The Port of San Diego welcomed the return of cruise lines and cruise passengers to San Diego on October 1 for the first time since spring 2020.
We are currently anticipating more than 100 calls for the ’21-’22 season. Our primary lines are Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, and Disney Cruise Line. We also have Norwegian and smaller, expedition cruise lines like Viking and Windstar on the schedule. See our ’21-’22 cruise schedule here (schedule is subject to change). For what ships have been recently in port, are currently in port, and are anticipated over the next week or so, see our frequently updated ship schedule here.
Health and Safety
With health and safety as our top priority, we are continuously working with the cruise lines, along with various other local, state, and federal agencies, to ensure precautions are in place to minimize community spread of and exposure to COVID-19, and that the latest health authorities' protocols are followed.
Note, the cruise lines are responsible for on board guest and crew health and safety and must follow the latest protocols per the Centers for Disease Control and local health authorities. For full details, please contact the CDC and/or the cruise lines directly. If you are preparing for a cruise and have questions about COVID-19, including vaccine and testing requirements, please contact your cruise line directly.
Cruise is an Economic Driver
San Diego is California’s third busiest cruise port behind Long Beach and Los Angeles and is the gateway to the Mexican Riviera. Other major destinations include Hawaii, the Panama Canal and the Pacific Coast.
The Port’s cruise sector has a tremendous economic impact on the region:
- Each homeported cruise, which means its voyage begins and ends in San Diego, has an economic impact of $2 million.
- A single in-transit call (one stop on the cruise itinerary) generates a total impact to the region of nearly $600,000.
The Port’s cruise industry supports jobs including:
- Retail, restaurant, lodging, entertainment, excursions, events
- Transportation (trains, taxis, buses, airlines, shuttles), trucking and warehousing jobs
- Ship agents, stevedoring (dockworkers who load and unload ships)
- Security and manpower services