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Guide To San Diego Cruise Port, California

Updated on November 12, 2012

San Diego, the Plymouth of the West

San Diego, the Golden State's oldest, second largest and southerm-most city is famous for its ideal climate, miles of beaches, and position near to the Mexican border, across from Tijuana.

Originally San Diego was an insignificant Spanish township, founded in the early 19th century, and the town developed slowly, up to the mid twentieth century, when the population increased rapidly.

San Diego bay is fabulous for boating, and San Diego possesses a proud maritime heritage. The city is the base for the Pacific Fleet of the United States Navy.

Today the city blends contemporary urban design with historical Spanish architecture, blue ocean views to the west side with dry, rocky countryside on the eastside, and up-market restaurants, positioned next to authentic Mexican restaurants. San Diego is also a popular departure port for cruises to the Mexican Riviera, Hawaii, and beyond.

Broadway pier and terminal
Broadway pier and terminal
B Street pier and terminal
B Street pier and terminal

Cruise Ship Facilities At San Diego

The San Diego Cruise Port is situated at the B Street and Broadway piers adjacent to North Harbor Drive at the B Street Pier, near to central San Diego.

Both piers have modern terminals with the usual range of facilities for cruise passengers.

The cruise port has a capacity of 4 cruise shps in all, 2 at each pier.

For the port website see Port of San Diego.

Lands End beach at Cabo San Lucas, a popular port-of-call for Mexican Riviera cruises
Lands End beach at Cabo San Lucas, a popular port-of-call for Mexican Riviera cruises

Itineraries On Offer

Pick from a great variety of itineraries from San Diego cruise port.  See cruises from San Diego for a complete selection of cruises. Options would be the Mexican Riviera, Baja California, the Hawaiian islands, or navigation of the Panama canal voyages to Florida. For experienced cruisers more far-flung itineraries to the South Pacific or South America are on offer.

USS Midway
USS Midway

Things To Do In San Diego

USS Midway Museum
Walk south for just five minutes on North Harbor Drive from the cruise port in the direction of the USS Midway, a huge aircraft carrier ship, berthed at the Navy pier. Tour the USS Midway Museum to experience the navy history of San Diego.

Seaport Village
Shopaholics will relish Seaport village. To get to the village, walk or take a cab for around three-quarters of a mile southwards from B street pier along the coast. Waiting for you are over sixty trendy shops, making it an ideal spot to find a San Diego souvenir.

Embarcadero Marine Park
Just beyond Seaport VIllage lies Embarcadero Marina park, which sits on both sides of an attractive marina. Walk along the coastline for great views of San Diego bay.

Maritime Museum of San Diego
If you head north from the cruise port, away from the USS Midway, a short walk will take you to the interesting Maritime Museum, one of the world’s finest collection of historic ships.

Coronado Beach
Take a short ferry ride to Coronado island. A quick cab trip across the island will get you to the island's beach, a glorious stretch of sand on the Pacific coast. Call at the unique Hotel del Coronado, one of the few last examples of the Victorian beach hotel.

Gaslamp Quarter
San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter is possibly the city's most colorful section. Development of the Quarter began in 1867. Enjoy your visit to lots of boutique shops, galleries, restaurants, bars, sidewalk cafes, jazz clubs and nightclubs offering a charming Victorian ambience mixed with a modern liveliness. The quarter is also a center for big events, from food fairs and music festivals to the massive Mardi Gras parade.

Journeying To/From the Cruise Port of San Diego

From the Airport
The terminal is a short 3 mile cab journey from San Diego International Airport. Cab pick-up areas are situated on the forecourts of each of the 3 airport terminals.

By Amtrak
Amtrak's main San Diego station, the Santa Fe Depot, is only a quarter of a mile from the cruise terminal, so you may go by foot or take a taxi. If you are walking, go west on Broadway in the direction of the waterfront.  When you reach the waterfront, the cruise port is easy to see.

By Car
If driving south on Interstate 5, follow the road into downtown San Diego. Leave at Sassafras, signed to the airport. Proceed along Kettner for three-quarters mile, until Laurel. Take a right on Laurel and proceed westwards until you get ot Harbor Drive. Turn left to join Harbor Drive. The cruise port is half a mile on the right.

If traveling north on Interstate 5, follow the highway into the middle of San Diego. Exit at Hawthorn, signed to the airport. Follow along Hawthorn until Harbor Drive.  At Harbor Drive, hang a left. The cruise ship port is one and a half miles on your righthand side.


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      3 years ago

      Bad news - the tourist information office at the B Street cruise terminal, currently staffed by volunteers, is facing a huge rise in the rent charged by the port, from $300,000 to over $1million. So it may close. But why is the port charging a rent in the first place? Surely the tourist information point is a valuable asset to the cruise facility?


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