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Frequently Asked Questions (Harbor Tours)

What do you see? Bring Your Camera!  

  • Exciting wildlife such as Harbor Seals, Sea Lions, Pelicans and many more!
  • Aircraft Carriers Surface Force Pacfic including over 40 Destroyers, Cruisers and Frigates
  • Submarine Amphibious Base and North Island Naval Air Station with Helicopters and Military Aircraft
  • Cabrillo National Monument and Point Loma
  • Star of India and Historic Ships of Maritime Museum
  • Navy Seals Training Base
  • America's Cup Harbor
  • Coronado Bay Bridge
  • World Famous Hotel Del Coronado

Which is better, the north or the south bay tour? 

Since there is so much to see on each side of the bay, we recommend taking the 2 hour cruise to see it all!

Is the yacht handicap accessible? 

Hornblower does have accessible yachts in the fleet. However, not all yachts and decks are accessible. Please call (800) ON THE BAY (1-800-668-4322) to ensure handicap accessibility for the date you are planning to cruise.

Are there any age restrictions on the cruises? 

All ages are welcome. Minors require adult supervision.

Is smoking allowed? 

Smoking is allowed on the outside decks only. Please ask a crew member on board for more information.

Should I make reservations? 

Reservations are recommended but not required. There is the chance we will sell out on busy days. For your convenience, guests can reserve on this website or by calling (800) ON THE BAY (1-800-668-4322).

I have a gift certificate/coupon/offer, how do I redeem it? 

Just mention your discount or offer at time of booking. You must present this to the ticket booth in exchange for your boarding passes on the day of your cruise.

Where will I park? Does Hornblower validate parking? 

Due to the popularity of the San Diego Bay we recommend allowing a little extra time for parking. The closest parking lot available on a first come, first served basis is the Five Star Parking Lot located on the corner of Pacific Coast Highway & Broadway. Hornblower does not validate. There are also metered spots directly across from our ticket booth. The meters have a 3-hour maximum Monday – Saturday until 6pm. The meters are free after 6pm and on Sundays.

What time should I be there? 

Boarding begins approximately 15 minutes before departure. Allow enough time for traffic and to find parking. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. If you prefer a specific seating area, be early so you can be the first in line.

Can I bring food or drink on board? 

No. However, for your convenience, we have a fully stocked snack bar and full beverage bar available on board.

Will I get seasick? 

The vast majority of our guests experience no discomfort at all as we do not leave the calm waters of the harbor. If you tend to have a problem with motion sickness, you may experience seasickness.

What happens if it rains? 

San Diego is fortunate enough to enjoy temperate conditions year round. We rarely, if ever, have to cancel our Harbor Cruises due to weather.

Are you open on holidays? 

Yes, we offer cruises 365 days a year.

Is there anything else I need to know? 

The U.S. Coast Guard requires all passengers over 18 years of age to have valid photo identification. Please make sure to have your photo id available at boarding.

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Hornblower did an absolutely fantastic job! Our contact Julie made the event planning easy and fun! The crew on the boat did equally well. I am really glad I chose Hornblower as the guests raved about the boat and the food.

– Scott C

We showed our family from Ukraine the bay through a Hornblower cruise, and it was one of their first experiences outside of their home country. They had a great time and we'll continue to share the experience with any friends that come our way!

– Olga M