An afternoon on the San Diego Harbor Cruise provides views of the San Diego Bay, a lovely curving bridge from downtown to Coronado, and the USS Midway Museum. 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. With 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 Museum
The harbor cruise leaves from right next door to the retired aircraft carrier USS 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.
Downtown San Diego
The Coronado Bay Bridge
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.
And so much more
The Hornblower cruise line runs eight trips a day of one or two hours. You can also enjoy a dinner cruise. Times, length of cruises, and prices vary by date, so check the website for more information.