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/

Waterfront Corporate Event Venues for Rent Downtown San Diego

Corporate Event
Corporate Event

 

Our Corporate Event Venues Produce Positive Results and an Incredible Experience!

San Diego’s best location for off site corporate mixers, meetings and private events. The Maritime Museum offers four incredible ships, each with their own unique personality.

The National Historic Landmark, 1898 Berkeley ferryboat, located near the convention center on San Diego Bay, is available for corporate and private events, meetings, special events, and social gatherings. The Berkeley event space is not only unique with her gorgeous Victorian period appointments, but the space also has two large open-air decks that offer incredible views of both the downtown city skyline as well as breathtaking sunset views of the harbor. The event space boasts a large dance floor, beautiful hand carved wood seating, and Victorian (opalescent) stained glass windows that are back-lit at night and crown the venue with grace and elegance.

The historic tall ship Star of India is arguably, the most unique icon of San Diego, if not all of southern California. Built in 1863, she has circled the globe 21 times and has been designated with National and State Historic Landmark status.

The Star of India or any of the ships can be transformed, from an elegant cocktail reception to an exhilarating Pirate party. With its magnificent top decks, the Star of India is surrounded by a 360 degree breath-taking view of the San Diego skyline and harbor.

HMS Surprise, from the 20th Century fox Studios movie hit, Master & Commander, is available for corporate events and private events or gatherings. Host your unique corporate event, cocktail reception, a pre-dinner gathering, or dance on her decks into the night. She has a treasure of opportunities.

The HMS Surprise is fantastic for themed events as guests never forget the experiences aboard this majestic venue.

California’s State tall ship, Californian, has the dexterity to sail or stay dockside for intimate events and charters. She is instrumental in serving the community with our results oriented corporate team-building and sailing programs.

To learn more about our ships, Click here.

http://sdmaritime.org/event-venues-san-diego/corporate-events/

Wednesday Weddings

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Extraordinarily Elegant San Diego Waterfront Weddings and Receptions.

The lovely 1898 Berkeley ferryboat, gracing San Diego Bay with her turn-of-the-century charm and ambiance is available for weddings and receptions. She has two open-air decks, offering your choice of downtown skyline or sunset views of the harbor. Her Ladies’ deck and dance floor are also crowned with Victorian styled stained glass windows, softly backlit after dark. The ferryboat is an excellent site for both weddings and receptions, offering a full array of services from your ceremony to your bon voyage.

Our own majestic Star of India is without question the most unique wedding location in Southern California, if not the world. She is the oldest active sailing ship in the world. Built in 1863, she has circled the globe 21 times with her soaring masts and spars that support her white billowing sails. Your wedding ceremony will be celebrated in timeless elegance and unparalleled beauty.

To learn more about our ships, Click here.

$500.00 Wednesday Weddings!
Special wedding ceremonies are now available every Wednesday from 12pm-6pm by appointment. With the costs of weddings soaring, The Maritime Museum of San Diego offers a non-traditional route to brides and grooms. Every Wednesday, the museum offers $500 wedding ceremonies. They include: an ideal waterfront location on any ship at the museum, a private ceremony officiated by Reverend Powers, an immediate marriage license, and photo opportunities on any boat.

Up to 10 people are welcome aboard any Wednesday of their choosing. Keep it simple by cutting costs and stress to make the big day an intimate and romantic affair. After all, a wedding should be about the two getting married. Keeping costs down on the wedding means more money to spend enjoying a honeymoon, a house, or an adventure with that special someone.

“We created Wednesday Weddings for the couple on a budget that wants something personal and private. Come on down and elope to the San Diego Bay!” said Office Manager and Event Coordinator, Warren Potts.

http://sdmaritime.org/event-venues-san-diego/wedding-receptions/

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