California Port Gears Up For Busiest Cruise Season in Over a Decade

The Port of San Diego’s new cruise season is about to set sail, and business is bouncing back. This season is expected to be the port’s busiest since 2010, with 140 cruises scheduled — up 40 percent from last year.

All sailings are at or near full capacity, which will bring approximately 460,000 passengers to the southern California city.

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(Photo courtesy of the Port of San Diego)

“The Port of San Diego’s cruise business is definitely experiencing a rebound and we expect continued growth,” said Port of San Diego Chairman Dan Malcolm. “We’re pleased to be welcoming our cruise customers back to San Diego and to share how wonderful our port is to our cruise passengers. This season’s business will be a great boost to our regional economy.”

The port’s next cruise season officially begins September 19, 2022 with the arrival of Windstar Cruises’ Star Breeze. The vessel will be cruising to Papeete, Tahiti on a 13-day sailing.

It will be followed by Disney Wonder‘s arrival on September 23. Disney Cruise Line is more than doubling its sailings from San Diego this season, moving from 16-24 per season to 51. Princess Cruises is also adding new business to San Diego with 13 sailings, and will be homeporting there for the first time ever.

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The full schedule includes Holland America Line, Disney Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Silversea Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, and Norwegian Cruise Line. Voyages from MSC Cruises, Fred.Olsen Cruise Lines, Scenic Luxury Cruises, Oceania Cruises, and American Queen Voyages are also on the calendar.

Itineraries include voyages to the Mexican Riviera, Hawaii, the Panama Canal, and the California Coast.

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Disney Wonder at sea (Photo courtesy of Disney Cruise Line/Todd Anderson)

The Port of San Diego’s two cruise terminals on B Street and Broadway piers are located on the North Embarcadero in downtown, offering easy access to attractions like the Maritime Museum of San Diego, the Midway Museum, and waterfront hotels and restaurants. The terminals are also close to unique neighborhoods like Little Italy and the Gaslamp Quarter.

Currently, the port is making some major repairs and improvements to the B Street Cruise Ship Terminal. A project to extend the life and stability of the pier structure is underway. Additionally, shore power capacity is being doubled and the port will begin connecting two cruise ships simultaneously this fall.

San Diego is California’s third busiest cruise port after Long Beach and Los Angeles.

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