Sailing From the Port of San Diego

Southern California is home to roughly 25 million people, ranging from San Diego to Los Angeles, and all points in between. With that many potential cruisers within a couple of hours drive, it shouldn’t be a surprise that the cruise lines find the Port of San Diego a perfect point to offer cruises along the west coast.

Today, you can sail year-round to points in Mexico, Central America, Canada, and Hawaii. Multiple cruise lines serve the port, including Holland America, Disney, Norwegian, and more.

If it’s your first time sailing from San Diego, you likely have a few questions about your cruise… how to get there, where to park, where to stay, and even more. So to help you get started, we’ve covered the basics of the port to give you a better idea of its location and layout. The links below should also help you answer some of the common questions about sailing from the port.

San Diego Cruise Terminal

The cruise terminal is located right near downtown, just north of the USS Midway museum. If you are flying into San Diego, the airport is just about two miles away — or about a 5-10 minute ride. Given its location, the cruise terminal is extremely convenient for anyone traveling to San Diego that wants to enjoy the city’s major tourist attractions.

Parking is not available right at the port as it is in many other terminals. However, there are lots located close by.

San Diego map
Cruise Lines Served: Azamara, Celebrity, Crystal, Disney, Holland America, Norwegian, Oceania, Regent Seven Seas

Distance to Airports:
San Diego International (SAN) – 2 miles | 10 minutes
Los Angeles International (LAX) – 125 miles | 2-3 hours
John Wayne International – 87 miles | 1.5-2 hours

Getting to the Port of San Diego — Transportation options from airports and the San Diego area to the cruise port. Everything you need to know to get to the port and start your vacation.

San Diego Cruise Parking — Parking for your cruise? We’ve got you covered with all your parking options, including costs and discounts.

San Diego Cruise Hotels — Getting in late? Leaving early? Simply need a place to rest your head? We’ve rounded up the options for places to stay near the port.