Last month I took a 7-Day California Coastal cruise on Princess Cruises’ Star Princess, sailing round-trip from San Francisco.
San Diego was one of the port calls, and I used the day to explore the USS Midway Museum and other surrounding waterfront attractions. It seemed only fitting since San Diego is home to the US Navy’s largest base on the west coast, serving as the principal homeport of the Pacific Fleet, with 54 ships and more than 20,000 military personnel.
In 1945, when the USS Midway was commissioned, it was the largest ship in the world, and the first too large to fit through the Panama Canal. The ship was decommissioned in 1992 in San Diego, California, and was opened as a museum in 2004.
Tours are self-guided at your own pace, with an audio headset included to tell you about various points throughout the aircraft carrier.
I first headed explore the ‘City at Sea’ on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th decks where most of the sailors slept, ate and carried out their daily lives at sea.
Have you visited the USS Midway Museum? Or, have you been on some other aircraft carrier? Please share your experience in the comments below.
Check out these other posts on my recent California Coastal Cruise on the Star Princess:
- Trying Out San Francisco’s New Cruise Ship Terminal at Pier 27
- Dining at the Crab Shack on the Star Princess Cruise Ship
- Views from the Star Princess Cruise Ship
- A Look at the Sabatini’s Menu on Princess Cruises’ Star Princess
- A Look Inside Interior Cabin B-625 on the Star Princess Cruise Ship
- A Quick Visit to Ensenada, Mexico via the Star Princess Cruise Ship
- How Joining a Roll Call on Cruise Critic Made My Solo Cruise a Blast
- Touring Los Angeles and Hollywood on a Princess Cruises’ Excursion from Long Beach