San Diego Dining Cruise by Hornblower in San Diego, CA

Hornblower Cruises & Events1800 North Harbor DriveSan Diego, CA 92101
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Overview

Ideal for a variety of occasions, including birthdays, anniversaries, Spring Break vacation and more, San Diego Dining Cruises by Hornblower Cruises & Events offers memorable dining experiences on the water. Passengers can enjoy gracious hospitality, breathtaking views of the shimmering waves, exquisitely prepared meals and music on either a daytime or evening voyage.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our San Diego Travel Experts
  • Tour operate rain or shine with U.S. Coast Guard approval.
  • Dinner service begins immediately upon embarking.
  • Vegetarian meals are available.
  • Business to dressy casual attire.
  • Spectacular views of San Diego Bay.
  • Most established dining cruise on West Coast.
  • Vegetarian, Gluten-Free & Kids options available by request.
  • Free WiFi. Post your pics while you cruise.

Description

from San Diego Dining Cruise by Hornblower
There’s a lot in life to celebrate. So welcome aboard! Whatever the occasion, you’ll enjoy gentle bay breezes, glittering waves, and the dramatic San Diego skyline. Whether it’s your birthday, anniversary, or you finally found a great babysitter, join us for gracious hospitality and stunning views.

San Diego Dinner Cruise
Nightly, 3-Hour Cruise
Celebrate in an extraordinary way with a deliciously different dining experience, complete with spectacular views, aboard an inviting yacht on San Diego Bay.

San Diego Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise
Sundays, 2-Hour Cruise
San Diego Brunch enthusiasts are always seeking a new experience. Hornblower Brunch is one of a kind. Celebrate with a brunch cruise on San Diego Bay.

Sights & Sips Cocktail Cruises
Friday and Saturday, 2-hour Cruise
Grab your friends and board this unique sunset cocktail cruise, each Fri. and Sat. It's the coolest happy hour on the bay. Great views, great people!

Boards 30 minutes before departure. Don't be late!

Tripster Customer Reviews

JOSEPH MARTINEZ
Fresno, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"San Diego Dining Cruise"
January 2015
Everything was as expected and very enjoyable from purchase to end of cruise.
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Tip: Expect to have an enjoyable evening

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Cheryl R
"Terrible Customer Service"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed July 20, 2020 NEW
Terrible customer service! Do not book a cruise with this company unless you are rich and don't mind giving them money without service or a refund for cancelled services! We booked a dinner cruise for July 1st in San Diego. We received a text two days before our scheduled cruise that it was cancelled. We called the company to ask for a full refund. We were told that it would take 3-5 business days! It is now 3 weeks later and have not received the refund on our credit card. I called yesterday and told that our refund was approved by management and it is waiting for approval by the accounting department! Several people have experienced the same situation over the last month (check Yelp reviews). Unacceptable! It should not take over three weeks to issue a refund for a cancelled cruise!!!! I will never book another cruise or event with this company again! I am getting ready to contact the Better Business Bureau to file a complaint!
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Gardengel-IoW
Crawley, United Kingdom
"South cruise"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed March 02, 2020
one hour. We got a ticket for this via gocity (which I recommend) and just turned up when we were in the area so got on the next available cruise, which was the south cruise. We were a bit disappointed that this mainly involved cruising by the US Naval floatila, it was a little interesting but too much of it and repeated commentary. Seeing the Coronado bridge from the water was the best bit. We should have hung around for the north tour. Oh, if you do a two hour cruise it basically comes back in to port and picks up the next one hour passengers, so not really 2 hours cruising. Facilities on board ok. Big boat. Loos ok but wasn't busy and guess more difficult if full. Catering limited and almost airline style, prepacked cheese selection for example.
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Beach_Addicts
Grand Cayman
"Christmas Day-Brunch Cruise was wonderful!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 03, 2020
From the ease of purchasing tickets online...the Hornblower Christmas day cruise was well planned and very enjoyable. The line ups were efficient and once you're seated...you can begin to enjoy the buffet...this made sense as it staggered the large crowd and you didn't feel that you were waiting in an excessive buffet line up. There as a great variety of hot/cold foods and desserts. The bottomless champagne was a nice touch as well. The service on board was excellent and the setting was well laid out. The only downside is the 2 hour excursion...by the time you sit and relax with your meal, desserts etc., it didn't allow for much time up top to enjoy the views and soak up the sunshine. Other than that...I enjoyed the experience with Hornblower on this particular occasion.
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Amanda M
"Whale Watching Cruise"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 02, 2020
It was a gorgeous morning. Getting on board was a breeze. We parked at the midway parking which is neighbors with the Hornblower dock. Captain Rick was a fantastic narrator... he tracked down 4 different whales including a mama and a baby!! It was an experience I’ll never forget. We also saw harbor seals, dolphins and pelicans diving. Captain Rick was also very knowledgeable about all the Navy ships in San Diego’s harbor, which was an extra treat! We’re definitely planning on doing a harbor tour later this spring.
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Safari720541
London, United Kingdom
"A beautiful day on the water"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 01, 2020
I took the two hour tour of the San Diego bay and I loved it. I went during the week so it wasn't crowded. They took us around the north and the south side of the bay. So much to see and learn. They take you out for one hour and tour one side of the bay and then they return to the dock for 15 minutes and pick up or drop off people and then you go out for the remaining hour. It works out in the end. Fun trip.
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Frequently Asked Questions about San Diego Dining Cruise by Hornblower

If one or more people in my party are not able to make it or we miss the cruise departure time will we receive a refund?
No. Once payment is received cruises are non-refundable. With a 48-hour or better notice, we will be happy to reschedule your cruise date or issue a gift certificate for the amount paid. Cruises are non- refundable and non-transferable within 48 hours of your cruise. We do not compensate for no-shows or late arrivals.

Is gratuity included?
A service charge is collected at the time of reservation, related to the cruise and the service included in the ticket. If you wish to purchase additional beverages or food enhancements onboard, we recommend you leave a gratuity onboard based on the quality of service provided to you by your server.

What happens if it rains or snow?
Hornblower sails rain or shine. In the case of severe weather conditions or upon the direction of the U.S. Coast Guard, we will remain dockside, but provide the full dining service.

Are there any age restrictions on your cruises?
There are no age restrictions for most of our cruises. All minors require adult supervision. Please call with questions about any of our special event cruises, as minors are not restricted, but the cruise may not be appropriate for all age groups.

Do you offer any children discounts?
Children under 4 are complimentary.

What is the dress attire for the cruises?
Lunch and Brunch Cruises: We recommend California casual attire, such as khaki pants and collared shirts. We request no shorts, tank tops, flip flops, or gym shoes. Dinner Cruises: Business casual to dressy casual attire is recommended. For men, slacks or khaki pants, and a collared shirt with or without a jacket; for women slacks or skirt, with a collared shirt, or dress. We request no jeans, shorts, tank tops, flip-flops, or gym shoes on these cruises.

You may find that some guests are dressed more formally, especially those celebrating special occasions. However, attire varies from comfortable shorts to the more formal. Bring along a light jacket or wrap as it may get a bit breezy on the outer decks.

What time do I board the ship?
Boarding time is usually 30 minutes prior to departure for all cruises. Please check your boarding time when making your reservation.

Is smoking allowed?
Smoking is allowed on the outside decks only with the exception of Harbor Tours and Whale Watching Cruises. Please dispose of all refuse in proper receptacles. Do not throw anything into the water. Please help us keep our harbors clean.

Is there pre-assigned seating for dinner cruises?
As you board, our captain and marine crew will direct you to your deck. From there the host/hostess will show your party to your assigned table(s). Decks are never guaranteed to non-private groups. We assign seats based on needs and capacity for each cruise.

Will I get my own table?
On the majority of our cruises, we assign private tables to the individual parties. However, on some of our cruises, we do have cruise-style seating, where we will ask you to share a table with other parties. If this is the case, you will be told if this is the case at the time you make your reservation.

What kind of entertainment is on board?
Hornblower offers inviting dance floors and a variety of music, from the dance hits of the 40's through today as well as a variety of jazz, standards and popular favorites. Depending on the cruise, it may be background music, a DJ or a live band. Please check online or ask one of our reservations agents for more details about the planned entertainment for your specific cruise.

Can we meet the Captain and visit the pilot house?
Yes. Guests are welcome to come and meet the Captain and the First Officer. However, for safety and security reasons, we ask that you check with our staff onboard before visiting the pilot house. We want to ensure that all passengers and crew are kept safe and that the captain is not distracted while performing essential duties.

Are there vegetarian options available for dinner cruises?  Can I make a special menu request?
Yes, for dining cruises, vegetarian meals are available and can be arranged at the time of booking. If you have a group with many vegetarians or if you have vegans, please notify a reservations agent at the time of booking.  If you have food allergies or other dietary restrictions, please let your reservations agent know at the time of booking. We can also accommodate most other special dietary needs with advance notice.

For dinner cruises, when does the meal begin?
Dinner service begins immediately upon embarking.

Do we need to pre-select the menu before the day of cruising?
No, you do not need to pre-select your menu. Some of our cruises have multiple entrée options and we have a menu that you will choose from onboard. For our other cruises, we either have a preset menu or offer a buffet with a variety of options available.

Can I bring cakes and flowers on board?
Cakes may be brought on board, however, you will be charged a cake cutting fee. Small flower bouquets are also permitted. Please keep in mind you are on a ship, so top heavy arrangements will not be stable. Unfortunately, early boarding is not available.

What decor does Hornblower provide?
All Hornblower yachts are decorated with linens, votive centerpieces, silver, and china.

Are you regulated by the U.S. Coast Guard?
Our vessels are all subject to inspections by the U.S. Coast Guards and our crew are all properly licensed. We also follow Marsec security guidelines. Should the Marsec security level be elevated, we may opt to increase security measures onboard our vessels to ensure everyone’s safety. 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.

Are life preservers on board?
Each vessel is 100% Coast Guard certified with life preservers and all required lifesaving equipment, including child life vests.

Is the ship handicapped accessible?
Hornblower does have accessible yachts in the fleet. However, not all yachts and decks are accessible. Please call 888-467-6256 to ensure handicap accessibility for the date you are planning to cruise.

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. If you are sailing on one of our whale watching cruises, we do go out into the open ocean and as a result, the chance of getting seasick increases. For these cruises, we recommend that if you are prone to motion sickness that you take advantage of a number of preventative measures that are available to you.

Where are you located?
In San Diego, we have three main locations.  Please check your confirmation to determine which is the correct location for your event. 

  • Our main ticket booth is located at 970 N. Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Our secondary ticket booth is located at Grape Street Pier at 1800 N. Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Our offices and event space are located at The Abbey at 2825 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103

Does Hornblower validate parking?
We do not validate for parking.  Hornblower San Diego shares a parking lot with the USS Midway. Parking fees are typically $8 for 4hrs and $12 for 12hrs.