San Diego is a lovely and one of the biggest cities of California USA.
With roots dating back to the 18th century, its California’s first city.
This laid back city boasts a mild climate, great beaches, fascinating
shops and art galleries.
A large number of reasonable priced hotels and inexpensive motels are
located within close distance of both terminals, B Street and Broadway Pier,
in downtown San Diego. Many of them offer a shuttle service
to the terminal.
Ships tie up at the International B Street Cruise Ship Terminal or the Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, right in the heart of downtown San Diego.
You’ll find a wide variety of San Diego hotels to choose from, including luxury resorts and cheap motels. Stay right in downtown close to the cruise terminal, in a hotel near the airport or in a fine beachfront resort. Many properties are within walking distance, or offer a free shuttle.
Many downtown hotels are only a short cab or Uber ride away from the port. The Bay Front where the USS Midway, Maritime Museum, and Seaport Village are is within easy reach. Popular neighborhouds are the vibrant Gaslamp Quarter and Little Italy.
This is one of the best multistory properties for being a short five-minute walk from the San Diego cruise port terminal and the historic aircraft carrier museum, the USS Midway. The hotel has a contemporary facade of blue glass trimmed with a gold central panel and provides magnificent views of the harbor and the city. As a family-friendly hotel, the 253 rooms are particularly spacious with partitioned lounge areas furnished in a colorful, minimalist style. There’s also an outdoor pool, an elegant rooftop terrace and onsite parking. Hotel Expert Rating: 9/10
If you want to bring your pet along, you can stay in this elegant hotel. There are 400 sophisticated, but charming rooms with a serene color scheme. Each room features at least one floor to ceiling window wall offering amazing views, especially of the bay. The lobby has an air of cool elegance with beige marble flooring and pillars, and leads to the garden and sun terrace where you can dine or enjoy swimming in the pool. Nearby is the beautiful Waterfront Park and it takes five minutes to reach your cruise liner on foot. Hotel Expert Rating: 9/10
There are 147 large, family-friendly rooms in this multistory hotel that’s located in the heart of Downtown San Diego. They feature a colorful, modern decor and floor to ceiling windows with panoramic views of the cruise port and the city. In the cozy, informal dining area and the communal lounge, there is comfortable seating, while outside, you’ll find a large swimming pool, sun terrace and rooftop bar. It’s one of the best hotels for visiting the USS Midway and being within easy walking distance of the San Diego cruise ship terminal. Hotel Expert Rating: 9/10
This is a large, fashionable hotel with 600 cozy guest rooms decorated in a blend of modern and traditional styles. Many of the rooms have their own private balconies overlooking the harbor and the USS Midway Museum, while others offer fascinating city views. There’s a spacious lobby, guest lounge and well-appointed dining area. Outside, you can enjoy sitting beneath the parasols of the outdoor bar near the large swimming pool surrounded by palm trees. The hotel also offers complimentary parking and a free shuttle service to the Balboa Park and Zoo. From the property it’s just an easy walk to your ships’ embarkation terminal. Hotel Expert Rating: 8/10
Situated a mile from the harbor, this comfortable hotel is one of the best places to stay if you want a central location to visit the Copley Symphony Hall or see shows at the historic Spreckels Theatre. The hotel itself has an impressive lobby and offers 148 cozy guest rooms arranged over four stories. They feature modern furnishings, and they nearly all have individual balconies where you can relax with your coffee and admire the city views. There’s even a free shuttle service to both the cruise terminal and the airport. Hotel Expert Rating: 8/10
This welcoming hotel is located near to Little Italy, making it an ideal place to stay if you’d like to dine out at restaurants and cafes. The hotel offers comfortable surroundings with paintings on the walls and traditional furniture. Most of the rooms have balconies and offer great views of the city particularly when it’s illuminated at night. There are sofas on the outdoor patio beside the large pool and there’s also a small pool for children. There’s also complimentary transportation to the cruise port just over a mile away. Hotel Expert Rating: 9/10
Located eight minutes walking distance from the San Diego port at World Pier is this comfortable five-story hotel with an outdoor pool. Its facade has distinctive blue panels between the floors where you’ll find 177 guest rooms. Each one is well-appointed in a modern style with plush sofas and beds, and excellent views of the bay or the city. The cafeteria style dining area has a modern decor with glass chandeliers and ample seating. And when it’s time to leave, there’s a free shuttle service to both the airport and the international cruise terminal. Hotel Expert Rating: 8/10
This is one of the best luxury properties in San Diego CA. It’s centrally located near the Gaslamp neighborhood and has easy access to the Horton Plaza shopping complex, the concert hall and the Horton Theater. The pet-friendly hotel has unique interior decor in its 159 guest rooms with decorative features such as vaulted ceilings and networks of girders. The contemporary lobby has pillars and chandeliers and you can dine in the open at the rooftop restaurant and bar where the views of the bay are not to be missed. You can easily reach the port by cab or Uber in 6 minutes. Hotel Expert Rating: 9/10
There are 1,628 guest rooms in this forty-story luxury hotel next to the Seaport Village which is one of the most popular tourist attractions in San Diego. Pet and family-friendly, the Manchester has impressive decor including paneled ceilings, archways and decorative pillars in the lobbies, lounges and restaurants. The design may include the Victorian details of Seaport Village, but it’s presented in a refreshing, contemporary style. The views of the bay are magnificent and it takes a car journey of only four minutes to reach the cruise terminal. You can even walk to the departure pier in fifteen minutes. Hotel Expert Rating: 9/10
As the most contemporary of the Gaslamp Quarter’s hotels, the Staypineapple has an imaginative blue and yellow facade. Inside, there’s a warm, welcoming atmosphere for families and pets in each of the 96 guest rooms that are decorated in a comfortable, ultra-modern style. The four-story hotel is full of cozy corners, comfortable seats, pineapple yellow walls and cute artwork featuring animals. There’s no pool, but the location more than compensates as there’s easy access to the Symphony Hall, theaters, restaurants and bars, while the beach and the cruise port are only six minutes away by Uber or taxi. Hotel Expert Rating: 9/10
Cruise Ship Passenger Terminals – B Street and Broadway Pier
San Diego Cruise Terminals — vessels anchor in Downtown San Diego at the B Street Cruise Ship Terminal and Broadway Pier.
The San Diego Port complex offers a 30,000-square-foot main cruise ship terminal building with two supplemental structures for passenger reception and baggage handling (totaling 15,000 sq. ft.).
B Street Cruise Terminal
Main cruise facility located in downtown, a short distance from many tourist attractions. The Gaslamp Quarter, Little Italy and Seaport Village can be reached on foot.
B Street Pier
1140 North Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101, California USA
phone: (619) 683-8966
fax: (619) 683-8968 Broadway Pier
Located adjacent to the main cruise facility at B street.
One of the closest hotels is Wyndham San Diego Bayside, located directly across the cruise facility. If you get a bay view room, you can watch your ship arrive in the early morning. On Pacific Highway, which is one block behind the cruise terminal, there are both reasonably priced Hampton Inn and Embassy Suites.
Many more properties are located a few blocks from the pier. Looking for a place to stay near the beach ? Check deals for Coronado, Pacific or Mission Beach and La Jolla. Coronado Island is home to famous Hotel del Coronado, located on California’s Pacific coastline. You can get to downtown San Diego by water taxi.
When having a car, you can consider a stay in Mission Valley. Properties in this area are less expensive. Many cheap places to stay are also located close to San Diego international airport. A lot of accommodations provide a free shuttle service transport to/from SAN international airport. Properties in this area are very budget friendly. Many offer also free car parking, free Wi-Fi and a swimming pool. Gaslamp Quarter and the San Diego Zoo are within 10-15 minutes’ drive.
Santa Fe Train Station — The rail station is a short distance from the cruise terminal, so you may walk or take a taxi service to the terminal. Port for Cruise Ships — currently sailing from the San Diego port are ocean liners from Holland America Line (ms Statendam and Veendam), Royal Caribbean RCL, Celebrity Cruises, and Crystal Cruises. Other lines that visit San Diego include Princess, Carnival, Norwegian, Regent Seven Seas, Hapag-Lloyd Line, and The World of ResidenSea.
Pre and Post Cruise Overnight Accommodation with free Shuttle
Many San Diego hotels offer complimentary parking as well as a free roundtrip shuttle transportation to the cruise port and airport.
Gaslamp Quarter – Coronado Island
In San Diego’s port visit the USS Midway, a retired naval aircraft carrier that has been converted into a museum. You are able to explore this huge vessel and numerous decks including the flight deck.
A must do if you love nautical history is The Maritime Museum of San Diego, home to the Star of India, the oldest sailing ship still operating. Head to San Diego’s beautiful harbor for a nice stroll or visit Seaport Village along the Embarcadero with its cute little and coll shops.
The historic heart of old San Diego is the Gaslamp Quarter. Here you can find many old colonial buildings, great shops and the finest restaurants. It’s a very lively and busy area at all times.
On nearby Coronado Island, across San Diego Bay from downtown, you have the opportunity to explore the historic Victorian mansions or spend a lazy day relaxing on a white sandy beach. The most recognisable landmark is the Hotel del Coronado. This wooden beach resort is now a National Historical Landmark. Take a tour to learn all about the ghosts who reside there.
Another lovely day out for the entire family is fantastic SeaWorld, home to killer whales, seals, dolphins and other marine wildlife. Head to La Jolla Cove to see these beautiful animals in their natural habit. The views and sea life are amazing.
A great relaxing way to end of your day is taking an evening cruise. Watch a gorgeous sunset, see the skyline, boats in the harbor, the sea lions and sights of the bay. Coronado Island — the island can be reached by car by driving over the bridge (free), driving south on the 5 Freeway and turning right on Palm Avenue or by taking the ferry. The drive takes you up the Silver Strand, a highway with the bay on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other. Coronado offers some of the best beaches in the USA, with wide stretches of soft white sand and a safe, friendly ambiance.
San Diego Zoo — The San Diego Zoo in Balboa Park is one of the world’s largest and best zoos.
Nearest airports – SAN International
San Diego Intercontinental Airport (SAN) — SAN airport is approximately ten minutes or 3 miles northwest from the B Street and Broadway Pier terminals.
Several budget friendly hotels offer a free complimentary shuttle service to/from the airport.
Parking — safe and secure short and long term car parkings are located just across the street or a short distance away from the port.
A complimentary shuttle service will bring cruise passengers to the embarkation terminal.
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