San Diego - California's First Port

Come enjoy California's first port, with a unique Cruise Ship Terminal, on San Diego Bay- The Big Bay. We are ideally situated along the inviting picturesque downtown waterfront, just two miles from the San Diego International Airport.

A paradise for travelers, San Diego is abundant in perfect-weather days, world-famous attractions, unique shopping, waterfront dining, golf, adventure, an unsurpassed tourism infrastructure and natural beauty. Passengers can take a leisurely walk, or choose from a variety of curbside transportation. Bicycle pedicabs, horse-drawn carriage rides, trolley cars, buses, and cabs arrive curbside. Water taxis can whisk you around San Diego Bay, and the Amtrak train station is just blocks away.

Passenger Amenities

This convenient popular port is secure haven for cruise passengers and crew, with safe, efficient and friendly service at a newly remodeled cruise terminal. With nearly 6,000 hotel rooms in the immediate area of the Big Bay, passengers will be delighted with their accommodations.

  • Hotel Information
  • Cruise visitors to San Diego will also find:

  • Abundant check-in queuing area and ample counter space
  • Spacious baggage storage areas
  • Passenger-friendly locations for information kiosks
  • Colorful and ample seating for passengers waiting to board
  • Friendly and knowledgeable Travelers Aid representatives
  • Elevator lift for physically disadvantage passengers
  • Spacious office area and storage for cruise line agents


San Diego Bay is San Diego's biggest attraction, hosting many big events all year round. There's something for everyone-families, couples and singles, history buffs and art aficionados, nature lovers and sports enthusiasts. With 34 miles of waterfront dotted with restaurants, shops, parks and attractions, San Diego Bay is an ever-changing destination filled with new things to discover.

Boating | Dining | Fishing | Lodging | Shopping | Touring

Other local attractions include Fashion Valley shopping center, SeaWorld, the San Diego Zoo, the Gaslamp Quarter, and more. Centrally located for many Southern California destinations including Knott's Berry Farm, LegoLand, Disneyland and Los Angeles, San Diego is an ideal vacation getaway.

Terminal/Port Specifications

  • Turn-around capability, fresh water loading, bunkering, and a full service Crew Center
  • LOA: B Street Terminal is 305 meters long and 122 meters wide
  • Depth alongside: 10.67 meters
  • Main Channel Depth: 41 ft. MLLW
  • Cruise Passenger Berths: B Street Pier 3
  • Broadway Pier - adjacent pier; may also be used to berth ships

Fresh Itinerary Ideas: New Routes in the Future

Many current itineraries begin and end in San Diego, and visit Hawaiian and Mexican destinations. However, as cruise lines constantly seek out fresh itineraries, here are some routes that may be available in the future:

  • Southern California Coastal (5-night roundtrip from San Diego):
    San Diego, Ensenada, Santa Barbara/Ventura, Monterey, San Diego.
  • Best of the Southern Californias (4-night roundtrip from San Diego):
    San Diego, Santa Barbara/Ventura, Catalina, Ensenada, San Diego.
  • San Diego/California Coastal (7-night roundtrip from San Diego):
    San Diego, Monterey, San Francisco, Santa Barbara/Ventura, Ensenada, San Diego.
  • San Diego/Mexican Riviera (7-night roundtrip from San Diego):
    San Diego, Cabo San Lucas, Manzanillo, Puerto Vallarta, San Diego.
  • California Dreaming (10-night roundtrip from San Diego):
    San Diego, Monterey, San Francisco, Eureka, Santa Barbara/Ventura, Catalina, Ensenada, San Diego.
  • Mexican Riviera (10-night roundtrip from San Diego):
    San Diego, Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, Zihuatanejo, Acapulco, Manzanillo, San Diego.

Financial Impact

The San Diego region is growing, and this growth is reflected in the popularity of the cruises with ports of call as well as the amount of money spent by visitors.

  • 260,000 Passengers in 2012
  • 17th Largest Metropolitan Area in the United States
  • Population of 3.1 million
  • 81% of overnight visitors plan to return to San Diego within 2 years


Contact Information:

Adam Deaton
Cruise Marketing Representative

Port of San Diego
3165 Pacific Highway
San Diego, CA 92101

Tel: (619) 686-7260

Fax: (619) 686-6400


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