Introducing San Diego
San Diego was founded by Spanish expeditionaries, who sailed into the sheltered bay as far back as 1542. Though it was another two hundred years before Spanish missionaries arrived to create a permanent settlement.
Nowadays San Diego is not just the oldest city in the Golden State, but also its second biggest. The city is a main naval base, a busy commercial port, and the heart of a thriving technology area. San Diego's busy port and its closeness to the Mexican border give the city an international flavor, and a revitalized center and a long historical past adds extra to this energy filled feel.
Boasting over three hundred days of sunshine per year, the pleasant weather proves attractive to the many newcomers and companies who arrive to settle in the city. And not surprisingly tourists stop by to experience this beautiful city.
San Diego Cruise Port
The San Diego Cruise Terminal is located off North Harbor Drive at the B Street Pier, very close to San Diego's city center. The cruise terminal is a modern building with a complete range of facilities for cruise passengers.
The berths at San Diego cruise terminal are numbered in the following way. Quays on the north of B Street pier are one and two, on the west 3, and on the southside four and five.
The wharfs on the Broadway pier are numbered similarly.
On both piers, quays 1 and 2 can be combined to handle a big cruise ship, as can be four and five. Quay three is reserved for smaller vessels. So in total the port can handle 4 large cruise ships simultaneously.
A new terminal is being constructed on Broadway pier, scheduled to open in late 2010.
Out and About in San Diego
USS Midway Museum
It's a five minute stroll on North Harbor Drive from the cruise terminal towards the huge carrier ship, the USS Midway, berthed at Navy pier. Stop at the USS Midway Museum to experience the naval history of San Diego.
Embarcadero Marine Park
Beyond Seaport VIllage sits Embarcadero Marina park. Walk along the shoreline for sweeping vistas across San Diego bay.
Maritime Museum of San Diego
Tour the fascinating Maritime Museum, one of the country's best collection of historic ships, including the Star of India, Californian and Berkeley.
San Diego has more than 20 missions, established more than two hundred years ago. The major objective of the missions was to covert the American Indians to religion. The first ever, known as the Mother of the Missions, is the Mission San Diego de Alcala founded in 1769 by Blessed Junipero Serra. Just six years after completion Mission San Diego de Alcala was torched in a riot, but it was quickly rebuilt.
Take a short ferry ride across to Coronado island. A quick cab trip across the island will take you to Coronado beach, a glorious stretch of fine, white sand on the ocean's coast. Tour iconic Hotel del Coronado, one of the few surviving examples of the Victorian beach hotel.
The growth of Balboa Park began in 1916, when several Spanish Colonial era mansions were designed and constructed for the Panama-California exhibition. Today the park has become the largest city cultural park in the US. 15 galleries and museums have their home in the 1200 acre area. The most well known is San Diego zoo, but further notable museums include the San Diego Natural History Museum and the San Diego Museum of Art. The park also features glorious landscaping, especially the Japanese Friendship Garden and the Ineze Rose Parker Memorial.
San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter is perhaps the city's most colorful section. Development of the Quarter began in 1867. The Quarter is home to lots of boutique shops, restaurants, galleries, sidewalk cafes, bars, jazz clubs and nightclubs with a charming Victorian atmosphere mingled with a thoroughly modern liveliness. The quarter is also a center for big city events, from food fairs and music festivals to Mardi Gras.
Available Cruises From San Diego
There is a number of different itineraries available from San Diego cruise port. Most popular are trips to the Mexican Riviera, with the most visited port being Cabo San Lucas. Other cruises include , the islands of Hawaii, and through the Panama canal voyages to Florida.
Getting To The Port
From the Airport
The terminal is a short three mile ride from San Diego International Airport. Taxi ranks are situated next to all 3 airport terminals.
Santa Fe Depot, Amtrak's central San Diego terminus, is only a quarter of a mile away from the cruise terminal, so it's possible to go by foot or catch a cab. For those choosing to walk, travel west on Broadway street towards the waterfront. When you get to the water, the cruise port is easy to see.
If traveling south on I-5, proceed on the road into downtown San Diego. Turn off at Sassafras, signed to the airport. Continue along Kettner for three-quarters mile, until you get to Laurel. Make a right on Laurel and proceed west until Harbor Drive. Make a left onto Harbor Drive. The cruise port is one-half mile on your righthand side.
If traveling north on Interstate 5, follow the road into downtown San Diego. Turn off at Hawthorn, signed to the airport. Follow along Hawthorn until Harbor Drive. At Harbo Drive, make a left. The cruise terminal is one-half mile on your right.
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