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San Diego Best of the Bay 2 Hour Harbor Cruise
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San Diego Best of the Bay 2 Hour Harbor Cruise

By Hornblower Cruises & Events
See Shelter Island, Point Loma, and Harbor Island without breaking a sweat on a San Diego Harbor cruise. Offered multiple times throughout the day, it’s a piece of cake to fit the short boat tour into any sightseeing itinerary. In between historical landmarks, keep your eyes peeled for the entertaining California sea lions. Along the way, a crew member provides illuminating narration on America’s Finest City.
from
€40.15
per adult
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€40.15
per adult

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Ages 4-99, max of 15 per group
Duration: 2h
Start time: Check availability
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English

Highlights
  • Choose a departure time that works for you
  • Photograph San Diego from an different angle
  • See numerous landmarks in just two hours
  • Listen to live commentary during the tour

  • Cruise Professionally narrated by the Captain
  • Full Snack bar with Hot and Cold items available for purchase
  • All taxes and fees
  • Entry/Admission - Hornblower Cruises & Events
What's not included
  • Beverage Service (cash bar available)
  • Cocktails and Soft Drinks


Departure details
  • 970 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92132, USA Boarding: Pier 2. Parking: City Cruises does not own or operate any parking lots in the area. Local metered Parking is available for Pier 1 on both sides of North Harbor Drive. For Pier 2, ACE Parking lot on the pier next to the USS Midway Museum.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 2540SAN2HOUR

  • Coast Guard regulations require photo ID for boarding.
  • We would just recommend you bring a hat, light sweater or jacket and of course your shades.
  • Access to outer decks is via stairs only, and not wheelchair accessible.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Ages 3 and under are free
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers

  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

Which attractions will I visit with San Diego Best of the Bay 2 Hour Harbor Cruise?
How much is San Diego Best of the Bay 2 Hour Harbor Cruise?
San Diego Best of the Bay 2 Hour Harbor Cruise price starts from €39.43. Discover and book San Diego Best of the Bay 2 Hour Harbor Cruise on Tripadvisor
What is the San Diego Best of the Bay 2 Hour Harbor Cruise cancellation policy?
San Diego Best of the Bay 2 Hour Harbor Cruise cancellation policy: All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties. Discover and book San Diego Best of the Bay 2 Hour Harbor Cruise on Tripadvisor
Which company provides San Diego Best of the Bay 2 Hour Harbor Cruise?
San Diego Best of the Bay 2 Hour Harbor Cruise is hosted by Hornblower Cruises & Events. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Hornblower Cruises & Events on Tripadvisor. Discover and book San Diego Best of the Bay 2 Hour Harbor Cruise on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 2540SAN2HOUR

Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    970 N Harbor Dr
    970 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92132, USA
    Boarding: Pier 2. Parking: City Cruises does not own or operate any parking lots in the area. Local metered Parking is available for Pier 1 on both sides of North Harbor Drive. For Pier 2, ACE Parking lot on the pier next to the USS Midway Museum.
    See address & details
  • Pass by
    Point Loma
    Cabrillo National Monument
    Harbor and Shelter Islands
  • 1
    Hornblower Cruises & Events
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
    Departure point
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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About the operator

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Wanderer619611
Wanderer619611
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Great experience!
Excellent trip in all ways. Great staff, comfortable ship, and of course, whales! we went twice and saw eight whal
tencatdaddy
tencatdaddy
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A nice learning experience about San Diego...
thoroughly enjoyed the cruise and suggest doing it early on your visit to San Diego so you have an idea about the c
244randyn
244randyn
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Great day on the water
Great narration by the crew. We saw 5 whales and lots of dolphins! Don't eat a big meal before going if you think y
TravlgrlNY
TravlgrlNY
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Fun and informative!
We had a great two hour harbor cruise - Dave our tour guide was awesome ! He was genuinely enthusiastic about his c
Paul W
Paul W
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Champagne Brunch was everything we hoped it would be
This was our last day on our California Road Trip and wanted to end it on a high and the Brunch Cruise with Hornblo
Silent_Musick
Silent_Musick
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A Must Do enjoy yourself
I thought it was awesome ,me and my girlfriend really enjoyed the service, the crew was really nice, pleasant and h
Vacationer789780
Vacationer789780
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Never Again
This was a huge disappointment. The "ship" was dirty, food choices were not as promised (no beef entree), service
418ehrenb
418ehrenb
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Beautiful and fun experience
Was a little worried at first with the weather being cloudy, but it was as if the heavens opened up just for this c
luckystar5288
luckystar5288
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Great Experience!
This was a really cool experience! My mom and I booked it on a whim based on the great reviews, and we are so glad
Venture46361201841
Venture46361201841
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Awesome Tour
It’s a pretty chill and laid back touring. Their food is awesome and the servers are so nice and so friendly! They
Sherlmp32
Sherlmp32
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Didn’t get to cruise
We went to board and no boat we find the trip had been canceled without any notice to us we’re very upset we expect
Sinaloa456
Sinaloa456
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Lovely amazing experience
Lovely experience! The view was amazing, the food was really good, the service always putting you attention, all cl
C177DFkarenc
C177DFkarenc
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A must do!!
Amazing time. All staff was friendly and welcoming and very attentive to all the guests. They did not let your glas
fabianc182
fabianc182
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Great Couples experience
This was definitely worth the money I spent. The boat was a beautiful. The staff was really friendly, I had Nuncia
vam518
vam518
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Dinner and a cruise
Beautiful dinner cruise in San Diego. Food was excellent and crew was courteous and friendly. Would recommend to t
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Angela M
Scottsdale, AZ160 contributions
This cruise was nice and calm as I’ve been on a whale watching tour before and got seasick. The boat sailed smoothly across the water. Plenty of room for everyone. The narration was nice pointing out restaurants and bars while also discussing San Diego history. We were lucky enough to see a Navy destroyer ship being deployed in addition to some sea lions lounging around off a little dock. We were out of Pier 2 which is next to the USS Midway. There’s a parking lot in between the two and the parking is $10 for 12 hours. Definitely worth it. The gate to get on the boat is right next to the entrance of the parking lot and they ask you to line up about 20-30 minutes before cruise time. The boarding process was easy and efficient. The best seat/view is definitely on the top deck. I would also suggest getting to the starboard side of the boat as many of the spots pointed out by the staff are on that side. There was a drink and snack menu. Prices weren’t unreasonable for that sort of activity and being in San Diego. The staff were all friendly and helpful. Maybe bring a light sweater as there’s a breeze coming off the water. Really glad we found a Groupon for this and checked it out. One of the highlights of our quick family getaway!
Written 25 August 2021
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Suebev
Calgary, Canada24 contributions
Very relaxed and interesting tour of both the South and North Harbour. Actually if you are short on time, you can do half as it’s 2 one hour tours, returning to the pier to pick up new passengers. The south harbour tour goes under the Coronado bridge to where the naval ships are docked. The bridge itself has an interesting story and whatever ships are there provide for good viewing. They are hard to see if it’s foggy. The North harbour includes the very large naval base and runway as well as the SD airport and downtown. A good tour.
Written 1 January 2023
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So glad you had a great experience, Suebev. Hope to see you again in the near future!
Written 3 January 2023
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Nikki J
Los Angeles, CA29 contributions
Dec 2022
We took the 2 hour cruise but left after one hour. It was not a good value for us because we had taken a trolley tour the day before and much of it was repeat information. Its fun, not a luxury boat,simple snacks and drinks. Good to do for a short tour, take the kids, the kids on our boat loved it. Bartender was really nice, good service, and staff at the dock was very helpful.
Written 9 January 2023
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Hello Nicole- Thanks for taking the time to review. We’re so happy to hear you enjoyed your cruise! It was a pleasure having your aboard & we hope to see you back soon.
Written 11 January 2023
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Michelle B
Mayville, ND24 contributions
We learned a lot about the San Diego Harbor and saw things that we wouldn’t have seen any other way. Cade was our guide and he was knowledgeable. Both my husband and I would recommend this to anyone, especially those who want to see the military base and ships closer. The crew also takes time to come around and takes pictures on your phones/cameras with the gorgeous San Diego skyline behind you. Do the two hour cruise so you get to see both the north and south!
Written 2 February 2020
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ShirleyBaker55930
Grapevine, TX64 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Truly enjoyed the 2 hour cruise around San Diego Bay. One hour was the north half of the bay and the narration was filled with the history of the bay. The second hour was the south half of the bay and focused on the military operations that are in San Diego. Staff was very informative and helpful. The snack food of hot dog, chips and soda were very good.
Very relaxing we highly recommend this activity.
Written 25 February 2020
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Eric W
1 contribution
We really enjoyed the view from the top deck. The tour guide provided lots of historical and current information about the area. It was a great, short 2-hour cruise. I’m glad I opted for the 2 hour cruise over the 1 hour.
Written 12 September 2022
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Hi, Eric! Thanks for the kinds words! We're really happy to hear you enjoyed your experience and hope to see you back soon. Cheers!
Written 1 October 2022
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Keith D
Tucson, AZ2 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
After completely boarding we were informed that the narrator would be speaking primarily about what you could see from the starboard side. since we were seated on the port side we had no idea what he was talking about. Kind of a waste for a narrated ride.
Written 24 June 2021
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rjbnirvine
2 contributions
Sep 2022
we selected a 2 1/2 hour cruise. but, the way they run the cruise is they go out for
1 hour, return to port to disembark and reload new passengers for a new 1 hour
cruise, which only lasted 45 min, so, our 2 1/2 hour cruise was really 1 3/4 hours,
the rest of the time being docked swapping our passengers.

and, the snacks were terrible. expensive, but stale and tasteless.
Written 17 September 2022
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Thank you for the feedback. We’re sorry your experience wasn’t the best it could be. We are always looking for ways to increase customer satisfaction and will pass your comments along to management.
Written 27 September 2022
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kdpbball
Clifton Park, NY467 contributions
We first took the South Bay cruise then the North Bay. The trip total was about two hours. On the South trip, we learned all about the many Navy vessels and aircraft that we saw. A plus was that the narrator highlighted several restaurants, shops and hotels along the way. On the North trip, we learned a lot about San Diego itself and how the islands were formed after dredging the bay. We also saw many sea lions sunning themselves on a dock. There were only five of us on the boat so we had our own private tour. The staff was very knowledgeable and friendly. There is a bar and snacks are available. I highly recommend this cruise.
Written 28 January 2022
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Sightseer241749
1 contribution
Dec 2022
got the 2 hour cruise through go San Diego pass. Cruise got cancelled the day before with no explanation. Called the operator, there was no rescheduling option for the entire weekend. It doesn't seem like a weather related issue either because they still have a dinner cruise that is not covered by the pass. My parents visited this weekend and the entire plan needs to be changed last minute. So buyer's beware, your reservations don't mean very much to the company.
Written 2 December 2022
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Hi- We appreciate you notifying us of the situation, and we apologize for your experience. In order to investigate this matter further, we’d like to contact you personally. Please contact us via phone 800-459-8105 or chat with us https://www.cityexperiences.com/account/ to connect with a member of our team. Please mention this review. Thank you.
Written 13 December 2022
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