Cruise Ships, Host Program, and Volunteers

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.

Downtown Host Program

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. Downtown Hosts are located at Paseo Nuevo Shopping Center (800 State Street) from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays from May 29th to September 4th.

Cruise Ships

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.

2018 Spring Cruise Ship Schedule:

Friday, February 23 - Ruby Princess
Friday, March 23 - Ruby Princess
Wednesday, April 4 - Star Princess
Monday, April 9 - Grand Princess
Sunday, April 29 - Star Princess
Tuesday, May 1 - Grand Princess
Friday, May 18 - Celebrity Infinity



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:

For more information, contact Kate Schwab, or call (805) 962-2098.

Check out MIKE the Bike passing out maps, distributing 1st Thursday Passports,
and answering questions up and down State Street! 

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