Holiday FUN for the whole family!!

This is one for the kids!! The Maritime Museum will transform into a winter wonderland complete with holiday-themed activities for everyone. Skate around an ice rink, board a pirate ship bounce house, or take photos with Santa!!

4 p.m. to 8 pm., 1492 North Harbor Drive, San Diego.

AND watch the PARADE OF LIGHTS from any of our ships starting at 5:30pm!

This 46th year and true holiday tradition on the the San Diego Bay, the PARADE OF LIGHTS hold 80 boats decked out in festive lights and decorations. This year’s theme is “A Pirate’s Christmas,” so expect some swashbuckling displays on the water!!

Star of India Holiday Lights

 

Eventos privados, corporativos, bodas y recepciones

Eventos privados, eventos corporativos, bodas y recepciones, conferencias, cartas de navegación y mucho más.  Creamos recuerdos que duran para siempre.  Tenemos el lugar perfecto para eventos especiales en la hermosa costa de San Diego.

El Museo Marítimo de San Diego hace sus barcos históricos disponibles como lugares de eventos privados. El museo ofrece un coordinador de eventos para ayudar en la planificación y la preparación de su evento especial. Nuestro personal le ayudará a asegurar una experiencia increíble que es a la vez única y memorable. Si usted está planeando una boda o recepción, evento corporativo, carta de navegación o una celebración de la vida a través de la dispersión de las cenizas en el mar, nuestro equipo de eventos está aquí para ayudarle con todas sus necesidades de planificación de eventos.

Servicios de eventos disponibles

Eventos corporativos / privados
Bodas y recepciones frente al mar
Cartas de navegación
Eventos temáticos
Fiestas infantiles de cumpleaños
Programas de team building
Dispersión de Cenizas

Nuestros lugares incluyen:

Monumentos Históricos Nacionales y Estatales, la Star of India, la Berkeley, el velero oficial del estado de California, la Californian y la HMS Surprise, una réplica de una fragata de la Marina Real del siglo 18 utilizada en la película, “Master and Commander, The Far Side of the World” y “Piratas del Caribe: En mareas misteriosas” de Disney, además de numerosos especiales y comerciales.

Podemos ofrecer servicio de comidas, servicio de bar, música, entretenimiento y un hermoso espacio para eventos.

Póngase en contacto con nuestro equipo de Eventos Especiales:

specialevents@sdmaritime.org
O por teléfono al 619-234-9153 x 102

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

Star Gala 2013

This year’s 150th Anniversary Gala for the Star of India was a huge success!

Star Gala
Star Gala

Delicious appetizers by Continental Catering and craft cocktails Craft & Commerce made the evening sparkle.  Twinkle lights adorned the Star of India as she was moored in the middle of San Diego bay for this once in a lifetime event.

Specialty bar in the hold
Specialty bar in the hold

Generous guests were escorted over aboard the tall ship Californian and accompanying vessels.  Live music enchanted the guests as the sun set over the bay.  A live auction was held to raise funds for the San Salvador Project where many generous donations were made.  Thank you to everyone who participated!

For more photos check out our Flickr set!

Fair winds,

Erica Geary

#FOS2013 Coming Labor Day Weekend

Festival of Sail in San Diego

Festival of Sail 2013
Labor Day weekend.
Friday August 30 thru Monday September 2, 2013
Open 9am to 7pm Friday – Sunday
Open 9am to 5pm Monday

Fun for the Entire Family

Daily addmission is just $5.00 per person!

This year’s Festival of Sail features an expanded events area, more booths to explore, larger kids zone, vintage boat display, stage for live entertainment, and a beer garden.

Festival of Sail is the LARGEST Tall Ship festival on the west coast and is hosted at the Maritime Museum of San Diego, transforming the North Embarcadero into a nautical theme park for 4 adventure filled days.

Held over Labor Day weekend each year, we start with a parade! On Thursday, a day before FOS (Festival of Sail) vendors and ships open to the public, you can watch the ships majestically sail into San Diego bay, enjoy cannon fire salutes, and seeing the ships end their journey at the Maritime Museum’s docks. A limited number of tickets are made available to participate being aboard during the tall ship parade.

Daily Activities during Festival of Sail: enjoy the visiting ships and crew, kids petting zoo, kids craft activities, face painting, Tall ship cannon battles, a special 30 minute Festival of Sail bay cruise, beer garden, on stage entertainment, Naval reinactors, photo ops with Captain Sunny and Pirates, and 100’s of arts and craft vendors, plus a multitude of food options, and so much more…

Click here for tickets!

Fair winds,

Erica Geary