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.
Capt. James is the primary captain aboard the OHANA and has extensive knowledge about Mission Bay and years of experience navigating the ocean. James runs a tight ship and prides himself on having a friendly and professional crew so you can relax and enjoy our cruises.
Capt. Liz has years of experience navigating the waters. Liz has spent most of her life on the water and has a huge local knowledge and love for our beautiful Bay come through on every trip.
Captain Joey has trained on many types of vessels and brings a wealth of knowledge to the OHANA. His guided tour and laid back personality are sure to make your trip a relaxing and enjoyable one. In his spare time, Captain Joey enjoys sailing and skiing. He’d be the first to tell you that he loves anything on the water.
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.
Delaney joined our team to learn more about marine life and is even pursuing a career as a naturalist. Her love for our waters is what makes her an excellent team member of our deck crew. While on a cruise, make sure and ask her a question about the wildlife, she has a ton of information to share.
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.
Bernadette brings her good vibes and positive energy to the Ohana every day. Her infectious smile and can do attitude ensure our passengers have a good time. With Bernadette behind the bar you are sure to get service with a smile.