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International Visitor Information Centers

For vacation planning, please check out our visitor guide online and purchase discounted tickets. While in San Diego, please visit our Visitor Information Centers in Downtown, La Jolla and/or Alpine where professional, multilingual, highly-trained staff and volunteers help visitors get the most from their visit to the San Diego region. The Centers have a complete collection of current information on a variety of activities, attractions, dining and lodging options.

Visit the International Visitor Information Center at 1140 North Harbor Drive (phone 619.236.1212) in front of the B Street Cruise Ship Terminal.

Event Calendar

Cruise visitors to San Diego will find an extraordinary range of special events, festivals, parades, concerts, fairs, and sporting events that are offered year-round in our Event Calendar.

Cruise Ship Schedule

The Port of San Diego is a convenient gateway to exotic cruise vacations from San Diego that include the Mexican Riviera, Hawaii, the California Coast and the Panama Canal. With more than 200 cruise ships representing nine cruise lines, there’s a cruise to suit every type of vacationer on almost every type of budget.

> View a calendar of cruise ships arriving in and departing from San Diego

Cruise Ships

Three cruise lines currently sail out of the Port of San Diego. Two of those - Holland America and Celebrity Cruises - homeport in San Diego.

Military Discounts

Celebrity Cruises and Royal Caribbean International - Offer discounts on select sailings to active and retired military, plus spouses of actively deployed or deceased military, with valid ID. Others in the same stateroom will also be allowed to cruise at the military rate.

Holland America - Offers discounts on select sailings to active military with valid ID.

Customs

To ensure that your return trip home will go as smoothly as possible, check with your cruise line or the official web site of U.S. Customs for information concerning Customs matters.

New Passport Requirements

U.S. citizens traveling on cruises that begin and end in the same U.S. port must show proof of citizenship (such as an original or certified copy of a birth certificate) and a government-issued photo ID (such as a driver’s license).

Effective June 1, 2009, U.S. citizens traveling on cruises that begin and end in different U.S. ports, or begin or end in a foreign port, must have a passport or other recognized document. View a list of accepted documents. U.S. Alien Residents need a valid Alien Resident Card. Canadian citizens must present a valid passport. Non-U.S. citizens need a valid passport and a valid, unexpired U.S. Multiple Re-entry Visa, if applicable. For more information on passports, click here.

Security - Pier Access

Due to increased security, the following measures have been enacted:

  • If driving, you may drive onto the pier by presenting your ID and a ship ticket for sailing on that specific date.
  • If arriving by air or motor coach, all luggage must have your name and address attached.
  • You will be required to show picture ID and ship ticket in order to enter the cruise ship terminal.
  • Again, your picture ID and ship ticket must be shown for check-in along with your passport, birth certificate, etc.
  • Picture ID and security card must be shown at the gangway in order to embark ship.

A picture ID and ship ticket are required upon accessing the pier until boarding of the ship.

Cruise Ship Terminal Parking

Parking, long-term and daily, is available at the Lane Field facility located on Broadway between Pacific Highway and North Harbor Drive. For rates and availability, please call 619.233.2000. Long-term parking is also available at Park & Ride lots near the Terminal. They service both the Cruise Ship Terminal and the Airport. Rates vary from $10 to $24 per day and may include secured, covered parking. Shuttle service is available at no charge.

> View a list of short-term and long-term parking lots

Directions to the Terminal

  • Driving South on Interstate 5: Take I-5 into downtown San Diego. Exit Sassafras (airport exit). Proceed straight on exit road, which turns into Kettner, until Laurel. Turn right on Laurel and proceed west until Harbor Drive. Make a left on Harbor Drive. From that point, the cruise ship terminal is approximately one-half mile on the right.
  • Driving North on Interstate 5: Take I-5 into downtown San Diego. Exit Hawthorn (airport exit). Hawthorn steers west toward the San Diego Bay waterfront and Harbor Drive. At Harbor Drive, make a left. From that point, the cruise ship terminal is approximately one-half mile on the right.
  • Driving South on Interstate 15: Take I-15 South which becomes 163 South, Exit Ash St, West toward the San Diego Bay waterfront and Harbor Drive. At Harbor Drive, make a left. From that point, the cruise ship terminal is approximately ¼ of a mile on the right.
  • Driving West on I-8: Take I-8 West to 163 South, I-5 North, Exit Ash St, West toward the San Diego Bay waterfront and Harbor Drive. At Harbor Drive, make a left. From that point, the cruise ship terminal is approximately ¼ of a mile on the right.

Directions to the Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier

  • 1000 N. Harbor Dr (on the Broadway Pier).
    All directions same as above just a little farther south on Harbor Drive, it is at the intersection of Broadway & Harbor Drive.

San Diego International Airport

The San Diego International Airport is less than a 10-minute drive from the B Street Cruise Terminal. Access airport information on flights, various types of ground transportation including car rental and shuttle services, long-term parking and security-related tips.

Train

Taking the train offers a great alternative to travelers who wish to avoid busy freeways. The Santa Fe Train Depot is less than a 5-minute drive from the B Street Cruise Terminal. Research your trip, find the best fare and book your tickets by visiting the Amtrak website.

Free Visitor Planning Guide

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