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.

Good To Know

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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TripAdvisor Reviews
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tkii
Atlanta
"Fun harbor tour of an interesting city"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed May 25, 2017 NEW
This was our first trip to San Diego. The one-hour harbor cruise of the north bay was a wonderful way to get acquainted with the sights in and around Mission Bay. The city is beautiful and the harbor tour was really interesting. The person guiding the tour was knowledgeable and gave good information about what we were seeing. We would do it again and can highly recommend it.
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Renee369
Baltimore
"Relaxing and Informative"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 23, 2017 NEW
We took the 2 hour cruise- north and south harbor cruise. Not only was it relaxing but the we didn't count on the great information received throughout the cruise. There was someone narrating the entire time telling us facts regarding the land formations, house costs in certain areas, and a lot of information regarding the naval base and navy ships in the harbor. My husband and I found it fascinating and well worth the time and money.
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Terry G
Hamilton, Canada
"A Wonderful, Relaxing Way To Enjoy San Diego Harbour & Its Environs"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed May 23, 2017 NEW
My wife & I took the 2 hour tour of both the north & south bay & we're glad that we did. Each one has its own unique thing to see & the narratives are informative. They take you to see the commercial businesses, the unique, expensive homes, Coronado Island, even though it's a peninsula, and the numerous naval vessels, that are very impressive, and some seals.
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hobiethesloth
"Shockingly racist "
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed May 22, 2017 NEW
Shockingly racist company. I am still flabbergasted at the experience I've just had and can't quite believe it. I was queuing for the two hour harbour cruise around San Diego Bay at 11am this morning. A Hornblower employee went along the queue, picked out the people with white skin and took them to the front of the queue. This meant that several people who were after me in the queue were sent to the front of the line. I said that this was not fair and the employee said it was because I was part of the "Asian tour". I explained that I was not part of any tour and she scowled and put me back into my correct place in the line. I said perfectly civilly that it had not been fair to put others ahead of me based on the colour of my skin, and she shouted "hey you should be grateful I'm helping you out here". I am a sixty year old woman of Indian ancestry, born and bred in London. I have never experienced such blatant racism.
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grandslamhomer
El Cajon, California
"" The Maritime Month Cruise Was Awesome ""
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 21, 2017 NEW
My wife and friends went on the Maritime Month Boat Tour around San Diego Harbor for almost 2 hours and had a great tour. The Admiral Hornblower Boat was very clean and had comfortable seating inside and outside of the ship, on a beautiful 70 degree sunny San Diego day. But the highlight for me on this cruise was listening to the Historic and Educational speaking lesson from Jim Hutzelman aboard the Admiral Hornblower, as we toured around the San Diego Harbor. Jim Hutzelman is the Manager of Business Development & Community Services, Marketing & Communications, for The Unified Port of San Diego. I was an Educator for 35 years, and really respect and appreciate people with great knowledge and quality presentations. Jim's super clear and informative presentation over the ship PA system was non stop, and gave everyone on board some great and unknown facts about the San Diego area, and the interest points in it's great harbor. I told Jim he needs to put together a video and present it to the students and adults in the San Diego School systems. It would be and awesome Historical and Educational learning experience for everyone. Jim was Awesome ! We learned a lot from him.
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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.