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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 Best of the Bay 90 Minute Harbor Cruise

San Diego Best of the Bay 90 Minute 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 Harbor Dinner Cruise

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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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 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$85.00
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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 Bay Jet Boat Ride

San Diego Bay Jet Boat Ride

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Zoom around the waters of San Diego Bay on a jet boat ride that provides speed, splashes, and spins. As you race through the scenic waterway, your captain points out landmarks including the USS Midway, Coronado Island, Seaport Village, the Embarcadero, and the city skyline. Hang on as your captain takes your boat into power slides, 360-degree spins and other thrilling maneuvers—a high-octane twist on sightseeing in San Diego.
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$35.00
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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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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
  • Free Cancellation
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San Diego Seal Tour

San Diego Seal Tour

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Take in the highlights of San Diego Bay during a sightseeing tour by amphibious vehicle. Travel on both land and water like a ‘duck tour,’ starting on the streets of Seaport Village and rolling down Harbor Drive alongside San Diego Bay. Transition into the water after departing Seaport Village. Cruise past the SeaWorld and Vacation Isle, experiencing the best of maritime San Diego on this fun and informative tour.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Small Group Classic Sunset Sail in San Diego
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Small Group Classic Sunset Sail in San Diego

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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$125.00
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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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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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This is an engaging and unique, small group tour, of San Diego's beautiful bay and coastal waterways. You'll be on a beautiful Catalina 34' Sailboat enjoying the fresh air and best that San Diego has to offer. On your adventure you'll see many types of sea life as well as learn a little about the many features of San Diego that truly make it "America's Finest City".
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$119.00
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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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San Diego Champagne Brunch Cruise
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San Diego Champagne Brunch Cruise

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Make the most of a Sunday 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 new brunch menu with plated entrée 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 DJ tunes 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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Private Family Whale & Dolphin Adventure

Private Family Whale & Dolphin Adventure

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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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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Luxury Sunset Sail Experience on San Diego Bay - Small Group

Luxury Sunset Sail 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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America's Cup Sailing in San Diego

America's Cup Sailing in San Diego

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Cruise around San Diego bay aboard an authentic 1992 America’s Cup racing yacht and travel at twice the speed of the average sailboat. The Stars and Stripes USA-11 is one of the fastest and best known America’s Cup racing yachts. It was designed and built to be raced in San Diego, and has been restored to pristine condition. Take a turn at the helm and join in grinding the winches to raise and trim the sails.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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San Diego Shore Excursion: San Diego Seal Tour

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 30 minutes
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Small Group San Diego Day Sail
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Small Group San Diego Day Sail

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Sail Liberty offers the unforgettable experience of a beautiful sailboat touring adventure aboard a traditional sailing yacht. Our replica 1904 Yacht, offers excellent sailing for small group harbor tours and a remarkable sunset cruise all the while using traditional sailing techniques aboard a classic vessel unlike any other in San Diego.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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San Diego Premier Brunch Cruise
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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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  • 2 hours
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San Diego Summer Whale & Dolphin Watching Cruise

San Diego Summer Whale & Dolphin Watching Cruise

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Hop aboard a whale-watching cruise in San Diego for the chance to see whales and other Pacific marine life. You'll head out of the bay into the open ocean on board a large boat to look for the whales on the surface of the water.
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  • 4 hours
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Catamaran Sailing Cruise on San Diego Bay for up to 6 Guests

Catamaran Sailing Cruise on San Diego Bay for up to 6 Guests

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Take in views of San Diego's top attractions from the deck of your own private yacht—yours for a few hours, anyway. This private catamaran cruise for up to six people allows you to relax and enjoy the ocean breeze, listening to commentary from your captain. Keep watch for whales, sea lions, and dolphins while enjoying provided snacks and bottled water.
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  • 2 hours
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Luxury Sailing Experience on San Diego Bay - Small Group - Afternoon

Luxury Sailing 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
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Sailing Charter on San Diego Bay

Private Sailing Charter on San Diego Bay

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Sail the lovely waters off San Diego on a private yacht charter. The itinerary is up to you, or your captain can suggest some places to go. You can opt for a whale watching tour (seasonal), or lay anchor and go for a swim. If you prefer, choose a bay tour; seeing the sights like the Hotel del Coronado, Point Loma Lighthouse, Tijuana, and the San Diego skyline.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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