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Cruises from San Diego

Sail north to Vancouver or south to the Mexican Riviera, or west to Hawaii and beyond.

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San Diego’s cruise port is small, but big enough to be your personal gateway to paradise. If you’re hoping to hoist anchor in the Pacific, here are our top picks.

Best cruises from San Diego

The San Diego cruise port hosts just over 100 cruise calls annually. These are the cream of that crop.

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Best for short cruises from San Diego: Carnival

Carnival offers two-, three- or four-night cruises from San Diego to Mexico. Drive an ATV through Guadalupe Valley, indulge in a wine country tour or ride horseback in search of breathtaking scenic views. You'll close your eyes just off the coast of California, and open them to find the boat docked at Ensenada the very next day.
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Best for cruises to Mexico from San Diego: Holland America

Holland America Line has dozens of itineraries taking you to the crystalline beaches of Cabo, Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta and beyond — at a reasonable price. During days at sea, listen to expert lectures and participate in workshops. In Mexico, kayak through coves and enjoy undiscovered Topolobampo — a town only visited by HAL.
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  • No free alcohol
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  • No price matching
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Best for cruises from San Diego to Vancouver: Celebrity

Tour the Pacific coast of our great USA on your way to Vancouver, docking at Los Angeles, San Francisco, Astoria and Seattle before disembarking in Vancouver. Explore wine country in San Diego and trace the steps of Lewis and Clark at Fort Clatsop. Celebrity Cruises are elegant without the high price tag — perfect for some R&R.
  • Room service included
  • No free alcohol
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  • No price matching
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Best for family cruises from San Diego: Disney

Sail to the Mexican Riviera or further south to the Panama Canal on these whimsical ships, with plenty of activities for adults and kids. There's no chance of the little ones getting bored, with mini water parks, Broadway-style shows and organized activities by age group. Parents and grandparents escape to the adults-only areas to catch a break before each port destination.
  • Room service included
  • No free alcohol
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  • No price matching
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Best for cruises to Hawaii from San Diego: Carnival

Carnival's 15-day trips hit Maui, Honolulu, Kauai, Kona, Hilo and Ensenada, and interior cabins start at less than $1,400 per person. Gaze at legendary volcanoes, snorkel with turtles, and dance to the beat of drums at a Pacific luau. Along the way Carnival offers nonstop entertainment.
  • No free room service
  • No free alcohol
  • Food included
  • No price matching
  • Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Diners, Paypal, Carnival EasyPay, Gift Card, Discover Card, Debit, Western Union, Cheque
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Best for cruises from San Diego for foodies: Windstar

Windstar's small, agile ships can stop at boutique ports that other cruise lines simply can't. The official cruise line of the James Beard Foundation, you'll taste your way through Portland, Sonoma and Willamette Valley, meeting the culinary masterminds behind the region's quintessential flavors.
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  • No free alcohol
  • Food included
  • No price matching
  • Visa, American Express, Discover Card
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Are there Alaska cruises from San Diego?

No, no cruise lines sail to Alaska from San Diego. If you’re hoping to visit America’s last frontier, consider kicking off in Los Angeles. Princess Cruises has itineraries that sail from LA to Alaska from May through August.

Disney Cruise Line offers a route departing from San Diego that it markets as an Alaska cruise, but Victoria, Canada is the furthest north it goes — which isn’t technically Alaska.

What are the cheapest cruises from San Diego?

Carnival and Holland America Line regularly offer the best cheap cruises from San Diego, with rates less than $100 per person, per night if you cruise during off season.

How we chose these cruises

When choosing cruises for this list, we looked at the quality of routes available from each cruise line, prioritizing well-paced itineraries with port stops at key destinations around the region.

We also considered dining onboard, weighing the number, variety and overall quality of restaurants against passenger reviews. Finally, we weighed cabin amenities against each price point, looking for cruise lines that are known to deliver the highest value.

Additionally, we sought out customer reviews on travel websites and personal travel blogs, considering first-person experiences and each company’s overall reputation.

When it the best time to cruise from San Diego?

Most cruises depart from San Diego during spring or fall. You’ll find fewer itineraries in January and early February, and hardly any throughout the summer months. To find the lowest rates, avoid cruising during spring break — that’s March — and try not to sail around Thanksgiving or Christmas. Still, that Hawaiian escape may be worth the splurge when the weather cools in late December.

Getting to the port for your cruise from San Diego

The Port of San Diego is the fourth largest port in California, and has two terminals — B Street Pier Terminal and Broadway Pier. Most cruises depart from B Street Pier Terminal, as Broadway Pier is typically only used as an overflow dock area.

While the Port of San Diego doesn’t have its own designated parking lots, many cruisers use the overflow parking lots at San Diego International Airport. From there, the cruise port is only about 10 minutes from the airport by car. Uber, Lyft and plenty of taxis are standing by.

You could also take the bus from the airport to the cruise port, riding route 992 and hopping off at N Harbor Dr.

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Bottom line

Cruising from San Diego can be an efficient and highly enjoyable way to visit Mexico, circle Hawaii or explore our nation’s Pacific coast. But before booking, check for promo codes and sales to can snag a deal.

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