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San Diego Harbor Cruises

By Viator, November 2017

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The view of both San Diego’s skyline and waters while on a cruise from the scenic San Diego harbor is not to be missed. Whether it’s adventure and speed or leisure and luxury you’re after, here are your options for seeing San Diego from the water.

Highlights
  • Drink champagne at brunch or enjoy a three-course meal on board a luxury vessel under the stars.
  • Enjoy sailing on the bay and watch the sunset over the Pacific Ocean.
  • Go whale watching for an encounter with the giant marine mammals.
  • Speed things up on a thrilling jet boat ride that spins past the waterfront and takes in major sights.

Sightseeing Cruises
Cruises range from small six-person sailing trips to self-driven speed boats, with different options to suit your style. If you stick to the harbor, you can check out the USS Midway, Coronado Bridge, Star of India, the San Diego Maritime Museum, and more.

Whale Watching Cruises
Choose a kayaking trip in the La Jolla area (December through March) for a low-key approach to seeing gray whales, or board a historic schooner at any time of year for the chance to see gray whales, dolphins, and other marine life. Some whale-watching cruises guarantee sightings.

Sailing Trips
You can sail privately for the day on a gorgeous 36-foot, fully restored sailboat that’s perfect for privacy or special occasions. Or you can sip drinks and listen to music by day or in time for the sunset in a small-group sailing trip.

Dining Cruises
If food and drink on board is your idea of fun, look no further than the many champagne brunch cruises, food and wine cruises, and romantic harbor dinner cruises. For a fun take, choose a dining cruise that offers beer pairings.

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San Diego Harbor Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 102 Reviews

Take a 1- or 2-hour relaxing harbor cruise through the bay of San Diego, featuring unforgettable views of San Diego's skyline. This fully narrated tour will ...  Read more

Location: San Diego, California
Duration: Varies

From USD $25.00
Small-Group San Diego Afternoon Sailing Excursion, San Diego, Day Cruises
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Small-Group San Diego Afternoon Sailing Excursion

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 48 Reviews

Set sail from San Diego on this small-group sailing tour! This three-hour adventure on a Catalina-style sailboat is limited to just six people, allowing you a ...  Read more

Location: San Diego, California
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $88.99
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San Diego Harbor Speed Boat Adventure

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 41 Reviews

Experience the thrill of driving your own speed boat on a guided and narrated tour around San Diego's Harbor. You’ll navigate and captain your own speed boat ...  Read more

Location: San Diego, California
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $69.89
San Diego Whale Watching Cruise and Maritime Museum Entry, San Diego, Jet Boats & Speed Boats
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San Diego Whale Watching Cruise and Maritime Museum Entry

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 36 Reviews

Jump on board the world-famous America sailing schooner for a once-in-a-lifetime whale watching experience. The only whale-watching sailing trip in San ...  Read more

Location: San Diego, California
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $79.00
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San Diego Champagne Brunch Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 35 Reviews

There's no better way to relax and enjoy San Diego! Take in the sights, listen to relaxing music, linger in the sun and visit the captain. Indulge in a lavish ...  Read more

Location: San Diego, California
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $87.33
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Small-Group San Diego Sunset Sailing Excursion

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 16 Reviews

Set sail from San Diego on this small-group sailing tour on a sunset sail on the open ocean. This three-hour adventure on a Catalina-style sailboat is limited ...  Read more

Location: San Diego, California
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $88.99
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San Diego Food and Wine Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 16 Reviews

Silently cruise the calm waters of Mission Bay aboard our luxurious and eco-friendly Duffy Electric Boat. On board guests enjoy a selection of artisan cheese ...  Read more

Location: San Diego, California
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $49.00
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San Diego Bay Jet Boat Ride

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11 Reviews

A boat ride on San Diego Bay is lovely, but an exhilarating ride on a dual-engine jet boat is an experience to remember. Zoom around the bay, enjoying views of ...  Read more

Location: San Diego, California
Duration: 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $30.00
San Diego Shore Excursion: San Diego Seal Tour, San Diego, Jet Boats & Speed Boats
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San Diego Shore Excursion: San Diego Seal Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

While you’re in port in San Diego, explore the city by both land and sea on the San Diego Seal Tour – the Southern California version of the duck tour. On an ...  Read more

Location: San Diego, California
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $42.00
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Classic Sailboat Sunset Sail

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

This unforgettable 2.5 hour tour will circle you around the San Diego harbor during the most dramatic part of a California day. The multi-colored sky is the ...  Read more

Location: San Diego, California
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $107.00

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