Historic Bay Cruises

45 Minute Historic Bay Cruises aboard Pilot, add-on.

PILOT – Launched in 1914 to her removal from regular service in 1996, Pilot enjoyed an active career as San Diego’s chief pilot craft – assisting almost every one of the thousands of major commercial ships to enter or leave the bay during that time.

Restored by the Maritime Museum of San Diego and relaunched in 2002, Pilot now hosts school groups on “Economy and Ecology” voyages, where students help with navigation and perform water quality experiments while exploring the Bay, in addition to her public day cruises.

Indoor Exhibits, Below Deck Galleries are OPEN, as of June 15, 2021. The Russian Foxtrot class attack submarine B-39 remains closed. Please see “Overview Map” for new tour path.


Book now! General Admission with $10 PILOT add-on option

General Admission ticket range: $30 – $10 with $10 PILOT add-on option


About General Admission

Historic Bay Cruise, boarding times are: 11:00am, 12:45pm, 1:45pm, 2:45pm, 3:45pm

Online sales end 8 am day of
Walk-up General Admission tickets are available at the ticket booth, till 4pm.

Historic Bay Cruise add-on
Walk-up tickets are available at the ticket booth, till sold out.

Please note there are no restrooms aboard Pilot.

Pilot Boat Maritime Museum of San Diego

Pilot Boat Maritime Museum of San Diego

Pilot Boat Maritime Museum of San Diego

Pilot Boat Maritime Museum of San Diego

Photos taken pre-Covid, social distancing, and mask requirements.