Festival of Sails starts with the Tall Ship Parade
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Tall Ships Spectator Cruise

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2 hrs | $29 | Aug 28th | 11 am-1pm

Avoid the crowds onshore! Watch, photograph, or videotape more than a dozen tall ships and other fascinating vessels from around the world as they majestically parade by you at the start of the 2014 Festival of Sail hosted by the Maritime Museum of San Diego.


Tall Ship Parade can be viewed up close on Hornblower's spectator cruise

The 2014 Festival of Sail will kick off with a grand "Parade of Sail" (which is the Tall Ship Parade) on San Diego Bay at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 28th. More than a dozen majestic tall ships and windjammers, led by a vessel from the Unites States Navy, will parade into San Diego’s harbor in a magnificent nautical procession. The best spots to view the parade is from the deck of a Hornblower yacht! On board you will enjoy close up views and expert narration from "insiders".

The parade will begin approximately at 11:15 near the Bali Hai restaurant. Please note that the list of ships scheduled to appear in the parade is subject to change.


  • 2 hour narrated cruise
  • Information about over 50 San Diego landmarks, and over a dozen historic Tall Ships
  • Photo and video opportunities like no other!
  • Comfortable indoor or outdoor areas
  • Snackbar with adult beverages and snacks to purchase 
Tall Ship Spectator Cruise on Hornblower Aug 30th

San Diego Captain Loves The Bay San Diego Captain Richard Goben is a 20+ year veteran at Hornblower.

BIG misconception that it's only for tourists. This is a great way for tourists to spend 2 hours. Being out on the bay, learning about San Diego and enjoying the views of the city. But, residents will enjoy it as well! There is the one hour tour that takes you either North OR South but for a few dollars more the two hour will take you both directions and is more informative and enjoyable. There are refreshments, both beverages and food to purchase on board. I was very impressed with how much I learned about the city. The views were great and really with coupons it doesn't cost much more than seeing a movie. So much more enjoyable.

– Michael L.

Seeing the Star under sail is one of those "ahhh" moments. I just got a new camera I wanted to try out and this cruise was perfect for me to capture the action of the sailing ship and San Diego Bay sights.

– Rick K