A harbor cruise is one of the most exciting ways to enjoy San Diego. To make the most of your trip, you’ll want to be prepared - here are some tips to help you have the best day possible out on the water.
Dress for Your Cruise
Dress accordingly for your cruise. It’s important to remember that it’s always cooler out on the water than it is on land, so you’ll need to bring a jacket. If you’re going to be on an open deck, you’ll also want to wear long pants and closed-toed shoes in case of any splashes.
Many dinner cruises have indoor areas, so you won’t have to worry as much about the weather. However, some of these cruises do have a dress code, so be sure to check with your operator before selecting your outfit for the evening.
If you’re going to be on an outdoor deck, you’ll also want to make sure you’re protected from the sun. Wear sunscreen and bring sunglasses to protect your eyes.
Getting to the Dock & Parking
Most cruises start from Seaport Village in the Embarcadero of Downtown San Diego. Parking in this area is expensive and can often be difficult to find, so consider taking an alternate mode of transportation.
The San Diego Trolley and the Coaster commuter train both have stops in downtown San Diego, and connect to many other key points in San Diego. You can also get to Seaport Village using the San Diego bus system.
Another convenient way and affordable way to get there is by using a rideshare service, such as Uber or Lyft.
Bring Water and Snacks
Find out what food and drinks are going to be available beforehand, if any, and plan appropriately. You may want to bring a bottle of water with you to ensure you stay hydrated. If food isn’t provided, consider bringing snacks for you and your family as well.
If you have dietary restrictions, talk to the cruise operator ahead of time to see what options will be available for you.
Bring Your Camera
Harbor cruises have some of the best views in all of San Diego, so be sure to bring your camera to snap some pictures! If you’re bringing electronics like a camera or smartphone on the boat, make sure you have a secure bag to store them in when not in use. When you’re outside on the deck, you may experience some spray from the boat.