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Address: 990 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
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+1 619-234-4111
08:00 - 06:30
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Flagship Cruises & Events is a local, family-owned and operated yacht...

Flagship Cruises & Events is a local, family-owned and operated yacht charter, cruise and events company serving San Diego since 1915. We specialize in gourmet dinner cruises, harbor tours, patriot jet boat thrill rides, private charters, corporate events, weddings and many more special occasions. We also offer whale watching excursions December through April with our partner, Birch Aquarium, and year-round ferry and water taxi service to Coronado Island and along San Diego Bay.

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Whale Watching Cruise Guided by experts from Birch Aquarium

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Whale watching (w/ Go Sandiego card)

First I must say reservations are required. I called 4pm the day before and was able to go on the 9:30am whale watching tour. They board at 9:15am. I will say even if you don't... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Olathe, Kansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Our family enjoyed the boat tour. It was so exciting to see the gray whales even though they were impossible to catch on camera. We also saw sea lions, dolphins, sea gulls and another type of bird that swam in a flock. The volunteers from Birch Aquarium were excellent, and the entire crew was friendly.

Thank Beth K
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

On our last day in San Diego, we decided to go whale watching with Flagship Cruises. We saw a lot of sea lions, pods of dolphins, but unfortunately, no whales. They offer a whale guarantee, and we received a voucher for future use.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

First I must say reservations are required. I called 4pm the day before and was able to go on the 9:30am whale watching tour. They board at 9:15am. I will say even if you don't get sea sick you might want to take medicine for motion sickness because the go out on the ocean. (The waves were small in bay... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We took the afternoon boat out to see whales, and it was a great trip. We saw several whales out of the water and one fluke. Even when you're not seeing whales, the water and sights are beautiful, and the guide is great with helpful, informational, and at times just fun information. Plus, you get to walk around the boat... More 

Thank Jay M
Dover, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Great tour for a great price. San Diego harbor is wonderful. Lots of great sites to see while riding the cruise. We loved San Diego harbor and the cruise.

Thank Valerie C
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Once the crew had us captive on the boat they informed us that they may not go out to the open ocean to actually see whales. In fact, they didn't, they turned around before we even got close. They offered us free coffee. And a raincheck for another time. We will be 2600 miles from this place tomorrow rain check... More 

Thank Lovetochew
Grapevine, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Great cruise of the San Diego Harbor, north and south. The narration was very informative and entertaining. Great way to see San Diego.

Thank Barbara K
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a great time! Kids loved checking out the boat and seeing the sights! Good food, service, music, and facilities.

Thank Joseph A
Leesburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our Flagship cruise aboard the Spirt of San Diego included both the North and the South Harbor tours and lasted just over two hours. I highly recommend purchasing the full bay tour as it is only $5 more and there is so much to see during the tours. Highlights of the tour include seeing most of the U.S. Navy Surface... More 

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Bruges, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The whale-watching cruise is a nice combination of a harbour cruise and seeing whales. I really apreciated the information we got on board about sealife. Of course, you don't see whales from close distance!

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