized events.”
Some of the technology MacRae mentions includes complimentary WiFi, onboard touch screen tablets, a state-of-the-art multimedia system, and intimate low voltage mood lighting in the ship’s two indoor decks.
Lady Liberty made its public debut in the Statue of Liberty’s 125th Anniversary Flotilla on Oct. 28. In early 2012 the boat will run harbor cruises with close-up views of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty through Hornblower Cruises’ subsidiary: Statue Cruises.
“As a concessionaire to the National Park Service, we constantly strive to help conserve and protect the parks we serve,” says MacRae. “The hybrid marks a milestone in sustainable maritime transportation. What better time to unveil it to the world than on the anniversary of one of America’s most iconic national parks and landmarks.”