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San Diego Harbor Cruise

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Key Highlights

  • Sunshine sightseeing on a comfortable yacht
  • Beautiful scenery and informative narration
  • Spot exciting wildlife such as harbor seals, pelicans and sea lions
  • Choose between one or two hour cruises
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    Daily

    Duration

    1 or 2 hours

    Start time

    San Diego 1 Hour Harbor Cruise:
    01 Sep - 31 May: 10:00am, 11:15am, 12:30pm, 1:45pm, 3:00pm & 4:15pm
    01 Jun - 31 Aug: above schedule plus 5:30pm
    San Diego 2 Hour Harbor Cruise:
    01 Sep - 31 May: 10:00am, 11:15am, 12:30pm, 1:45pm & 3:00pm
    01 Jun - 31 Aug: above schedule plus 4:15pm
    Duration: 1 or 2 hours

    Meeting Point

    You should make your way to the check in location at Hornblower Ticket Booth, 970 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101.
    Please report at the meeting point 30 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.

    Ending Point

    Your excursion ends back at the starting point

  • Overview & Itinerary

    Overview

    With its perfect climate and beautiful coastal scenery, San Diego is one of the best places on earth to enjoy a sunshine sightseeing cruise.

    Relax in comfort on the observation deck while a member of the crew tells you about the landmarks and the history of the oldest port on the west coast.

    There are two routes, each taking an hour. North Bay route features the historic Star of India sailing ship, Shelter Island, The Submarine Base and the Bay's 'sea-lebrities' – the California sea lions. The South Bay trip features the USS Midway, Coronado Bay Bridge, Surface Force Pacific, Coronado Island, the SEAL Training Compound and much more.

    This is sightseeing at its very best. Choose from a two-hour option encompassing both routes, or pick either the north or south route for a delightful one-hour cruise.

    Itinerary

    You should make your way to the check-in location at the Hornblower Ticket Booth, 970 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101. When you present your voucher to staff at this ticket booth, it will be exchanged for a boarding pass.

    Boarding begins 30 minutes prior to the departure time. Ship photographers take photos of you as you board, and you have the opportunity to buy your picture at the end of the cruise!

    Relax in comfort on deck as your boat heads out into the harbor, and enjoy an informative narration (in English) from the crew. Highlights include the history and famous sights of San Diego, including everything from sea lions to Navy Seals. The two-hour cruise is the best way to see the complete Bay and learn all there is to know about this famous waterway.

    Points of interest include:

    Harbor Island and Shelter Island: Man-made islands.

    Point Loma: A hilly peninsula bordered on the west and south by the Pacific Ocean.

    Exciting wildlife: Harbor seals, sea lions, pelicans and more.

    Cabrillo National Monument: Commemorates the landing of Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo at San Diego Bay in 1542.

    • Historic Ships of Maritime Museum: Including the Star of India, built in 1863 in the days of sail, and the world's oldest active ship.

    North Island Naval Air Station : Aircraft Carriers such as the Nimitz, Ronald Reagan and John C. Stennis.

    Naval Base Point Loma: Facilities including Submarine Base, Fleet Antisubmarine Warfare Training Center, Fleet Combat Training Center Pacific, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command.

    Coronado Bridge: This five-lane bridge crosses San Diego Bay and is the longest box girder in the world.

    USS Midway Aircraft Carrier: The lead ship of its class, Midway served in the Gulf War and was decommissioned in 1992. It is now a museum.

    SEAL Training Compound: The United States Navy Sea, Air, and Land Forces, known as the Navy SEALs, are the Special Operations Forces of the United States Navy, employed in direct action and special reconnaissance operations.

    Surface Force Pacific: including over 40 Destroyers, Cruisers and Frigates.

    Naval Station San Diego: Providing shore support and berthing facilities to the operating forces of the US Pacific Fleet.

    Coronado Island: Beautiful island linked to San Diego by the Coronado Bridge.

    Hotel del Coronado: A Victorian masterpiece and the only true beachfront hotel in San Diego.

    If you are hungry, there is a snack bar on board where you can purchase hot and cold food items and beverages including beer and wine.

    Your enjoyable cruise lasts for 2 hours. At the end you will be dropped back at the starting point.

    San Diego 1 Hour North Bay Harbor Cruise:
    This cruise is similar to the one above but only covers the north part of the Bay and lasts 1 hour instead of two.

    Points of interest include:

    • Harbor Island and Shelter Island

    • Point Loma

    • Exciting wildlife – harbor seals, sea lions, pelicans and more.

    • Cabrillo National Monument

    • Historic Ships of Maritime Museum, including the Star of India

    • North Island Naval Air Station – aircraft carriers such as the Nimitz, Ronald Reagan and John C. Stennis.

    Naval Base Point Loma, includes facilities such as the Submarine Base.

    At the end you will be dropped back at the starting point.

    San Diego 1 Hour South Bay Harbor Cruise:
    This cruise is similar to the one above but only covers the south part of the Bay. It lasts 1 hour.

    Points of interest include:

    • Coronado Bridge – world's longest box girder bridge

    • USS Midway Aircraft Carrier – now a museum

    • SEAL Training Compound

    • Surface Force Pacific, with over 40 destroyers, cruisers and frigates.

    • Naval Station San Diego – shore support and berthing facilities to the the US Pacific Fleet.

    • Coronado Island

    • Hotel del Coronado – a Victorian beachfront hotel

    At the end you will be dropped back at the starting point.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • Motor-yacht cruise (1 or 2 hours depending on option chosen)
    • English narration by crew member
    • All applicable taxes and tips

    Exclusions

    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • Boarding photos (US$20 approx for two 5x8 photos)
    • Parking at Pier 3 (US$10 per car)
    • Snacks, beverages, soft drinks, hot and cold snacks
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details.
    Please present your confirmation voucher to staff at this ticket booth and it will be exchanged for a boarding pass.
    Coast Guard regulations require a photo ID for each guest to board.
    Public metered parking is available on a first-come, first serve basis.
    There are two additional parking lots available with an approximate cost of US$10.00 per car

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have