San Diego Bay Cruise Discounts & Deals
The weather is fine and the livin’ is easy if you’re lucky enough to be near the water in San Diego. Or if you’re visiting the area, do what I do and spend an afternoon or evening cruising the San Diego Bay.
My fave, depending on time of year, is the Whale Watching cruise. But the Sunset cruises are a popular choice, and so are the Dinner and Champagne cruises. On my bucket list: a holiday cruise, like the Independence Day Fireworks cruise, and the Lighted Boat Parade cruise around Christmas time.
3 Ways to Choose a San Diego Cruise
If you want to try a cruise on the San Diego Bay, you’ll find many options available. Hornblower cruises are a top pick, but each cruise company offers a different experience that you might like. So how do you choose?
Browse the discount sites
How much do you want to pay? Many cruise companies provide special ticket prices outside ticket sources. (See a list of discounts and trusted cruise ticket sources below.)
Sort by time
When do you want to go? Each San Diego Bay cruise company offers different types of cruises depending on whether it’s daytime or nighttime. Throughout the year you’ll see different cruises offered that represent the seasons.
You’ll also see special themed cruises that celebrate holidays like Christmas, Saint Patrick’s Day, Memorial Day, Mother’s Day, and 4th of July.
Pick a theme
What’s your style? Each company provides cruises with different themes, such as dolphin and whale watching cruises, brunch, happy hour, and dinner cruises, party cruises, sunset cruises, and holiday cruises.
San Diego Cruise Discount Tickets
When ticket deals are available again, I’ll share them here.
Know Before You Go
If you go, here are my recommendations for the best bay cruise experience in the San Diego area.
Staying over? Find San Diego hotels (rates & reviews) close to the coast.
Best Time for Whale Watching
According to the Birch Aquarium at Scripps, here are your best bets.
- Gray whales: migrate from winter into spring, mid-December through April.
- Blue whales migrate from summer into fall, mid-June through September.
What to Wear
Dress in layers. No matter how warm it seems, you might get cold when the breeze kicks up over the water. Casual clothes are always appropriate in San Diego.
What to bring
A camera and some binoculars.