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San Diego has over 70 miles of beautiful coasts that make for a perfect port-of-call for cruise ships. The downtown cityscape makes for the perfect backdrop to the San Diego Cruise Port at the B Street Pier. Each year, 180 different cruise ships make a stop in San Diego. 110 of those ships use the port as either a beginning or end of a specialty San Diego Cruise.

Some of the most popular destinations for San Diego cruises Hawaii, Mexico, and Panama. Several other destinations, however, are available, such as Tahiti, Pacific coast, Sea of Cortez, and the Incan Empires. Cruises are available for lengths ranging from 3 to 60 days.

Several popular cruise lines that have ships making the San Diego port home include the following:

• Carnival Cruise Lines – Carnival operates year-round with four and five-day cruises aboard the 2,052-passenger ship, Elation. Elation goes to Cabo San Lucas and Ensenda. Other Carnival ships offer eight days to the Panama Canal, Ixtapa, Manzanillo, or Acapulco.

• Celebrity Cruises – Celebrity offers the finest San Diego cruises to Hawaii. Lengths can be of either 10 or 11 days.

• Holland America – Weekly cruises are available from Holland America via the ship, Oosterdam. It makes stops in Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, and Mazatlan. Holland America also offers 14-day Panama Canal excursions, 15-day trips to Hawaii, a 30-day cruise throughout the South Pacific, and 3 and 4-day cruises up the coast to Canada.

The terminal for San Diego cruises is comfortable so passengers waiting for their ships can enjoy their stay. Due to security, only passengers with a valid cruise ship ticket are allowed in the terminal. Once inside, checking in to the ship is quick and easy. The entire process takes about one-hour, but can be less depending on how many passengers are booked.

Because San Diego cruises are so popular, the Port of San Diego began construction of an auxiliary terminal at Broadway Pier in 2009. The two-story, 52,000 square foot terminal can accommodate 2,600 passengers. It is set to open in December 2010.

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