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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.

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  • 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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Harbor Sailing Experience: Private Sailing Tour in San DiegoDay Cruises

Harbor Sailing Experience: Private Sailing Tour in San Diego

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Go sailing on San Diego Bay with up to six friends on this private 2.5-hour sailboat charter. Pass by sights such as the Maritime Museum, USS Midway, Star of India, Coronado bridge, and more. Your captain shares commentary and provides refreshments such as white wine and fruit. You might see Navy ships near the Navy base, and glimpse marine life such as seals and seabirds.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$399.00
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$399.00
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San Diego Champagne Brunch CruiseDay Cruises

San Diego Champagne Brunch Cruise

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Go sightseeing on the waters of San Diego Bay during a 2-hour brunch cruise that provides a delicious seated brunch accompanied by complimentary champagne. After enjoying a lavish plated brunch dish, stay at your private table or head outside to the open air for sunshine and sightseeing.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$99.03
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$99.03
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Classic Sunset Sail in San DiegoDay Cruises

Classic Sunset Sail in San Diego

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Watch the sun set over San Diego during an all-inclusive small-group cruise aboard a classic sailboat. Pass landmarks such as the Maritime Museum, Coronado Bridge, and USS Midway, and look for sea lions, dolphins, and other wildlife around San Diego Harbor on the 2.5-hour cruise.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$117.34
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$117.34
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San Diego Whale Watching CruiseDay Cruises

San Diego Whale Watching Cruise

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Go whale watching from San Diego aboard a replica of a historic sailing schooner that won the world’s first America’s Cup sailing competition in 1851. Throughout your cruise, your expert guide shares informative commentary about gray whales, dolphins, and other marine animals, along with details about the US Navy sites you pass as you head out on the Pacific Ocean.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$85.00
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San Diego Harbor CruiseDay Cruises

San Diego Harbor Cruise

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Spend a few hours relaxing, sunbathing and sightseeing in the placid waters just off San Diego during this 1- to 2-hour San Diego Harbor cruise. Sit back and relax as you take in a fully-narrated tour, offering top-notch sight lines of the San Diego skyline, a cruise under Coronado Bridge, a look at the bustling US Naval fleet and a chance to spot some of the harbor’s resident sea lions. Choose between 1- and 2-hour cruise options, offering you two trips to fit your schedule and interests.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$28.00
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$28.00
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Sunset Sailing Experience: Private Sailboat in San DiegoSailing

Sunset Sailing Experience: Private Sailboat in San Diego

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Meet your skipper at H & M Landing on Shelter Island, a well-known area of San Diego where some of the best seafood restaurants are located. The captain will meet you there & walk you to the yacht "Green Flash" After brief safety instruction, we'll set sail. Complimentary wine & beer will await you (you are welcome to bring your favorite food & drinks *no red wines please). We'll depart from America's Cup Harbor & cruise on San Diego Bay along Point Loma while enjoying the city’s magnificent skyline. You will enjoy a relaxing sail with a glass of good local wine & pleasant company along with a sense of unity with nature that comes with being under sail. * Well behaved dogs are welcome
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$450.00
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$450.00
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San Diego Luxury Dinner Cruise Night Cruises

San Diego Luxury Dinner Cruise

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On this experience, relax in style aboard a luxury dinner cruise. Enjoy panoramic views from the boat's deck and take your time over a gourmet, 3-course meal, as you cruise past twinkling city lights that ring San Diego Bay. Listen to relaxing background music and enjoy an unforgettable evening, or celebrate a birthday, anniversary or another special occasion. Viator Exclusive: Upgrade to a guaranteed, private table by a window and bottle of Champagne.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$116.98
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Small-Group San Diego Afternoon Sailing ExcursionDay Cruises

Small-Group San Diego Afternoon Sailing Excursion

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Enjoy a sailing adventure on a Catalina-style sailboat with just six people for a comfortable, semi-private experience (or, find five friends and fill up the whole boat). Sail in San Diego Harbor during the day. Sit back and relax to enjoy the water views while enjoying complimentary beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$107.67
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San Diego Harbor Dinner CruiseDay Cruises

San Diego Harbor Dinner Cruise

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Take an evening cruise wining and dining aboard the ‘Spirit of San Diego,’ enjoying top-notch food and drink, plus sparkling skyline views during this San Diego dinner cruise. Dig into your included gourmet meal, accompanied by a complimentary cocktail and live on-board entertainment, as you cruise 25-miles worth of California’s beautiful coastline and gaze at the twinkling stars above. You can also upgrade your cruise to include an unlimited open bar for an additional price.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$110.90
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Sail Stars & Stripes America's Cup Racing Yacht in San DiegoDay Cruises

Sail Stars & Stripes America's Cup Racing Yacht in San Diego

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Cruise around San Diego bay aboard an authentic 1992 America’s Cup racing yacht and travel at twice the speed of the average sailboat. The Stars and Stripes USA-11 is one of the fastest and best known America’s Cup racing yachts. It was designed and built to be raced in San Diego, and has been restored to pristine condition. Take a turn at the helm and join in grinding the winches to raise and trim the sails.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$125.00
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$125.00
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San Diego 90 Minute Harbor Cruise and Sea Lion AdventureDay Cruises

San Diego 90 Minute Harbor Cruise and Sea Lion Adventure

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See San Diego from a marine vantage point on this 90-minute harbor cruise, including a look at the marina, seabirds and potential sea lion sightings. Listen to live narration from your captain and enjoy for-purchase snacks from the onboard snack bar.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$35.00
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Small-Group San Diego Sunset Sailing ExcursionSailing

Small-Group San Diego Sunset Sailing Excursion

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Sail into the setting sun aboard a Catalina style sailboat during this intimate cruise with a small group. Feel like you have the ship all to yourself on this trip that’s limited to just 12 total guests, watching as the last rays of the sun drop into the glistening waves. Enjoy the included beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks during the ride, as well as jackets and wind gear in case you get cold. You can even plug in your own music to add to the fun. Departure times vary throughout the year. Guest must contact Sail San Diego after purchase for the exact departure time.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$107.67
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$107.67

San Diego Food and Wine CruiseDay Cruises

San Diego Food and Wine Cruise

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Cruise San Diego’s scenic Mission Bay lagoon with a 1.5-hour food and wine cruise aboard a Bay Island Duffy electric boat. Navigate past thriving sea lion colonies, and watch for dolphins as you enjoy artisan cheese, charcuterie, and a bottle of wine. Take in the lagoon’s historic landmarks and resorts, watch sailboats cross the sheltered water, and see the San Diego skyline from the comfort of a luxurious boat with panoramic views from the cabin and deck.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$111.07
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San Diego Sunday Champagne Brunch CruiseDay Cruises

San Diego Sunday Champagne Brunch Cruise

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Enjoy Sunday in beautiful San Diego with a 2-hour brunch cruise on a luxury yacht. Help yourself to the seafood, steak, waffles and chocolate fountain at the buffet while sipping on unlimited mimosas. While you drink and feast, soak up the views of the water and the city skyline around you. When you’re ready to stretch your sea legs, head to the dance floor where live entertainment and music awaits.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$78.04
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Affordable, Luxury Sailing Tour of San Diego's Bay and Coastal WaterwaysSailing

Affordable, Luxury Sailing Tour of San Diego's Bay and Coastal Waterways

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This is a personal tour from one to six passengers that is engaging and diverse tailored to the specific selected tour option(s) Both private and mixed tours are available.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$112.20
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Sunset CruiseSunset Cruises

Sunset Cruise

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Cruise the coastal waters off San Diego during the sunset on this evening boat trip. Take in epic views of the sun sinking behind the Pacific Ocean's horizon and snap photos of loved ones on the boat's deck. Listen to relaxing music and sip drinks from the open bar to round out the laid-back California ambiance.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$39.00
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$39.00

San Diego Bay Jet Boat RideDay Cruises

San Diego Bay Jet Boat Ride

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Zoom around the waters of San Diego Bay on a jet boat ride that provides speed, splashes, and spins. As you race through the scenic waterway, your captain points out landmarks including the USS Midway, Coronado Island, Seaport Village, the Embarcadero, and the city skyline. Hang on as your captain takes your boat into power slides, 360-degree spins and other thrilling maneuvers—a high-octane twist on sightseeing in San Diego.
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$32.00
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Sailing Charter Sightseeing Cruise on San Diego Bay up to 6 GuestsDay Cruises

Sailing Charter Sightseeing Cruise on San Diego Bay up to 6 Guests

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A Sailing Charter on San Diego Bay is an awesome way to spend the day sightseeing in beautiful San Diego. Pacifica Sailing Charters offers several different types of sailing charters and boat tours. Sail San Diego with us. Our sailing charters and boat tours take you on an exciting tour of San Diego Bay. Book a sailing boat charter and stretch out in the San Diego sunshine with a trusty skipper at the helm, Choose from several types of yacht charters, catamaran cruises, sailboats, and powered luxury yachts. A sailing boat tour on San Diego Bay with Pacifica Sailing Charters is the perfect sailing experience for you and your guests. . With over 20 years of boating on San Diego Bay and the waters surrounding the San Diego harbor, our boat charters and sailing boat tours are rated #1 on Google, Yelp, and TripAdvisor...
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  • 2 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$500.00
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Bachelorette Sailing Party on San Diego Bay up to 12 GuestsDay Cruises

Bachelorette Sailing Party on San Diego Bay up to 12 Guests

Nothing beats a Catamaran Bachelorette Party on San Diego bay for up to 12 guests. Enjoy breathtaking views of downtown, the naval base, aircraft carriers, destroyers, and submarines, not to mention an incredible abundance of sea life including Sea Lions, Dolphins and Whales. Whether you need a classic sailboat or catamaran for your Bachelorette Party, we can provide a private catamaran that is roomy, comfortable and stable. Much heavier than traditional boats today, Sea Esta will provide a steady, smooth sail no matter what the conditions. This large and stable catamaran is perfect for sightseeing around San Diego Bay and the perfect bachelorette party yacht for you and your guests.
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  • 2 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$1,200.00
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Sunset Bay Cruise and Nightime Lights City Scape Tour on Spacious Motor YachtDay Cruises

Sunset Bay Cruise and Nightime Lights City Scape Tour on Spacious Motor Yacht

Cap off your day with a relaxing 2.5-hour cruise on San Diego Bay. A 50-foot motor yacht takes you away from the hustle and bustle and onto the peaceful bay. Complimentary refreshments are served, including snacks and non-alcoholic drinks. Have your camera ready for unique views of Coronado Bridge, Harbor Island, Battleship Row, and more. Then watch as the city's iconic skyline lights up.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$149.00
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Sunset Sailing Tour of San Diego Bay up to 6 GuestsDay Cruises

Sunset Sailing Tour of San Diego Bay up to 6 Guests

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A Sunset Sailing Charter on San Diego Bay is an awesome way to spend the day sightseeing in beautiful San Diego. Pacifica Sailing Charters offers several different types of sunset sailing charters and boat tours. Our sunset sailing charters and boat tours take you on an exciting tour of San Diego Bay. Book a sunset sailing boat charter and stretch out in the San Diego sunshine with a trusty skipper at the helm, A sunset sailing boat tour on San Diego Bay with Pacifica Sailing Charters is the perfect sailing experience for you and your guests. With over 20 years of boating on San Diego Bay and the waters surrounding the San Diego harbor, our sunset boat charters and sunset sailing boat tours are rated #1 on Google, Yelp, and TripAdvisor.
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  • 2 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$500.00
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Sights and Sips San Diego Sunset CruiseBeer & Brewery Tours

Sights and Sips San Diego Sunset Cruise

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Spend happy hour on the water during this San Diego evening cruise. After a welcome glass of sparkling wine, enjoy views of the water and city skyline as you glide through San Diego Bay.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$58.00
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Luxury Sunset Sail Experience on San Diego Bay - Small GroupSailing

Luxury Sunset Sail Experience on San Diego Bay - Small Group

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Set sail at one of the best times of day—sunset—during this San Diego Bay cruise. Board a comfortable sailing yacht and cruise along San Diego's coastline, taking in views of the scenic waterfront, military vessels, and historical landmarks. Catch sight of marine life and enjoy spectacular photo ops. Gorgeous sunset views and Champagne makes this tour a great choice for couples or travelers celebrating a special occasion.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$109.00
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$109.00

Private San Diego Day Sailing AdventureSailing

Private San Diego Day Sailing Adventure

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Head out onto the waters off the coast of San Diego for a private sailing adventure. Charter your own boat and bring your group of up to six to take in San Diego’s sights from the water. Enjoy a fully customizable experience—just chat with your skipper about your preferences for your sail. Feel free to bring your own wine without worrying about a corkage fee and enjoy complimentary refreshments onboard.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$314.27
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