When I first saw the Red, White and Blue Flag speeding on the bay, I thought it was a speed boat practicing for a race. Checking into it I found out that the Patriot Speed Boat is part of the Flagship Harbor Excursion Tours!
The price is a bit more than the regular Harbor Cruise Tours and the time spent is half an hour, but if you like speed, this will suit you well!! They advertise that they go thrillingly fast and will spin 360 degrees, "on-a-dime," and I can tell you they do!!
So if you're looking to clear the cob-webs out of your brain, try it. It is fun! b Vrooooom!
There are two companies, "San Diego Harbor Excursions" and "Hornblower Cruises" which offer a one or two hour cruise on the Bay of San Diego several times a day. If you are looking for a more romantic moment, take one of their Dinner Cruises!
San Diego Harbor Excursions has been my choice each time I take a harbor cruise and I've been very satisfied with the service.
Just before boarding the boat, everyone is collected in a reserved area near the gang-plank and while waiting, a photographer takes a photo of you and your party, at the end of the cruise the developed photos are displayed on a board and offered for sale. You are not required to buy anything, however, it is a nice souvenir for your guests to take home.
The views along the bay are wonderful but nothing beats sipping a spicy Bloody Mary, with wind blowing through your hair and the bright California sun warming your skin!
To give and idea of some things you might see, There are a few harbor cruise sites in my San Diego Bay Travelogue.
Whale watching and other special events are offered so check their website if you are interested.
The Big Bay, as locals call San Diego Bay, boasts some of America’s most historic warships such as the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan and the U.S.S. Midway as well as playing host to the scenic sights of the Coronado Bay Bridge and Seaport Village to name just a few!
In addition to the happening nightlife that San Diego is popular for, it's also very much synonymous to the country's military/naval traditions. Therefore, exploring the city via a two-hour harbor cruise is a neat option for the visitor. I say two hours instead of the one because the two-hour tour allows you to see the entire bay (north and south). The north bay portion passes by Shelter Island, Point Loma, and a vessel used in the filming of the movie, "Hunt for Red October," among other highlights. The south bay tour passes by the USS Midway aircraft carrier, Seaport Village, cruises under the Coronado Bay Bridge, and sees plenty of navy ships along the way.
The cost of the two-hour cruise is $22.00 and it's $17.00 for the one-hour. However, I got a discounted rate of only $14.50. Not bad at all. If you're interested to know on how you might be able to get this rate, just email me. The Hornblower website also provides online discounts.
There are two companies that offer cruises of the harbour, Hornblower and San Diego Harbour Excursion. We went with the latter because when we went to the vistor center (across the street from both cruise companies) we were given a coupon for a 2 for 1 cruise. This meant we paid $20 for two of us rather than $40. We chose the 2 hour cruise, there is also a 1 hour which is a little cheaper, but not much. The 2 hour cruise is definitely the one to go for because you get to see both ends of the bay. On the cruise you will see many navy ships and a beautiful view of the San Diego skyline. We also saw a whole lot of sea lions. We went on the earliest cruise and it was chilly, bring a jacket or at least a sweater no matter what time you go, you'll more than likely be cool.
Let someone else do the driving and see the city from a different point of view. San Diego Harbor is filled with terrific scenery. See the downtown skyline, the colorful boats, the Seaport Village, Coronado, the Naval ships, and much more. It is a relaxing and scenic way to pass and hour or two.
Cruise in the harbor is happy in a boat.
There is it from sightseeing in the harbor, whale watching and
dinner Cruise in various ways