San Diego Bay Cruises
3645 30th St.
San Diego, CA 92104

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High Spirits

High Spirits yachtHigh Spirits Yacht Charter Rates
150 Maximum Guests

The rates featured below are basic hourly rates to give you a basis to start with.  Our yacht charter coordinators and captains are very flexible and can customize a package for your event or occasion based on your needs.  Additional accommodations can be made for catering, cocktails, and entertainment.

Midweek Hourly Rate   $1750

Weekend Hourly Rate   $1850

Boarding of the High Spirits can be at the Harbor Drive Hornblower terminal or at another location of your choice (additional docking fees may apply for remote locations).  Typical San Diego Harbor cruises entail a relaxing bay tour featuring photographic points of interest such as the San Diego Skyline, Point Loma, Sea Lion viewing, Seaport Village, the USS Midway, Star of India, and the Coronado Bay Bridge.

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Prices do not include marina dock fees and San Diego Port District taxes, sales taxes or additional services such as food & beverage or other incidentals unless otherwise noted. Prices are subject to change from published rates.  Each charter may be different and your special requests are welcome. Gratuities for the captain and crew are NOT included in the published rates, but are cheerfully accepted and appreciated.

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High Spirits is a beautifully restored classic motor yacht built in 1929 in the Mathis Shipyard in Camden, New Jersey designed by world famous boatwright, John Trumpy.  Many experts consider him to be the best designer of his time.  Most of Trumpy’s works of art are considered treasured collector items.


Main salon of High Spirits

The Hornblower yacht High Spirits is 112′ with five salons, a dance floor, solid teak bar, rare mahogany dining room table and chairs, full galley and stereo sound system.  The unique appointments that many guests love are the fireplace on the main deck and the comfortable furnishings in the living room.  The yacht has three luxurious staterooms.

The High Spirits has always been a privately owned yacht and is the sister ship to the Presidential yacht “Sequoia”.  She was used during the Roosevelt and Kennedy years along with the Sequoia.  During W.W.II, the US Navy purchased her, as they did many private yachts for the use of a patrol ship in the Pacific.  In 1985 she was beautifully restored and certified by the US Coast Guard for charters.

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Full bar on the High Spirits

Her elegant decor features mahogany paneling, a Chippendale design dining table and classic crystal lighting fixtures.  Her main salon includes a dance floor, antique piano, a full bar and stereo system.  The upper deck offers a bar and dining room with breathtaking views.

The High Spirit’s decks and other exterior brightwork of of solid teak.  The interior salon panels are constructed of bleached black walnut, rarely found on yachts.  The unique windows on this yacht are like automobiles; they can be lowered by a cranking system concealed just below each panel by a sterling silver clam shell.

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Walkway on High Spirits extends all the way around the yacht

The Hornblower’s High Spirits is the largest Trumpy yacht in operation today.  The yacht has a large bow area and walkways that tour the perimeter of the entire main deck.  The elegant main salon has antique furnishings, dance floor, and a solid teak bar.  The upper dining deck provides a spectacular view of the San Diego Bay.

Celebrities that have been aboard High Spirits include:

  • President Roosevelt & Family
  • President Kennedy & Family
  • President Jimmy Carter
  • Wally Schirra – Astronaut
  • Tom Wolff – Author
  • Mariah Carey

Whatever your occasion to charter a private yacht from San Diego Bay Cruises, the High Spirits motor yacht is ready to accommodate your event and your party.  High Spirits comes equipped with all the comforts of a beautiful home in a floating package of luxury.

The High Spirits motor yacht features:

  • Plenty of comfortable deck and interior seating throughout the vessel.  There’s not a bad seat in the house!
  • Open aft and forward decks ideal for photography and enjoying cool sea breezes and sunsets
  • Full service galley (kitchen) for food and beverage service
  • On board head (bathroom) with fresh water sink.
  • Salon with fully stocked bar and glassware ideal for socializing or meetings, and cocktail parties
  • Stereo system to play your favorite cruising or party music.
  • Salon includes floral centerpieces, antique furnishings, classic atmosphere 

You can book the High Spirits motor yacht for any of the following occasions:

  • San Diego Bay Tours
  • Dinner Cruises
  • Anniversaries
  • Marriage Proposals
  • Corporate Team Building
  • Birthdays
  • Entertaining Clients
  • Wedding Rehearsal Dinners
  • Film & TV Production
  • Photography Shot Location
  • Exclusive Private Cruises
  • Weddings at Sea
  • Sunset Cruises
  • Theme Parties
Main Salon of High Spirits
Sunset cruise on High Spirits yacht High Spirits Yacht upper deck Wedding at Sea aboard High Spirits
High Spirits sunset cruise High Spirits forward deck