Water activity

San Diego: Harbor Sightseeing Cruise

Water activity

San Diego: Harbor Sightseeing Cruise

Activity provider: City Cruises by Hornblower
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From US$ 38.77 per person

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Embark on a sightseeing harbor cruise on San Diego Bay. Sail through the harbor in style and comfort from the observation deck of a beautiful yacht.

About this activity

Cancellation policy
This activity is non-refundable
Duration 1 - 2 hours
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Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible


  • See famous icons, ships and landmarks on a sightseeing cruise on San Diego Bay
  • Enjoy educational and informative onboard commentary from the crew
  • See the beautiful Coronado Bay Bridge from the water
  • Learn about current habitat restoration for the bay's marine life
  • Spot ships of the U.S Navy Surface Fleet docked along the shore
Full description

See the sights of San Diego Bay on a fully-narrated cruise. Pass by Seaport Village, Shelter Island, Coronado Island, Point Loma, and Cabrillo National Monument, among other notable points of interest, while taking in beautiful skyline views.

Choose between a 1-hour cruise of either the North or South Harbor, or book the 2-hour cruise, which includes both. San Diego’s North Harbor cruise takes you past historic ships in the Maritime Museum, Harbor Island, North Island Naval Air Station, and Shelter Island.

The South Harbor route includes sightings of the Coronado Bridge, the U.S.S. Midway Aircraft Carrier, the U.S. Navy Surface Fleet, and the Naval Amphibious Base Coronado. As you sail, keep a lookout for wildlife such as blue herons, sea lions, and pelicans

Listen as your professional crew provides commentary about the rich local and military history, points of interest, and facts about San Diego Bay. This sightseeing cruise also showcases local environmental conservation efforts through video clips and onboard displays.

  • 2-hour or 1-hour cruise (depending on option selected)
  • Professionally narrated sightseeing tour
  • Captain
  • Crew
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Drinks or snacks (available for purchase)

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Meeting point

Meet at 970 North Harbor Drive.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Breathable clothing
  • Cash

Know before you go

  • The vessel is open-air
  • Harbor cruises are non-smoking
  • No outside food or drink is allowed onboard
  • Snacks and drinks are available for purchase onboard
  • For the 1-hour tour, your departure time will determine if you will see the North or South Harbor
  • Sea lions sightings are not guaranteed but are most often seen on the North Bay route
  • North Bay Departure Times: 10:00 AM, 12:30 PM, 3:00 PM
  • South Bay Departure Times: 11:15 AM, 1:45 PM, 4:15 PM
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 70 reviews

Review summary

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We had a great time on the harbor tour. We took the two-hour tour and were able to see and experience both the north and south harbors. The crew were very friendly and helpful. The narration for both segments was great. We learned a lot about the harbor area which helped us to plan new things to do in San Diego. Well worth it!

March 26, 2023

Such a glorious day for a Harbor Cruise! (I guess almost everyday is a glorious day in sunny SD!) Wasn't crowded on the boat on the day we went. We were able to hear everything during the narration which was fun and interesting. We could see almost everything pointed out to us because the guide had helpful descriptors for bldgs, ships, and swatches of land. So fun to see the land from the water.

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March 26, 2023

The pier the boat left from was right next to the parking lot (next to USS Midway) which was handy. Watch the parking here as we arrived at 1045 and only another 3-4 cars got in after us and the lot was full. It was easy to find seating on board and the crew were very helpful. It is possible to get drinks and snacks on board (they seem to come with a mandatory tip though) . The narrated tour could be heard better during the 2nd leg (it goes to the naval base first, back to the pier, change passengers then does the North leg). The sea base leg gives a good view of Coronado island also and a close up of a lot of shipping that is in port. It doesn’t go the full length of the base (but I guess as far as you’re allowed).

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March 26, 2023

Product ID: 410447