City Cruises - San Diego

4.1
31 Reviews
$50 and over
American
The celebration begins the moment you step aboard. Imagine an elegant yacht, mouth-watering menu, spectacular views and the attentive staff that has made City Cruises California’s most celebrated fleet of dining and entertainment yachts for the last 30 years. Enjoy a delicious menu prepared fresh on board by our talented chefs. City Cruises offers the following cruises: Premier Dinner Dance Cruises sail from 7:00pm - 9:30pm Sun-Fri and till 10:00pm on Saturdays. Premier Brunch Cruises sail on Saturday & Sunday from 11:00am - 1:00pm.

Nightly Dinner Dance Cruise is available every night and features a 2 1/2 to 3 hour cruise, 3-course seated dinner, background music, and amazing views.

Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise features a 2 hour cruise, free flowing champagne and mimosas, an elaborate brunch buffet and live jazz music on outer deck.

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

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 31 people are saying
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4.1based on all time ratings
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4.3
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4.2
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3.9
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Old ship, old bathrooms, very old carpets, nice food, good service.
One good remodel and it will be OK

LB
LauraB
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I didn't have my reservation when I got in!!
The lady in charge didn't have any clue how to charge a credit care.
Bad experience

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Sasha
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hornblower offers everything we needed to have fun, great ambiance, food, drinks, and music. We had a blast

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Ozstriker
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2017
Overall3food2service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2017
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The service was great.

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FatFullLazy
San Joaquin
4 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

CJ
vipConanJim
San Diego
31 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2016
Overall5food3service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinning expieriance

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Aylin
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipetLyanna
San Diego
32 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2016
Overall4food3service3ambience4

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!

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Odalisque27
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2015
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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.

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Sasha
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 :)

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2015
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

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foodhappiness
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

CB
CBJones
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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restaurantweekcruiser
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2014
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

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SillyFunTimes
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2014
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

overall, it was GREAT!!!

M
Mcclaude
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2013
Overall5food4service4ambience5

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..

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wtraveler
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2013
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

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Foodie
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2013
Overall3food1service4ambience1

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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John
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2012
Overall3food1service2ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2012
Overall4food2service4ambience4

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.

PK
vipPatrickK
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2012
Overall3food2service3ambience4

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

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2012
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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.

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sgsg
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2011
Overall3food3service4ambience3

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!

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2011
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2011
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2011
Overall5food4service4ambience4

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.

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vipGdub
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2010
Overall2food2service1ambience3

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.

TM
TravisM
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2010
Overall2food2service3ambience2

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.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2010
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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City Cruises - San Diego is rated 4.1 stars by 31 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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