Hornblower Cruises & Events Restaurants

Hornblower Cruises & Events

(619) 686-8700 www.hornblower.com »

2825 Fifth Ave.San Diego, CA 92101   map »
other locations »

Business overview

Deliciously different Sunset Dinner Cruises & Champagne Brunch. Sightseeing by boat on Harbor Cruises or Whale Watching Cruises. Private yacht charters, holiday parties and wedding receptions for two or groups under 1000.

See the majestic California Gray Whale during your safe and relaxing 3.5 hour Whale Watching Cruise onboard Hornblower Cruises on the San Diego coast. Two departures daily at 9:30 am and 1:30 pm. Season is Dec. 11-April 17th. Guaranteed sightings! On the way out to.. see the whales, you'll see all the famous and historic sights of the San Diego bay: navy submarine base, NOSC and the Point Loma Light House and Cabrillo National Monument. On your voyage you will whales, and you may see different kinds of whales. In San Diego you mostly spot Gray Whales; however we have spotted Humpback whales, Killer Whales and Fin Back whales. You?ll witness many varieties of marine life: four types of dolphins, California sea lions and marine birds such as Brown Pelicans and Blue Herons along the way. Relax on the largest, fastest, most stable whale watching boat in Southern California called the ADVENTURE Hornblower (a gray whale line drawing by famous marine artist Wyland, graces the bow). Enjoy climate controlled areas with indoor and outdoor seating, a full snack bar with adult beverages and souvenirs. Photos are taken at the beginning of the cruise and ready for your inspection and purchase at the end. Enjoy interaction with trained whale experts from the San Diego Natural History Museum on board every cruise.

VIEW MORE »VIEW LESS »

Entertainment

  • Dancing
  • Live Music
  • Special Theme

Credit Cards

  • American Express
  • MasterCard
  • Visa

Atmosphere

  • Casual
  • Family
  • Festive
  • Fun
  • Great Views
  • Music
  • Party
  • Romantic

Average Price

  • $26-$50

Service Area

  • Alpine
  • Barrio Logan
  • Bonita
  • Borrego Springs
  • Carlsbad
  • Carmel Valley
  • Chula Vista
  • Clairemont
  • College Area
  • Coronado
  • Del Mar
  • Downtown
  • El Cajon
  • Encanto
  • Encinitas
  • Escondido
  • Fallbrook
  • Hillcrest
  • Imperial Beach
  • Julian
  • Kensington
  • La Jolla
  • La Mesa
  • Lakeside
  • Mira Mesa
  • Miramar
  • Mission Bay
  • Mission Valley
  • National City
  • Ocean Beach
  • Oceanside
  • Old Town
  • Otay Mesa
  • Pacific Beach
  • Point Loma
  • Poway
  • Ramona
  • Rancho Bernardo
  • Rancho Pe?asquitos
  • Rancho Santa Fe
  • San Marcos
  • San Pasqual
  • San Ysidro
  • Santee
  • Scripps Ranch
  • Spring Valley
  • Sunset Cliffs
  • Tierrasanta
  • Torrey Pines
  • Vista
VIEW MORE »

Cuisines

  • American

Features

  • Bar
  • Brunch
  • Catering
  • Cigar Dinners
  • Great Wines
  • Kid-Friendly
  • Private Parties
  • Prix Fixe Menu
  • Reservations
  • Senior Discount
  • Wheelchair Access

Kudzu's "Best Of" Winner

2012

Reviews

View More »

Great Family FUN!, 9/17/2009

Took my husband and our kids on the Father Day Brats and Beer cruise back in June and it was so much fun! They have such a variety of food and the view from our table was so beautiful of San... Diego... Everybody has to try this cruise at least once. Enjoy!

VIEW MORE »VIEW LESS »

Fun, 5/07/2009

Tried this out for the first time after years of living in San Diego and was glad I finally got around to trying it.

Videos & Photos

View all »

Photos (3 photos)

  • Dinner Cruises leave from downtown San Diego every evening.

Displaying 1-15 of 52

Reviews

PaytonLovesSD

Reviews: 6

Great Family FUN!

Took my husband and our kids on the Father Day Brats and Beer cruise back in June and it was so much fun! They have such a variety of food and the view from our table was so beautiful of San Diego... Everybody has to try this cruise at least once. Enjoy!

  • Overall
  • Quality
  • Service
  • Value

Was this review helpful?

YES  |  NO

Agjbusy

Reviews: 2

Fun

Tried this out for the first time after years of living in San Diego and was glad I finally got around to trying it.

  • Overall
  • Quality
  • Service
  • Value

Was this review helpful?

YES  |  NO

EDAM72

Reviews: 22

Great Cruise, nice prices

The dinner cruise is great, and you can add items like special table, table cloth etc... to customize your trip. It doesn't break the bank either, so it is a great place for a date. Have some dinner- watch the sights, go out side and get some air, plenty to do on the 2hr cruise. Food is decent, but service is great, and you can't beat the view. I have been on 4 1 and 2 hr cruises and each was fun.

  • Overall
  • Quality
  • Service
  • Value

Was this review helpful?

YES  |  NO

BobsKat

Reviews: 14

A Must Do

Give them a try, it is a great cruise company. They have both private yachts and normal tour boats. It is a great time for all!

  • Overall
  • Quality
  • Service
  • Value

Was this review helpful?

YES  |  NO

PapaDoc

Reviews: 139

Champagne, Anyone?

Endless champagne, boat, blue sky...what could be better? We did the Brunch cruise and I got handed a glass of champagne right off the bat. Our cute little waiter had no hesitations when it came to keeping my glass full. The food is good, but don't expect it to knock your socks off. Check the San Diego Reader website for a coupon.

  • Overall
  • Quality
  • Service
  • Value

Was this review helpful?

YES  |  NO

OleHippie

Reviews: 118

Nice

The Hornblower Cruise is very nicel; change of pace from the usual dining out. My wife and I enjoyed at thoroughly. Nice to not be in a hurry to get off a table by a greedy waitress or waiter wanting a fat tip, and relax and enjoy the scenery for a change.

  • Overall
  • Quality
  • Service
  • Value

Was this review helpful?

YES  |  NO

Troysmom

Reviews: 30

Great for private parties

My office had a Christmas party on this a few years ago. A lot of fun, on a cool evening. I definitely enjoyed myself. I highly recommend this.

  • Overall
  • Quality
  • Service
  • Value

Was this review helpful?

YES  |  NO

dejeans

Reviews: 3

Great for a first date or a wedding!

My sister was married there on the 4th of July. Great daytime ceremony, then an evening cruising the harbor and watching the holiday fireworks. I was so impressed that I have recommended it to out of town friends to travel here and get married on, and to single friends looking for a way to make an impression on the first date.

  • Overall
  • Quality
  • Service
  • Value

Was this review helpful?

YES  |  NO

AGreenThumb

Reviews: 145

Impress Your Relatives

There is nothing you can do with your out-of-town guests that will be remembered as well as taking a Hornblower whale watching cruse. You get right next to them. And surprise, you will probably see dolphins, seal lions, and a good amount of other sea creatures. Take a camera, really warm jacket and some cash for the hot drinks.

  • Overall
  • Quality
  • Service
  • Value

Was this review helpful?

YES  |  NO

jrtfan

Reviews: 219

A nice day out at sea

We went to Hornblower's for a special Valentine's Day celebration. It was a delightful day out at sea. The food was good, though not outstanding, the service pleasant, and overall I felt it was a good value for the dollar. We were blessed with a fabulous day so that really helped to boost the experience. I imagine on a lousy day it would not have been as impressive. Not quite a five-star but still a very nice experience.

  • Overall
  • Quality
  • Service
  • Value

Was this review helpful?

YES  |  NO

michelle10

Reviews: 31

Fun night on the water

We went on a dinner cruise and had a wonderful time. You are greeted with a glass of champagne and the food is very good. You can upgrade the menu if you wish. The music was great and dancing was fun.

  • Overall
  • Quality
  • Service
  • Value

Was this review helpful?

YES  |  NO

Ace007Phi

Reviews: 234

Expensive Treat

I chartered a yauct for a senior desert and dance. While they worked well with the outside vendors I hired, they were very strict about set up times and what could be brought on board beforehand. A decent experience.

  • Overall
  • Quality
  • Service
  • Value

Was this review helpful?

YES  |  NO

Admin

Reviews: 446

Dine on the sea

The food was not that great, but the experience is still quite enjoyable. It's a good way to see San Diego and have fun.

  • Overall
  • Quality
  • Service
  • Value

Was this review helpful?

YES  |  NO

ItsBob

Reviews: 85

Nice

Very fun activity. We have done a Hornblower harbor cruise for our work Christmas party the last few years. They have private yachts for functions such as that and is awesome.

  • Overall
  • Quality
  • Service
  • Value

Was this review helpful?

YES  |  NO

Mskittylady

Reviews: 61

This is a great event!

So many choices to do and events to plan with them from dinner cruises to weddings.Food was fabulous. Price? well that was very resonable. They even have dolphin and whale watching. So many things to do. Great place to start for something different.

Hornblower Cruises & Events replied on 04-23-2008

thanks for nice review, wanted to be sure you knew about this FREE Hornblower event. On May 15th Annual Pet Rescue Day on the Bay: Free Harbor Cruises on Hornblower for Dogs with Donations of Towels for Animal Shelter

On Thursday, May 15, 2008, Hornblower Cruises & Events will present the eighth annual Pet Rescue Day on the Bay event to benefit the Helen Woodward Animal Center. By donating a gently used blanket or towel, you and your dog cruise FREE on any one-Hour Harbor Cruise or Sea Lion Adventure on the Big Bay aboard Hornblower. Items will be collected from 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at 1066 North Harbor Drive on the San Diego Embarcadero. Last year Hornblower Cruises collected thousands of blankets and towels and had hundreds of attendees with their dogs take advantage of the free cruises. The event is sponsored in part by PETCO, Frosty Paws® Frozen Treats for Dogs, and the Port of San Diego.
John Van Zante, Public Relations Manager, Helen Woodward Animal Center said, “We think this event is special, it brings people together in an effort to make the lives of the orphaned animals better, and it is fun for the pets to be allowed out on Hornblower’s boat too.”
The Pet Rescue Day on the Bay is open to anyone, simply bring a donation of a new or gently used blanket or towel for the animals and in return you will receive a free ticket for a one-hour harbor cruise to use any time. Donors will also receive a gift bag from PETCO with samples of Frosty Paws® Frozen Treats for Dogs and coupons (while supplies last). Visit the Hornblower Pet Rescue Day info site: visit the website at www.hornblower.com/petrescueday.
Dogs Cruise free on Pet Day on the Bay only on May 15th! Dogs must be on a leash and are allowed to ride along on a one-hour cruise. One hour Big Bay cruises departures are at 10 am, 11:15 am, 12:30 pm, 1:45 pm, 3 pm & 4:15 pm. You’ll see the Sea Lions on the North Bay route at 10 am, 12:30 pm & 3 pm Adventures. For more information about Hornblower Cruises & Events and Pet Rescue Day on the Bay, call 619-686-8700. To learn more about Hornblower Cruises other products such as Mother’s Day Brunch , Whale & Dolphin Watching Adventures, Nightly Dinner Cruises, Sunday Champagne Brunch Cruises, Weddings and Private Charters on the San Diego Bay, visit the website at www.hornblower.com.
For more information about the great work that Helen Woodward Animal Center does with animal adoptions visit http://www.animalcenter.org.

  • Overall
  • Quality
  • Service
  • Value

Was this review helpful?

YES  |  NO

Photos

Album: Sunset Dinner Cruise
1 of 3




Dinner Cruises leave from downtown San Diego every evening.