Insider's Guide to Flagship Harbor Cruises San Diego

July 2, 2022

Crashing waves and sun-soaked days are hallmarks of any San Diego Vacation. Experience even more seaworthy beauty when you reserve a premier San Diego Flagship Cruise.

Follow along as we take you through all the ins and outs of the Flagship Harbor Cruise San Diego.

Serving San Diego since 1915, this local family-owned and operated yacht charter cruise and events company has introduced millions of visitors to the natural majesty of the Bay. 

Whether you are marveling at marine life on a seasonal whale-watching tour or raising a glass of bubbly on a luxurious Champagne brunch cruise, Flagship Cruises shows you the finer side of America's Finest City.

From a succulent Prime Rib Dinner Cruise perfect for date night to kid-friendly rides aboard the star-spangled Patriot jet boat, there's a Flagship Cruise for everyone.

Read on to discover everything you need to know about Flagship Cruises San Diego.

About Flagship Harbor Cruise in San Diego

Uncomparable history, first-class service, and breathtaking views of San Diego. Flagship Cruises have been injecting the magic of Southern California scenery into every windswept tour for over a hundred years. Flagship Cruises and Events is honored to own and operate the city's largest fleet ranging from flagship luxury yachts to 2,800 horsepower jet boats.

A San Diego original, Flagship is the city's only local cruise and event fleet. Every cruise is designed to deliver quality professional narration, breathtaking views, and sumptuous food and beverage services.* Delight in a full bar on a Premium Dining Cruise, or enjoy locally sourced beer and wine at a Hops on the Harbor event.

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Whether you're seeking out the stunning sights of Shelter Island or want to commemorate a romantic occasion with a multi-course dinner, Flagship delivers a diverse array of voyages. 

This legacy company specializes in:

  • Gourmet dinner cruises
  • Harbor tours
  • Patriot Jet boat thrill rides
  • Private charters and Corporate events
  • Weddings and special occasions
  • And many more Flagship cruise events

However you decide to cruise on the Bay, you are guaranteed an unforgettable San Diego day.

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Can't wait to sip some locally sourced brews or feel the wind in your hair on a turbo-charged Patriot Jet Boat ride? No matter what harbor cruise you select, you're in for an afternoon of H20-fueled happiness. Pre-purchasing your Flagship Cruise tickets is the best way to ensure your day of sightseeing or romantic rendezvous kicks off without a hitch. 

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Indulge in the best views of the Bay, free-flowing mimosas, and more when you book any of the following five-star cruises:

San Diego Dining Cruise by Flagship

Dine, drink, and delight in spectacular skyline views of San Diego's most romantic cruise. The San Diego Dining Cruise is a 2.5-hour seafaring adventure that features a gourmet three-course meal and indoor and outdoor seating options. So charge up that phone or camera as you'll be dying to document the city's illuminated skyscrapers, the Coronado Bridge, and more.

Feel your mouth water as you dig into luscious plates crafted with sustainable seafood, local ingredients, and exotic flavors. An ideal event or activity to commemorate that special occasion or date night, this fine dining foray includes live entertainment and 25 miles of San Diego Waterfront views.

More into salads than sirloin? Don't worry, as Flagship provides vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free meals upon request. 

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Need a midweek pick-me-up? Take a reprieve from the standard dinner and movie when you book a Classic Harbor Dinner Cruise. This ever-popular Flagship option only features the same fine dining as the regular San Diego Dining cruise on Thursdays.

close up of San Diego Dining Cruise by Flagship on water at night in San Diego, California, USA

photo credit: Flagship Cruises & Events via Facebook

Harbor Dinner Cruise by Flagship - Prime Rib

Craving the comfort of a home-cooked Sunday roast? Revel in the nostalgic flavors and scents of a slow-roasted prime rib dinner with the Harbor Dinner Cruise. This exclusive Flagship offering is only available on Sundays—wind down your weekend like royalty when you savor every moment of this 2.5-hour tour.

Delight in complimentary champagne as you debate between the all-new Surf & Turf Duet with braised beef short rib and shrimp scampi or the vegetarian grilled aubergine.* Save plenty of room for the positively sinful Chocolate Mousse Cake, and keep your eyes peeled for the incredible San Diego skyline views. 

Check out Flagship Cruises & Events San Diego Ca for a complete list of upcoming fun experiences!

*Is a vegan-friendly option as well. 

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San Diego Harbor Cruise by Flagship

Cerulean waves, stunning national monuments, and mesmerizing marine life come together on Flagship's San Diego Harbor Cruise. America's Finest City is ripe with notable natural attractions and sights.

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These one and two-hour cruises provide equal parts education and entertainment as they sail past every last San Diego point of interest. Discover the charm of Seaport Village, capture the beauty of the Cabrillo National Monument, or spot barking seals in the harbor.

Each Harbor tour covers over 13 miles and includes live narration and souvenir photos, a perfect way to dip your toe into the sublime scenery of SoCal.

Choose from the following premier tour options:

  • North Harbor Tour - totaling 12 miles in length, this scintillating 1-hour tour features stops at the Star of India, the iconic ships of the Maritime Museum, Harbor Island, Shelter Island, North Island Naval Air Station, and more.
  • South Harbor Tour - ships ahoy! Head south on this jam-packed hour-long tour with views of the Star of India, the U.S. Navy surface fleet, Coronado Bay Bridge, and the bustling shipyard.
  • Full Harbor Tour - set sail for fantastic photo opportunities and panoramic vistas on this two-hour tour. Enjoy the best of both tours with stops by the Harbor and Shelter Islands, Point Loma, Cabrillo National Monument, North Island Naval Air Station, the Submarine Base, and the Coronado Bridge.

Patriot Jet Boat Ride

Ready for some rip-roaring fun with the red, white, and blue? Put the pedal to the metal on Flagship's Patriot Jet Boat Ride. This heart-pounding 30-minute thrill ride combines unbelievable San Diego scenery with 360-degree turns, sharp spins, and lightning-fast speeds.

Guests will feel every inch of automotive power as the boat's two turbo-charged engines hit speeds of over 50 mph. Hold tight as your skilled captain marries tricks and spins with electrifying rock music. Dress to get wet, or be prepared to purchase a poncho on deck.

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Employ those quick camera skills as you'll speed by scenery such as the Coronado Bridge and the U.S.S. Midway Aircraft Carrier. 

Patriot Jet Boat on water with buildings in background on a sunny day in San Diego, California, USA

photo credit: Flagship Cruises & Events via Facebook

Hops on the Harbor

Calling all craft beer connoisseurs! Revel in the unbeatable combination of food, brews, and waterfront views. Every month, Flagship Cruises and Events rolls out an evening of hoppy delights. In addition, hops on the Harbor delivers a gourmet five-course tasting menu expertly paired with local brews.

Experience exciting new flavors and tasting notes each time as every month features a different local brewery. Cheers with glasses of I.P.A., ales, lager, and more as you soak in the lights of the Bay. Amateur brewers will be in suds heaven, as each night offers ample opportunity to meet and greet with the local brewers on board.

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Whet your appetite with morsels of California cuisine and then sit back and marvel at the star-spangled night sky. 

couple seated at table with glasses of beer at Hops on the Harbor by Flagship in San Diego, California, USA

photo credit: Flagship Cruises & Events via Facebook

Champagne Brunch Cruise

Sip, sip, hooray! Cheers to a weekend of sea and sunshine when you book a Champagne Brunch Cruise. Don your Sunday best and get down with live entertainment, free-flowing champagne, and perfectly crisp bacon. This two-hour brunch extravaganza contains all your breakfast favorites, from french toast to artful vegetarian options.

Enjoy the spellbinding views from the open-air deck as you sip a complimentary mimosa. Then, take in 25 miles of gorgeous downtown San Diego scenery, live entertainment, and exceptional service. A great addition to any San Diego itinerary, the Champagne Brunch makes for an epic bridal or anniversary celebration. 

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Pro Tip: Just looking for a quick jaunt to Coronado Island? Flagship Cruises also provides year-round ferry and water taxi service to Coronado Island and along San Diego Bay.

women toasting glasses at Champagne Brunch Cruise by Flagship in San Diego, California, USA

photo credit: Flagship Cruises & Events via Facebook

Know Before You Go

Whether you're a seasoned sailor, or the thought of the high seas turns your legs to jelly, there are a few key facts to know about every Flagship Cruise:

  • All Flagship Cruises run rain or shine
  • All ships board 15-30 minutes before departure
  • Free wifi is available on every cruise ship
  • No outside food or beverages are allowed on Cruise excursions. However, these items can be purchased at the snack bar.
  • On all tour excursions, seating is on a first-come, first-served basis
  • On dining cruises, seating arrangements are facilitated by the hostess
  • While there is no formal dress code for Flagship Cruises, dinner cruises tend to lean a little more formal 

What to Bring

Hold up, salty dog! Before you can hightail it out of the Harbor, you'll need to ensure you are packed and prepared for your day at sea. Snuff out any chances for seasickness, sunburns, or other disorders with a fully stocked day bag. 

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To make the most out of your Flagship Cruise, we recommend bringing:

  • Sunscreen*
  • Sunglasses*
  • Sun hat*
  • Jacket
  • Poncho - weather dependent
  • Dramamine for seasickness medication
  • Camera and/or phone
  • Portable charger

*for daytime cruises

Flagship cruise on water with San Diego skyline in background during sunset at San Diego, California, USA

photo credit: Flagship Cruises & Events via Facebook

San Diego may be known for world-class surf and a laid-back SoCal attitude, but one spin around the Bay and you'll see America's Finest City is so much more than beaches.

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For well over a century, the Flagship family has been introducing locals and visitors alike to the staggering scenery of the Harbor. 

From robust sunsets of red, orange, and purple set against the Cabrillo National Monument to the iconic Point Loma lighthouse, sightseeing cruises offer endless ways to experience San Diego.

Hungry foodies will be in heaven as they devour dazzling city scenery and succulent shrimp scampi. While beer snobs can guzzle their way through San Diego's most buzzed-about breweries.

Embrace the coastal charm, heritage, and exquisite flavors of San Diego when you reserve a Flagship Cruise today.

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Written By Isis Maya

A New York native, Isis-Maya spent most of her professional life working in TV production until a vacation whisked her away to Central America and her love o ...

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