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Hornblower Cruises & Events

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970 N Harbor Drive and, 1800 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
+1 619-686-8715
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San Diego Dinner Cruises,Champagne Brunch, Blue Whale watching. Sightseeing by boat on Harbor Cruises on San Diego Bay or Gray Whale Watching Cruises (seasonally). Summer Cocktail Cruises, Blue Whale Watching in summer, Fireworks dinner cruises and Lobster Dinner Cruises! Private yacht charters, holiday parties and Destination wedding receptions for two or groups under 1200. Special discounts are posted online. Birthday offer: Buy 3 dinner tickets or brunch and get 1 FREE! Use code BDY. Family friendly with discounts for children, seniors, military and groups. Hornblower has a fleet of yachts to provide an amazing celebration such as company holiday parties, New Year's Eve celebrations, Wine pairing dinners, unique meetings on the water, School dances, concert venues, promotion spaces and all provide 360 degree views with catering on San Diego Bay. Hornblower has been serving California for over 36 years.
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“south bay” (61 reviews)
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970 N Harbor Drive and, 1800 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
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+1 619-686-8715
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Reviewed July 13, 2016

Visiting San Diego with one of my daughters for a quick trip before her service started. Decided to take a Summer Whale Watchin tour to help will the second day. I recommend purchasing tickets on line. The special was 2 for $99 at the ticket...More

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Reviewed July 12, 2016

I went on the morning whale watching tour. A lot of the San Diego boat tours stay in the bay area, but we went 10-15 miles out into the pacific where the whales are which was fun. Make sure to bring sun screen! I could...More

1  Thank Steve J
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Reviewed July 10, 2016

We took a 2 hour tour. We sat on the starboard side, which was great for the northern part of the bay, but we should have moved to the other side for the southern part. The 2 hour tour is reasonably priced, and even our...More

Thank Tanya W
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Reviewed July 9, 2016 via mobile

4th of July Dinner cruise aboard the Hornblower Adventure was awesome! The dinner buffet of ribs, fried chicken, salmon, salads and desserts exceeded our expectations. The fireworks show in the San Diego Bay surrounded us on five floating barges and was set to timed special...More

Thank kathy p
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Reviewed July 9, 2016 via mobile

We took this trip on the 8th in the morning. The Captain got us positioned well to see our first whale breach the waters! Dummy me; I didn't have my camera ready but saw the breach. It was fantastic. All morning the captain out us...More

Thank Steven C
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Reviewed July 5, 2016

While seated on dining style chairs, passengers are taken on a tour of either the north or south bay; or you may choose to do both ends of the bay. The tour is narrated with and anecdotal history of the harbor while sightseeing. I won't...More

Thank Terry W
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Reviewed July 3, 2016 via mobile

I have gone on the hornblower cruises (whale watching, taxi, ferry) in San Diego on every trip I make here, and it is always worth the time and money. The service is great. The cruises provide you with phenomenal views of the city, bay, and...More

Thank Versace T
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Reviewed July 1, 2016

We were alerted to the whale watching tour through the NAT, and we're so glad we tried it! It was a blast. We got to see some dolphins, lots of sea lions, and a blue whale! There were several whalers (interpreters) from the Natural History...More

Thank BellGriffith
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Reviewed July 1, 2016

I really loved the fact that our tour guide was a retired Navy officer. He gave us the most interesting stories and told us the history of each and every ship on that harbor. He also gave us some interesting movie facts about movies that...More

Thank Plruss
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Reviewed June 28, 2016

The whale watching was good and the captain and first mate kept up an informative commentary, but the boat we were on was really big! We were glad it wasn't a full passenger load. The volunteer naturalists on board were chatty (with those who were...More

Thank travelingjupiter
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lseym0
December 10, 2017|
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Response from Rebecca M | Property representative | Reviewed this property |
These cruises only sail within the harbor so you do not need to worry about too much movement on board due to the waves. It also depends on how prone you are to seasickness. To enjoy the experience, it is recommended to... More
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May 27, 2017|
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Response from Rebecca M | Property representative | Reviewed this property |
Hornblower has a range of tours from $25 for a one hour tour to $81 for our 3 hour dinner cruise. Get online to see our cocktail cruises too!
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JandN93
February 10, 2017|
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Response from traveladdict2015 | Reviewed this property |
That really depends on the weather - which, of course, you want to check on the day you're going out. Keep in mind that the seas are calmer in the mornings, and the afternoon the winds tend to pick up quite a bite. No... More
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