San Diego Cruise Port Tours

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San Diego Cruise Port
San Diego, where the locals brag about their 70-degree-and-sunny weather nearly year-round, can fill almost any desire you have for a day in port. Historical or naval-related? Check out Old Town or the USS Midway Museum.  Culture, nature and animals? Head to Balboa Park and the famous San Diego Zoo. Beach and water activities? Make your way to Coronado Island or take a speedboat tour.

If you feel like simply exploring, go on a walking tour around districts like Little Italy or Seaport Village.

How to Get to San Diego

Cruise ships dock at the B Street Cruise Ship Terminal downtown. Just walk north or south along the water to get to attractions like the Maritime Museum, or grab a taxi or a bike cab outside the port to go beyond downtown. You can also catch the trolley to Old Town or the Gaslamp Quarter, among many other city stops.

One Day in San Diego


It’s going to be a busy day, so hopefully you had a good breakfast on your ship. Start with a cab ride to Balboa Park to spend a couple of hours at the San Diego Zoo (don’t miss the panda bears) or one of the park’s several museums, including the Air and Space Museum, Museum of Art, Model Railroad Museum and Natural History Museum.

When you’re ready for lunch, take a quick cab ride to the Hillcrest neighborhood (or walk the 0.7 miles (1 km) from the northwest corner of the park) for a bite to eat at one of the local restaurants off the typical tourist trail. Then hail one more cab for the ride back to the port, where you’ll catch the ferry to Coronado Island.

Relax on Coronado’s wide beach, just up from the Navy base, and then head to the sprawling and historic Hotel del Coronado (or the Del, as it’s known locally) for a drink, following in the footsteps of Old Hollywood stars like Clark Gable and Mae West.

If you’ve got time after the ferry ride back to port, visit the USS Midway Museum.

Port Information

The currency is the US dollar, and ATMs are available throughout the city.
Address: B Street Cruise Ship Terminal, North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA, USA
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Sightseeing Tour of San Diego and the Beaches

Exploring La Jolla, San Diego, and Coronado Island is a breeze on this full-day tour of the metro San Diego area. Settle into a van equipped with comfortable bucket seats and large picture windows and admire views along the way to attractions in Little Italy, the Gaslamp, Downtown, and more, all while enjoying commentary from your guide.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Five peak Challenge

Enjoy a complimentary pickup in San Diego. We will then drive about 35 minutes to Cowles Mountain in Poway, CA. We will gather at the bottom of the mountain for an introduction, guided breathwork practice and light stretching to warm up the muscles for a beautiful hike. Once everyone feels ready to go we will hit the dirt trail and conquer all five peaks in Mission Trails State Park. This hike is about a 15 mile round trip. We will stop in scenic areas along the trail to connect with nature and get a photo on top of each mountain! you will be provided some trail snacks! Once we have finished the hike we will drive to the visitors center to pick up your certificate for completing the FIVE PEAK CHALLENGE! You will leave with a deep connection to iron mountain and a beautiful appreciation for San Diego and our beautiful Earth. Farewells and see you later's back at your destination for drop off.
  • Duration: 5 to 7 hours
  • Duration: 5 to 7 hours
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US$85.00
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San Diego Shore Excursion: City and La Jolla Coast Tour

When you're in port in San Diego, see the sights of the city in a convenient way with this 4-hour shore excursion. Traveling by coach, you'll see Balboa Park, Old Town, the Embarcadero, Petco Park, and more. Stop for photo ops at select places, and visit La Jolla, the idyllic coastal suburb north of the city known for its sea caves.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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San Diego Shore Excursion: San Diego Seal Tour

See San Diego’s sights by land and water on a 1.5-hour seal tour independent shore excursion, and explore this picturesque port of call in an amphibious vehicle. Listen to stories that bring San Diego’s history to life as you travel along the water’s edge, then steer straight into San Diego Bay. Take in sweeping views of SeaWorld, watch for the seals and sea lions that play, eat and bask at Quivira Basin and return to your ship along the scenic Harbor Drive.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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San Diego Shore Excursion: San Diego Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley

Explore San Diego at your own pace with a full-day ticket to ride a hop-on, hop-off trolley through the city. Simply board the trolley at your cruise ship’s port of call and visit historic landmarks and vibrant neighborhoods at eleven centrally-located stops. Get a glimpse of California’s past in Old Town then see the magnificent ships that moor at the bustling waterfront; grab a spot on a beach to watch surfers catch breaking waves, and try to spot the famous ghost at the elegant Hotel del Coronado.
  • Duration: 1.5 to 8 hrs
  • Duration: 1.5 to 8 hrs
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Mountain and Desert Tour from San Diego

Get out of the city for a day in the mountains and desert on this tour from San Diego. Traveling with a guide, you'll visit attractions such as Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Fonts Point (nicknamed California's Grand Canyon), the gold-mining town of Julian, and the town of Borrego Springs. Enjoy the chance to take in the arid scenery and see native animals and vegetation of Southern California.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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San Diego Shore Excursion: Skip the Line: USS Midway Museum

Walk the decks of American naval history with an independent shore excursion to San Diego’s USS Midway Museum. Visit an aircraft carrier that was the world’s largest, and whose career stretched from the end of World War II to Operation Desert Storm. Learn how 4,500 crew members made their home onboard the massive ‘city at sea, ’ and get a glimpse of life below decks. Climb into the cockpit of a fighter plane, see the museum’s vast collection of historic aircraft then take off on a hair-raising flight simulator.
  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
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