Port San Diego CA starts busiest cruise season (2022-23) since 2010

   September 18, 2022 ,   Cruise Industry

The new cruise season of Port San Diego (California USA) is about to set sail and is poised to be the busiest since 2009-2010, with a total of 140 cruises scheduled, up 45% from 2021, with all sailings at/near full capacity, bringing ~460,000 passengers.

San Diego is the 3rd busiest cruise port in California after Long Beach and Los Angeles. Its new cruise season officially starts on September 19 with the arrival of Windstar's ship Star Breeze which will be sailing to Papeete (Tahiti Island, French Polynesia) on a 13-day journey. Star Breeze will be followed by Disney Wonder - due to arrive on Sept 23. DCL-Disney is more than doubling its homeporting operations in San Diego this season, moving from 16-24 per season to a total of 51. Princess is adding 13 sailings and will be homeporting here for the first time ever.

Port San Diego was named Best Cruise Port in the World in the 10th Annual Global Traveler Leisure Lifestyle Awards. Its two cruise terminals on Broadway and B Street piers are conveniently located on the North Embarcadero downtown, offering easy access to attractions like the Maritime Museum, Midway Museum, waterfront restaurants and hotels. The cruise terminals are also close to historic neighborhoods like the Gaslamp Quarter and Little Italy.

Port of San Diego (California)

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The Port is now making some major repairs to the B Street Cruise Ship Terminal. The project includes installing a new curtain wall to extend the long-term stability of the pier structure. Shore power capacity is being doubled and San Diego will begin connecting 2 cruise ships simultaneously this fall.

In 2024, the Port will start the construction of a $5M project to make interior improvements to the B Street Cruise Ship Terminal.