About Hornblower Cruises & Events - San Diego

The celebration begins the moment you step aboard. Imagine an elegant yacht, mouth-watering menu, spectacular views and the attentive staff that has made Hornblower Cruises & Events California’s most celebrated fleet of dining and entertainment yachts for the last 30 years. Enjoy a delicious menu prepared fresh onboard by our chefs. Hornblower offers the following cruises: Nightly Dinner Dance Cruises sail from 7:00pm - 10:00pm. Sunday Champagne Brunch Cruises sail on Sunday from 11:00am - 1:00pm.

Nightly Dinner Dance Cruise Sunday thru Friday 3 hour cruise includes boarding champagne, 3 course seated dinner and dj.

Champagne Brunch Cruise 2 hour cruise, free flowing champagne, elaborate brunch buffet and harbor tour narration on outer deck.

Holidays and Special Events, prices and details vary based on cruise. Visit our website for more information

1800 North Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Sunday, Boarding 6:30pm. 7pm-10pm Cruise
Brunch: Sunday, Boarding 10:30am. 11am-1pm Cruise
Holiday /Special Event times vary

Cross Street:
North Harbor Drive & Grape Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(619) 686-8700

Website:
http://www.hornblower.com/

Entertainment:
Brunch Cruises offer a relaxing selection of background music indoors and a narration of the bay on the outside decks. Dinner Cruises offer a DJ host who will play a variety of enjoyable music from the dance hits of the 40's to today. Requests can also be made.

Parking Details:
Due to the popularity of the San Diego Bay we recommend allowing extra time for parking. There are metered spots all along North Harbor Drive and in the surrounding area. The meters have a 3-hour maximum everyday until 8pm. The meters are free after 8pm. There are also paid parking lots that are available on a first come, first served basis, including an underground parking lot located in the middle of the block on Ash St between Harbor Dr. & Pacific Blvd. Hornblower does not validate.

Executive Chef:
Chris Schlerf

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please see our website, www.hornblower.com for more details on our holiday events.

Private Dining

Welcome to the Hornblower Experience, where the celebration begins the moment you come aboard. Private rooms or yachts are available for groups of any size. A stunning nautical venue, sweeping views, cuisine prepared fresh onboard and award-winning service combine to create a memorable event!

Hornblower Cruises & Events - San Diego Ratings and Reviews

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3.6

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4.2

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4.3

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3.9

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (43)
Scenic View (42)
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Good for Groups (28)
Great for Brunch (16)
Kid-friendly (8)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Great for Lunch (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Hot Spot (2)
Late-night Find (2)
People Watching (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Good for a Date (1)
Great Beer (1)
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 1, 2017

I upgraded my meal and was very disappointed in what I got for the money. The veggies were not cooked and the meat portion was tiny and over cooked for what was paid. Absolutely incredible service and the bay is great scenery, the cost and the less than average experience with the food makes it hard to give high ratings.

Tags: Great Beer, Good for Groups, People Watching, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 30, 2017

The service was great.

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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Flawless evening out with a friend who has never been on a dinner cruise.

Tags: People Watching, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 14, 2016

Our server was new but she was excellent. Food was good but not great but everything else about this dinner cruise was fantastic.

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 21, 2016

I loved taking my husband here! He turned 22 and although the majority of the crowd was older, it just meant for us that it wasn't a party boat and the noise level was fine. The food was amazing and I've already recommended others to go!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 17, 2016

It was a fun brunch and I definitely recommend it for people to try. The service is great. The food could have been better, but we were there for the experience!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 28, 2015

On the night after the "Full Moon Cruise" we went on Hornblower's "regular" Thursday night dinner cruise. Still lots of moonlight to be enjoyed on deck and the menu appeared to be the same with similar appetizer, entree, drink and dessert upgrades available for a price. Don't know if there was a price differential but the crowd was a bit thin. Although there were many celebrators (the couples on either side of us were celebrating a birthday and an anniversary respectively) on board basically no one was willing to get up and dance after dinner. Despite the D.J.s best efforts to lead off and suit the music to the crowd, which ranged from Toddlers to elders confined to wheelchairs, this was not a participatory crowd. The cruise around the bay consisted primarily of the ship doing figure eights back and forth under the Coronado Bridge past the south bay dry docks. Not terribly scenic at night despite the bright moon. In the future, will opt for a shorter daylight cruise to see the sights followed by dinner at one of San Diego's many superior restaurants. The food and service will be less indifferent, the cruise more enlightening and, likely, the total experience cheaper.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 27, 2015

We were celebrating our wedding anniversary and the staff made us feel special fro the moment we arrived. The food, music were great, but the views was the best part of the night for us. Romantic and fun :)

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 22, 2015

Lovely evening cruise with attendant waiters - small group with several birthdays, anniversaries, and other special celebrations. Good views and a special find.

Tags: Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 26, 2014

Great cruise. The food was wonderful and the wait staff fabulous! We were able to wander around the ship. The band madethe night complete. It was a wonderful way to spend the evening. We could not have asked for more!

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 14, 2014

Excellent dinner and cruise for St. Valentine's Day.

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 24, 2014

A beautiful, peaceful cruise around San Diego Bay. The city lights are incredible. Dancing, an excellent meal, time to stroll out on the decks and enjoy the beauty of the city. A wonderful three hour excursion.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 19, 2014

Had a great time, servers were fast and friendly. Food options were plentiful just wish I had a bigger stomach.

overall, it was GREAT!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 30, 2013

The Hornblower Cruise was a comfortable and smooth ride, the night was just perfect for a romantic walk on the deck among the San Diego lights, and the openness of the ship made you feel like you had plenty of room to freely wander. The salmon entrée I had was a surprisingly good portion and cooked to almost perfection with the juices dripping upon the first bite. The wine list had one of my favorites, which made my evening pleasurable (7- Deadly Zins). Dancing was fun, romantic, and who cares if you can't dance a step. The night ended as if you lost a friend when you walked off the ship to find your car. A wonderful dinner and a night out under the stars in style on the cruising waters of San Diego....it was well worth it..

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 26, 2013

Good selection of food ,,free flowing champagne, great view of San Diego Bay

Tags: Great for Brunch, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 13, 2013

Enjoyed the evening. Food was not very good, service was very good. Wished there would have been a bit of a narration about the passing sights.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 16, 2012

Overrated. Poor banquet food.

Evening cruse 25% of trip with scenic city skyline.

Need to pay extra to get a window seat (in for a minimum of $240 for two) to gain experience.

Credit card required up front and no refunds if cancelled less than 48hr in advance.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 10, 2012

In all, the cruise and events was good for a great outdoor dining as well as for special occasion. The big crowd and music, excellent service and scenic view but food and desert needs improvement.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 2, 2012

Everyone should go once. The food was alright. Not a favorite.

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 20, 2012

This was great for restaraunt week b/c it's 1/2 price- $40 person. For that I was happy with experience; for full price =very disappointed, mostly w/ food quality. Great date anyway b/c you can walk out to the deck and enjoy the view from the harbor, and there's a dance floor inside to enjoy a few slow songs after dinner. They take your pic when you arrive and sell them if you want it- a nice touch.

Food: 3 courses: The salad was the highlight of dinner! I ordered the chicken entree which was good, but simply not amazing. My date ordered the beef which was tough with no flavor, we sent it back for another chicken. Dessert was cheesecake with oreo crust which was ok... good if you really love cheesecake.

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 4, 2011

We went for our anniversary, which I mentioned when we booked our reservation. They made an announcement of everyone's birthdays and anniversaries and special occasions, which was sweet. However they totally left us out! That's ok.

We love the photo we took before boarding! After dinner, drinks and photos, this Hornblower cruise dinner was quite an expensive affair! The views were incredible, but I wish we left earlier so we could have caught even a moment of the sunset over the water. By the time our boat left dock, the sun had already set. Service was good, but the tables are REALLY close together...A little too close for comfort, especially given that they *could* have spread us out a bit more. Music was wedding-esque. Overall, fun!

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 28, 2011

great for relaxed, refreshing, and good food for a brunch cruise we would go anytime. the food, service and atmosphere is the best

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 24, 2011

We celebrated Easter with our family during a brunch cruise. The staff was friendly and professional. The food was good. We had a fantastic time and would definitely do it again.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 22, 2011

I went with my boyfriend and another couple for a fun night out and we had such a great time. The three hour cruise went by so fast with just enough time between food courses so we could walk around the boat and dancing music to fit the crowd. We will be doing another cruise again soon.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Hot Spot
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 7, 2010

Service was very slow, food was marginal. The drinks from the bar were pure water.

This was a very poor outing for a team that wanted to celebrate. I would never do the cruise again.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 24, 2010

Our cruise was on the Hornblower Inspiration. It was too loud/lacking ambiance/blah food to be romantic/nice restaurant. The sound system and lighting were not good enough to make it a really good dance/party cruise. Hornblower needs to decide which way they want to go: Be a high quality/romantic restaurant experience or be a really good dance/party boat. Another option is to tailor one level to be the quiet/classy/romantic experience and the other to be the loud/flashy/thumping party/dance experience. Then ask the customer which experience they want and assign them to appropriate level. We will not be taking another dinner cruises until we hear they have made adjustments like those I have mentioned.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 9, 2010

My family and I enjoyed this dining experience. We also enjoyed the sighttts of the bay cruise. The food and service were excellent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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