San Diego

San Diego Best of the Bay 2 Hour Harbor Cruise

San Diego, United States
San Diego Two Hour Harbor Cruise and Sea Lion Adventure

From $32.96

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 2 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


See San Diego from a marine vantage point on this 2-hour 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.
  • San Diego harbor cruise
  • Close-up views of Point Loma, The U.S. Naval Fleet and Submarine Base and more
  • Crew narrates the local points of interest
  • Tour the beautiful San Diego Bay on a Coast Guard certified yacht
  • Multiple departure times to fit your schedule.

What's Included

  • Two hour narrated San Diego Harbor Tour
  • Full Snack bar with Hot and Cold items available for purchase
  • All taxes and fees
  • Beverage Service (cash bar available)
  • Cocktails and Soft Drinks

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 970 N Harbor Dr
    970 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92132, USA

    Boarding: Pier 2. Parking: City Cruises does not own or operate any parking lots in the area. Local metered Parking is available for Pier 1 on both sides of North Harbor Drive. For Pier 2, ACE Parking lot on the pier next to the USS Midway Museum.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Make your way to the pier at 1066 N. Harbor Drive at least 15 minutes before your cruise's departure time; multiple departure times are available to fit your schedule. Step aboard the ship and make yourself comfortable for the ride, which spans 2 hours and passes many local points of interest.

Listen to insightful commentary from your guide as you pass landmarks such as the Cabrillo National Monument, the U.S. Naval Fleet and Submarine Base, Shelter Island, Harbor Island, and Point Loma. You'll likely see some California sea lions along the way. Step up to the onboard snack bar to purchase some hot or cold items while you cruise. Return to the pier after the cruise.

Cabrillo National Monument (Pass By)

Shelter Island (Pass By)

Coronado Bridge (Pass By)

Petco Park (Pass By)

USS Midway Museum (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Access to outer decks is via stairs only, and not wheelchair accessible.
  • Ages 3 and under are free
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 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.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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My family enjoyed the beautiful views and all of the fun facts while we sailed. The staff was very friendly and space was amazing. I personally recommend getting a good spot at the back of the ship!!!


193 reviews
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Amazing crew & captain
Shalece_C, Sep 2023
Captain Jose, First Officer Dave, and crew members helped us make this cruise magical and memorable by assisting my boyfriend in pulling off a unique surprise engagement! We Highly recommend this crew and tipping the captain well. ;) Beautiful views and great narration.
Horrible experience.
Kaye_I, Sep 2023
This is the worst Viator Tour I've ever purchased, and we have taken many throughout the world! We took the tour for my sister-in-law visiting CA from Japan, and it was a huge disappointment. First, the boat appears old, outdated, and rusty. Second, there were too many on board- it was crowded. Third, the first floor seats are all inside and it was hot! Not all the windows opened!!! Fourth, the bars on the first and second decks were not open, and the only people getting served seemed to be on the upper deck. When I went up to the third deck, and went to the inside bar area, I was asked to leave!!! They said they were too backed up to take my order. We were very thirsty and no way to get drinks- and it is advertised that you can purchase drinks and snacks on the tour! Fifth, they took us north for an hour, then returned to the dock and let people off that had purchased a one hour cruise, then allowed others to get on for another hour cruise South. There was no mention of this when I purchased the tickets. Sixth, the cocktails were not good. The only good thing was the history provided during the cruise IF u could hear it!! It was overcrowded and people were talking and making lots of noise. I would appreciate our money back from Viator. Makes me question future bookings.
Great would do it again
Monica_C, Aug 2023
This Bay Cruise was nice and relaxing the weather was good just a little humid. Highly recommend. The staff was awesome and nice.
Worthwhile 2 hours
Kathy_K, Aug 2023
Seeing all Military ships was very moving. Learning about the landscape and land forms of SD Bay was interesting. Seeing the 2 sides of Coronado was cool.
Fun time.
Tahidur_R, Aug 2023
Enjoy the time with family came from far distance. Nice tour. Right on time. Ship was very clean and crews were very friendly.We enjoyed.
Amazing experience!
Cheryl_L, Aug 2023
I absolutely loved the cruise, from the staff to service and the cruise I especially enjoyed the Navy ships and bases, my Dad was in the Navy. It was personal and very informative.
The boat was very nice. I...
Stephanie_C, Aug 2023
The boat was very nice. I was disappointed that my two hour cruise was actually two one-hour cruises so we stopped at the dock after 50 minutes and stayed there for 25 minutes while the boat unloaded and loaded. That should have been made clear when we bought the tickets. A true two hour cruise could have gone further and wouldn’t have sat still for so long. Also, the second hour of the cruise was primarily a lot of detail about every military boat we passed which was not of interest on that level of detail to my group.
Completely worth it!
Brian_G, Aug 2023
I love being on the water and for this price, the sight seeing and the knowledge and experience from the first officer and captain, the whole experience was awesome!
Fantastic! Fantastic!
William_K, Jul 2023
The captain that narrated the 2 hour trip was fantastic, excellent knowledge of the harbor. Great views of the city and military ships.
Professional and beautiful views
Alex_W, Jul 2023
This was a beautiful experience and the captain and first mate we both very informative and professional. All other staff in the vessel were also very professional and friendly. We had the option to dismount after the first hour but we enjoyed it so much we stayed for the remaining second hour.
My family enjoyed the...
Alexis_F, Jul 2023
My family enjoyed the beautiful views and all of the fun facts while we sailed. The staff was very friendly and space was amazing. I personally recommend getting a good spot at the back of the ship!!!
Nice boat ride
Ann_F, Jul 2023
Very nice harbor tour, with a view of the Navy shipyard. The food and drink service was excellent. Thank you.
Wonderful Time on the Water
Connie_D, Jul 2023
This was me and my husband's first trip to San Diego. Although this was a family fun event, it's also a romantic activity for couples. The best part of the 2 hour trip was the narration along with a variety of snacks and cocktails available to purchase. Although it was a very sunny, 75 degree afternoon, due to the moderate breeze, my husband and I eventually went inside (initially we were sitting outside) because we got cold. I would suggest to always bring a very light sweater or jacket (which we did) because it's always colder when you're actually on the boat. We had a wonderful experience!
Summer adventure
Heidi_M, Jul 2023
Perfect outing to enjoy with the family. Especially if you come from a military family. Father. He was quite emotional. A great way to learn about the San Diego bay. Plus seeing all the military ships…most impressive!
Excellent cruise
Shawn_V, Jun 2023
The Staff was great, entertaining, and very informative during this cruise. We really enjoyed our 2 hour cruise past the navy ships and was able to spot a group of sea lions!
Coolest thing we did !
Kelli_C, Apr 2023
Very informative and helps get you oriented to the highlights of the bay. The boat is cool with awesome service. Worth the 2 hour cruise so you can see both sides of Coronado bridge.
Sage_O, Apr 2023
One of the best in the bay. Amazing narrator and food options. Lots of screaming kids which kind of ruined the vibe.
Worth the experience
Jill_P, Mar 2023
I took this tour last year and this year there was a lot less information about San Diego provided which was disappointing. I also purchased a ticket for my little niece to join us, however, she woke up extremely sick and was unable to attend. Customer service with Viator was not helpful in refunding nor giving a future credit saying I did not give 24-hour notice. How do you give 24-hour notice to an 8-year-old child that wakes up throwing up? Disappointing. The trip itself is very relaxing, with great beverages and food and the staff on the boat are extremely nice!
Great harbor tour
Kristina_G, Feb 2023
Loved learning about the navy ships and enjoyed being out on the harbor. Our crew was very knowledgeable about the ships and the harbor.
Gerald_G, Feb 2023
Great menu selection, amazing tales of all the Military vessels & kind workers. I will come back & invite Family & Friends

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