About Cruise San Diego
At Cruise San Diego, we are passionate about our waters and the history and wildlife that surround us. Part of that history starts with the OHANA, our beautiful vessel that serves as the platform for all of our bay cruises. This aluminum passenger ferry was built by the Chaffee Machine Company of San Diego for the Wrigley Family, yes the makers of the famous chewing gum. The vessel was designed to provide year-round service for their family and friends between Los Angeles and Catalina Island (which they also owned). After their passing, the vessel and Catalina Island were deeded to the State of California. The Cabrillo, as she was known back then, was then purchased by a private investor to run whale watching trips out of Long Beach, CA before Cruise San Diego found her and decided to bring her back home. Cruise San Diego is a locally owned and operated company whose mission is to share the beauty and history of our waters with our customers.
A true San Diego native, Steve is the primary captain aboard the OHANA with over 40 years of experience navigating the waters. Steve has spent most of his life on the water having started surfing at a very young age as well as racing sailboats right here on Mission Bay! Captain Steve’s local knowledge and love for our beautiful Bay come through on every trip.
Derwayne has over 20 years of experience serving customers at a bar. He enjoys the relaxed work environment that comes with having a job on a boat. He especially loves meeting new people. Derwayne is great with our customers and can serve up a drink that is sure to make you come back for more.
David is one of the first deckhands to join the Cruise San Diego Team and is a leader on the deck. He loves his job and is always happy to take a drink order or a picture of you and your friends so be sure to take advantage of his skills! You will be happy to come away with a picture to capture your memory of the cruise.
David is one of the best deckhands in the fleet. His hard work ethic and gentle personality make him an invaluable crew member. David loves being on the water and everything the Bay has to offer. You’ll sure to be pleased with David’s customer service on your trip.
Samantha’s motto is a happy customer is a returning customer and she lives by that every trip she works on. Samantha provides our customers with good conversation and a smile. She is always ready to accommodate by taking any drink order so you can enjoy the ride while sipping on a beverage!
Sean is a bartender with years of experience. He joins us on the water a couple of times a week to serve up the best specialty cocktails in Mission Bay. Be sure to find him in the galley and order a delicious drink to enjoy while you take in the views the bay has to offer.