Of all the possible places to kick off your fantastic cruise vacation, the Port of San Diego is not only one of the most convenient in the world, but it’s also one of the most fun!
Every year, more than 140 cruises set sail from San Diego’s B Street Cruise Ship Terminal, bringing passengers to Mexico, Hawaii, through the Panama Canal to the Caribbean, or even Tahiti or Bora Bora.
But one of the best parts of your cruise can happen before it even starts. San Diego’s port is right in the heart of downtown, and close to all the attractions that has made the city a destination in itself.
Easy Access to the Heart of San Diego
You can see the port as you fly into San Diego International Airport. In fact, you can land, get a taxi and get to the port all within 15 minutes. If you’re arriving by train, the Santa Fe Depot station is within walking distance to the terminal, although with all your luggage, a short taxi ride is probably a better idea. If you’re driving, the port is easily accessed from the freeway system, and both short- and long-term parking lots are located near by.
But why cut it close? There is so much to see and do in San Diego! There are plenty of downtown hotels near the port, and for a $5 public transportation pass, you can access all the city’s best sites.
Arrive a day early, or add a day to the end of your cruise and experience some of what San Diego has to offer.
The San Diego Zoo is one of the largest, most famous zoos in the world, and it’s just north of downtown in Balboa Park. The rare giant panda is just one of the more than 4,000 animals who live at the zoo. It’s also home to the largest number of koalas in one place outside Australia.
San Diego also has the original Sea World, where Shamu the Killer Whale glides through a one-million gallon pool, and you can get up close and personal with a variety of dolphins, sharks, penguins and polar bears.
If you want to see more of the city, you can hop on and off the Old Town Trolley, which covers pretty much everything there is to see in San Diego, including Old Town, the Gaslamp Quarter or the Zoo.
If you’ve just got a few hours to kill before boarding, the USS Midway aircraft carrier is now a waterfront museum about a ten minute walk from the cruise ship terminal. You can see all the different aircraft that used to take off from its decks.
The Maritime Museum of San Diego is also close by, with its world class collection of historic ships, including the world’s oldest active ship Star of India, which is tied up right next to the cruise ship docks.
If you do tour around seeing the sites, remember to bring your travel documents with you. Security is tight around all ports, and you will need to show your picture ID and your cruise ticket several times to access the pier, the terminal and the ship.
No matter what you decide to do in San Diego, your cruise is guaranteed to get off to a great start at the convenient and accessible cruise ship terminal. And the city’s welcoming climate and people are bound to make your visit memorable, no matter how long you decide to stay.