Hornblower San Diego


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In a Nutshell

  • 3.5-hour whale & dolphin tour
  • Guaranteed whale sighting
  • Live narration from captains
  • Climate-controlled indoor seats

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Apr 18, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Valid only for option purchased. Valid only for Whale Watching Tour. Reservation required. 24-hour cancellation notice or Groupon is forfeited. Must use in 1 visit. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Your decades-old dominance of land has made you forget the majesty of the shoeless creatures of the deep. Today’s Groupon offers a valuable lesson in pelagic perspective from the comfort of a Hornblower Cruises & Events climate-controlled yacht during a 3.5-hour whale-and-dolphin-watching adventure. Choose between the following ticket options:

  • For $39, you get two weekend tickets (a $78 value).
  • For $34, you get two weekday tickets (a $68 value).

Hornblower tours are led by experienced captains with a wealth of seafaring knowledge. Docents from the San Diego Natural History Museum answer questions and share the gritty-nitty of San Diego landmarks, twentieth-century blubber unions, and who had what at the local plankton buffet. Kick back and stimulate the whale-watching part of your brain with spectacular moments of nature. Relish the gargantuan grace of gray whales and the intimidating intelligence of card-counting dolphins. Hornblower guarantees a whale sighting, so if a whale goes unsighted during your tour, you'll get a pass good for another Hornblower tour. Whale-watching tours depart daily at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

In an effort to preserve the habitat of the saber-toothed humpback whale, Hornblower is partnering with the Port of San Diego to promote environmentally sound practices in and around the bay. You and your friends can aqua-ogle with eco-confidence, knowing that efforts are under way to maintain the natural beauty for future generations of whales and human-whale hybrids.

This deal is good through the end of whale-watching season, which has been tentatively set for April 17, 2011, but is subject to change.


One hundred five Yelpers give Hornblower Cruises & Events an average of four stars. Six Yahoo! Locals and five Citysearchers give it a near-perfect 4.5 stars.

  • My group had a wonderful time on this cruise! The SD Harbor is beautiful, the boat was nice and clean... and the staff was fun and courteous. – Jame J., Yelp
  • Loved the dinner cruise! The city lights looked like a poster card. The food was great and the service was awesome! – Oneida, Yahoo! Local

Hornblower San Diego

San Diego’s picturesque harbor—awash with graceful bridges, sweeping views, and glimpses of sea lions—has thrilled passengers on Hornblower San Diego's ships for more than 30 years. The large fleet includes an antique yacht and one of the largest charter yachts in Southern California, and each cruise is narrated by a knowledgeable expert. An environmentally concerned company, Hornblower San Diego introduces passengers to ecological problems and ongoing environmental projects in the area on its cruises.

They have a large and fast whale watching vessel of its kind and these two features prevent guest from being as prone to getting seasick and also improves our chances to enjoy more whales -guest will be higher off the water and on a wider boat allowing for more stability and greater vantage point for viewing whales -we have climate controlled interiors which are a luxury considering how cold it gets -we have multiple bathrooms on all of our interior decks.

Customer Reviews

Beautiful views and interesting commentary. Our initial day was cancelled due to weather after we'd already bought tickets; Hornblower exchanged them the next day without issue. Great cruise tour!
Shannon G. · an hour ago
So much fun!
Candace S. · 4 hours ago
First time in this tour & loved it! It was a great tour out on the water weather you saw whales or now. 3.5 hour ride with friends and drinks and food! For the price we paid! Can't beat that! And the whales and dolphins we did see were awesome! The boat crew was very knowledgeable and kept us informed the entire ride! Definitely will do this tour again!
Laurie Z. · 2 days ago
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