Hornblower Adds Journey Beyond

Technology & Services

Hornblower, a portfolio company of Crestview, acquisition of Journey Beyond


Hornblower Group (“Hornblower”), a portfolio company of Crestview Partners (“Crestview”), announced today it has closed on the acquisition of Journey Beyond. As a result of the acquisition, Journey Beyond will join Hornblower’s portfolio of travel experience companies and have a presence in 111 countries and territories worldwide.

Baird served as the exclusive financial advisor to Hornblower Group on this transaction.


Hornblower Group is a global leader in world-class experiences. The corporate entity of Hornblower Group is comprised of American Queen Voyages® and City Experiences. Today, Hornblower’s footprint spans 111 countries and territories and 125 U.S. cities, with offerings including water-based experiences, land-based experiences, overnight cruise experiences, ferry and transportation services and full-service support via Hornblower Shipyard at Bridgeport Boatworks in Connecticut. Hornblower Group is headquartered in San Francisco, California, with additional corporate offices in Boston, Massachusetts; Chicago, Illinois; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; London, United Kingdom; New Albany, Indiana; New York, New York; and across Ontario, Canada.

Journey Beyond is Australia’s leading experiential tourism group and owns and operates 13 brands spanning the country, connecting guests to the land, and to each other. Journey Beyond formed in 2016 and now comprises tourism brands including: iconic trains The Ghan, Indian Pacific, Great Southern and The Overland; premium small-group outback operator Outback Spirit; eco-luxe lodge Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef; aquatic adventures Cruise Whitsundays, Rottnest Express, Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventures, Darwin Harbour Cruises and Journey Beyond Cruise Sydney; and their tallest members, Melbourne Skydeck and Eureka89. Journey Beyond is headquartered in Adelaide, Australia.

Crestview focuses on forming long-term partnerships with talented and motivated entrepreneurs, managers, colleagues and investors across the media, financial services and industrial sectors. Crestview currently invests out of a $2.5 billon fund, primarily in North America and Europe. Since inception in 2004, Crestview has had over $10 billion of capital commitments. Crestview is headquartered in New York, New York.
Technology & Services

Hornblower, a portfolio company of Crestview, acquisition of Journey Beyond

February 2022
Hornblower Group
M&A - Buyside
Technology & Services
Travel, Leisure & Hospitality
Target Location
Acquiror Location
North America