Thousands of tourists poured into downtown San Diego in the span of just a few hours when three cruise ships docked along the Embarcadero.
The Celebrity Solstice, Holland America's Zuiderdam and Oceania Cruises' Regatta were all docked in San Diego Tuesday.
The Solstice’s arrival marked a milestone as it’s the longest cruise ship ever to berth at the B Street Pier.
Local businesses at Seaport Village, which is just a stone's throw from where cruisers disembark, were hoping businesses can double or even triple.
Tristan Evert with San Diego Surf Company said the “California Love” shirt is extremely popular with European tourists.
“They always come in and, they want a San Diego shirt. A big trend lately is California pride so there’s just ton of Californian stuff out there,” Evert said.
One couple visiting California for the first time from the UK said they planned to stop at the San Diego Zoo and the Midway Museum during their sightseeing.
Claire Slee and her husband were also excited about having American food with the infamous large portions.
“Food and lots of it,” said Henry Slee. “Just the big portions and quality of service is what we like.”
Traffic on Harbor Drive was expected to back up from all this increased activity between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tuesday.