San Diego
River & Harbor Cruises

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Our most recommended San Diego River & Harbor Cruises

  • San Diego: Harbor Cruise

    1. San Diego: Harbor Cruise

    Embark on an adventure and see San Diego's best sights. Learn about the city and enjoy a cruise on the bay. Depending on the option booked, this professionally-narrated tour takes you under the Coronado Bridge, past military ships, waterfront landmarks, and marine life for an up-close, in-depth look at San Diego's scenic beauty and fascinating history. This tour’s luxury ships offer three levels with comfortable indoor and outdoor seating, 360-degree views, and an on-board snack bar serving snacks, soda, beer, wine and cocktails (available for purchase). This is a great way to experience San Diego from the water.

    Took the 2 hour tour that we were looking too take after our last visit. It was just way at we expected and more! The narrator was so full of information that we had to ask him how he did it. He said a lot of experience and we agreed that must have been the answer. He was really impressive. Don’t miss it.

  • 90-Minute San Diego SEAL Tour

    2. 90-Minute San Diego SEAL Tour

    Splash into San Diego’s most unique sightseeing tour. See the best of San Diego on land and in the water. Take a seat on the San Diego SEAL tour, an adventure that takes you through the most interesting sights in the city before heading out into the harbor of San Diego. Your 90-minute fully-narrated tour will wind through picturesque San Diego streets before splashing into the water for a cruise of San Diego Bay. On land, you will pass the Embarcadero and San Diego International Airport. You will learn about the importance of the military in San Diego and other San Diego icons as you travel along the scenic coast. Once you splash into the Big Bay, you will glide by Navy ships, tugboats and fishing vessels throughout the harbor as you listen to stories of early sailors. Experience the history and ecological wonders of San Diego in the comfort and security of a virtually unsinkable Hydra...

    The tour guide was knowledgeable about the history and made it very interesting.

  • San Diego: Drive Your Own Speed Boat 2-Hour Tour

    3. San Diego: Drive Your Own Speed Boat 2-Hour Tour

    Ideal for those with a free spirit and sense of adventure, but who don't want to miss out on a guided tour, this 2-hour excursion combines the best of both worlds. You will be the captain of your own speed boat, all the while following a trained, knowledgeable guide as they keep you informed via the 2-way communication system that’s mounted in each boat. Hear the guide’s witty, yet historical narration as you cruise the harbor, seeing such luminous sights as the Russian submarine at San Diego Maritime Museum, the USS Midway and the skyline of downtown San Diego. Exhilarating and spontaneous, with laugh-out-loud moments, the thrill of driving your own boat, as well as the safety of having a skilled guide introduce you to the highlights makes for a perfect combination. Even the sea lions will give you a cheer!

    We went on the speedboats for our honeymoon and loved every moment, not to mention our tour guide David was funny and informational.

  • San Diego: Whale Watching Tours

    4. San Diego: Whale Watching Tours

    Marvel at the amazing views of San Diego Bay as you look out for sightings of marine wildlife including dolphins, sea lions, gray whales, and more. Your tour will be led by ocean experts as you get a deeper understanding of the ocean ecosystem and the sea creatures that live in it. Discover the San Diego coast on a two-story whale watching yacht, featuring 360-degree views from the main level and upper sundeck, multiple restrooms, and free guest WiFi. You will follow the whale migration path to bring you up close for the best sighting spots, which change every day. Early in the season, whales swim closer to the coast, so the maximum distance is about 3-5 miles. On their return trip, northbound whales swim further out, up to 9-12 miles off the coast. Make sure to wear layers as it can get pretty cool on the bay and don't forget to wear your sunscreen and hat while on this excursion. Bri...

    It was pretty cool got a little sea sick but we got to see whales dolphins and sea lions will go back soon!

  • San Diego: Best of the Bay Harbor Cruise

    5. San Diego: Best of the Bay Harbor Cruise

    Experience the sights of San Diego Bay on this fully-narrated cruise. See the harbor's historic ships and Coronado Bay Bridge while taking in beautiful skyline views. Listen as the professional crew narrates the rich local and military history, local points of interest, and facts about San Diego landmarks. Home to the United States Navy's Pacific Fleet, San Diego Bay boasts some of America's most historic warships, such as the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan and the U.S.S. Midway. The bay offers scenic sights of the Coronado Bay Bridge and Seaport Village, and is also home to wildlife such as blue heron, sea lions, and pelicans. This sightseeing cruise also features an ecological twist: along with landmarks, natural wonders, and military history, the tour spotlights local environmental efforts through narration, video clip,s and on-board displays.

    Narrators we’re well versed and knowledgeable. Wait staff was also prompt and polite. Overall fun experience.

  • Champagne Brunch Cruise in San Diego

    6. Champagne Brunch Cruise in San Diego

    Sample a variety of breakfast and dinner dishes with fantastic views, and then head to the outdoor deck for fresh sea air and a narrated bay cruise. San Diego’s most popular and unique Sunday Champagne Brunch features views that change with the courses. This brunch is complete with bountiful selection of breakfast and lunch entrees, carving stations, salad and dessert bar, and free flowing champagne. Lovely light music and sightseeing completes your entertainment! You’ll be thrilled to know that Hornblower Cruises doesn’t participate in cruise style seating, you’ll have privacy at your table and not be seated with strangers! SAMPLE BUFFET MENU Accompaniments Basket of Fresh Croissants & Cinnamon Rolls with Strawberry Jam, Whipped Honey Butter and Seasonal Fruit Seasonal Salad Chef's Selection Seasonal Green Salad Entrees Se...

    It was such a fun time! I would definitely do it again. Just wish it was a but longer maybe 3 hours instead of 2.

  • Sights & Sips 2-hour Sunset Cruise on San Diego Bay

    7. Sights & Sips 2-hour Sunset Cruise on San Diego Bay

    Come aboard the only floating happy hour in San Diego. The Sights & Sips Sunset Cruise on San Diego Bay includes complimentary appetizers, a no-host bar featuring refreshing drink specials and a perfectly timed sunset every Friday and Saturday throughout the summer. Get ready to enjoy the sights and sounds of the magnificent San Diego Bay. The bay boasts some of America's most historic warships such as the USS Ronald Reagan and the USS Midway as well as playing host to the scenic sights of the Coronado Bay Bridge and Seaport Village. Take part in a cruise experience where the celebration begins the moment you come on-board. Start with cocktails on deck, then relax as our gracious crew transports you to a world of ease and luxury. You and your guests will feel pampered, privileged, relaxed and refreshed. Quench your happy hour thirst aboard the Sights & Sips Sunset Cruise.

    Definitely a must if you want to see great views from the water! Drinks aren't included just food, so be prepared to spend a little on that. Would definitely book again but get one that includes food and drinks!

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What people are saying about San Diego

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 554 reviews

Took the 2 hour tour that we were looking too take after our last visit. It was just way at we expected and more! The narrator was so full of information that we had to ask him how he did it. He said a lot of experience and we agreed that must have been the answer. He was really impressive. Don’t miss it.

We originally schedule the 1 hour North Harbor tour but after the first hour decided to add the South Harbor tour as well. We really enjoyed our trip.

Get to the dock early and board early if possible. If it's comfortable, sit on the top level of the ship along the rail for the best view.

It was such a fun time! I would definitely do it again. Just wish it was a but longer maybe 3 hours instead of 2.

It was excellent. Truly enjoyed everything about it.