Historic Bay Cruises

45 Minute Historic Bay Cruise, $5.00 add-on with General Admission ticket.

General Admission 10am to 5pm
  • General Admission ticket good all day.
  • Ticket time denotes Bay Cruise boarding time. Don’t miss your boat, check-in at least 15 minutes before!
  • Explore the Museum, before, and/or after your Bay Cruise.
  • Bay Cruise could be on Pilot or Swift Boat.


Tickets Book now! General Admission
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Note: Submarines & and below deck attractions temporarily closed

Historic Bay Cruise boarding times are:
11:00am
12:45pm – not available online, walk up sales only
1:45pm
2:45pm
3:45pm

Tickets also available on a walk-up basis (till sold out). Seats are limited.

Please note there are no restrooms aboard Pilot or Swift Boat.

Historic Bay Cruises can be on Pilot or PCF 816 Swift Boat.

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. Pilot has been restored by the Maritime Museum of San Diego and relaunched in 2002, as thousands of people, get to enjoy her classic beauty every year since.

PCF 816 – The U.S. Navy officially called them Patrol Craft Fast – PCFs for short, but the men who served on them during Vietnam have always known them as Swift Boat. In 1971, the US Navy donated two Swift Boats to the newly formed Republic of Malta’s Maritime Squadron. After forty years of coastguard duty, Malta retired these boats from service. In 2011, Malta’s Minister of Defense donated a Swift Boat to the Maritime Museum of San Diego with our promise to preserve her history and to pay tribute to all Swift Boat Sailors from both countries.

Please note there are no restrooms aboard Pilot or Swift Boat.

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

Swift Boat PCF816 Maritime Museum of San Diego

Swift Boat PCF816 Maritime Museum of San Diego

POW Swift Boat PCF816 Maritime Museum of San Diego

Swift Boat PCF816 Maritime Museum of San Diego

Swift Boat PCF816 Maritime Museum of San Diego

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