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.
My fiance and I were on board the 2 hour tour on Sunday, May 22, celebrating graduation from medical school and our wedding in June. The cruise was our second aboard the Adventure and we will definitely come back! Moreover, we have recommended the cruise to many friends!"
– Chris H
We thoroughly enjoyed our cruise. We particularly enjoyed the first half of the tour (the southern half). It was very informative. The narrator for the first half was both entertaining and educating. Thank you for a wonderful cruise experience in San Diego Bay.
– Ken J
We did the San Diego Harbor 2 hour cruise on Valentine’s day at 12:30. My cousin, who lives in San Diego, suggested the trip. She is handicapped with back and hip issues and cannot climb stairs. Your entire crew took exceptional care of us, They allowed us to sit at the tables in your dining area. The captain made sure we were comfortable, the first mate made sure we knew which side to sit on for each section of the cruise, the bartender/ snack person, not only told us what was available but actually delivered the food although we offered to go up and get it, and a young lady made sure the speakers were working when we couldn’t hear them and also checked on us to be sure all was well. The captain and the first mate were extremely enjoyable to listen to and were so knowledgeable of all the ships and sights. It must be very difficult to stay up on which ships are in port and the captain was great at all the descriptions. They mentioned they were both Navy veterans and you could tell they were proud of their service. My husband and I are Air Force veterans and volunteer at USO of North Carolina weekly. We made sure to thank them for their service. We did thank them but wanted you to know what a great crew you have. They really made our day. Paula and Don V, Charlotte, NC
– Paula and Don V
Although I have lived in San Diego for the better portion of my life, it has not been until recently that I realized I have never truly immersed myself in the true sights of San Diego. Yes, I have gone to the beaches, been to Sea World, the World Famous Zoo and the other classics, but, anything else that sounded remotely touristy, I have, until now, overlooked. However, I am moving soon and think it's time to put my pretentions aside and actually enjoy every little bit of this city. So, I am going to put myself in a tourist's shoes and live up this city as if I first came here. For my first plan of attack, I googled San Diego. After perusing the various tourist websites, I decided I wanted to start with a general overview of the city, and the bay would be the perfect place to start. I had attended Hornblower Cruises sporadically throughout middle school and high school functions and was vaguely familiar with their harbor cruises on the bay, so, I signed myself up. Initially, I did feel like a bit of an outsider- family-less, tourist gear-less, and generally out of place. In fact, I may have been the only San Diegan on board the Adventure Hornblower aside from the friendly staff, but it didn't matter because I really did have an incredible time. While on board, I learned that the Hornblower Cruise, originally known as the Harbor Cruise, recently revamped itself to become the "Green Harbor Cruise" in keeping with the eco-friendly focus of today. The narration, décor, trashcans, even cups had "gone green" and the entire ship had a fresh look and atmosphere. The narrator talked about everything from the environmental actions of the navy to the historic USS Midway to her personal favorite restaurants in Coronado, and yes, I admit it, I learned a bit more than I had expected and may have even written a few of the restaurants names down. I almost immediately forgot that here I was, sitting on a boat with about 50 families by myself, because I was so interested in her stories, walking around the multiple layers of the ship, and just generally forgetting that I was only miles from my house. The Green Harbor Tours have two separates routes, the North Route and the South Route, the latter providing views of Coronado, the coastline, and my new favorite, Naval Ships and other SpaWar technology south of the bridge. The phrase "harbor tour" may not be something a 10 year old boy gets giddy about but with the narration and up-close and personal views, I couldn't help but acting like a little boy and picturing myself part of it all. It was, in the words of a 10 year old, pretty awesome. On top of that, the new green-conscious tours could almost be enough information to interest environmental science teachers or other classes that touch on eco-friendly matters. Adding the "green" to Harbor Tours opens up an entirely new target audience for Hornblower and I know I both learned and appreciated facts about San Diego's environmental efforts. I left the cruise feeling quite proud of my new look on San Diego as my first tourist trial turned out to be a grand success.
VIDEO: San Diego Harbor Cruise for Sightseeing Click to view. Get a taste of what a San Diego harbor cruise is like!
San Diego Captain Loves The Bay San Diego Captain Richard Goben is a 20+ year veteran at Hornblower.
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