Airbnb Opens Overnight Stays on Theodore TOO Tugboat for First Time

Theodore TOO, the 65-foot replica of the tugboat from the 1990s animated television character, “Theodore Tugboat,” is now available for guests to spend the night on via Airbnb for the first time.
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The tugboat Theodore TOO modeled after the 90s cartoon character "Theodore Tugboat" will open on Airbnb for guests to stay overnight this summer. // Photo by Henry Shephard
The tugboat Theodore TOO modeled after the 90s cartoon character “Theodore Tugboat” will open on Airbnb for guests to stay overnight this summer. // Photo by Henry Shephard

Theodore TOO, the 65-foot replica of the tugboat from the 1990s animated television character, “Theodore Tugboat,” is now available for guests to spend the night on via Airbnb for the first time.

The host, Captain Noah, is helming the tugboat this summer from his current post in Hamilton, Ontario, in the Hamilton Harbor on Lake Ontario.

“Our crew is lucky to spend the summer cruising the Great Lakes aboard the friendliest tugboat in Canada, which is why I’m so excited Theodore TOO fans have the chance to take part in his adventures,” says Captain Noah. “As your Airbnb host, I can’t wait to show you around Theodore TOO from bow to stern and port to starboard and take you on your own Big Harbor adventure for a night.”

Since moving from his home in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Theodore TOO has become an attraction docked in Hamilton Harbor. Built in Daysprings, Nova Scotia in 2000, the 65-foot tug now works as an ambassador to the marine industry and a guide to the great lakes.

Once on deck, guests will embark on a cruise of Hamilton Harbor with some of Theodore TOO’s finest crew members, learning all about the bay. Keep a weather eye out for some of the ancient creatures rumored to lurk beneath the harbor’s surface, too.

The captain and his crew will treat guests to a few square meals with local eats from Hamilton, supporting some of the small businesses that play such an important role in the city. Once the sun sets over the horizon, guests can lounge on the deck for a movie night under the stars, surrounded by the harbor and plenty of snacks.

Bunk up in a cozy cabin fit for a Harbormaster, decorated with iconic Canadians and nods to Theodore’s roots in Halifax.

The Theodore has been seen along the St. Clair and in towns along the waterways of Lake Erie on its 2021 summer tour. The tugboat was also a mascot for the U.S. Coast Guard in 2000, and once toured the entire Eastern Seaboard down to Florida, and the Great Lakes out to Chicago.

In honor of these stays, Airbnb will make a one-time donation to The Sunshine Foundation of Canada, a national charity that fulfills dreams for children and youth living with severe physical disabilities. For 35 years now, Sunshine has created more than 8,800 life-changing experiences for children and youth across Canada and is a cause close to Theodore TOO’s heart.

The Canadian stay comes as Airbnb has introduced a new way to search designed around Airbnb categories, making it easy to discover millions of unique homes in places you may have never known to exist. With over 30,000 OMG! category stays around the world, there are plenty more one-of-a-kind stays available this summer.

Guests will be able to book two individual one-night stays on Sept,. 10, 2022 and Sept. 11, 2022, for only $22 CAD a night, a nod to Theodore TOO’s 22 years. Aspiring crew can request to book this stay beginning Monday, Aug. 29 at 12 p.m. at airbnb.com/theodoretoo.

These two, one-night stays for up to five guests each are not a contest, and the nightly rate does not include taxes and fees. The boat cruise for guests is subject to cancellation due to weather and other factors outside of Airbnb’s control.

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