If a community is judged by its hospitality, Downtown Santa Barbara shines. Our experienced group of friendly and knowledgeable volunteers serve as visitor-oriented “faces” of the Downtown community, ready to meet, greet and share downtown information in two ways: as Downtown Hosts and as Cruise Ship Ambassadors.
The Downtown Host Program’s mission is to welcome visitors and locals to the downtown area and to help direct them to area shops, restaurants, cultural venues, and historic sites, while answering questions and handing out the Downtown Map & Guide. Downtown Hosts are volunteers who are a valuable resource and a friendly face of the community, creating a warm, vibrant, welcoming environment for visitors, workers, and business owners. As knowledgeable ambassadors, they promote Downtown Santa Barbara as a premier shopping, dining, and cultural destination. You can find our Downtown Hosts biking around downtown on our Mobile Information Kiosk Explorer(MIKE the bike), or placed at popular destinations such as The Courthouse, Paseo Nuevo, La Arcada Plaza among with many others.
Downtown Santa Barbara is pleased to welcome beautiful cruise ships throughout the year, bringing visitors from around the globe! The Fall 2107 season includes 10 cruise ship arrivals.
Saturday, September 8 - Celebrity Infinity
Tuesday, September 18 - Coral Princess
Tuesday, September 25 - Island Princess
Friday, September 28 - ms Zandaam
Saturday, September 29 - Emerald Princess
Tuesday, October 2 - Grand Princess
Tuesday, October 9 - Celebrity Infinity
Sunday, October 14 - Seabourn Sojourn
Monday, November 26 - Emerald Princess
Sunday, December 11 - Crystal Serenity
Downtown Santa Barbara is always looking for energetic, friendly volunteers to staff the Downtown Host Program and serve as Cruise Ship Ambassadors. Hosts are needed Saturday and Sundays – May 28th to September 5th. Sign up for one day or the whole weekend! The location is the Paseo Nuevo Mall entrance at State & De la Guerra Streets, with a table equipped with chairs, an umbrella and information to pass out. We ask volunteers to commit to a 2-hour shift from either 12:00-2:00 pm or 2:00-4:00 pm. Everyone is welcome to do a 4-hour shift. Cruise Ship Ambassadors, our top-notch team welcoming arriving cruise ships (up to 30 per year), direct passengers to discover Downtown Santa Barbara’s shopping, dining, and cultural venues. Register here, to begin signing up for shifts: www.shiftboard.com.
Check out MIKE the Bike passing out maps, distributing 1st Thursday Passports,
and answering questions up and down State Street!