San Diego Business Journal

This season, the Port of San Diego has 104 cruise calls scheduled, up from 92 in 2018/2019. Returning are Holland America Line and Disney Cruise Line, as well as former customer Carnival Cruise Line, according to a press release. Those 104 cruise calls will bring approximately 338,000 passengers, up from last season’s 295,000.

The Port of San Diego launched its new cruise season on Sept. 10 with the arrival of Le Soleal from French cruise company Ponant. The Soleal will be journeying to the Sea of Cortez on a 14-day cruise, according to a press release.

“The Port of San Diego’s cruise business continues to increase year after year,” said Garry Bonelli, chairman of the Board of Port Commissioners. “The cruise business is a significant economic generator for our region, bringing thousands of new visitors with each cruise call.”

Disney Cruise Line will be offering 16 cruises from the Port of San Diego, beginning on Oct. 4. Cruises on the Disney Wonder range from two to 14-nights and travel to places like Baja, the Mexican Riviera and the Panama Canal.

Carnival Cruise Lines was last in San Diego in 2011, but will return this upcoming season with the Carnival Miracle beginning Dec. 1 for 12 cruises ranging from seven to 15 days. Other cruise lines sailing from the Port of San Diego include Celebrity Cruises, Princes Cruises, Windstar, Oceania, Crystal Cruises, Viking Cruises, Regent Seven Seas, Phoenix Reisen and Norwegian Cruise Line, among others.

San Diego is California’s third busiest cruise port after Long Beach and Los Angeles, according to the press release. Each homeported cruise, or a cruise that begins and ends in San Diego, has a regional economic impact of about $2 million.

Travel & hospitality reporter Mariel Concepcion can be reached at or 858-634-4625.