The state of California is one of the most popular places to begin a cruise vacation year round. Besides cruise lines departing out of San Francisco, cruise lines also depart out of Sacramento, Monterey, Ontario, San Jose, Santa Maria, San Ysidro, Tecate, Victorville, Winterhaven, Calexico East and West, Eureka, Fresno, Port Hueneme, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Palm Springs, and San Diego. Cruise lines departing out of San Francisco are among the most popular cruises in the state of California as well as cruise lines departing out of San Diego, Los Angeles, and Long Beach.
â€œBorn out of the California Gold Rush of 1849,â€? The Port of San Francisco consists of 7.5 miles of San Francisco Bay shoreline covering the areas from Hyde Street Pier in the north to India Basin in the south. In addition to hosting cruises, the Portâ€™s other major activities include promoting maritime commerce, navigation, and fisheries; preserving the environment; and providing public recreation. The Port of San Francisco welcomes 60-80 cruise ships and 200,000 passengers each year. Cruise itineraries typically include round trip cruises to Mexico, Hawaii, and the Alaska/Pacific Coast. Cruise lines departing out of San Francisco also set sail numerous repositioning cruises during the spring and fall months. While repositioning cruises sail from San Francisco, many also end in San Francisco.
The following cruise lines and ships enter the port of San Francisco regularly: Celebrity Cruises (Celebrity Infinity, Celebrity Mercury, Celebrity Summit), Cruise West (Yorktown Clipper), DR Holdings (Delphin Renaissance), Holland America Line (Oosterdam, Statendam, Zuiderdam), Japan Grace (Topaz), Mitsui OSK (Nippon Maru), Norwegian Cruise Line (Norwegian Sun, Norwegian Wind, America Pride of Aloha, America Pride of Hawaii), NYK Line (Asuka II), P&O (Aurora), Princess Cruises (Coral Princess, Dawn Princess Diamond Princess, Island Princess, Regal Princess, Sapphire Princess, Sun Princess), Regent Seven Seas (Mariner), Royal Caribbean (Radiance of the Seas, Serenade of the Seas, Vision of the Seas), Saga (Saga Ruby), Silversea (Silver Shadow) and Swan Hellenic (Minerva II). Click here for a directory of all cruise lines listed above.
For visitors opting for cruise lines departing out of San Francisco, The popular Port of San Francisco offers numerous conveniences and attractions. The Port of San Francisco is located at the Embarcadero on the Bay side and it is served by San Francisco International Airport, which is only an hourâ€™s drive away. The port is easily accessible via the 101 freeway or 280 North. Passengers can expect to pay around $12 to $14 per day for parking. Parking is in a covered garage with valet parking (cash only). The Port of San Francisco attractions draw 15 million visitors a year. The waterfront of home to Fishermanâ€™s Wharf, Hyde Street Pier, PIER 39, and access to the 12-acre Alcatraz Island.
For more information about cruise lines departing out of San Francisco and attractions or other information about The Port of San Francisco visit The Port of San Francisco website or contact:
Maritime Marketing Manager
Port of San Francisco
Pier 1, The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94111
E-mail: [email protected]