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Cruise into San Diego: Resources

Planning tools for your cruise in and out of San Diego

Find resources that will help you navigate your way around when you cruise into San Diego.

Visitor Information Centers

For vacation planning, please check out our Vacation Planning Guide and purchase discounted tickets. While in San Diego, please visit the San Diego Visitor Information Center at 996 North Harbor Drive just south of the Broadway Pier. The Center has current information on a variety of activities, attractions, dining and lodging options.

Visit the San Diego Visitor Information Center at 996 North Harbor Drive in front of the Broadway Pier.

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 80 cruise calls representing seven 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

Five cruise lines currently offer sailings from San Diego.

Military Discounts

Many cruise lines offer discounts to active and retired military, and their dependents. Please check with your cruise line at time of booking.

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

The following security measures are in place at San Diego’s cruise terminals:

  • A picture ID, ship ticket, and passport or other valid form of identification (as applicable), will be required for entry onto the cruise ship terminal, during the check-in process, and to board the cruise ship.

Cruise Ship Terminal Parking

Please call 619.233.2000 for parking rates and availability. Long-term parking serving both the Cruise Ship Terminal and the Airport is also available in downtown San Diego. 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 Cruise Ship 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 Pacific Surfliner website.

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