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Cruising into Fall

Sailings out of the Port of San Diego are currently scheduled to resume on October 1, with the Port supporting various ships as needed for supplies and preparations beginning on September 2.

Photo depicts two cruise ships at the Port of San Diego's B Street Cruise Ship Terminal.

Current Schedule

The following is what the Port currently anticipates for cruise ship activity over the next month (as of 9/2/21; schedule subject to change):

  • September 2 to 10: Disney Wonder is scheduled to be at the B Street Cruise Ship Terminal for provisions and services. No passengers will be aboard.
  • September 3 to 5: Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas is scheduled to be at the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal for provisions and crew needs. No passengers will be aboard.
  • September 9 to 11: Holland America’s Zuiderdam is scheduled to be at the B Street Cruise Ship Terminal for provisions. No passengers will be aboard.
  • September 10 to 12: Disney Wonder will conduct a CDC simulated cruise with volunteer passengers.
  • September 13 to 27: Disney Wonder will be in and out of port for various purposes including supply and crew needs, and test cruises.
  • September 30: Holland America’s Koningsdam will be at the B Street Cruise Ship Terminal for provisions. No passengers will be aboard. (Will go out to anchorage on 10/1.)
  • October 1: two ships will be in port, the Grand Princess at Broadway Pier for a visitation, and the Disney Wonder at the B Street Cruise Terminal as a homeport. These are the first sailings currently scheduled out of the Port of San Diego since spring 2020.
  • October 2 to 5: Holland America’s Koningsdam will be at the B Street Cruise Ship Terminal for crew and operational support.
  • October 6: Holland America’s Nieuw Amsterdam is scheduled for its first passenger sailing out of San Diego since spring 2020.

Health and Safety

With health and safety as our top priority, we are working with the cruise lines, along with various other local, state, and federal agencies to put extra precautions in place to minimize community spread of and exposure to COVID-19. In conjunction with the cruise lines, precautions include, but are not limited to:

  • All crew members and eligible guests must be fully vaccinated (currently ages 12 and up; in special and rare cases, medical exemptions may be allowed, but Celebrity, Holland America, and Princess must maintain that at least 95% of all guests are vaccinated; Disney is conducting simulated cruises for CDC clearance and will be testing all guests on embarkation days).
  • All unvaccinated guests must provide negative PCR test results between three days and 24 hours before embarkation day.
  • All persons must complete a health screening form to declare they have been vaccinated, are not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, and had a recent negative COVID-19 test result (if pre-testing was required by the cruise line).
  • All persons must wear a face covering while inside the cruise ship terminal.
  • Whenever possible while in the cruise terminals, all persons are strongly encouraged to social distance from persons not in their own traveling party.
  • The Port will be fully cleaning and disinfecting the terminals immediately following each embarkation and disembarkation, plexiglass partitions have been installed in some areas, and hand sanitizer will be available throughout the terminals.
  • For cruise line specific health protocols, contact your cruise line for more details.

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 industry
  • Transportation (trains, taxis, buses, airlines, shuttles), trucking and warehousing
  • Ship agents, stevedoring (dockworkers who load and unload ships)
  • Security and manpower services