San Francisco Cruise Port Tours

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Known for its hilly streets, cable cars, liberal outlook and the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco is located in northern California on a peninsula between the San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean.  Founded by Spanish settlers in 1776, the city’s population exploded during the California Gold Rush of 1849. An earthquake destroyed about 90% of the city in 1906, but San Francisco rebuilt and today is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States.

How to Get to San Francisco
Your cruise ship will dock at Pier 35 on the San Francisco Bay, not far from the Embarcadero, the city’s downtown. Thus, many of San Francisco’s major sights are within an easy walk from the port.

One Day in San Francisco
Start your visit by taking a ride on one of San Francisco’s famous cable cars, which run up and down the steep streets between Fisherman’s Wharf and Market Street. Those with a strong interest in the history of the cable car may want to stop at the Cable Car Museum at the top of Nob Hill. Otherwise, while the morning fog is still lingering, head to the South of Market (SoMa) neighborhood to check out some of San Francisco’s finest museums. In SoMa, take your pick of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Cartoon Art Museum, the Museum of Craft and Folk Art, the Museum of African Diaspora or the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

Once you’ve had your fill of museums, make your way to Chinatown, the largest Chinatown outside of Asia and the oldest in North America. Wander through the streets and alleys and stop in at shops selling herbs, porcelain and other trinkets before taking a break for an authentic Cantonese lunch.

Head back down to the waterfront and to Pier 41 and catch a ferry across the bay to Alcatraz Island. The island was home to a military prison in the late 1800s and a federal prison from 1933 to 1963, infamous for its inmates’ failed escape attempts and for housing criminals like Al Capone. Take an audio guided tour of the prison and then stroll around the island, enjoying views of the city, the bay and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Returning from Alcatraz, head to Fisherman’s Wharf, where you can sample some Dungeness crab, salmon or Pacific herring before returning to your ship.

Port Information
The official language is English, although you may encounter locals who speak Cantonese, Mandarin or Spanish as well. The currency is the U.S. Dollar and ATMs are widely available, but currency exchange facilities are harder to come by. You may need to head to a major bank in the city to exchange money.
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Address: Port of San Francisco, San Francisco, California, USA
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San Francisco Shore Excursion: Alcatraz and City Tour

Next time you're in port in San Francisco, why not spend your day touring the city's top attractions? Board a ferry for Alcatraz, and at the Rock, hear the stories and legends associated with the infamous penitentiary on a self-guided audio tour. Then, travel by coach to renowned sights such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Painted Ladies of Alamo Square, and Chinatown.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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US$108.00
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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US$108.00

San Francisco Shore Excursion: Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

While in port in San Francisco, discover the city on a 1- to 2-day hop-on hop-off tour. Climb aboard your double-decker bus and see top attractions including Fisherman’s Wharf, the Golden Gate Bridge's South Vista Point and the Haight-Ashbury District, hopping off to explore at your own pace whenever you choose. Head to the upper deck to see 360-degree views and enjoy live narration on board. Upgrade to the 2-day pass to include a stop in the charming town of Sausalito with spectacular views of the Bay.
  • Duration: 2 days
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US$30.00
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  • Duration: 2 days
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Shore Excursion: Coastal Redwoods of Muir Woods National Monument Half-Day Tour

On most shore excursions you're relegated to cityscapes in ports of call. However this half-day tour of the Muir Woods National Monument will get you out of the urban jungle and into some of northern California's most-famous redwood country. Pass over the majestic Golden Gate Bridge with dramatic views of the Marin headlands, and eventually drop down into Muir Woods to wander the loamy soil beneath centuries-old coastal redwoods. Choose from tours at several different start times, and bring comfortable walking shoes.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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US$69.00
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  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Shore Excursion: Napa and Sonoma Ultimate Wine Tasting Experience Full-Day Tour

Getting off a cruise ship in an unknown land can be daunting, so give your sea legs some rest on a coach tour of Sonoma and Napa Valleys. Enjoy the scenery or catch up on some shut-eye en route to wine tasting at Madonna Estate, Sutter Home and Sebastiani Vineyards. For lunch, you'll stop in either Yountville or the picturesque downtown Sonoma Square. Then, return via the iconic Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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US$125.00
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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Shore Excursion: Half-Day San Francisco Grand City Tour

San Francisco is not your typical port of call; nearly every street has something of interest to the visitor. If it's overwhelming to figure out exactly what to visit and when, this city tour might be just what you need. Start from Fisherman's Wharf and check out all the major sights that the city has to offer. From Chinatown to North Beach to Nob Hill to the Presidio, you'll enjoy all the stunning scenery from your window perch — just be sure to get out for photo ops at Golden Gate Park and City Hall.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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US$59.00
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  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Shore Excursion: Coastal Redwoods and San Francisco Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Make the most of your time when your ship docks in San Francisco with a combination of a morning tour to Muir Woods and an independent hop-on hop-off city bus tour in the afternoon. First, cross the Golden Gate Bridge to meander through the ancient coastal redwood forest at Muir Woods National Monument, returning to the city via the waterfront town of Sausalito. Then explore San Francisco at your own pace on a hop-on, hop-off tour with 20 different stops.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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US$120.00
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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