San Diego

San Diego Harbor Cruise

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San Diego Harbor Cruise

From $33.00

Select Date and Travelers

up to 24 hours before the experience starts (local time)

  • 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 92132, 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

2 hours Admission Ticket Free

Star of India (Pass By)

Coronado Bridge (Pass By)

Naval Base San Diego (Pass By)

Shelter Island Park Shoreline (Pass By)

Cabrillo National Monument (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • 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
  • Some ships only have restrooms either up or down a flight of steps
  • 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Q:Is parking available near the departure point?

A:Yes! Parking is available at the USS Midway parking lot. Parking fees apply and may vary.

May 2023

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We had a wonderful time on this beautiful cruise. We saw both the south and north side of the bay. The tour was very informative and relaxing. I would certainly do this again. We highly recommend taking this cruise for a memorable experience.


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Great Cruise!
kelleymichelle, Feb 2024
We took the two-hour cruise and very much enjoyed it! Even before we boarded, while we waited on the ramp, we were entertained by the lobsters and sting rays in the waters below. Once it was time to board, Max, the tour guide, gave everyone a warm welcome. The boat was very nice and in much better condition than other sight-seeing cruises I've gone on. We took a seat on the top deck. Max was engaging and super informative. We enjoyed the views and learning so much about San Diego and its naval history. Make sure if you opt for the 2-hour cruise to stay onboard when they return to pick up the 1-hour group. We thoroughly enjoyed the cruise!
Nice thing to do on a nice day.
Stephen_M, Feb 2024
The narrator was pretty funny, a little corny, but very informative and enjoyable. The two hour trip required docking and reloading some passengers (there is a one-hour option) halfway through so that was a little annoying, but still recommend the full tour as there is plenty to see at both ends.
Fun date (:
Nathan_B, Feb 2024
The crew members and tour guide are friendly and knowledgeable. Great experience! They have a concession stand with anything from snacks, soda or an alcoholic beverage. We went on the last tour of the day and the sunset was beautiful!! Great moment for pictures! I would go again (:
I’d go again!
Rita_j, Jan 2024
Enjoyed seeing all of the WWII ships and enjoyed the views from the boat. Get there early to grab a seat on top in the sun.
Fabric narration
JonW_G, Jan 2024
The narrator was able to describe every ship and building and plane and helicopter we passed. His memory was incredible.
The warmest welcome to my cold weather peers! A sunset cruise on the bay!
Gary_F, Jan 2024
Timing of the sunset and great education on the narration part of the tour made this an extra special experience.
Great experience & very informative
Rashad_M, Jan 2024
the harbor cruise was very informative & narrated very well also so during the cruise you knew what landmarks we were going by & what they were & what they meant. I did the 2hr north & south side cruise. I would highly recommend it to anyone
Overall interesting
Leslie_M, Jan 2024
Good tour but focused a bit heavy on various types of Navy ships. Good commentary. Too bad it was raining!!
Don’t miss this trip
hadden_d, Jan 2024
Great opportunity to get out on the water and learn more about the Bay Area. Highly recommend! Great views and friendly staff.
Great experience
Luci_W, Jan 2024
The Cruise ship is new and clean. The Staff are very nice. We spent an amazing one hour on the bay taking photos of beautiful scenery and battleships
Family fun time..
Kimberly_H, Jan 2024
Great time for the entire family, 15 of us. Nervous youngsters could be inside. Adventurous teens could be up top. Lots of room to spread out and enjoy the beauty of San Diego...
We thoroughly enjoyed...
Courtney_F, Jan 2024
We thoroughly enjoyed Rusty’s narration! We took the 2 hour cruise. Lots to see. 100 words is a lot for me to write so just use my first sentence. Thanks!
Fantastic tour!
Dave_O, Dec 2023
Fun tour with a very informative tour guide. Great views of San Diego as well as information about its history. I loved it and recommend it.
Loved the military...
Moubareka_N, Dec 2023
Loved the military history. The narrator was great at telling us the history on the ships and Coronado bridge. It is worth doing both the North and South Bay as so different.
Enjoyable One Hour Harbor Tour
Kevin_V, Dec 2023
Very informative. Great tour of the South Harbor in an hour. Friendly and professional staff. The boat travelled at a comfortable speed.
Delightful 2 hour harbour cruise in San Diego
Kelly_C, Dec 2023
The sunset was beautiful, the wayers calm and the two hour voyage enjoyable. The narrator was very knowledgable.
Nice ride
Emma_L, Dec 2023
Very knowledgeable guide and good amount of time on the water! The two hour tour is just two 1hr tours- you have to come back to the dock for the 1 hr people but otherwise good views and nice information
2 Hour San Diego Bay Tour
Mike_R, Dec 2023
We had a wonderful time on the 2 hour tour. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and informative. What a great way to spend the morning.
Great experience
Janine_R, Dec 2023
Great experience. The narrator was so knowledgeable. I learned a great deal. I highly recommend. I have Viator multiple times and have always been very happy.
Wasn’t even worth
Toni_B, Dec 2023
The two hours duration should be two hours not just 30 minutes up to north and back then 30 minutes to south and back is not even worth it

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