Friday June 27, 2014 / 6:00pmSights & Sips Sunset Cruise
How was your experience?
This is NOT a "see the sunset" nor is it a "hear about the harbor history" tour. It is a eat and drink with loud noise cruise (people talking loudly to be heard above loud music). They call it a happy hour party boat and said the top floor was the party area, but I think that was just because the music was louder on the 3rd floor. There was no dancing, the music didn't seem to jazz people up, no one sang to it or moved to it or even seemed to pay attention to it. It was not anything I recognized or anything I saw people paying attention to, it just meant people had to kinda yell to talk over it. The Captain made 2 announcements about things that we went by, the rest were announcements about any celebrations going on for people (lots of those about anything you wanted announced). Champagne was handed to you when you arrived. The food was ok and there was plenty of it, it matched the sample menu (spinach dip with crackers, veggies and ranch dip, cheese cubes, chips & salsa, then brought around was breaded shrimp, small beef empanadas, a cheese/pepper breaded fried something, and for desert macaroons & chocolate dipped strawberries). You only knew where to get the buffet food when you saw someone else with it and asked (food was on the 2nd level), because the same thing was not on both sides of the table you had to stand in line 2x to get to everything. They only served alcoholic drinks and mixers (some soft drinks & orange juice), no iced tea or coffee and all drinks were at the expected high prices (I think it was $5 for a small diet coke). Sunset did not happen until after the cruise even though they call it a sunset cruise. The boat was almost full. The top floor had some outdoor seating (not shaded) and some indoor seating (the only area cooled for the first 45 minutes or so). The first and second floor was indoor seating only, with some window seats and some not window seats. We had been on dinner cruises with this same company in Seattle and liked them (it was good food, not just ok food, but a good step up from the food served on this boat), and we had been on sightseeing cruises with them in Seattle. I guess we just expected more sightseeing or better food and not loud music - we asked to have the music turned down 3 times as it was blaring loudly on the 3rd floor, we finally moved down a floor but by then since the boat was full we did not get a window seat. I would not do this cruise again. I am not sure if I would do one of their other cruises with so many other companies to choose from in San Diego. If you want to eat food and drink (and don't mind the prices for drinks) and just party with friends, you would probably enjoy this cruise. It just wasn't what we were looking for or expecting.