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San Diego Harbor Cruise

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  • 2 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Spend a few hours relaxing, sunbathing and sightseeing in the placid waters just off San Diego during this 1 or 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.
  • Choice of either a 1 or 2 hour tour
  • Enjoy fantastic views of San Diego's skyline and Coronado Bridge
  • Comfortable outdoor and indoor seating
  • Catch seals and sea lions sunbathing on the rocks just off shore
  • Snacks and beverages available for purchase

What's Included

  • 1-hour harbor cruise (if option selected)
  • 2-hour harbor cruise (if option selected)
  • Indoor and Outdoor seating
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks (onboard snack bar available to purchase)
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 990 N Harbor Dr
    990 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101, USA

    Flagship ticketbooth

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Explore the huge ships, scenic skyline and wealth of marine life of San Diego Harbor during this 1- to 2-hour cruise. During your ride you can enjoy informative commentary about the city’s history while doing some sunbathing, sightseeing and relaxing in the cool ocean breeze.

Pick your preferred departure time for your cruise, choosing from among morning and afternoon options, then make your way to North Harbor Drive to begin your trip. As you step on board, take note of the ship’s variety of amenities, including ample sun decks, comfortable seating options and an on-board cafe to buy food and drinks. 

Then cast off for your harbor excursion, enjoying a full-narrated overview of the sights you’ll see along the way. Among the sights you’ll see during your ride are the home of the US Naval fleet, the city’s busy shipyards, Coronado Bay Bridge and the Star of India, the oldest iron-hulled sailing vessel still floating. 

Your exact trip will vary slightly depending on if you select the 2-hour or 1-hour option. Those on the 2-hour trip will receive the full itinerary, while those on the 1-hour trip will select between a North Bay or South Bay trip. Those on the North Bay trip will check out North Island Naval Air Station, the Naval Sub Base, Harbor and Shelter Island and Cabrillo National Monument. Meanwhile, the South Bay cruise covers the Star of India, Coronado Bay Bridge, US Navy fleet and the shipyards.

End your ride back at the original departure point.

San Diego Bay

Enjoy breathtaking view of the beautiful San Diego Bay including downtown San Diego, Midway ship, Coronado Island, Coronado military base, Coronado bridge, cruise ship terminal and many more!

2 hours Admission Ticket Free

Star of India (Pass By)

South Bay cruise covers the Star of India, Coronado Bay Bridge, US Navy fleet and the shipyards.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please note: you must advise of your preferred departure times in the Special Requirements field at checkout. All times are subject to availability
  • Please provide contact information (i.e cell phone) for the local operator to be able to reach you in case of changes to boarding or yacht
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • For all our cruises: The State of California Department of Public Health has issues a new mandate. Masks are required for all individuals in all indoor public settings, regardless of vaccination status from December 15, 2021 through January 15, 2022.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 150 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

about cancellations.

Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during San Diego Harbor Cruise?

A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during San Diego Harbor Cruise?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Q:What is the social distancing policy during San Diego Harbor Cruise?

A:The policies on social distancing are:
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during San Diego Harbor Cruise?

A:The policies on staff health & safety are:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms

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Traveler Tips

Snacks are a little expensive so if you think you'll need food, you may want to bring your own.
naval ships and other naval activity is a bonus if you're lucky
A good use of one hour to enjoy some sun and get some good views of the city.
1,310 reviews
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Fun Day out at sea.
Linda_V, Aug 2022
We enjoyed the top deck & the fresh air & unobstructed views. So very interesting and beautiful. The naval shipyard was very interesting & the speaker was so well informed. He made it really special.
A pleasant afternoon
Diana_R, Aug 2022
We had a pleasant afternoon and the crew is very nice. The only thing that would have made it better would be more comfortable seating facing the ocean on the top deck.
Fantastic Bay Cruise
Matthew_K, Aug 2022
I love Viatar. I mistakenly booked the cruise on the wrong day. The tour operator was helpful and assisted in making the change, with NO ISSUE! Fantastic customer service. We had a blast, and Max the tour guide was informative and fun on the 2-hour tour. The boat was clean, food/snacks and liquor was limited, but perfect for a small bay cruise. I will definitely go back.
Great experience
Kamyar_N, Aug 2022
The narrator (Max) was excellent and learned a lot about the history of Coronado and all the ships and buildings
Beautiful views!
Susan_K, Aug 2022
Great cruise - we took the 2 hour trip- very informative! Also beautiful views of San Diego skyline!
Great cruise in San Diego...
Alexandre_P, Aug 2022
Great cruise in San Diego for family and to appreciate the beauty of the bay. The Navy ships are amazing
Experience harbor cruise
Ami_Z, Aug 2022
The South Bay portion is amazing. Nice weather Very crowded on Sunday afternoon. Bathrooms are disgusting.
I have never taken it,...
Adele_E, Aug 2022
I have never taken it, was very enjoyable and affordable. Highly recommend. The cool ocean breeze was si refreshing
Great time and the...
Frank_M, Jul 2022
Great time and the weather was great. My wife’s sister was here from Texas and loved San Diego. Great views and loved seeing all the Naval ships.
Worst service ever.Had no...
Garik_M, Jul 2022
Worst service ever.Had no water for the whole one day. Front desk worker treated as horribly.Worst ever.
San Diego by water
Todd_J, Jul 2022
Good site seeing tour from the water to see San Diego skyline and heard about different things about San Diego. Saw a lot of the military ships and submarines as well. Really good crew and speaker as well
Beautiful SD Harbor Tour
Debora_M, Jul 2022
Great time on the SD Harbor Cruise. Beautiful weather & very interesting sights on north & south SD Bay.
You should really tell...
Jessica_A, Jul 2022
You should really tell people to arrive early because if you don’t, you’ll not be let on. Worst money I’ve spent
Great time!
Donna_H, Jul 2022
Easy to obtain ticket. Gentleman on board very informative. Great bar and snacks. Bought pic at the end for totally great experience!
Nice trip around the bay with history
Leonard_G, Jul 2022
Great trip around the bay. The narrator for our trip was quiet good. Though there apparently were individuals taking pictures of guests both hours of our trip, they never made it to us both on the bow for the first hour nor on the middle deck in the second hour. Disappointing since we commonly get family pictures on these events. The crew was also supposedly mingling but for two hours, never saw them.
Rose gets a tan on San Diego Harbor Cruise.
Reneta_B, Jul 2022
We had a wonderful experience and enjoyed the ride for my Husband’s Birthday. I would definitely recommend this for couples 💯 %
Max gave a knowledgeable...
Francesca_J, Jul 2022
Max gave a knowledgeable and entertaining presentation of the San Diego Bay, it was a great experience.
Great time
Mike_S, Jul 2022
The whole tour was great, max the tour guide was very knowledgeable, and friendly, and even full.of humor
Love San Diego
Mykhailo_S, Jul 2022
Such a nice cruise, great views, ocean, ships, dolphins, seals, everything so impressive! Most wonted in San Diego!
A very fun experience.
Rickey_G, Jul 2022
It was a very informative cruise. Beautiful day the ship and crew were great. Our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly.


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