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Special Events call for special celebrations, and we've got them all lined up and ready to go in 2018. Come celebrate the seasons-and book early, because these are our most popular cruises.

 

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2018 Calendar of Events 

FULL MOON DINNER CRUISES FOR 2018: 12/22
2019 DATES: 1/20, 2/19, 2/20, 3/20, 4/19, 4/20, 5/18, 6/17, 7/16, 8/15, 8/16, 9/13, 10/13, 11/12, 11/13, 12/11

Evenings on the water take on a whole new luster under the light of a full moon. Come aboard Hornblower’s signature Dinner Cruise and enjoy a boarding glass of champagne, a three course dinner and plenty of time to dance and take in the sights of the sparkling San Diego skyline. Reserve now...

LOBSTER DINNER CRUISES – FRIDAY & SATURDAY NIGHTS – YEAR ROUND
Go ahead, have the lobster! Try Hornblower’s specialty lobster menu. You'll board your yacht with a glass of champagne and be treated to a three-course dinner including a giant Caesar salad, lobster tail, potatoes du jour, fresh seasonal vegetables and your choice of a premium dessert. More information...

HOLIDAY SUNSET BUFFET DINNER CRUISE: Dec. 1, 8 & 15 
Join us for a glorious sunset cruise around the San Diego Bay. Feast on a full holiday and dessert buffet, DJ, and glistening views during the prettiest time of day. More information...

HOLIDAY GALA DINNER CRUISE: Dec. 1, 7, 8, 14 &15
Deck out your holiday celebration. Board a decadent winter wonderland this holiday season. Cruise under the San Diego moonlight as you sip champagne, enjoy a three-course dinner, and soak up the incredible views. Your holiday never looked so good. More information...

'TIS THE SEASON HOLIDAY LUNCH CRUISE: Dec. 7, 14 & 21
Dive into the holiday spirit with a festive lunch on the water. Bring your team for a fresh taste of holiday spice complete with a “welcome aboard” glass of bubbly, holiday tunes, and a seated lunch while you cruise the San Diego Bay. More information...

WINTER WHALE & DOLPHIN ADVENTURES IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE SAN DIEGO NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM: TWO CRUISES DAILY, BEGINS DECEMBER 8, 2018 - April 21, 2019
Take a ride on the wild side on a Whale & Dolphin Watching Adventure! Get up close and personal with Gray Whales, dolphins and other marine life. Cruises include full narration, on-board experts from the San Diego Natural History Museum, climate-controlled indoor areas and plenty of room on the outer decks. More information...

PARADE OF LIGHTS DINNER CRUISES: Dec. 9 & Dec. 16
Watch the festively decorated local boats as they make their way around the bay. Enjoy the sights and lights from your comfortable table on board our yacht! More information...

UGLY SWEATER HOLIDAY COCKTAIL CRUISE: Dec. 22. Sponsored in part by Bud Light! Come aboard the only floating holiday happy hour in San Diego! Join special hosts Tati and Frankie from JAM'N 95.7, DJ Gigi from KSSX, for the ultimate ugly sweater party on the water.  The cruise includes a boarding holiday cocktail and a cash bar with plenty of drink specials on beer, wine and Hornblower cocktails along with light appetizers. This is the perfect excursion on San Diego Bay or a great way to kick off a night downtown. Let's get ugly together!. More information...

CHRISTMAS EVE BUFFET CRUISE: DECEMBER 24
Give Santa a chance to get into the house while you enjoy a Christmas Eve celebration to remember! Experience a traditional holiday buffet aboard a yacht while you enjoy the calm waters and beautiful scenery of San Diego Bay. More information...

CHRISTMAS DAY BUFFET CRUISE: DECEMBER 25
On Christmas Day Santa makes an appearance onboard! Experience a traditional holiday buffet aboard a yacht while you enjoy the calm waters and beautiful scenery of San Diego Bay. More information...

NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION CRUISES: DECEMBER 31
Toast to the New Year under the stars aboard a Hornblower yacht. The champagne will be flowing, delicious food will be served, and guests will be dancing the night away. Cap off a memorable evening with an extravagant fireworks display over the beautiful San Diego Bay! Choose from three distinct packages to make your night just right!  More information...

 

2019 Calendar of Events 

NEW YEAR'S DAY CHAMPAGNE BRUNCH CRUISE:
JANUARY 1, 2019
Fresh air and a fresh start to 2019! Start the New Year off with a lavish Champagne Brunch on San Diego Bay! The cruise includes free-flowing champagne and a lavish brunch buffet. We'll supply excellent service, food, champagne, and views while you just sit back and relax! More information...

WINTER WHALE & DOLPHIN ADVENTURES IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE SAN DIEGO NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM: TWO CRUISES DAILY, BEGINS DECEMBER 8, 2018 - April 2019
Take a ride on the wild side on a Whale & Dolphin Watching Adventure! Get up close and personal with Gray Whales, dolphins and other marine life. Cruises include full narration, on-board experts from the San Diego Natural History Museum, climate-controlled indoor areas and plenty of room on the outer decks. More information...

SAN DIEGO RESTAURANT WEEK DINNER CRUISES:
January 21-28, 2019
3 hour cruise, 3 course dinner, $50! Restaurant week offers the best Dinner Cruise prices of the year, with Hornblower’s signature Dinner Cruise starting at just $50 per person. This is a great time to come aboard to be treated to the Hornblower experience at a great value. Call to book 619-686-8715. MORE INFORMATION

VALENTINE'S DINNER CRUISES: FEBRUARY 14
Plan a unique dinner escape for your love on Valentine’s Day aboard a luxurious and romantic yacht on San Diego Bay.  You’ll be greeted by the Captain, offered chilled champagne as you board and four courses will be served at your private table. With music and dancing the night is a complete success.  More information...

SATURDAY CHAMPAGNE BRUNCH CRUISES: APRIL – NOVEMBER 
Our Brunch is so popular, we had to add Saturdays! This memorable 2 hour cruise is perfect for the whole family. Hornblower brunch combines a bountiful buffet and incredible views of the Big Bay with unlimited champagne! Also available Sundays year - round. More information...

SIGHTS & SIPS SUNSET CRUISES: FRIDAY & SATURDAY APRIL – OCTOBER
On weekend nights, enjoy the exclusive sunset happy hour created by Hornblower Cruises & Events. Boarding at 5:30 and cruising from 6-8p.m. with light hors d’oeuvres and happy background music, plus drink specials, it’s a great way to start the weekend. More information...

ROCK THE YACHT! CRUISES: APRIL – OCTOBER 
Every Friday and Saturday night enjoy the exclusive  night time happy hour created by Hornblower Cruises & Events. Boarding at 8:30 and cruising from 9-11pm with city lights, music and cocktails; it’s a great way to start the weekend. More information

EASTER BRUNCH CRUISE: APRIL 21
Hop onboard for an Easter Brunch Cruise for the whole family! Enjoy a lavish brunch with traditional favorites and a boarding visit from the Easter Bunny! Includes unlimited brunch buffet and champagne. More information...

PET DAY ON THE BAY: DOGS CRUISE FREE! – April 27
Orphaned dogs, cats, pups and kittens at the Helen Woodward Animal Center need your help! Bring a donation of gently used towels or blankets for these orphaned animals and purchase a dog day ticket for any one hour Harbor Cruise & Sea Lion Adventure ticket to be used with your dog that day or saved for another time. More information...

MOTHER’S DAY JAZZ BRUNCH CRUISES: MAY 12
Treat mom to a spectacular Jazz Champagne Brunch Cruise! Whisk her onboard a Hornblower yacht to enjoy spectacular views, a gourmet brunch and free flowing champagne. All Moms take home a free flower! Our Dinner Cruise is also available to treat Mom to a gourmet dinner and the sparkling San Diego skyline. More information...

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND CELEBRATION CRUISES: MAY 24–27
Red, white and cruise! Celebrate with a Memorial Day BBQ & Beer Cruise on Monday or come aboard any other cruises throughout the weekend. One and two hour Harbor Cruises & Sea Lion Adventures – six cruises daily, beginning at 10am. Sunset Dinner Cruises – nightly, 7-10 pm. Champagne Brunch Cruise –Saturday & Sunday, 10am-1pm. More information...

SATURDAY JAZZ BRUNCH WITH DAVE SCOTT DUO: SUMMER SATURDAYS, DATES TBD
It’s the same Champagne Brunch Cruise that you come to love, we’ve just added some live music to JAZZ things up on the sun deck with the Dave Scott Duo. SO enjoy your brunch and bottomless bubbly at your private table then head upstairs for music, sightseeing, and dancing on the sun deck. More information..

BANDS ON THE BAY DINNER CRUISES: FRIDAY NIGHTS, JUNE –SEPTEMBER 
Friday nights come to life on Hornblower! You'll board your yacht with a glass of champagne and be treated to a three-course dinner set to the sounds of live music. With Republic of Music playing tunes, from blues to swing to covers of legendary favorites, this is the perfect choice for a new Friday night tradition of dinner and dancing. More information..

 

FATHER'S DAY BEER BRUNCH: JUNE 16
Celebrate Dad onboard a Hornblower yacht with a specialty brunch menu including all dad’s favorite dishes, plus free-flowing beer and champagne. Dads take home a free pint glass! Our Dinner Cruise is also available for those looking to treat dad to a gourmet three course meal and the sparkling San Diego skyline.   More information…

BLUE WHALE WATCHING CRUISES: SUMMER 2019
Friday thru Monday. Join us for this once in a lifetime trek off the coast of beautiful San Diego to spot whales, dolphins and sea lions. The ultimate will be to see the largest mammal on earth, the Blue Whale which migrate past San Diego each summer! Cruise in comfort with indoor and outdoor seating, snack bar and adult beverages. More Info

FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS DINNER CRUISES: JULY 4
Enjoy the fourth aboard a Hornblower yacht with the best views of the fireworks over the bay! Enjoy a complimentary boarding drink, along with a large selection of food and beverages throughout the ship. You can enjoy the spectacular view of the harbor fireworks from the top deck while listening to music and dancing to a live DJ.  More Info

TALL SHIP PARADE SPECTATOR CRUISE: DATE TBA
Viewing the tall ships from all over the world is a rare experience. If you like to take pictures, this is very unique also. Join Hornblower for a special 2 hour cruise to view Tall Ships during Maritime Museum of San Diego Tall Ship Festival.  More info...

LABOR DAY WEEKEND CELEBRATION CRUISES:
AUGUST 30-SEPTEMBER 2
Celebrate on the Bay! Join us for a Labor Day BBQ & Beer Cruise on Monday or come aboard any other cruises throughout the weekend. One and two hour Harbor Cruises & Sea Lion Adventures- six cruises daily, beginning at 10am. Sunset Dinner Cruises – nightly, 7-10 pm. Champagne Brunch Cruise – Sunday, 10am-1pm.   More info....

FLEET WEEK SEA & AIR PARADE: DATE TBA
Sea & Air Parade is soaring back to San Diego with great fanfare as we prepare to experience the best of the U.S. military on display and in action with cruisers, amphibious ships, destroyers, frigates, submarines, and landing craft in addition to a demonstration of SEAL capabilities, Coast Guard Search and Rescue, a fly-over of contemporary Navy and World War II aircraft, and much more.  More information…

CITY LIGHTS FIREWORKS DINNER CRUISES: SELECT DATES IN JULY, AUGUST, SEPTEMBER
Come aboard for our most popular three-hour dinner cruise, combining champagne, a mouth-watering three-course dinner, DJ entertainment, views of San Diego, and a fireworks show above the bay to top it all off.  More information…

EXTREME SAILING SERIES™: DATES TBA
The Extreme Sailing Series™ is coming to San Diego Bay. Avoid the crowds onshore! Watch, photograph, or videotape the Extreme Sailing Series from the deck of a Hornblower yacht with a Spectator Cruise or a Lunch Cruise in October.  More information…

BOW WOW BRUNCH CRUISE: DATE TBA
Bow Wow Brunch is just like the weekly Sunday Champagne Brunch Cruise, but for this cruise, we welcome you, your family and your "fur child" aboard. You will enjoy the same delicious and bountiful buffet that you are accustom to with unlimited champagne and desserts, but Fido gets a pet buffet to choose from along with a dog relief area set up on the sun deck of the yacht! Portion of the proceeds for the Bow Wow Brunch on the Bay will go directly to helping Helen Woodward Animal Center.  More information…

VETERAN’S DAY – VETERANS CRUISE FREE: NOVEMBER 8-11
Veterans Cruise Free on any one or two hour narrated Harbor Cruise all weekend. Hornblower Cruises & Events is inviting all military vets to explore San Diego Bay for FREE. Simply show proof of military service at the Ticket booth located at 970 North Harbor Drive. First cruise is at 10:00 a.m., with the following 11:15 am 12:30 pm, 1:45 pm, 3:00 pm and 4:15 pm. 

THANKSGIVING BUFFET BRUNCH OR DINNER CRUISES: NOVEMBER 28
Try something different with your family on a Thanksgiving Day Buffet Cruise, perfect for entertaining guests! We’ll greet you with a boarding glass of champagne and treated to a traditional Thanksgiving buffet. The yacht is decorated in the holiday spirit and menu will include all the Thanksgiving favorites plus trimmings!  More information...

THANKSGIVING BUFFET at THE ABBEY: NOVEMBER 28
We’ll greet you with a boarding glass of champagne and treated to a traditional Thanksgiving buffet. The Abbey  is decked out in the holiday spirit and menu will include all the Thanksgiving favorites plus trimmings! Located in historic Bankers Hill, The Abbey is a beautiful LAND based facility and is not a boat.More information...

SAILING WITH CAPTAIN SANTA HARBOR CRUISE: Date TBD
Get in the holiday spirit as you cruise San Diego Bay with Captain Santa at the helm!  Bring the whole family for a festive morning on the water featuring hosts John & Tammy from KSON 103.7, special appearances from KYXY 96.5, Sunny 98.1, and holiday-themed refreshments and activities. More information...

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I took my boyfriend on this cruise to kick off his birthday. We made a beeline for the food-a lot more food than we expected. We spent most of our time up front sitting outside taking in the views of downtown, the Coronado bridge, and Coronado.

– Laura H.

The experience my family and I had was beautiful. The entire staff was joyful, pleasant, warm and professional. The Captain even let my children drive the boat. They loved it! This was definitely one of my family's most memorable Thanksgivings.

– Jesse R.