San Diego Cruise Port is located in Southern California on the San Diego Bay. The American city was founded in 1542 by Spanish discoverers. It is two hours way from Los Angeles, direction South and five hours away from Las Vegas by car.
San Diego is a major departure cruise port for turnaround operations (round-trip itineraries). The cruise ship schedule offers attractive cruises to the Hawaiian island and the Mexican Riviera. The most popular voyage from San Diego Cruise Port is the 7 day Mexican Riviera visiting Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas. Longer voyages are available to South America or the South Pacific.
Port of San Diego reported a total of 69 ship calls during season 2015-2016 and scheduled 90 calls in 2017-2018. The increase in passengers was from 198,000 (season 2015-2016) to over 250,000 (2017-2018). The increased shipping traffic is mainly due to Mexican Riviera itineraries. Previous cruise port statistics show 200 ship calls (season 2009-2010), and a drop to 79 calls (2012-2013). In 2017, Disney Wonder had scheduled 13 San Diego departures. Princess ships visit the port on round-trip Mexican Riviera itineraries leaving out of Los Angeles. Holland America also operates voyages to Mexico, as well as Panama Canal transition and Hawaii cruises leaving out of San Diego.
Highlights: Mission Bay, Balboa Park Zoo, Seaworld, Tijuana
San Diego cruise terminal
San Diego cruise port terminal is very close to the center of the city. It is located at the B Street Pier at 1140 Harbor Drive. The airport is 5 ml away from the port.
The “first green building” or the Port Pavilion at Broadway Pier also has a terminal.
It is used if more than 4 vessels are in port or if the "B Street" terminal in not operational due to maintenance works.
Both San Diego Cruise port terminals offer wide range of passengers’ facilities. Parking fees are USD 10–20 daily (Port Authority subject to change).
B Street pier has 5 wharves. Wharf 1 and 2 are on the north side, wharf 3 is on the west and wharf 4 and 5 are on the south side. Wharves 1,2,4 and 5 can accommodate bigger cruise ships. Smaller vessels dock at wharf 3.
San Diego tours, shore excursions, hotels
City Tours and Shore Excursions
- USS Midway Museum: it is within 5 minutes walking time from San Diego cruise port, along North Harbor Drive. Discover the naval tradition of San Diego.
- San Diego Maritime Museum: amazing historic ships collection. It is north of San Diego cruise port. You will find ships like Berkeley, Star of India and Californian.
- Seaport Village: the best place for shopping. It is 2/3 miles away from San Diego cruise port.
- Embarcadero Marine Park: located just across Seaport Village.
- Balboa Park: 12,000 acres with 15 galleries and museums like San Diego Museum of Art and the San Diego Natural History Museum.. There is also the San Diego zoo, the Japanese Friendship Garden and the Inez Rose Parker Memorial Rose Garden.
- Gaslamp Quarter: the most attractive area of San Diego. It dates from 1867. Discover wide range of restaurants, fashion shops,sidewalk cafes,galleries, jazz clubs, nightclubs and bars. The Victorian atmosphere combines with a party atmosphere for an amazing experience.
- Spanish Missions: there 21 catholic missions. The first one is Mission San Diego de Alcala, known also as Mother of the Missions.
- Coronado Beach: you will need half an hour by ferry to reach Coronado island and discover that lovely beach.
The San Diego cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near San Diego, California.
If you lose the San Diego location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.
Port San Diego cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from San Diego, California. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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