Chocolate Festival is April 30, 2017!

Chocolate Festival 2017

Chocolate Festival

Sunday April 30, 2017
10:00am to 4:00pm

The history of chocolate and how it came to our country is an interesting tale of seafaring travels.

This year’s event will be held on multiple vessels to expand the event space!

This popular annual event with over 15 vendors showcasing and sampling various types of chocolate, has something for every palette. Kids and adults can make their own chocolate pizza, to delight chocolate lovers of all ages. The adults can participate in the wine and chocolate or beer and chocolate pairings as well as live baking and cooking with chocolate demonstrations.

Bay cruises and sailing opportunities with chocolate delicacies on board are available too.

Included Activities

  • Experience chocolate at our vendor booths
  • Kitchen tricks with chocolate
  • Culinary demonstrations starts at noon
  • Build your own Chocolate Pizza
  • Beer & Wine Chocolate pairings (21+ up)
  • Limited sample quantities
  • While supplies last

In advance ticket range: $13 – $20.
At the door: $23 – $33

2 and under ticket doesn’t include sampler card.

Book now! Chocolate Festival Admission

  • For Maritime Museum Members Admission is FREE and sample cards are available for $5.00 at the door.
  • Guest passes and seafarer passes are not valid during this special event.

Chocolate on the Seas, for Chocolate Festival:

  • Chocolate Goodies will be handed out on all Pilot Bay Cruises. Tickets available at the museum, $7 per person.
  • Tall Ship Adventure will have chocolate goodies aboard for sampling. Click here for Tall Ship tickets.

NEW San Salvador Sailing Adventure

San Salvador Sailing
A 4 hour sail aboard the San Salvador

The San Salvador is a replica of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo’s ship that arrived at the port we now call San Diego on September 28, 1542.

These 4 hour Sailing Adventures are for people who love history, and sailing. Very few people have sailed aboard Galleons of the sixteenth century and these day sails will offer the public a chance to be aboard the magnificent galleon, the San Salvador.

Book now! San Salvador Sailing Adventure.

  • San Salvador Sailing Adventure is 4 hours
  • Check-in ends at 11:30am*
  • San Salvador Sailing Adventure ticket includes museum admission.
  • You can check-in as early as 9:00 am, enjoy the Museum before or after your sail.
  • Return to museum at 4:00 pm
  • Tickets range from $99.00 to $49.00

*Schedule is subject to change. Any new times will be noted on ticket.

Earth Day On The Bay April 24th

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Earth Day On The Bay

Free general admission all day!

April 24, 2016

Earth Day on the Bay will take place at and around the Maritime Museum of San Diego from 10am-4pm. Opportunities to go on a bay cruise or sailing adventure with a naturalist aboard will be available for a nominal charge.

About:

The Maritime Museum believes that, at a time of particularly heightened concern regarding the effect of human activity on the earth’s environment, it will be important to make this event as accessible as possible. For that reason, there will be no charge to attend Earth Day on the Bay, and the Museum will be open to all who wish to attend without charge.


  • FREE Admission to the Maritime Museum
  • Visit interactive Displays from Sponsors
  • Take a photo with a 30′ Whale
  • Interact with Marine Wildlife
  • 1 hour Tall Ship Cruises (add-on activity)
  • 45 minute Bay Cruises (add-on activity)
  • Food Vendors
  • …and more!

http://sdmaritime.org/visit/public-events/earth-day-on-the-bay/

Chocolate Festival April 3, 2016

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Sunday April 3, 2016
11:00am to 4:00pm

An event for all ages. Vendors focusing on chocolate edibles, demonstrations and many other interesting activities.

Mars Chocolate History Ambassadors will be onsite to demonstrate the historical bean-to-beverage story of 18th-century chocolate using authentic tools including cocoa pods, cocoa beans and nibs, a hot stone metate, winnowing baskets, chocolate drink pots and stirrers throughout the day. Observers will be able to touch, taste, smell, and experience chocolate as it was enjoyed in early America at every demonstration by sampling AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate drink.

AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate is an authentic historic chocolate recipe developed by Mars Chocolate North America.

http://sdmaritime.org/visit/public-events/chocolate-festival/

Are You Seeking Adventure?

Californian Sailing to Catalina

This sailing adventure is not for the faint of heart.  The four-day trip to Catalina and Santa Barbara Islands were nothing short of incredible and exhausting.

If you are looking for a relaxing, low-key vacation–this trip is NOT for you.  I repeat–this trip is NOT for you.  Only the determined, adventurous-spirited, up-for-a-challenge, curious, and explorer dare apply for this physically, mentally, and emotionally challenging trip.

Dolphins at Sunset

The challenges however are matched with the thrilling, once-in-a-lifetime rewards of sailing in the company of hundreds of dolphins, spotting an occasional whale, kayaking with baby seals and stingrays, exploring the caves around the islands, and learning to sail an authentic tall ship.

Guests are encouraged to become part of the crew, standing watch for four-hour increments (even at midnight), hauling lines, steering the ship, raising the anchor (which will get your heart pounding so fast you want to mutiny), eating together in the galley, and cleaning the ship.  Standing watch and raising the anchor are the least enjoyable portions of the trip, but they make sleep come easily and community grow strong.

The feel of the wind in your hair, nothing but ocean in sight for as far as the eye can see, thousands of stars illuminating the dark sky once the moon sets, and the constant slap of rope against sail create a serenity and meditative-like state that is a much needed change of pace from fast-paced city living.

Marge, our ship cook, provides delicious and well-earned meals three times a day along with snacks, tea, and coffee at all hours.  You definitely will not go hungry on this expedition and will be pleasantly surprised with treats each night.  You are welcome to bring aboard some of your favorite snacks as well.

The first day is spent learning ship basics, performing emergency tests, sailing out of San Diego Bay, and sailing to Catalina.  Rough seas equal drippy decks, so make sure to pack waterproof clothing and be prepared to hang your sheets out to dry in the morning.  The ship anchors off of Two Harbors early on the second day.

Kayaking Catalina

Day two involves kayaking and exploring around the island, sea lions, birds, the occasional dolphin, garibaldi, and caves.  I highly recommend bringing a GoPro or an underwater camera to film all of the beautiful wildlife.  Visibility along the shoreline is incredible and makes for some amazing pictures.  After lunch guests and crew are welcome to go ashore for a cold beer and a shower.  Make sure to bring quarters for the showers!  There are some paths to walk along the shore or over to the other side of the island to explore a bit on land as well.

Sea Lions at Santa Barbara Island

Day three we set sail for Santa Barbara Island, a remote island about a half-day sail from Catalina.  Bring snorkel gear and a wetsuit!  The snorkeling and kayaking along Santa Barbara is like nothing I have ever seen before!  Visibility is at least 50 feet deep, with perfect clarity.  I could see sea stars on the ocean floor as if I were right in front of them.  Baby sea lions playfully followed the kayaks as we paddled around the caves, and a stingray passed right under my kayak.  Snorkeling was a bit scary being so far out in the ocean, but the vivid colors and bright fish made me overcome my fear.  After kayaking the ship sets sail for home and sails through the night back toward San Diego.

Californian sunrise

Day four is spent leisurely sailing back into San Diego.  By the end of the trip you are completely exhausted but have a huge smile on your face.  A hot shower upon arriving at home never felt better!

In addition to the packing list the museum provides, make sure you bring: a waterproof camera, lanyards to attach your camera/important items to your clothing, water shoes in addition to flip flops for the showers, snorkel gear if you’d like to snorkel, a wetsuit if you will be getting in the water in October, every waterproof article of clothing you own, and lots of warm under layers.

If you’re interested in joining us on one of our three Catalina Kayak & Adventure Sails next summer check out our website: http://www.sdmaritime.org/catalina-adventure-sailing/ or give Robyn a call at: 619-234-9153 ext 123.

Hope you can make it!

Fair winds,

Erica Geary

Catalina Kayak and Adventure Sail This Weekend!

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Sail with us to Catalina on Californian

Looking for a cruise with more substance?

Join us as we set sail to the beautiful waters surrounding Catalina Island aboard the schooner Californian. Each voyage offers a unique perspective on seamanship, maritime history and the awesome beauty of the Pacific Ocean.

The Catalina adventure sail will use the tall ship, Californian, as our base camp for a kayaking adventure. Exploring by kayak is a great and fun way to get up close and personal to all of the sights. The crystal clear waters provide excellent viewing of the rugged shoreline, hidden coves and the underwater marine preserve. Colorful sea stars, flying fish and bright orange garibaldi are just some of the amazing sea creatures surrounding the island.

All onboard meals, Kayaks (October sail only), life vests, paddles, safety equipment, and ACA certified kayaking instructor and tour guide are included.

We are sailing this weekend, October 11th-14th.  Stay tuned for awesome photos and video!

Fair winds,

Erica Geary