Niagara Gazette

March 10, 2014

Hornblower boat names announced: Niagara Thunder and Niagara Wonder

Staff Reports
Niagara Gazette

The Maid of the Mist will be sharing the Niagara River with the Niagara Thunder and Niagara Wonder boats beginning this spring.

After combing through thousands of submissions from all over the world, Hornblower Niagara Cruises has selected the names for its two newly built state-of-the-art catamaran boats. The winning names were selected in December following an international contest to the name the new boats. Names were then submitted to Transport Canada to ensure they were not already registered and for final registration approval.

The first winning name, Niagara Wonder was one of many names submitted by Lina Muraca’s Kindergarten Class at Sacred Hearts Catholic Elementary School in Chippawa, Ont. The second winning name Niagara Thunder was submitted by Dharmesh Rami of Hyderabad, India. The winning names were among thousands submitted from allover the world.

“We want to thank everyone who submitted names for the boats during this contest, said Madelena Phillips, senior marketing manager of Hornblower Niagara Cruises. “It was very difficult to select only two names from the thousands we received. Ultimately we felt that Niagara Wonder and Niagara Thunder names best reflect the incredible majesty and power of Niagara Falls.

In addition to seeing the boats adorned with the winner’s name submission, each of the winners have won the opportunity to experience Hornblower’s new Voyage to the Falls boat tour. Sacred Heart School was won a school group trip aboard Niagara Wonder for the entire school including all students and staff that will include a very special behind the scenes VIP experience. Rami has won an all-expense paid trip for two to Niagara Falls, Ont., including return airfare from India, five nights deluxe Fallsview hotel accommodations, all meals and attraction admissions for two and a very special trip aboard the Niagara Thunder.

The 700 passenger Niagara Wonder and Niagara Thunder catamarans were specifically designed to maximize the visitor viewing experience, featuring tiered decks for 360-degree unobstructed outdoor viewing and dry viewing area’s for passengers who’d prefer not to experience the mighty Horseshoe Falls mist.