Flagship Cruises & Events Celebrates 100 Years on San Diego Bay with Dockside Anniversary Party

Free jet boat rides, beer and wine tasting and live music at Flagship’s party on the harbor

SAN DIEGO – In celebration of a century on San Diego Bay, Flagship Cruises & Events will host a 100th anniversary party on Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 2 to 6 p.m. Guests will enjoy food, drinks and fun aboard Flagship’s fleet of luxury yachts, docked along the newly-remodeled embarcadero at 990 North Harbor Drive. The event is free and open to the public. 

Highlights of the bash include:

  • Live music by acclaimed dance band Sensation and jazz vocalist Celeste Barbier
  • Complimentary appetizers
  • Local craft beer and wine for sample and purchase
  • Local olive oil tastings
  • Professional commemorative photos 
  • Photos and memorabilia from Flagship’s 100-year history
  • Kids entertainment including balloon art, games, face painting and a magician
  • Raffle drawings

The party will take place aboard the California Spirit, California Princess and Quiet Heart yachts, and guests will be able to freely embark and disembark in order to enjoy the offerings and harbor view on all three boats. 

Additionally, Flagship will offer free high-speed thrill rides on the Patriot jet boat for party guests. The newest addition to the Flagship fleet and the only boat of its kind in San Diego, the 70-foot Patriot features two turbo-charged 1,400 horsepower jet engines that send passengers racing through San Diego Harbor on an unforgettable joyride at 50 miles per hour. The jet boat rides will depart at 2:30, 3:30, 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. 

Flagship will close out the evening with a complimentary harbor tour on the Quiet Heart yacht, which will depart at 5 p.m. for an hour-long tour of San Diego Bay. Space will be limited. 

“The past 100 years would not have been possible without the millions of San Diegans and visitors who have stepped aboard one of our boats,” said Art Engel, CEO of Flagship Cruises & Events. “We look forward to thanking everyone for their incredible support at our celebration on the harbor.”

The Flagship fleet is located two blocks from the Santa Fe Depot train and trolley station, and nearby parking is available at the USS Midway parking lot, the B Street Pier parking lot and at 5 Star Parking on the corner of Broadway and Pacific Highway. Additional directions and parking information is available at flagshipsd.com/mapdirections.  

Originally founded on May 1, 1915 as the Star & Crescent Boat Company, Flagship Cruises & Events began as a ferry company with owners Oakley J. Hall and Rufus Creswell at the helm. In 1986, The Engel brothers – Art, Herb and David – purchased the Star & Crescent Boat Company from the Hall family, continuing the company’s family-owned legacy and growing the fleet to offer a broader array of charter, cruise and event options. To reflect this expansion, the company changed its name to San Diego Harbor Excursion in 1990, and then to Flagship Cruises & Events in 2011. Today, Flagship’s offerings include harbor tours, nightly skyline dinner cruises, whale watching excursions, Sunday brunch cruises, event planning and private yacht charters. 

To learn more about Flagship Cruises, visit www.flagshipsd.com or call 619-234-4111. Find Flagship on Twitter and Instagram at @FlagshipSD and at facebook.com/flagshipsd.

About Flagship Cruises & Events: 

Founded in 1915 and proudly celebrating its 100th anniversary, Flagship Cruises & Events is San Diego’s only locally- and family-owned yacht charter, cruise and event company. Flagship’s premier fleet of luxury yachts is available for a wide variety of experiences on San Diego’s sparkling waters, including nightly gourmet dinner cruises, exhilarating whale watching excursions, harbor tours, ferry and water taxi services, corporate events and thrilling rides on Flagship’s new jet boat, the Patriot. For more information, please visit www.flagshipsd.com