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About San Diego

California's second largest city, San Diego is located at the foot of the state's scenic coastline, where it enjoys more than 300 days of sunshine a year. The metropolitan area is an inviting mix of city chic and beach casual, with plenty of recreational opportunities ranging from sailing across a sparking bay to hiking in the Cuyamaca Mountains.


San Diego is home to diverse nationalities, including Pacific Islanders, Asians, Hispanics, Middle Easterners and Europeans. It is most heavily influenced by its Spanish and Mexican roots. Visitors will discover this as they explore Balboa Park, munch tacos and take note of Spanish street names.


Shaped by canyons, flat lands and rolling hills, the city's numerous neighborhoods have distinct ethnic and cultural identities. Many of the most dynamic, including Old Town, Point Loma, Hillcrest and North Park, are within eight miles of the cruise terminal. Equally close is funky Ocean Beach, one of the last authentic California beach towns. Several other popular destinations -- like the Gaslamp Quarter and Little Italy -- are an easy walk from the port. Just a few miles from the bay is Balboa Park, the nation's largest urban cultural park, home to the Old Globe Theater and world-renowned San Diego Zoo.


For those who arrive or depart and have time on their hands, day trips abound. Take the kids to SeaWorld to pet dolphins or to colorful Legoland in Carlsbad. Enjoy a round of golf at world-famous Torrey Pines followed by a gourmet dinner overlooking the sea in La Jolla. Bet on the ponies during the summer racing season in Del Mar. Less than an hour's drive from the city, taste wine in Temecula's wine country, or camp overnight with lions, tigers and giraffes at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in Escondido.


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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to San Diego

    Leaving:
    San Diego
    Visiting:
    Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Quetzal ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    14 Night Cruise to San Diego Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      San Diego
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cabo San Lucas
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)
    • Day 7
      Corinto
    • Day 8
      Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Panama Canal
    • Day 11
      Cartagena (Colombia)
    • Day 12
      Santa Marta
    • Day 13
      Cruising
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      Port Canaveral (Orlando)
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Sun - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Refurbished spaces boast clean, modern design; a plethora of tasty dining options abounds.

    Cons

    Buffets are often congested and signage is lacking; there are no water slides/water parks.

    Bottom Line

    Great overall experience with tons of dining and activity choices and itinerary options.

    Reviews

    Norwegian Sun Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins3.5
    Dining4.0
    Service3.5
    Value3.5

    Built in 2001, Norwegian Sun underwent a three-week bow-to-stern renovation in May 2018, which ...

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    ChristmasLegend12
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Very Satisfying Cruise
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    mjl125
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    OKAY simply Okay
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  • 17 Night
    Cruise to San Diego

    Leaving:
    Fort Lauderdale
    Visiting:
    Curacao, Aruba ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    17 Night Cruise to San Diego Route (Holland America Line)
    • Day 1
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Curacao
    • Day 5
      Aruba
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Panama Canal (Cruising)
    • Day 7
      Panama Canal
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
    • Day 10
      Corinto
    • Day 11
      Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)
    • Day 12
      Puerto Chiapas
    • Day 13
      Huatulco
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      Puerto Vallarta
    • Day 16
      Cruising
    • Day 17
      Cruising
    • Day 18
      San Diego
    Ship Details

    Zaandam - Holland America Line

    Pros

    Easy-to-navigate ship with a spacious feel and grown-up vibe.

    Cons

    Few balconies, little variety in cabin categories, mediocre evening entertainment.

    Bottom Line

    Perfect-sized ship for port-intensive itineraries.

    Reviews
    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.5
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Zaandam is a classy ship that proves you don't need gadgets and gimmicks to have a good time. It's...

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    Herbs Mom
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Top Notch small ship! Great Itinerary!!!
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    AKJonesy
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Great itinerary and good ship
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
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    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 17 Night
    Cruise to San Diego

    Leaving:
    San Diego
    Visiting:
    Kona, Hilo ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    17 Night Cruise to San Diego Route (Holland America Line)
    • Day 1
      San Diego
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Kona (Kailua Bay)
    • Day 8
      Hilo
    • Day 9
      Maui
    • Day 10
      Honolulu
    • Day 11
      Honolulu
    • Day 12
      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
    • Day 17
      Ensenada
    • Day 18
      San Diego
    Ship Details

    Koningsdam - Holland America Line

    Pros

    Outstanding service, exceptional cuisine, great entertainment options

    Cons

    Music Walk does not have a clear identity and needs individual rooms

    Bottom Line

    Most luxurious HAL ship will appeal to many types of cruisers

    Reviews

    Koningsdam Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    5.0/5
    Cabins4.5
    Dining4.5
    Service5.0
    Value5.0

    Koningsdam is the first new Holland America Line ship in eight years. "Koning" means "king" in ...

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    1234567seas
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Disappointing Ten Day Southern Caribbean
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    marcus315
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Entertainment was sorely lacking
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      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
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    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 18 Night
    Cruise to San Diego

    Leaving:
    San Diego
    Visiting:
    Honolulu, Maui ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    18 Night Cruise to San Diego Route (Holland America Line)
    • Day 1
      San Diego
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Honolulu
    • Day 8
      Honolulu
    • Day 9
      Maui
    • Day 10
      Maui
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Kona (Kailua Bay)
    • Day 12
      Hilo
    • Day 13
      Cruising
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      Cruising
    • Day 16
      Cruising
    • Day 17
      Cruising
    • Day 18
      Ensenada
    • Day 19
      San Diego
    Ship Details

    Koningsdam - Holland America Line

    Pros

    Outstanding service, exceptional cuisine, great entertainment options

    Cons

    Music Walk does not have a clear identity and needs individual rooms

    Bottom Line

    Most luxurious HAL ship will appeal to many types of cruisers

    Reviews

    Koningsdam Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    5.0/5
    Cabins4.5
    Dining4.5
    Service5.0
    Value5.0

    Koningsdam is the first new Holland America Line ship in eight years. "Koning" means "king" in ...

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    Nelliegal
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Lacking Excitement
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    Traveling Architect
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    NOTHING can compensate a Guest for an Excessively Noisy Room
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    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to San Diego

    Leaving:
    San Diego
    Visiting:
    Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    7 Night Cruise to San Diego Route (Holland America Line)
    • Day 1
      San Diego
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Puerto Vallarta
    • Day 5
      Mazatlan
    • Day 6
      Cabo San Lucas
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      San Diego
    Ship Details

    Koningsdam - Holland America Line

    Pros

    Outstanding service, exceptional cuisine, great entertainment options

    Cons

    Music Walk does not have a clear identity and needs individual rooms

    Bottom Line

    Most luxurious HAL ship will appeal to many types of cruisers

    Reviews

    Koningsdam Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    5.0/5
    Cabins4.5
    Dining4.5
    Service5.0
    Value5.0

    Koningsdam is the first new Holland America Line ship in eight years. "Koning" means "king" in ...

    Cruise Critic Member Ratings
    happy2cruise2016
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Relaxing Holiday Family Cruise
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    meadguy
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Southern Caribbean on the Koningsdam
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 30 Night
    Cruise to San Diego

    Leaving:
    San Diego
    Visiting:
    Honolulu, Maui ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    30 Night Cruise to San Diego Route (Holland America Line)
    • Day 1
      San Diego
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Honolulu
    • Day 8
      Maui
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Kona (Kailua Bay)
    • Day 10
      Hilo
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Cruising
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 14
      Christmas Island
    • Day 15
      Equator (Cruising)
    • Day 16
      Bora Bora
    • Day 17
      Bora Bora
    • Day 18
      Moorea
    • Day 18
      Tahiti (Papeete)
    • Day 19
      Tahiti (Papeete)
    • Day 20
      Cruising
    • Day 21
      Rarotonga
    • Day 22
      Cruising
    • Day 23
      Cruising
    • Day 24
      Cruising
    • Day 25
      Vavau
    • Day 26
      Nuku Alofa
    • Day 27
      Cruising
    • Day 28
      Cruising
    • Day 29
      Norfolk Island
    • Day 30
      Cruising
    • Day 31
      Cruising
    • Day 32
      Sydney (Australia)
    Ship Details

    Maasdam - Holland America Line

    Pros

    Intimate atmosphere pairs well with unique itineraries

    Cons

    Shows signs of age in some areas

    Bottom Line

    Excellent value for those who prefer a mid-sized ship

    Reviews
    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining3.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    With its mid-sized capacity and classic styling, Holland America's stately Maasdam is a managea...

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    frontline
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Comically bad
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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    A New Winner - HAL
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