San Diego Cruise Port is a fabulous place to start your cruise. The port of San Diego has expanded in recent years and now offers a great choice of cruises from a number of different cruise lines.
Here we explore your different options for San Diego cruise port hotels and parking.
San Diego Cruise Terminal Overview
San Diego Cruise port is growing rapidly.
There is a great choice of cruises out of San Diego from a growing list of cruise lines.
These include Disney Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Holland America, Celebrity, and Norwegian Cruise Line.
Port of San Diego Cruise Ship Schedule
San Diego is becoming increasingly popular as a place to embark on a cruise.
The following cruise lines embark and disembark from San Diego on various Mexican, Pacific Coastal, Hawaiian, and Panama Canal Cruises:
- Disney Cruise Line
- Holland America Line
- Norwegian Cruise Line
- Scenic Luxury Cruises
- American Queen Voyages
How to Get to the Cruise Port of San Diego
I have sailed many times from the San Diego Cruise Terminal and one of the main things that I liked about it is its easily accessible by air, car, and even train.
You can read about my Disney Cruise From San Diego.
Whilst San Pedro and Long Beach in Los Angeles offer even more options for cruises, San Diego is much more easily accessible, in addition to being a wonderful place to stay if you want to add a night or two before or after your cruise.
San Diego Cruise Port terminal is located close to the heart of the downtown area on the beautiful San Diego Bay.
The San Diego Cruise port address is B Street Pier 1140 N Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101.
The port is only 2.4 miles away from the San Diego Airport.
It’s too far to walk to the Port from here, particularly if you have luggage.
However, the car ride will only take about 10 minutes from San Diego Airport to the Cruise Port.
There are a number of options for shuttles from the cruise port.
However, we think that if you are arriving at the airport and just want to get to the port, a ride-sharing service is a much better idea.
An Uber will only cost around $10 to $12.
Lyft will be slightly less at around $8.
The most expensive option from the Airport to the Port will be a taxi which will cost in the region of $20.
There is public transport from the airport to the cruise port. This is just $2.25 per person each way.
The bus you need is the 992 which runs from the airport to downtown via the cruise port.
Arriving by train is another option.
The Amtrak Train Station is just a few blocks from the cruise port. You can easily walk unless you have a lot of luggage.
San Diego Cruise Port Hotels
Where is there to stay in San Diego that is convenient to the cruise terminal?
As you would expect, there are many fabulous hotels in San Diego.
As the cruise port is right in the heart of San Diego downtown you have a lot of hotel options that are very close to the start of your cruise.
However, there are only a handful of hotels that have cruise and park packages.
If you are arriving by plane or train there are many great options that are suitable for a range of budgets. Bringing your own car and needing cruise parking complicates this a bit.
You can either choose one of the few hotels which offer a San Diego cruise port park and stay package.
Or you can stay in a different hotel and use an independent car parking option.
This will most likely be more expensive than a San Diego cruise and stay package. However, it will give you more options.
Here we have split up the choices of hotels with cruise parking packages and those without.
Then we will also explore parking-only options so you can work out what the best solution is for you and your family.
San Diego Cruise and Stay Hotels
There is a limited selection of hotels in San Diego that offers a cruise and stay parking package.
Here are the best options for you.
Wyndham San Diego Bayside
If you want a hotel close to the cruise port you really can’t get any closer than the Wyndham San Diego Bayside. It is right across the street from the B Street Pier.
Not only does the close proximity to the port mean you have just a short walk in the morning to your cruise. It also means you will be able to wake up and look out the window and see your cruise ship right there!
This is an older hotel, but it has been recently renovated.
Rooms are a decent size and have either a King or two Doubles. The hotel does not have its own restaurant. However. there are plenty of restaurants within walking distance.
Note that if you do not opt for a cruise parking package, the standard rate is $39 per night.
This is pretty standard for the location, However, you really don’t want to find that out when you arrive.
If you are going to park at the Wyndham and then go on a cruise, definitely get the cruise parking package.
Comfort Inn San Diego At The Harbor
The Comfort Inn San Diego At The Harbor is another great option if you are taking a cruise out of San Diego. It is further out from the port than the Wyndham but often offers lower pricing so is worth considering.
The Comfort Inn is around 4 miles from the port. The hotel offers a free shuttle to the cruise port.
It is a motel-style hotel with outside corridors. The rooms offer either one king bed or one Double. There is a decent breakfast which is included in your room rate.
If you are looking for a clean motel for a one-night stay before your cruise this is a good option. The rates usually can’t be beaten, particularly if you are bringing a car and want to park whilst on the cruise.
Hilton San Diego Airport
The Hilton San Diego Airport is a great option if you want a high-quality hotel with a cruise and park option. This highly-rated hotel is close to the airport so is a particularly good choice if you are flying in the day before your cruise.
The Hilton San Diego Airport offers a free shuttle to the cruise port. It is only 3 miles from the San Diego cruise port so it’s a convenient location.
The hotel offers great views of the City and San Diego Bay. You can choose from a King room or one with two Queens. Rooms even have a balcony so you can enjoy the fabulous views. Prices are from $205 per night.
San Diego Hotels
Here is a selection of some of the best hotels in San Diego. They do not specifically advertise a cruise and park package. If you book these hotels and are bringing a car you out likely will want to check out the parking-only options as well.
Some of the hotels in San Diego can charge as much as $50 per night for parking. So always make sure you book parking separately if you want the best deal but a hotel that doesn’t offer cruise and stay parking.
Springhill Suites San Diego Downtown/Bayfront
This newly built hotel is incredibly convenient for the San Diego Cruise Port and all the other attractions that this city has to offer.
The very comfortable Springhill Suites San Diego Downtown and located just across the street from the cruise port.
The rooms are modern and many have views over the port. You will be able to see your Disney Cruise ship arrive from your window in the morning!
Breakfast is included.
Embassy Suites Hotel San Diego Bay
Embassy Suites is always one of my favorite picks. And I have stayed in this one recently and it impressed me very much.
What really impressed me about this particular San Diego Embassy Suites is that the staff were exceptional. I definitely have this hotel on the top of my list when I am sailing out of San Diego or just want to spend a night or two in the City.
They are consistent of a high standard and are a great option for families as you can accommodate more than 4 people in a room comfortably.
The breakfasts are always good and are included in the room rate.
All rooms are described as suites. What this means is that you will have two rooms. One with either a King or two Doubles.
The other room has a sofa bed, television, refrigerator, and microwave.
You can’t cook a gourmet meal but you can prepare something for your family to save a bunch on a restaurant meal if you want to.
Embassy Suites also offers a great complimentary breakfast.
We have stayed at many Embassy Suites and have always found this to be of really good quality with a decent selection of both cooked and cold breakfast food options.
Embassy Suites San Diego also offers an Evening Reception with hot and cold food items and beverages including beer and wine. If you have a family these included food options can save you a lot of money.
The Westin San Diego
The Westin has an amazing downtown location which is also just a short ride to the cruise port.
If you are looking for all the high-standard features that a Westin offers, you will be sure to enjoy staying at this imposing San Diego Bay hotel.
You are within easy walking distance of Little Italy and the Gaslamp Quarter. The views of the San Diego Bay from the Westin are stunning.
Make sure to factor in the resort fee and valet parking fee.
The Westin does not have a cruise and park package option. It doesn’t have any special packages for San Diego cruise passengers. However, it is a fabulous hotel that is very convenient for seeing all the sights of San Diego.
San Diego Cruise Parking
If you do not need a hotel for your cruise but are bringing your car, there are a number of San Diego Cruise Parking options.
San Diego Cruise Port is rather unusual because it does not have a dedicated parking lot. Therefore you have to do a bit of research to find out what the best parking options are when you sail on a cruise out of San Diego.
Many of the parking options are advertised as airport parking. The Cruise Port and the Airport are not too far away from each other. Some options have a shuttle to the cruise port, but not all do.
So be careful to factor this in if you are booking one which is not within walking distance, as most aren’t.
Wally Park is located approximately a 10-minute shuttle ride from the port.
If you book through Park Sleep Flyrates start at $21.95 per day for an uncovered parking lot. Covered and valet parking are also available.
Aladdin Parking is bookable through Park Sleep Fly and is close to both the airport and cruise port. This is a more pricey option at $16 per day. However, this is for covered car parking.
One of the best options is to get the parking-only option at the
Wyndham San Diego Bayside
This is very reasonably priced and located right opposite the San Diego Cruise Port. However, this gets booked up really quickly, so make sure you check this one out far in advance.
Cruises Out Of San Diego
San Diego cruise port is mostly used by Holland American and Disney cruise lines.
Celebrity and Royal Caribbean Cruise lines also have some ships sailing out of San Diego. These are usually repositioning cruises that sail through the Panama Canal.
Alison Meacham is the founder of EverythingMouse Disney Blog. For over 15 years she has shared her love of Disney Parks, Disney Cruises and Universal Orlando. In over 30 years of Disney Travel she has spent countless months in Disney Parks and has sailed on over 45 cruises. A British native and now a United States resident she splits her time between California, Florida and the UK. And spends a serious amount of time sailing the seven seas. She helps over 200,000 people per month follow their Disney travel dreams.