City Cruises by Hornblower San Diego

City Cruises by Hornblower San Diego recognizes that there’s a lot in life to celebrate. There are birthdays, the full moon and even Spring Break cruises.  Whatever the occasion, you’ll enjoy gentle bay breezes, glittering waves, and the dramatic San Diego skyline.

Fall in love with San Diego all over again on a timeless yacht with impeccable views of the city. Indulge with delectable bites, great drinks, sensational views, live music, dancing, and more.

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City Cruises by Hornblower

Here are a few of our favorites, but don’t forget to visit their website to choose your own special cruise for all occasions and life events! Cheers!

San Diego Whale & Dolphin Watching Tours

Hornblower Cruises & Events San DiegoSan Diego is one of the best locations to watch whales year-round! Gray Whales migrate winter-spring from feeding grounds in Alaskan waters to calving lagoons in Baja California and back. In summer, the legendary Blue Whales- the largest animals on Earth- commonly feed offshore of the San Diego coast. They often see other species such as Humpback Whales, Fin Whales, Pilot Whales and even Killer Whales on their cruises!

 

Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruises

Hornblower Cruises & Events San Diego Enjoy a full buffet, free-flowing champagne, gorgeous views and live music on the sun deck from KUSI’s Dave Scott Duo on the San Diego Bay with Hornblower’s Champagne Brunch San Diego Cruise.

 

 

 

San Diego Dinner Cruises

Hornblower Cruises & Events San Diego

Whatever the occasion, raise your glass and enjoy a three-hour dinner cruise. You’ll dine and dance on the gorgeous San Diego Bay, where the sparkling lights of the city will serve as your backdrop.

 

 

 

Full Moon Cruises

Hornblower Cruises & Events San DiegoWhatever you’re celebrating, few places are as beautiful as the deck of a Hornblower yacht on the night of full moon over San Diego. Enjoy champagne, an elegant dinner, and plenty of time to stargaze on the outdoor deck with the ones you love

 

 

 

San Diego Harbor Cruises

Hornblower Cruises & Events San DiegoEnjoy the best sightseeing on San Diego Bay—with a professionally narrated tour of more than 50 storied landmarks. We’ll cover over 13 miles on the Big Bay, passing by Seaport Village, Shelter Island, ship-building and dry-docking facilities, Coronado Island, Point Loma, and Cabrillo National Monument, among many others.

 

 

Pet Day on the Bay

Hornblower Cruises and EventsCruise the San Diego Bay with your best friend for the 20th annual Pet Day on the Bay.  Hornblower has offered this popular, pup-friendly Pet Day on San Diego Bay which consistently serves up a tail-wagging good time! Hornblower invites dogs to cruise for free with their owners. People board for just $28 per ticket, and guests are also encouraged to contribute a gently used blanket or towel that will warm needy animals at Helen Woodward Animal Center.

 

Annual Bow Wow Brunch Cruise

Hornblower Cruises and events San DiegoBow Wow Brunch is just like the weekly Sunday Champagne Brunch Cruise, but this time your “fur child” is welcome aboard. Enjoy the same delicious buffet with unlimited champagne and desserts, and Fido gets a treat buffet and a relief area on the sun deck! A portion of the proceeds for the Bow Wow Brunch go directly to Helen Woodward Animal Center. Special guest, Chopper the Biker Dog, will make an appearance for photo opportunities! Sponsored by Petco and Petco Positive Dog Training.

 

Sights and Sips Cocktail Cruises

Hornblower’s Sights & Sips Cocktail Cruise truly is unique, combining cocktails and appetizers with a sunset cruise. You’ll be greeted with a glass of chilled champagne as you board, then enjoy both steward passed hors d’oeuvres and displayed selections.  Enjoy panoramic city views and drink specials during your two-hour cruise. There’s indoor and outdoor seating and DJ entertainment too. All ages are welcome.

 

Rock the Yacht

Hornblower Cruises and EventsCelebrate any occasion with San Diego’s Rock the Yacht! Cruise — a two-hour yacht party on the San Diego Bay. Dance the night away with an onboard DJ, craft cocktails, and small bites with the San Diego skyline as your backdrop. Cruise away from the long lines and crowds on land and join Hornblower for the best booze cruise in San Diego! Looking for ideas for your next birthday party, bachelor/ette outing, celebratory or pre/after-party? Look no further than Rock the Yacht, and experience what all the hype is about!  All guests must be 21+.

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Raissa Kahn
Raissa Kahn
17:00 18 Sep 21
My friends and I got the sip and sight cruise (~1h30) and loved it :)The views are incredible, the crew is super kind... - specially the captain - and there was some cheese and crackers on addition to the free champagne. It was simple but great!To make it perfect, I’d only improve the music selection 😉read more
Lori McNevin
Lori McNevin
11:20 09 Sep 21
Absolutely loved it!! Crew was very knowledgeable and pointed out sights along the way. Very relaxing ride out to the... ocean. We were lucky enough to see a huge pod of dolphins and the further we went out we were able to see a minke whale!! Very exciting.read more
Oliver Soldes
Oliver Soldes
00:39 28 Aug 21
Beware Hornblower - San Diego. They cancel the cruise at the last minute (same day!) and take your $. No refund. I had... a cruise scheduled 8/6/2021. Beautiful weather. No reason to cancel. Perhaps not enough passengers to justify the cost of the trip? Very poor customer service.read more
John Van Der Zyde
John Van Der Zyde
17:41 25 Aug 21
Decent cruise but they use older ships in the San Diego area. Food was reasonable but service was not great. BEWARE -... they can take your money no problems but if you are entitled to a refund you may as well throw yourself overboard as they are very difficult to deal with. After literally several hours on the phone being hung up on several times they only partially refunded us yet they admit it was their mistake. I have money on a gift card that is useless to me. I will not take another Hornblower cruise ever again and recommend that people be very careful about handing over your money to this business.read more
Patrick Carey
Patrick Carey
05:34 19 Aug 21
We take a harbor cruise through Hornblower every time we're in San Diego. This August (2021) was no different. Great... views, assume crew, lots of fun. Highly recommendread more
Jamie Youtz
Jamie Youtz
13:00 31 Jul 21
We loved the Premiere Dinner Cruise! It was the highlight of our vacation in San Diego! The experience was smooth... sailing the whole time. The food was great, dessert was awesome, and we even enjoyed a little dancing at the end. Crew was short staffed due to Covid but they were very nice and did an excellent job. You get to go around the harbor but can’t see too much at night. It’s still very enjoyable though. Highly recommend!read more
C B
C B
18:24 22 Jul 21
Always a good time! The jazz brunch cruise is a favorite of ours. Endless mimosa’s and timeless jazz music is a great... way to start the day! Definitely recommend for any time you’re in SD or any of the other cities that they are located. Book ahead to secure your spot ☺️read more
Diane Swier
Diane Swier
19:27 12 Jul 21
Where do I start??....our table was attacked by nats, kept pulling bugs out of my wine glass. There was a fingernail on... the window sill at our table. On the top deck, there were lots of champagne glasses all over from the previous cruise. We ordered spinach dip with pita chips which were hard and stale. My brother complained but they did nothing. The main course was good but the worse thing was the waiter. He was rude and yelling at his coworkers. He seemed confused just looking at his table list while the other waiters were serving food. Improvement is needed for deep cleaning first, provide FRESH food, then re-train their staff not only to treat and respect their customers but each other as well. Very sad to see. We should have gone with Flagship.read more
Susan Eiselt
Susan Eiselt
14:31 19 Jun 21
Absolutely fantastic Sunday brunch cruise! Food was a great improvement over years past. Lisa was our server who made... our family excursion terrific. We thank her and the Captain.read more
Theresa Suggs
Theresa Suggs
17:47 14 May 21
Took the 90 minute harbor tour. The tour guides were knowledgeable and entertaining. It was an overall nice... experience. Tickets are a little pricey but my children enjoyed it.read more
Sierrah Halley
Sierrah Halley
23:07 08 May 21
Went for an early mother's day cruise around the harbor. Parking is a bit hidden but once you figure it out, very close... to walk. Boarding is easy. Captain was super Informative and not boring to listen to at all. I wish it was longer tho. Would do it again.read more
Keong Hee
Keong Hee
15:25 04 May 21
This was a fun little brunch cruise. It was my first San Diego Cruise. I would highly recommend it. The food was pretty... good. They had good options and unlimited mimosas. You could even purchase other type of drinks as well.It's better to purchase the cruise online than going to the office. Purchase in advance.The service is A1! They still practice social distancing as well. Everyone is so nice. The Captain even goes to ever table and introduces himself.read more
Taya B
Taya B
08:39 02 May 21
The Cruise was beautiful with the scenery, amazing staff. However, the food was unsatisfactory. It was a 3 course meal,... everything was under seasoned, the food was cold and you could tell nothing was prepared fresh.If there was music playing on the Cruise would've made it a lot more enjoyable. Not worth the $345 we paid.read more
Peeto Patto
Peeto Patto
06:57 18 Apr 21
Took my boyfriend for a cruise tonight on our one year anniversary and it wasn’t exactly what was advertised (soft... music in the background, luxurious two hour getaway.) Two hours were advertised but the cruise only lasted an hour and a half, the bento box was served in plastic containers, and the trip didn’t mention that drinks weren’t included and you’d have to pay a lot more for them. We were seating next to a giant radiator looking thing too and it just wasn’t what was advertised. Very disappointed 🙁read more
Gina Fowler
Gina Fowler
05:52 04 Apr 21
Reading all these great reviews are so confusing. We Went on the dinner cruise and it did not live up to the hype at... all. First off the vibe was not there at all. No live music. Very low music that was playing in the background. The food was awful! reminds you of cafeteria food had no flavor at all. It’s almost like they pulled it out the freezer and put it in a microwave to “warm” up and put it on a plate and try and make it look nice. We were expecting something gourmet. The desert was bad as well. The views of the city were nice it was just way to cold to sit out and enjoy it. It also felt like the ac was on inside. We could not wait to get off and get back to our hotel. I would not recommend this cruise to anyone. Please do not waste your money or time.read more
Jacob Maurer
Jacob Maurer
01:54 03 Apr 21
Excellent and affordable bay dinner cruises with activities on the top deck and live music. A great place for a date... night! Get tickets early to watch the fireworks in the bay on a holiday.read more
Andrea
Andrea
03:53 22 Mar 21
Absolutely AMAZING view! Although My phone/camera did the photo NO justice. It was TOO BEAUTIFUL to describe.
Patricia Loftis
Patricia Loftis
12:29 21 Mar 21
The food was much better than I expected. Flavorful. The ship was clean and COVID aware. The captain came around and... introduced himself to everyone. Pleasant experience. Would do again especially when friends and relatives would visit.read more
Nate Healy
Nate Healy
11:28 14 Feb 21
Great Valentine’s Day cruise! Staff was excellent and very courteous, my champagne glass never empty and everyone on... board was having a good time. Great covid measures with plenty of space to yourself on the top deckread more
Franquisha Kemp
Franquisha Kemp
02:54 13 Jan 21
It was a great scenery The mimosas were really good, and the food was okay but there wasn't any entertainment. Overall... an ok experienceread more
Sudip Kumar Paul
Sudip Kumar Paul
05:00 18 Dec 20
It was an amazing experience!! I enjoyed the San Diego downtown view from the Harbor. You can see many war ships like... air craft carries, cruisers, destroyers and many other types I don't even know their names. The Captain will describe the sights on a mic. The cruise lasts way longer than I expected, therefore I'd say its cheap.read more
Nicole M
Nicole M
23:13 28 Oct 20
We loved our whale watching cruise on Hornblower Cruises in San Diego - even though we didn't see any whales! the... cruise itself is beautiful. We had great views of the city, the military in the area, a submarine, and sea lions hanging out on buoys.The ship is large, clean and comfortable - with plenty of room for visitors to spread out. Snacks and drinks are sold on the ship too - not a large selection, but offering something is a nice treat.If you don't see any whales on your cruise, they offer a free ticket to use within one year. I'd suggest booking your whale-watching cruise for your first day in San Diego - that way if it is canceled for the weather (we know others that happened to), or you don't see whales, you'll have other days on that same trip to try to see whales.read more
Ashlee S
Ashlee S
04:26 23 Oct 20
Ambiance is awkward. Where was the music? The employees had music at the bar but I couldn't hear anything by my table,... other than a large drunk party. Going on the deck made the night, amazing views! Loved the food, although the drinks were low quality. Not sure if I'd do it again.read more
Mark S.
Mark S.
04:56 17 Oct 20
Absolutely amazing experience - if you are looking for a way to take a special someone out and shoe them a classy and... unique good time - this is the way to go for sure. Check out the Fever app to get great discounts! Happy Sailing!read more
Staci Jessop
Staci Jessop
04:59 16 Sep 20
Amazing atmosphere, amazing staff and fun little ride.
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Along with the cruises you know and love, they are now offering exciting experiences on land- to take you on new adventures. Within City Experiences, they’ve united all their cruises together into a new brand- City Cruises. So whether you’ve joined them aboard Hornblower, you’re assured the same great experience, with even more to offer. Read more here.

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