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San Diego Harbor Cruise

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Overview

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

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This activity will end right where it started.
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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
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!
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Star of India
South Bay cruise covers the Star of India, Coronado Bay Bridge, US Navy fleet and the shipyards.
Pass By:  
Coronado Bridge
South Bay cruise covers the Star of India, Coronado Bay Bridge, US Navy fleet and the shipyards.
Pass By:  
Naval Base San Diego
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.
Pass By:  
Shelter Island Park Shoreline
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.
Pass By:  
Cabrillo National Monument
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.
  • 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
  • OPERATED BY Flagship Cruises Events
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.

Learn more about cancellations.

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
See all safety measures taken by San Diego Harbor Cruise.
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
See all safety measures taken by San Diego Harbor Cruise.
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
See all safety measures taken by San Diego Harbor Cruise.
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
See all safety measures taken by San Diego Harbor Cruise.

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  • "Snacks are a little expensive so if you think you'll need food, you may want to bring your own." See review
  • "naval ships and other naval activity is a bonus if you're lucky" See review
  • "A good use of one hour to enjoy some sun and get some good views of the city." See review

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star-5
Great way to spend afternoon
Debbie_C
, Aug 2022
My husband lived in San Diego when he was younger and is a lifelong padre fan we spent a few days here and decided to go on the boat tour it was a great way to spend the afternoon we took the two hour tour getting to see the sea lions and learn about the ships all very fun and informative
star-3
Lady on the top roof bar...
Tim_D
, Aug 2022
Lady on the top roof bar was very rude and unhelpfull . Made the experience not enjoyable . Maybe she shouldn't be working in customer service
star-5
Great experience!
Steve_G
, Aug 2022
Great way to spend a couple hours touring the harbor. Staff was very friendly and accommodating. Our son is in a wheel chair so we couldn’t take him to the upper decks but the crew allowed us to go out on the rear deck which is normally closed off. Amazing sites you just can’t see any other way. The ship had some snacks, drinks, and a fairly well stocked bar for purchase. Parking was all full at both parking lots nearby so we were late for ours, but the kind lady at the ticket area promptly got us on the next ship an hour later. Highly recommended 👍🏻
star-3
Beautiful scenery no narration
Ronald_T
, Aug 2022
Beautiful scenery, smooth sailing but we looked forward to the advertised narration. Sadly the sound system was not working at all. We paid for two hours but left after one…
star-5
They scanned our bar code...
Bret_P
, Aug 2022
They scanned our bar code at the line and we were able to walk right on the ship. No checking in at the kiosk.
star-5
Relaxing tour
Elizabeth_L
, Aug 2022
I was visiting the area with my sister and wanted to do a harbor tour. Had a nice relaxing time. Great narration for our 2 hour tour!
star-5
Wonderful Trip
Yuxiang_H
, Aug 2022
It is a wonderful trip, relaxing and you can enjoy the scenery from the cruise. With AC on the first and second floor.
star-5
Birthday gift
Aileen_P
, Aug 2022
It was my birthday and my honey to San Diego I love San Diego it was a great experience for the both of us we really loved it thank you very much
star-4
Sitting above deck was...
Michele_D
, Aug 2022
Sitting above deck was the best seating. Sitting indoors was too loud. Kids were screaming, etc. Rusty was great but hard to understand (mike quality). Crews worked hard. Need another drink/bartending area. One for water and sodas and one for alcohol.
star-5
Fun day time activities
Sam_H
, Aug 2022
Affordable and fun experience with friends and loved ones. The tour guide Rusty was knowledgeable and entertaining. The harbor and bay were beautiful. They also have good snacks and mixed drinks!
star-5
Seeing all the Navy...
Patricia_R
, Aug 2022
Seeing all the Navy ships. Made me proud to be an American 🇺🇸! Especially enjoyed the narrator! Pointing out the “seized” ship was amazing.
star-3
Nice ride but narrator...
Janis_K
, Aug 2022
Nice ride but narrator made it difficult to visualize what he was talking about. He directed you to look in a particular direction but you couldn’t see what he was referring to.
star-5
Seeing and learning about...
Jean_P
, Aug 2022
Seeing and learning about the history of the naval yard. Also seeing the WWII planes that flew right over us.
star-5
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.
star-4
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.
star-5
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.
star-5
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
star-5
Beautiful views!
Susan_K
, Aug 2022
Great cruise - we took the 2 hour trip- very informative! Also beautiful views of San Diego skyline!
star-5
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
star-3
Experience harbor cruise
Ami_Z
, Aug 2022
The South Bay portion is amazing. Nice weather Very crowded on Sunday afternoon. Bathrooms are disgusting.

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