San Francisco, California Cruises

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San Francisco, California overview

With breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and a spectacular bay, San Francisco is one of the U.S.'s most beautiful cities. Visitors have a wide range of things to see, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, Nob Hill, Alcatraz, and Chinatown. And no trip to this city is complete without a ride on the cable cars. The restaurants are excellent, with a rich diversity of cuisine.

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Best of San Francisco City Tour

Best of San Francisco City Tour

$69/Adult

Best of San Francisco City TourExperience the best of the City by the Bay and all of the incredible...

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Italian District of San Francisco Walking Pub Tour

Italian District of San Francisco Walking Pub Tour

$65/Adult

Italian District of San Francisco Walking Pub TourTake a relaxing walking tour of San Francisco's No...

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Two Day San Francisco Go Card

Two Day San Francisco Go Card

$145/Adult

Two Day San Francisco Go CardThere's no lack of attractions in San Francisco. Because there's so muc...

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Monterey Carmel and the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey Carmel and the Monterey Bay Aquarium

$149/Adult

Monterey Carmel and the Monterey Bay AquariumExplore California's beautiful Pacific Coast while you...

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415 San Francisco, California Port Reviews

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by Sugar68

We stayed the weekend before our cruise and booked tours independently. The first one was through "Tower Tours". This was a 2 part tour. They picked us up at the hotel then brought everyone to their main office. From there we had to walk to the pier to catch the boat to Alcatraz. This was my only real complaint. The walk was about 5 or 6 blocks long, minimum. If you're elderly or have a disability, the walk wouldn't be an easy one. If they offered rides to the pier it wasn't made known to me. Then we had to exchange our ticket for a different one once at the pier, which again wasn't made clear. After moving into two different lines we were finally ready to board, nearly missing our scheduled time. Alcatraz itself was a great tour. My hat's off to the park service for keeping this site in pristine condition. Very informative. The other part of tour consisted of agm inner city tour. After walking back to the office we then boarded a bus. The driver was fantastic. Very funny and knowledgable we went by several great places. Golden gate bridge, fisherman's wharf, China town, and the Presidio to name just a few. Unfortunately we didn't have much time at any one and only few offered stops to get out and stretch or take pictures. This really should be a full day tour instead of being crammed into 4 or 5 hours. We were then dropped off at our hotel. The next day we went to the "aquarium of the bay". Another great place to visit, then hung out at pier 39, which is right next door. A carnival type atmosphere and a fun place stroll and look for deals or people watch. With great sight lines of both Alcatraz and the golden gate bridge along with the famous pier 39 seals. A great day overall.

Visited: Nov 18, 2019

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by johnnierainey

If they had offered ten stars then thats what I would have given. Sailing under the Golden Gate Bridge into the bay with Sausalito to the left, Alcatraz dead ahead, San Francisco with its cable cars to the right. Yes, heavenly. The ship ties-up next to a tram stop from which you can turn left and travel inexpensively into the city (six minutes) or, turn right and visit the various Pier 39 attractions and find the terminus for the cable car (five minutes). Take a tour, cross the bridge, visit Sausalito, go to Alcatraz, ride the cable car...fill your boots!

Visited: Jan 02, 2017

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by scipoletta

Always love visiting San Francisco. Lots to do. Visit to Alcatraz was worth it, but a little chilly on the water in the Pacific. The Bay Bridge is stunning at night as they have added synchronized lighting. Sausalito was worth the visit.

Visited: Sep 29, 2017

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5

by Carly2cruise

This an an amazing port for embarkation and debarkation! The security check went so fast. The desk that we got our cruise cards from was super efficient and fast as well. For our sail away on the Grand Princess we sailed UNDER THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE. 5/5 stars

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by orcowboy52

Just relaxed in San Francisco. Used the Muni Mobile app on our smart phones to buy a $12 all day transit pass. Historic streetcars go right by the ship’s port and take you along the Embarcadero and Market Street. Did the Powell Hyde street car to coffee and had some sourdough (world’s best) at Boudin’s Bakery.

Visited: Oct 13, 2018

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