Views on a San Diego Harbor Cruise

posted by Sharon December 9, 2018 25 Comments
San Diego Harbor Cruise

My family recently gifted us with a San Diego harbor cruise—the perfect way to enjoy two hours in our home city. Out on the water, you see the San Diego bay from a different perspective than on land. Here’s our trusty vessel. San Diego Harbor CruiseSan Diego Harbor CruiseWith the running commentary onboard, we learned more about this busy harbor, even though it’s a familiar sight to us. Here are some of the highlights.

The Midway

The harbor cruise leaves from right next door to the retired aircraft carrier Midway. Built in 1945, this carrier missed World War II by one week. The ship served the United States Navy through several conflicts until it was decommissioned in 1992. It’s now home in San Diego and is open to tour. San Diego Harbor CruiseDowntown San Diego

It’s fun to see the downtown skyline and the green of the park at Seaport Village from the harbor. Restaurants and hotels dot the shoreline.  San Diego Harbor CruiseSan Diego Harbor CruiseSan Diego Harbor CruiseSan Diego Harbor CruiseSan Diego Harbor CruiseSan Diego Harbor Cruise

The Coronado Bridge

Opened in 1969 to link San Diego with the peninsula of Coronado, this graceful bridge is now seen as a symbol of the city. San Diego Harbor CruiseSan Diego Harbor Cruise

The Star of India

The Star of India is the world’s oldest sailing ship and one of the first ships made of iron rather than wood. Built in Britain in 1863, she sailed to India two times, surviving collision, mutiny, and a cyclone. Next she served to haul emigrants from London to New Zealand, sailing 21 times in this role. Today she is docked in San Diego and you can board and explore this jaunty sailing vessel. San Diego Harbor Cruise

And so much more

The San Diego harbor cruise takes you alongside marine life, the navy base on Coronado, and shipyards where ailing vessels are repaired. With so much to see, the two-hour cruise flew by. San Diego Harbor CruiseSan Diego Harbor CruiseSan Diego Harbor CruiseSan Diego Harbor Cruise

The Hornblower cruise line runs eight trips a day and costs $27 a person. Times, length of cruises, and prices vary by date, so check the website for more information.  San Diego Harbor Cruise

San Diego Harbor CruiseHow about you? Do you sometimes tour your home city and see it with new eyes? San Diego Harbor Cruise

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25 Comments

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin December 9, 2018 at 2:48 pm

I’ve heard it is an amazing city! Great views!

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Carol December 10, 2018 at 7:37 am

It seems to me that every place is better on the water.

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William Kendall December 10, 2018 at 8:24 am

Wonderful harbour views!

I’ve never done the river or canal boat tours they have here.

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Lydia C. Lee December 10, 2018 at 11:12 am

I didn’t realise the Star of India was there.

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Photo Cache December 10, 2018 at 11:29 am

What a fun thing to do in your own city.

Worth a Thousand Words

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Eileen Wise December 10, 2018 at 12:04 pm

Hello, beautiful photos of the harbor and the ships. The Navy Ships are awesome. The harbor cruise looks awesome. I love the seal, cormorants and pelicans. Great photos. Enjoy your day and have a great new week!

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Hootin Anni December 10, 2018 at 12:37 pm

San Diego is one of my favorite cities in USA. I love Coronado island … the bridge & light house (even stayed at the hotel … it wasn’t haunted the week we were there, lol) The zoo, the park…even the Marine base (good looking guys there…just kidding)

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junieper2 December 10, 2018 at 12:53 pm

What a great present, Sharon! Fun to see familiar sights like the high rises and the Star of India through someone else’s eyes:) Love the captures of the slight bend in the Coronado bridge and you first one you chose for a thumbnail!They made the area around the harbor so pleasant! When we lived in Southern Calif we went there at least once a month:) Many thanks for sharing it with All Seasons and have a lovely week!

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rupam { xhobdo } December 10, 2018 at 5:49 pm

Great post, Awesome pics.

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Sandra December 11, 2018 at 1:32 am

Harbor cruises are always so much fun! Those views are amazing!
#MondayEscapes

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Margy December 11, 2018 at 11:21 am

When we lived in Southern California we loved to visit San Diego. We flew our small plane into the airport and walked to the trolley to get downtown, or just walk to Little Italy for a great comfort food dinner. The trolley is a great way to get around, and it’s a perfect walking city. We have lived in our small town for almost 20 years and are still finding new places to explore and experience. – Margy

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betty - NZ December 11, 2018 at 1:20 pm

I’ve never spent any time in that part of the US so I appreciate you sharing your sights with us. There’s certainly a lot to see!

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Anna Shirley December 12, 2018 at 6:16 pm

This is amazing gift. It is nice way to explore the city. Great pictures, btw.

Anna
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California Globetrotter December 13, 2018 at 5:20 am

Ok, now you officially have me homesick! I’ve never done a harbor cruise though! I should definitely do that the next time we are home! The views are amazing!! #FarawayFiles

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Molly December 13, 2018 at 8:51 am

That looks very cool

Mollyx

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hilary December 13, 2018 at 1:56 pm

I really need to spend more time in San Diego, and when I do this looks like a wonderful way to view the city from another perspective. #farawayfiles

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Nicola December 13, 2018 at 4:42 pm

What a beautiful way to see San Diego. We visited about 9 years ago and went on the Midway. I’d love to return!
#farawayfiles

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Brooke of Passport Couture December 15, 2018 at 9:21 am

San Diego is one of my favorite places–it’s fun to see it on the water. I wouldn’t be able to view it by boat because I have very bad motion sickness, but it’s exciting to see it through your eyes and your photos! You’ve captured the beautiful blue water perfectly. #TheWeeklyPostcard

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Kelly Anne Rothaermel December 15, 2018 at 6:32 pm

San Diego is a fun city!

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Jeanna December 15, 2018 at 8:10 pm

You know I’ve wanted to take a cruise around the lakes, especially since one of the cruise boats is practically docked next door. There’s also a tour bus I’ve been interested in taking around the city too although I saw one of them in an accident last summer. I think the driver was pretty young.

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Angie (FeetDoTravel) December 15, 2018 at 9:21 pm

What a fabulous gift to receive, I love this! Such a lovely day you had and I love the wind swept look tee hee. More people should gift experiences like this, I find the memories far outlast tangible presents (well, apart from diamonds haha). #feetdotravel

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Shona December 15, 2018 at 11:29 pm

I really enjoy seeing a city from the water, whether it’s a ferry, harbour or river cruise. The perspective is so different and I’m a fan of a skyline pic. This couple of hours is filled with sights and info. I’ll definitely be doing this on a trip to San Diego. Pinned for later.

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Jenn | By Land and Sea December 16, 2018 at 5:01 am

San Diego is such a pretty city. It’s so nice you got to take in the views from the water and have a great time doing it!

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Urska | Sliva December 17, 2018 at 5:50 am

Wow, looks like a very interesting experience. I haven’t been to San Diego before, so I have pinned it for later.

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Corey | Fifi + Hop December 19, 2018 at 1:09 pm

Wish I knew about this when we were in San Diego this summer! I’d love to see the Star of India, what a fascinating history! Thanks for linking up with #farawayfiles

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