San Francisco California
A world-class destination, San Francisco is a popular embarking and stopping point for cruises, with the port of San Francisco hosting up to 80 cruise ships and over 200,000 passengers annually. This metropolitan city offers the finest in dining, accommodations, shopping, tours and events. From Chinatown to the Golden Gate Bridge, there is a wealth of history to be seen, coupled with modern elegance and upscale amenities.
San Francisco was originally settled by the Spanish back in 1776. The California Gold Rush of 1848 brought a huge influx of people to this small settlement and today it is one of the most densely populated cities in the United States. Being a coastal town, it is no surprise that fishing is big here and San Francisco is the mainstay of California's commercial fishing industry. The Fisherman's Wharf area, right by the main cruise ship dock, has not only active fish-processing centers hard at work, but restaurants, shopping and tours. Explore the wharf on foot and enjoy the antics of street performers and the enticing aromas of nearby restaurants, or hop on San Francisco's famous cable cars for a moving tour. Visitors can also go on a bay cruise under the Golden Gate Bridge or take a trip over to Alcatraz Island, where daily tours of the well-known penitentiary are offered.
For those wanting to check out more of the city than just the port area, there are days worth of adventures-spending some time here is highly recommended. Accommodations cover every price range and are available in almost every district and public transportation is plentiful and convenient. Soak up the flower-child atmosphere of the Haight district, or take a cable car ride over Nob Hill. Hike up the twisted and hilly streets and take advantage of the endless array of shopping and dining choices, or spend an evening out on the town, experiencing the sophisticated theater and concert venues. Historical sites abound here, such as the Mission San Francisco de Asis, the oldest surviving structure in the city. Museums include the Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) and The California Academy of Sciences Natural History Museum.
Weather in this Northern California hotspot can be unpredictable, with rain and wind following hard on the footsteps of clear and sunny days. Visitors are encouraged to bring their umbrellas as well as their sunscreen, not to mention a coat for that ocean fog.
Alaska cruises that depart from San Francisco California:
• Star Princess
Additional San Francisco California cruise information:
• San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau
Official site for the San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau. Visitor information including reservation for things to do and places to stay in and around San Francisco.