Port of San Diego sets sail on a new cruise season

The season will see three new cruises, 100 calls, and passenger volume at a pre-pandemic level.

A cruise ship in San Diego Bay

Bon voyage — a new cruise season has taken off.

Photo via Port of San Diego

All aboard. Cruise season has officially taken off — Holland America’s MS Volendam embarked on a 51-day journey through the South Pacific earlier this week. Before leaving, the cruise line supported the Port of San Diego by making a $10,000 donation to the San Diego Harbor Police Foundation.

This season, the Port has 100 scheduled cruises, expected to bring 338,000 passengers to San Diego. It will also welcome three new ships to its roster: Disney Magic, the Viking Star, and MSC Explora.

This puts the number of passengers at pre-pandemic levels, but it’s a decrease from last season’s 500,000+ travelers. The number of cruise calls also declined, mostly attributed to a reduction of voyages from Disney Cruise Line.

The B Street Cruise Ship Terminal also celebrated the completion of projects that enhanced pier stability and longevity and reduce greenhouse gasses.

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