In olden days, harbor tours included stops for grog-drinking competitions, rum-barrel sculpture contests, and games of Pin the Peg Leg on the Salty Mapmaker. Enjoy a newer and tamer sightseeing cruise with today's Groupon: for $24, you get two tickets for a two-hour full San Diego Bay tour from Flagship Cruises and Events (a $50 value for adults, a $46 value for seniors 55+ and military, a $25 value for children 4–12).
Flagship Cruises and Events' full San Diego Bay tour carries cruisegoers on a 25-mile, fully narrated journey, with ocean views of some of San Diego's most beloved sights. Take a seat in the comfort of an interior cabin, or saunter up and down the deck as you take in the panoramic views of the Naval Air Station North Island, Harbor Island, Shelter Island, the Navy submarine base, and the Cabrillo National Monument on the North leg of the tour, and then switch seats like a sightseeing Benedict Arnold for the South leg of the tour, which features a close encounter of the tall kind with the Star of India (viewable on the North leg as well), views of the U.S. Navy surface fleet, and gawking opportunities at the Coronado Bridge and the industriousness of the harbor workers along the busy shipyards. The tour's guide will provide morsels of naval knowledge, local lore, and other secrets only the tides can reveal. The two-hour tour is offered six times daily between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Flagship Cruises and Events has been grafting sea legs onto San Diego residents since 1915. Celebrate the company's 95th anniversary by checking the schedule and cruising the bay with the impunity heretofore only afforded to whales, buoys, and water-skiing stunt teams.
- All three tours are ideal for first-time visitors to San Diego and provide both spectacular views of the shore and up-close looks at a variety of Navy ships. – Thomas K. Arnold, USA Today
- Super fun way to spend a day whether with people visiting or locals. A day on the water, when sunny, is never a bad option. – Meagan D., Yelp
Flagship Cruises and Events
Flagship Cruises and Events hosts more than harbor tours. On a given evening, a party floats out onto San Diego Bay. The stars overhead combine with the skyline's twinkling lights to become a giant disco ball, which sets the mood for dance after dance aboard one of Flagship Cruises and Events' signature vessels. These nighttime dinner cruises send gourmet chefs, DJs, and ample bottles of champagne out on 25-mile voyages up and down San Diego's waters. Yet this is only one of the events Flagship's team has dreamed up since they chartered their first cruise back in 1915, the year water was discovered not to be poisonous. You'll also find their boats basking in the glow of fireworks on New Year's Eve and the Fourth of July, as well as carrying sprawling brunch buffets during weekends.
Additionally, Flagship's captains charter private cruises and lead sightseeing trips. These include thrilling Patriot speed boat rides and more leisurely harbor tours, which float past area attractions such as the city shipyards, U.S. Navy ships, and the Coronado Bay Bridge. From December–April, some 20,000 gray whales swim through the area and give passengers even more to look at.