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Port of San Diego Selected Best Cruise Port in the World by Global Traveler

The Port of San Diego has been named Best Cruise Port in the World in the 10th Annual Global Traveler Leisure Lifestyle Awards. The award is part of the publication’s annual readers survey that honors the best in the world of leisure and lifestyle travel and recognizes goods and services, destinations, hotels, airlines, and cruises.

Ten cruise ports made the list this year. They are in order:

Three cruise ships with the city skyline behind them.
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Port of San Diego Selected Best Cruise Port in the World by Global Traveler
Three cruise ships berthed at the Port of San Diego's North Embarcadero area.
  1. Port of San Diego
  2. Port Miami, Florida
  3. Port Canaveral, Florida
  4. Port Everglades, Florida
  5. Cozumel, Mexico
  6. Southampton, England
  7. Port of Los Angeles
  8. Philipsburg, St. Maarten
  9. New York, New York
  10. Venice, Italy

The winners were honored at a special reception on June 7, 2022 in New York City.

“We are honored to be voted the top cruise port in the world,” said Port of San Diego Board Chairman Dan Malcolm. “Cruise passengers going ashore in San Diego have so many options for exploration, discovery and delight within the immediate area of our cruise terminals. One can stroll or take a brief ride to many attractions such as the Maritime Museum of San Diego, chef-owned restaurants, and boutique shops. That, plus our perfect climate, provides a warm welcome and memorable experiences on our waterfront.”

The Port of San Diego’s two cruise ship terminals on B Street and Broadway Piers are located downtown, offering a seamless transition from the cruise ship to city attractions. San Diego’s Embarcadero is home to maritime and naval museums, epicurean delights, waterfront hotels, and panoramic views of the city skyline and San Diego Bay. Additionally, unique historic neighborhoods such as Little Italy and the Gaslamp Quarter offer international flavors and entertainment within minutes of the cruise terminals.

The Port of San Diego’s cruise business is seasonal, usually beginning in September and running through May. The Port welcomed approximately 100 cruises this season and anticipates over 130 for next season.

Primary lines that call on the Port of San Diego are Holland America Line, Disney Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, and Norwegian Cruise Line. Other cruise lines on the schedule include Regent Seven Seas, Viking Cruises, and Windstar Cruises.

To plan a cruise out of the Port of San Diego, go to

About Global Traveler

With more than 500,000 readers, Global Traveler connects brands with U.S.-based frequent, affluent travelers. According to Mediamark Research (Gfk MRI), GT readers have an average net worth of 2.8 million and five percent are CEOs and owners of companies. Its readers average 18 domestic flights per year and 96 percent travel internationally on a regular basis, mostly in first and business class. More than 83 percent stay in 4- and 5-star hotels, at an average 80 nights per year. Three special editions — Leisure Lifestyle EditionGlobal City Guidebook and Class Act Guide — complement its monthly issues. Each year, Global Traveler awards the GT Tested Reader Survey awards, the Leisure Lifestyle Awards and the Wines on the Wing awards (business- and first-class wine survey).





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.