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Hornblower San Diego Harbor Cruise in San Diego, CA

Hornblower Cruises & Events970 N. Harbor Drive San Diego, CA 92101
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Overview

Featuring live, professionally narrated tours of more than 50 landmarks in the San Diego Bay area, San Diego Harbor Cruises offers entertainment for the whole family. Each cruise covers more than 13 miles of the Big Bay, passing Seaport Village, Point Loma and other points of interest. Guests can choose from seven daily departures, and enjoy a snack and beverage bar, an onboard exhibit, and more.

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from Ashley, one of our San Diego Travel Experts
  • Have been operating for over 30 years.
  • Cover more than 13 miles of gorgeous San Diego Bay.
  • View Point Loma, Cabrillo National Monument and more.
  • Sails rain or shine with U.S. Coast
  • Guard approval.
  • Wear a light jacket.
  • Casual attire required.

Description

from San Diego Harbor Cruise
Enjoy the best sightseeing on San Diego Bay—with a professionally narrated tour of more than 50 storied landmarks. We’ll cover over 13 miles on the Big Bay, passing by Seaport Village, Shelter Island, ship-building and dry-docking facilities, Coronado Island, Point Loma, and Cabrillo National Monument, among many others. As we sail, we’ll see delightful marine animals and majestic sea birds, and we’ll talk about what local environmental efforts are doing to protect them. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to capture all the sights in photos and video, and our fully stocked snack bar is always open.
1 and 2 hour Harbor Cruises with 7 departures daily!

One Hour South and One Hour North Bay Cruise & Sea Lion Adventure:
• 13-mile tour of the north or south bay.
• More than 20 landmarks, historic sites and environmental interest points

Two Hour Full Bay Cruise:
• Includes all the sights of the North and South Bay Cruises!
• More than 50 landmarks, historic sites and environmental interest points
• 25-mile tour of the North and South Bay

All Cruises Include:
• Onboard experts providing a live, professional narration
• Comfortable indoor and outdoor seating with climate controlled indoor viewing and spacious outer decks
• Snack bar including full bar with adult beverages
• Souvenir boarding photos available for purchase
• Onboard exhibit featuring environmental and green facts and features on San Diego Bay, as well as local marine wildlife.

DAILY CRUISE SCHEDULE: (Sea lions sightings are not guaranteed but are most often seen on the North Bay Route.)
1-hour tours: 10:00 AM, 11:15 AM, 12:30 PM, 1:45 PM, 3 PM, 4:15 PM, *5:30 PM
2-hour tours: 10:00 AM, 11:15 AM, 12:30 PM, 1:45 PM, 3:00 PM, *4:15 PM
*Summer only. North Bay Routes in bold
Please arrive 30 minutes prior to tour time.
Harbor Cruises board at San Diego Navy Float 970 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA

Reserve San Diego Customer Reviews

3 Reviews
Reserve San Diego Customer
Denver, CO
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Pleasant experience"
October, 2015
Pleasant experience, informative n the views was beautiful. The ride was smooth.
Tip: Buy ur tickets a head of time. Know where to park

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Ilse van Ewijk
Los Angeles, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Magnificent views of San Diego!"
October, 2015
My mom visiting from Belgium, my husband and I took the 2-hour Hornblower cruise of the San Diego bays during a weekend trip. The boat itself was spacious and could accommodate a lot of people even though the numbers aboard at the time I went were low. The captain gave detailed information about all the different bays and areas. The bar aboard provided drinks and snacks at reasonable prices too. When I compared everything to other tour boats, I could not have been happier not to be crammed like a sardeen on a touristy boat. Would definitely recommend the Hornblower to everyone out there!
Tip: Sealions Baycruise SanDiego

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stasia doom
Las Vegas, NV
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"harbor cruise"
February, 2015
reservations, price and boarding were good. However, staff on the cruise were rude and unfriendly.
Tip: No staff will be nice to you once you board.

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latrunda s
Los Angeles, California
"Relaxing Boat Day!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 24, 2017 NEW
My friends and I decided to do a 2 hour cruise of the North and South Bay on 03.15. The cruise was 2 hours in length and gave such beautiful imagery of the city skyline and the naval base. The tour is narrated by the captain. There is ample seating on all levels and both in and outside. There is also a dining hall which serves food and a full bar. One should definitely bring their camera because there will be many awesome shots. The boat returns to dock at the conclusion of the first hour to allow the 1 hours to exit and new patrons to enter. For those who purchased a 2 hour you simple stay on board and prepare to depart for round 2. I would suggest bringing a jacket. Even on the warmest months as the boat moves farther outward the wind really kicks up so be warned. My friends and I definitely loved the boat tour and look forward to doing more. It is something to check out and time well spent. We didn't see any marine life outside of the sea lions that were sunbathing but still it was lovely voyage.
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ScottsdaleDave
Scottsdale, AZ
"After a bit of patience, we got to see whales."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 24, 2017 NEW
I have always loved whale watching. I've done it in Washington state and a couple of times in Hawaii. Having the opportunity to do it in San Diego with my daughter was too good to pass up. The boat was comfortable and there was lots of space. Since we we're at the tail end of whale season, we had to go out about 90 minutes before we saw anything. We ended up seeing five or six whales, a bunch of spouts and a few tales. The weather was nice, yet chilly, but it made for a very nice day.
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Mdawne
Monument, Colorado
"Great cruise; great food!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed March 19, 2017 NEW
They start your dinner cruise with a glass of champagne as you board a beautiful ship. For the price ($50-80, depending on where you purchase tickets), it's very nice. The food was great, and the city lights at night were beautiful. There were a few minutes on the ship before the sun went completely down when you could catch a great view of the city of San Diego from the Harbor. The service throughout the meal was outstanding! My only complaint, and it's pretty minor, is the lack of great entertainment. There was a DJ, but he only played one dance done just before we docked. The rest of the music was very sedate, which is fine throughout dinner. I thought for a 3 hour dinner cruise, there would be an hour of dancing or entertainment. We had great cruise mates to chat with, though, so the time flew by. I definitely recommend.
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Marco C
Cuenca, Azuay, Ecuador
"Nice cruise for dinner"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed March 17, 2017 NEW
Our company hired the Emerald Hornblower. It departed from the pier at 7 pm, just at the sunset. The views at the beginning were beautiful, of the ships on the bay, the Coronado bridge, and the city of San Diego. Later, it got dark and we did not see much more. Food was very elaborated, with cheeses and appetizers, salad, meat, and dessert. There was an open bar for beer, wine, and cocktails. We were back at the pier almost at 10 pm. A wonderful evening!!!
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Giftedteacher
"Nice boat trip"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed March 16, 2017 NEW
The morning we went out was very foggy. The crew were very nice and gave lots of information. We did not see any whales but it was a nice boat trip anyway. We were given rainchecks for another time .I would recommend this company .
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Frequently Asked Questions about San Diego Harbor Cruise

Do I get to choose the south or north cruise for my One Hour Harbor Cruise?
You can be selective on which time you select. Currently, the North Cruise departs at 10am, 12:30 and 3pm. The North cruise covers the California Sea Lions, Nuclear Submarine Base, Star of India, Point Loma Lighthouse, America's Cup Harbor, North Island Naval Air Station and the Cabrillo National Monument. The South Cruise departs at 11:15am, 1:45 and 4:15pm and cover Midway Aircraft, Naval Destroyers & Frigates, Convention Center, Ship Building Facilities, Naval Station San Diego, Coronado Island and travel under the Coronado Bay Bridge. Note: Times for each direction subject to change.

Does the Two Hour Harbor Cruise cover both the North and South Routes?
Yes, you will get to see both the North and South.

If one or more people in my party are not able to make it or we miss the cruise departure time will we receive a refund?
No. Once payment is received cruises are non-refundable. With a 48-hour or better notice we will be happy to reschedule your cruise date or issue a gift certificate for the amount paid. Cruises are non- refundable and non-transferable within 48 hours of your cruise. We do not compensate for no-shows or late arrivals.

Is gratuity included?
A service charge is collected at the time of reservation, related to the cruise and the service included in the ticket. If you wish to purchase additional beverages or food enhancements onboard, we recommend you leave a gratuity onboard based on the quality of service provided to you by your server.
What happens if it rains or snow?
Hornblower sails rain or shine. In the case of severe weather conditions or upon the direction of the U.S. Coast Guard, we will remain dockside, but provide the full dining service.

Are there any age restrictions on your cruises?
There are no age restrictions for most of our cruises. All minors require adult supervision. Please call with questions about any of our special event cruises, as minors are not restricted, but the cruise may not be appropriate for all age groups.
Do you offer any children discounts?
Children under 4 are complimentary.

What is the dress attire for the cruises?
Casual attire, such as shorts and t-shirts are appropriate. We recommend bringing along a light jacket or wrap as it may get breezy on board, especially for those cruises that occur out on the open ocean.
What time do I board the ship?
Boarding time is usually 30 minutes prior to departure for all cruises. Please check your boarding time when making your reservation.

Is smoking allowed?
Smoking is allowed on the outside decks only with the exception of Harbor Tours and Whale Watching Cruises. Please dispose of all refuse in proper receptacles. Do not throw anything into the water. Please help us keep our harbors clean.
Can we meet the Captain and visit the pilot house?
Yes. Guests are welcome to come and meet the Captain and the First Officer. However, for safety and security reasons, we ask that you check with our staff onboard before visiting the pilot house. We want to ensure that all passengers and crew are kept safe and that the captain is not distracted while performing essential duties.

Are you regulated by the U.S. Coast Guard?
Our vessels are all subject to inspections by the U.S. Coast Guards and our crew are all properly licensed. We also follow Marsec security guidelines. Should the Marsec security level be elevated, we may opt to increase security measures onboard our vessels to insure everyone’s safety. The U.S. Coast Guard requires all passengers over 18 years of age to have valid photo identification. Please make sure to have your photo ID available at boarding.

Are life preservers on board?
Each vessel is 100% Coast Guard certified with life preservers and all required lifesaving equipment, including child life vests.
Is the ship handicapped accessible?
Hornblower does have accessible yachts in the fleet. However, not all yachts and decks are accessible. Please call 888-467-6256 to ensure handicap accessibility for the date you are planning to cruise.
Will I get seasick?
The vast majority of our guests experience no discomfort at all as we do not leave the calm waters of the harbor. If you tend to have a problem with motion sickness, you may experience seasickness. If you are sailing on one of our whale watching cruises, we do go out into the open ocean and as a result, the chance of getting seasick increases. For these cruises, we recommend that if you are prone to motion sickness that you take advantage of a number of preventative measures that are available to you.

Where are you located?
In San Diego, we have three main locations.  Please check your confirmation to determine which is the correct location for your event. 
  • Our main ticket booth, is located at 970 N. Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Our secondary ticket booth is located at Grape Street Pier at 1800 N. Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Our offices and event space are located at The Abbey at 2825 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103

Does Hornblower validate parking?
We do not validate for parking.  Hornblower San Diego shares a parking lot with the USS Midway. Parking fees are typically $8 for 4hrs and $12 for 12hrs.