This narrated San Diego Bay Cruise features the Embarcadero, Maritime Museum boats, including Berkeley, Medea, Star of India, HMS Surprise, USS Dolphin, Russian B29 Submarine, Midway Aircraft Carrier, “The Kiss” Statue, Seaport Village, View of Coronado Bridge and Downtown San Diego. This cruises is aboard an all-electric boat with a 360-degree view and enclosure, with no engine noise or fumes. Please note: this is not a visit to USS Midway, but part of the cruise with Maritime.
1.5-hour cruise on the San Diego Bay
Explore the San Diego Maritime Museum’s historic fleet
Enjoy scenic views of the city’s coastline
Learn about America’s maritime history
Small group ensures personal service
What You Can Expect
The cruise leaves Harbor Island and passes by the Coast Guard airfield and then to the floating Maritime Museum, where you will see many historical vessels. Beginning with the Berkeley Museum which is 279’ long, 64’ beam, 9’ draft and powered by a steam engine. She was built in 1898, and was the 1st propeller-driven ferry on the west coast and largest commuter ferryboat in the US – held up to 1,700 passengers. This amazing cruise ferried refugees from the 1906 San Francisco earthquake to Oakland.
Next is the USS Dolphin (555): Research sub, deepest diving in the world then the Madea a privately owned 1920’s private yacht. Then, you’ll see a Pilot boat and a Vietnam-era Gun Boat. As we turn the corner, discover a Soviet B39 Attack Sub which was one of the largest non-nuclear subs ever built. It doesn’t stop there, next you’ll see two America’s Cup boats, including Stars & Stripes and Abracadabra.
Then, head to the HMS Surprise, a replica of an 1800 British warship used in the film “Master and Commander of the Far Side of the World”. Finally, we arrive at Star of India (renamed in 1923), was Euterpe (Muse of Music), built 1863, used for trade as an iron windjammer ship. This boat sailed from Liverpool to Calcutta and happens to be the oldest iron-hulled ship still afloat and world’s 2nd-oldest active sailing ship.
After we leave the Maritime Museum, we then travel under the bow of the mighty USS Midway, a carrier built in 1944 and served as in the US Navy until 1992. Across from the Midway, we then visit the statue “The Kiss”. This is a statue built from a 1945 photograph taken by a Life Magazine photographer of a sailor and nurse embracing in Times Square on VJ day. From here we pass Seaport Village, get a view of the Coronado Bridge and the nuculear air craft carriers berthed in San Diego, the USS Reagan and USS Vinson. From here, you return to Harbor Island and head home.
Please note: this is not a visit to USS Midway, but part of the cruise with Maritime.