San Diego Dining Cruise by Hornblower in San Diego, CA

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


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

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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Fdrl L
Emory, Texas
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 18, 2019 NEW
Educational and informative. We took the 2 hour tour, we saw the seals and the monument on the first hour and the second hour the ships and Coronado island highlights. The captain was pleasant and informative
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Michael O
Scottsdale, Arizona
"Nice dinner cruise on the Inspriation, their large newish vessel"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 16, 2019 NEW
San Diego Bay is beautiful and this is a great way to see it at night. Get a window table for your dinner. Go up on the large top deck to enjoy the view. Dance the DJ later in the cruise. Everyone on board was having a good time.
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Pueblo, Colorado
"Great Dinner and Whale Watching Cruise"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 09, 2019 NEW
We did a dinner cruise on Christmas and a whale watching cruise a few days before. The dinner cruise was super fun and the food was delicious. The whale watching cruise would have been a lot funner if the water wasn't so choppy (lots of people got sick), but that was not the companies fault. We even got to see a little whale
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Fayetteville, AR
"Two Hour Harbor Cruise afternoon-no Sea Lion Adventure"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 07, 2019 NEW
August 31st, I was in the area visiting and was very excited about this cruise. The cruise itself was wonderful and the captain who was our tour commentator was very engaging and informative. I would recommend the two hour cruise because the first hour you sail up one side of the bay and then return to the dock after 1 hour to release the 1 hour cruise people and board the next 1 hour cruise people. Then the 2nd hour, we went down the other side of the bay under the Coronado Bridge and learned so much history on all the ships there. Pleasant and relaxing and informative. Did not partake of any food, just a couple of sodas. Felt very safe and the staff was friendly and welcoming. Now getting to the cruise was not pleasant. I booked on the phone and was sent an email telling us the address and it said Pier 2. It had a google map which showed the location away from the Midland Ship Museum some distance. That was my focus since the morning was spent at Midway. Even my own google maps on my phone between the address of Midway and the address for Hornblower showed the location away from the Midway. We had seen two large Hornblower ships docked coming down Harbor Drive towards Midway. It is hard to see addresses on Harbor drive on the wharf side and even harder to see Pier numbers. So our mistake, we assumed the two ships we saw was the place to go. So after Midway, we rushed down the crowded sidewalk in the noon heat to that location, only to be told by a crew member that location was the evening cruise location and to go back to Pier 1, a different pier than we were told in the email. Again we rushed back in the heat afraid we were going to miss the cruise because it took 15 minutes to get there. There was something special going on with lots of booths, people, music on the drive. Still not seeing Pier numbers and not trusting Google maps, we finally arrived, literally next door to the Midway parking. Google maps was misleading. It did not show this address was right next to Midway. Their map on their email was misleading. It also did not show this location was right next to Midway. Never did see any Pier numbers so don't know whether we were at Pier 1 or 2. Did see a pier called Broadway. All they had at the street was a small flip board sign about 3 feet tall saying Hornblower. The ticket office was behind either booths that were set up or another building. We would have never seen this little sign from the street as we were focused on finding parking when we first arrived. When we left Midway, we were on the sidewalk and not the street. We did make the cruise and it was wonderful. I would suggest that they need to clarify in their email that they have TWO locations and that this cruise is right next door to the Midway Ship Museum instead of relying on their Google Map attachment. We arrived exhausted, sweat soaked and spent the first hour indoors in air conditioning, but could see out the large windows and could hear the audio just fine. The 2nd hour we spent up on top deck next to the railing and it was also pleasant and relaxing. I would recommend this cruise, just please for out of towners, please clarify your location better in your email. Google Maps cannot be trusted.
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david p
Falkirk, United Kingdom
"Patriot jet boat"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 27, 2019 NEW
This is a $32 35 minute blast around San Diego bay, what a blast, the guys who run this tour make it, they provide ponchos if you don’t want to get wet,but what’s the point of that, the boat is very powerful and does sharp stops and turns, you also get great views around the bay, as well as a good time. Would definitely recommend, and good value for money, you also get the chance to buy a photo they take before you board. Top tip sit nearer the front to stay reasonably dry, good luck.
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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.