Metropolis Cruises has been acquired by Hornblower UK, an American eating and tour cruise operator primarily based out of San Francisco.
The sale of Metropolis Cruises, previously owned by Gary and Rita Beckwith, chairman and chief govt respectively, will imply larger funding alternatives for the model in 2020 and past.
All employees will probably be retained, whereas the Beckwiths will keep on as consultants for a number of months to help with the transition.
Terry MacRae, chief govt of the Hornblower mum or dad within the US, commented: “We’re extremely excited to accumulate Metropolis Cruises which we imagine to be the very best leisure cruise operator in Europe at present.
“We have now lengthy had the ambition to enter the European market and it makes good sense to start out our journey in some of the iconic cities on the earth.”
Hornblower has been working for 35 years within the US and runs fashionable river cruises, harbour cruises, whale watching journeys and ferries all through North America together with journeys to Alcatraz in San Francisco, the Statue of Liberty in New York and Niagara Falls in Canada.
They’re the most important river and harbour cruising firm within the US.
Metropolis Cruises was based in 1985 and now contains the operation on the River Thames, Metropolis Cruises York, Metropolis Cruises Poole, ThamesJet and R.S Hispaniola.
Over the past 30 years, founders Gary and Rita Beckwith constructed up the corporate’s fleet to be the most important river cruise operator on the River Thames and the couple are extensively acknowledged within the tourism business as pioneers championing home tourism.
Gary Beckwith commented: “We imagine the sale of Metropolis Cruises to the Hornblower household of manufacturers will take the model to the subsequent degree of success.
“We have now at all times been on the forefront of change and imagine our progress and success through the years is testomony to our dedication to embracing innovation, continually investing in our vessels and our buyer experiences, and our dedication to offering excellent customer support daily of the 12 months.
“We have now been honoured to be on the helm of Metropolis Cruises and imagine the enterprise we began will additional flourish and develop beneath the brand new possession of Hornblower.”
The worth of the deal was not disclosed.