San Diego Harbor Cruise: Skyline and History
4.5
2,127 Ratings
San Diego
Experience the beauty and history of San Diego on a relaxing harbor cruise. Enjoy stunning skyline views, live commentary, and up-close encounters with massive watercraft.
Duration: 2 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
Highlights
  • San Diego Bay - Enjoy breathtaking view of the beautiful San Diego Bay including downtown San Diego, Midway ship, Coronado Island, Coronado military base, Coronado bridge, cruise ship terminal and many more!
  • Star of India - South Bay cruise covers the Star of India, Coronado Bay Bridge, US Navy fleet and the shipyards.
  • Coronado Bridge - South Bay cruise covers the Star of India, Coronado Bay Bridge, US Navy fleet and the shipyards.
  • Naval Base San Diego - Those on the North Bay trip will check out North Island Naval Air Station, the Naval Sub Base, Harbor and Shelter Island and Cabrillo National Monument.
  • Shelter Island Park Shoreline - Those on the North Bay trip will check out North Island Naval Air Station, the Naval Sub Base, Harbor and Shelter Island and Cabrillo National Monument.
  • Cabrillo National Monument - Those on the North Bay trip will check out North Island Naval Air Station, the Naval Sub Base, Harbor and Shelter Island and Cabrillo National Monument.
What's Included
  • Choose between a 1-hour or 2-hour harbor cruise
  • Both indoor and outdoor seating available
What's Not Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks (onboard snack bar available to purchase)
  • Gratuities
Additional Information

Embark on a calming 1- or 2-hour harbor journey across San Diego’s bay and enjoy stunning vistas of the city’s skyline. This fully guided tour will cover all the must-see spots with plenty of time to relish them! Experience live narrations providing insights, history and highlights of this fantastic bay. Get close-up views of some of the world’s biggest water vessels.

  • Please note: you must advise of your preferred departure times in the Special Requirements field at checkout. All times are subject to availability
  • Please provide contact information (i.e cell phone) for the local operator to be able to reach you in case of changes to boarding or yacht
  • Some ships only have restrooms either up or down a flight of steps
Location
990 N Harbor Dr
North Harbor Drive
Flagship ticketbooth
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

Customer Ratings
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Karen_p
May 10, 2024
Seeing San Diego from the sea! - We enjoyed the south end more than the north end. We took the two hour tour. The guide , Max was very informative and told us many interesting facts.
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Loretta_t
Apr 13, 2024
Great day on the water - Loved seeing the city from the water and learning about the military base. super informative. I didn't realize how much there is to do in San Diego.
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Richard_h
Apr 8, 2024
Thumbs up - It was an all around good experience. First time visitors should opt for the 2hr cruise to see the full harbor. Only $5 more than 1 hr cruise. Our guide Max, was a wealth of knowledge. You get to see the city from a different vantage point. Great looks at some of our naval ships docked. Watching the planes come over the hill and drop down to the runway was cool. Also, dress appropriately. It was a little chilly out on the water when we went. Parking was a little hard to come by because the lots right by the Midway were full and one of them we had to be out by 5pm. Check that before paying. But, we recommend a parking garage open to the public at the Wyndham hotel. It's across the street near all the attractions along the harbor. $7/hr for the first 5 hrs and $42 for the whole day/night. Not horrible if spending the whole day in the city. Contrast that with the lot we pd $30 for and had to be out by 5pm. Wish I could download photos. Because I just snapped some good pics from the plane that showed everything you'll see on the cruise.
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Maryann_g
Apr 6, 2024
Our narrator was... - Our narrator was excellent! He knew so much about the sights, the history, and interesting details. The staff was very helpful and the boat was very comfortable and easy to get around in. We’ll worth the trip!
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Lorraine_l
Mar 30, 2024
2 hour cruise - Lovely cruise on a beautiful day. Rusty was a highlight of the cruise with his deep knowledge and insightful narration.
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Robert_g
Mar 24, 2024
Upper deck experience full harbor tour - My husband and I wanted to see everything on the upper deck. It was a Beautiful day! Sunny, partly cloudy w/cool breeze, the speaker was very informative about the surrounding areas as the boat passed through the Harbor. Also we're glad we did the 2hr tour to have the full experience of the Harbor. Thank you we enjoyed it!❤️
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Laura_t
Mar 23, 2024
Loved it! - Loved it! Great history info, combined with the hop on hop off trolley it was a really cool way to experience SD!
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Dana_c
Mar 22, 2024
Rusty who narrated the... - Rusty who narrated the cruise describing all structures, ships, planes, helicopters, history and related information etc was excellent.
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Mark_k
Apr 11, 2024
Fine boat and staff, boring harbor. - We bought the 2-hour tour but disembarked after the first hour. The boat and staff were fine, but San Diego harbor is just not that interesting.
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Cheryl_n
Apr 11, 2024
2-hour harbor cruise took 1 hour - Booked a 2-hour harbor cruise and the boat returned after one hour so only got half of the experience.
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