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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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San Diego Harbor Cruise

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 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.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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San Diego Harbor Dinner Cruise
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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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  • 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$110.90
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San Diego One Hour Harbor Cruise

San Diego One Hour Harbor Cruise

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Sail along the San Diego Bay on this relaxing 1-hour cruise. While aboard, enjoy views of the city, as well as US naval vessels, the Star of India, and the Coronado Bridge. Catch sight of the Hotel del Coronado, and spot sea lions in their natural habitats. Along the 1-hour route, you can pick up a snack and drink at the snack bar (own expense), and relax as you cruise the water.
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  • 1 hour
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San Diego Whale Watching Cruise
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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San Diego Best of the Bay 2 Hour Harbor Cruise

San Diego Best of the Bay 2 Hour Harbor Cruise

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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
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San Diego Whale Watching Tour

San Diego Whale Watching Tour

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Encounter some of Earth's most magnificent creatures on a 3-hour whale-watching cruise in San Diego. The voyage departs right from Mission Bay, so you’ll be out into the open ocean and looking for animals in just 10 short minutes. Marine biologists onboard help you spot whales and dolphins and learn about their life in the deep blue sea.
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  • 3 hours
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San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley

San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley

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Explore some of the top highlights of San Diego with your or or two day trolley pass (depending on option selected) for the city’s Hop-on, Hop-off Trolley Tour. Choose your own adventure as you get on and off the trolley at any of the 11 included stops, covering famous sights including the Gaslamp Quarter, the San Diego Zoo, USS Midway and the Cruise Ship Terminal, Little Italy, and many more. This San Diego trolley tour also features live commentary from the on-board guide during your ride.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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San Diego Shore Excursion: San Diego Seal Tour
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San Diego Shore Excursion: San Diego Seal Tour

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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.
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  • 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Skip the Line: USS Midway Museum Admission Ticket in San Diego

Skip the Line: USS Midway Museum Admission Ticket in San Diego

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Take a trip through American naval history with admission to the USS Midway Museum in San Diego. This enormous ship, known as the longest-serving aircraft carrier of the 20th century, now offers a range of interactive exhibits, a self-guided audio tour and numerous restored aircraft across its 4-acre (1.6-hectare) flight deck and sections below. It’s an essential piece of San Diego’s, and America’s, military history.
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  • 2 to 5 hours
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San Diego Premier Dinner Cruise

San Diego Premier 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 an entertaining DJ play music and enjoy an unforgettable evening, or celebrate a birthday, anniversary or another special occasion.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Small-Group San Diego Afternoon Sailing Excursion
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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, soft drinks and snacks.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Sunset Sailing Experience on San Diego Bay - Small Group
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Sunset Sailing 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 Wine makes this tour a great choice for couples or travelers celebrating a special occasion.
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  • 2 hours
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Champagne Brunch Buffet
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Champagne Brunch Buffet

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Make the most of your weekend with a 2-hour brunch cruise through San Diego Bay. Capture prime views of the city skyline and harbor from a luxury yacht, and round out your morning bliss with bottomless mimosas and our brunch menu service includes breakfast favorites, vegetarian options, and so much more. Indoor and Outdoor seating available please call Flagship Cruises & Events with seating preference. Listen to our live entertainment as the attentive crew constantly top off your glass. Shouldn’t weekends always be like this?
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  • 2 hours
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Small-Group San Diego Sunset Sailing Excursion
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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, 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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Sunset Sail Aboard A Classic Yacht
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Sunset Sail Aboard A Classic Yacht

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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
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San Diego Sights and Sips Sunset Cruise
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San Diego Sights and Sips Sunset Cruise

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Spend happy hour on the water during this San Diego evening cruise. Enjoy views of the water and city skyline as you glide through San Diego Bay.
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Sailing Yacht Experience on San Diego Bay - Small Group - Afternoon
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Sailing Yacht Experience on San Diego Bay - Small Group - Afternoon

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A boat ride in San Diego Bay offers the perfect vantage point from which to view the city’s Skyline. This luxury sailing adventure on a 40-foot yacht lets visitors take in the sights in comfort and privacy, the perfect activity for those seeking an extra special addition to their San Diego trip.
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  • 2 hours
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Affordable, Luxury Sailing Tour of San Diego's Bay and Coastal Waterways

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

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Sail out into the San Diego Bay and take in great views of the city's skyline with this small-group tour aboard a 34-foot Catalina sailboat led by a local captain. You can choose from morning, afternoon, or evening departures and you will be welcome to bring your own drinks on board.
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  • 2 hours
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Private Family Whale & Dolphin Adventure in San Diego

Private Family Whale & Dolphin Adventure in San Diego

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Get the best chance of seeing whales and dolphins on a private boat tour. Your party will have the run of the boat, including an enclosed cabin, an observation tower, and a restroom. Your experienced USCG-certified captain knows the best places to spot wildlife and will provide engaging commentary on the local marine ecosystem.
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Afternoon Sail Aboard a Classic Yacht

Afternoon Sail Aboard a Classic Yacht

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Set sail on the San Diego Harbor without spending a fortune on this affordable small-group sailing tour. Climb aboard a replica 1904 yacht that's unlike any other in San Diego, and enjoy several hours of cruising the bay and harbor, from Seaport Village past the USS Midway Museum and other shoreline attractions. No sailing experience is required, as a captain handles the navigation so you can enjoy the voyage.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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3 Hour Sailing Charter Experience

3 Hour Sailing Charter Experience

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Get out into the waters of Mission Bay on a 34 foot sailing boat with a guide. You can be beginners or experienced, and everyone will get a chance to steer and maneuver the vessel. You’ll set the mainsail, and then get into the ocean and feel the cool breeze to power your sail. The boat can take a group of four of you and your family and friends.
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  • 3 hours
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San Diego Premier Brunch Cruise

San Diego Premier 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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Sunset Sails Catamaran in San Diego. 2.5 hours. Small Groups

Sunset Sails Catamaran in San Diego. 2.5 hours. Small Groups

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Catamarans really are more fun to sail with the special bow nets designed for sunbathing, and lounging around watching sea life, and water rush by. The swift and stable ocean design ensures a comfortable, and exhilarating ride without the rolling and leaning that often causes seasickness on other boats. When you are welcomed aboard, you'll feel comfortable right away because we really do like people, and with such small groups, you've escaped the crowds. We always say it's great to be a tourist, but better to not feel like a tourist. With cushioned seating with back rests, our catamarans are comfortable for all ages of guests from young kids to seniors. A perfect way to spend a lazy day, unwinding and relaxing, no cares in the world.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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San Diego Shore Excursion: San Diego Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley

San Diego Shore Excursion: San Diego Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley

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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.
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