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Port of San Diego Named Among Top 5 Cruise Destinations in U.S. and Canada for Third Year in a Row

For the third year in a row, Cruise Critic – the world’s leading cruise reviews site and online cruise community – has named the Port of San Diego one of the Top 5 cruise destinations in the United States and Canada.

The recognition is part of Cruise Critic’s annual Cruiser Choice Awards, a program naming the world’s top cruise destinations based entirely on consumer ratings submitted with reviews on All awards are based entirely on member review ratings submitted over the past year.

The 2018 Top 5 destinations in the United States and Canada for Cruise Critic reviewers are:

1.  Quebec City, Canada

2.  Halifax, Canada

3.  San Diego, California

4.  Vancouver, Canada

5.  Portland, Maine

One Cruise Critic stated of San Diego: “Many things to do; a city where walking is easy; the trolley is a simple 20-minute ride to the border and outlet mall; lots of museums and a well-developed waterfront.”

The Port of San Diego’s two cruise ship terminals, B Street Pier and Broadway Pier, are located downtown, offering a seamless transition from the cruise ship to the city. San Diego’s Embarcadero is home to unique museums, epicurean delights, and panoramic views of the city skyline and San Diego Bay. Additionally, thriving neighborhoods such as Little Italy and the Ballpark District offer international flavors and entertainment within minutes of the cruise terminals.

“The Port of San Diego is honored to be voted one of the Top 5 cruise destinations by Cruise Critic’s online community for the third year in a row,” said Port Chairman Rafael Castellanos. “From the moment a ship arrives in port, San Diego’s waterfront welcomes visitors with its public gardens, a visitor information center and public art. Our dynamic destination with its attractions and events gives cruise passengers a visit to remember.”

The Port of San Diego’s cruise season has been projected to see a 12 percent increase in calls this year. With the announcement of the Carnival Cruise Line’s return to San Diego, the 23 percent increase in passenger counts and the projected 94 calls this season, the Port is well positioned as a choice destination for cruisers.

About THE Port of San Diego

The Port of San Diego serves the people of California as a specially created district, balancing multiple uses on 34 miles along San Diego Bay spanning five cities. Collecting no tax dollars, the Port manages a diverse portfolio to generate revenues that support vital public services and amenities.

The Port champions Maritime, Waterfront Development, Public Safety, Experiences and Environment, all focused on enriching the relationship people and businesses have with our dynamic waterfront. From cargo and cruise terminals to hotels and restaurants, from marinas to museums, from 22 public parks to countless events, the Port contributes to the region’s prosperity and remarkable way of life on a daily basis.


Port of San Diego Maritime is our gateway to the world—leading our working waterfront and facilitating the movement of goods and people, internationally and domestically.

Port Maritime businesses employ thousands of residents and generate billions of dollars per year for the regional economy, creating a prosperous global economic engine for all.