Black Meetings and Tourism

November/December 2014

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I N T H E N E W S B M & T ••• November/December 2014 ••• 10 SAN DIEGO'S SENSATIONAL PRE-AND POST-CRUISE OFFERINGS An incomparable combination of convenient location, world-class attractions and activities and consistently warm, sunny weather make San Diego an ideal cruise port . San Diego's two Cruise Ship Terminals are situated on beautiful San Diego Bay adjacent to downtown's exciting urban core and within easy walking distance of numerous museums, hotels and restaurants, mak- ing even the quickest port visit a pleasure. For passengers flying into the region, the San Diego International Airport is located just two miles from the cruise terminals. With an average daily temperature of 70ºF, passengers can schedule a few days before or after a cruise to explore San Diego Bay and the vibrantdowntown area anytime of the year. WHAT TO SEE AND DO Popular sights and attractions along San Diego Bay and downtown allow visitors to commune with nature, relive history and experience the city's exciting urban culture, all just steps from the cruise ship terminals. Old Town Trolley Tours offers a great way to see San Diego on an entertaining narrated tour of the city covering key points of interest, includ- ing a designated stop at the Cruise Ship Terminal, downtown's Gaslamp Quarter and Little Italy, Seaport Village, Coronado, Old Town, Balboa Park/San Diego Zoo and more. Visitors can stay on board for a continuous two- hour tour or enjoy "on-and-off privileges" at each stop. The USS Midway, a decommissioned aircraft carrier docked at Navy Pier on the Embar- cadero, is the most visited ship museum in the world. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Midway highlights San Diego's rich military his- tory and provides visitors a glimpse into life aboard an aircraft carrier with dozens of historic aircraft on display and tours both above and below decks. The Maritime Museum of San Diego on the Embarcadero comprises several historic ships and other vessels on which visitors can relive the early days of seafaring. They include the , the world & oldest active sailing ship (built in 1863), the Californian, the official tall ship of the State of California, the HMS Surprise from the Academy Award-winning film Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World and two former Soviet and U.S. submarines. WHERE TO DINE Along San Diego's bayfront, cruise ship passengers can enjoy amaz- ing meals against a backdrop of crimson sunsets, Photo Credit: Supreeya Chantalao Photo Credit: Popmedia Group Photo Credit: Popmedia Group Trolley tours in old town San Diego The USS Midway, now a decommissioned aircraft carrier Sailing ship's, The California and Star of India

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