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San Diego, California

San Diego skyline
San Diego skyline


San Diego is a turnaround port for Mexican and Hawaiian cruises.

Where You're Docked

San Diego's two cruise terminals (B Street and Broadway Pier) are conveniently located beside each other downtown.

Downtown Piers

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Money and Tipping

When dining in restaurants, it is customary to leave 15-20% tip for good service since servers typically make minimum wage. Taxi drivers should be tipped the same rate.

Getting To/From the Airport

San Diego International Airport is less than ten minutes away from downtown. Various companies run shuttles to the airport and taxis are readily available. You can also take public bus 992 which runs right in front of the cruise terminal and along Broadway through downtown. http://www.sdmts.com/mtscr/Route.aspx?r=992

Local Transportation

The San Diego trolley is a light rail service serving the area. Fares are $2.50 good for two hours or you can purchase a day pass for $5 (Dec 2017). The closest station to the cruise pier is Santa Fe Depot. http://www.sdmts.com

Uber and Lyft both operate in San Diego.


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Sights (Prices updated Dec 2017)

  • USS Midway Museum - This retired aircraft carrier is located close to the cruise pier. Entry $20. http://www.midway.org/
  • San Diego Zoo - One of America's premier zoos. Entry $54. http://zoo.sandiegozoo.org/
  • SeaWorld - Entry $90 ($20 discount for online tickets). https://seaworld.com/san-diego/
  • Old Town Historic Site - A popular tourist attraction which is a state historic park approximately three miles northwest of downtown. Take the blue line trolley from Santa Fe north to Old Town (12 min).
  • Unconditional Surrender Statue - This 25 foot high statue is located south of the USS Midway Museum. It was only supposed to be temporary but a permanent version now stands in the original's place.
  • Balboa Park - Located northwest of the downtown. Home to many museums and the San Diego Zoo.

Shopping & Restaurants

Downtown San Diego has a lot of shopping and dining options. The large Westfield Horton Plaza mall is by Broadway and 1st Ave. Just south of the Westfield is a Ralph's supermarket, 101 G St. You can find boutiques and restaurants in Seaport Village south of the cruise terminal walking along the harbor and in the historic Gaslamp Quarter. There is a small historic Chinatown centered at J St and 3rd Ave.

Big box stores like Walmart and Best Buy are north of the downtown area in Mission Valley. There is a Ross Dress For Less store downtown on C St by 4th Ave.


There is a Starbucks on Broadway by Santa Fe Station and a Coffee Bean further east on Broadway St. The cruise terminal may have free wifi.

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San Diego Weather Forecast


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