United States of America
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Ports of Call
- San Francisco
San Francisco Port of Call
Golden Gate Bridge © RyanJWilmot
San Francisco is many people's favourite American city. It is
both beautiful and compact, enjoying perennial spring weather and a
refreshing cosmopolitan atmosphere. Cruise ships entering and
departing San Francisco pass under the Golden Gate Bridge as
passengers take in the unfolding views of this most scenic of West
Cruise ships dock at the San Francisco Cruise Terminal which is located at Pier 35 on the Embarcadero waterfront. The terminal is right alongside Fisherman's Wharf, and within walking distance of many downtown attractions. San Francisco Cruise Terminal hosts 200,000 passengers annually, most on round-trip cruises to Alaska or Mexico.
Metro Cruise Services
Tel: +1 (415) 765 5300
For the physically able, walking is the best way to explore this compact city. For the steeper hills grab a ride on one of the famous cable cars. San Francisco has two excellent public transport systems: MUNI includes buses, electric trolley buses and the cable cars while BART is a subway/rail network linking the city to the East Bay and the airport. Taxis can be hard to find and renting a car is not advised.
San Francisco's top attractions are the movie-famous icons immortalised in countless postcards: former prison Alcatraz island; the sea lions and restaurants of Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown, Golden Gate Park, psychadelic Haight-Ashbury, Ocean Beach and North Beach, and Little Italy. Of course there other landmarks too: the world's most crooked street, some of the world's steepest streets, and the only moving national monument in the US - the cable cars.
Tadich Grill - this California Street eatery has been operating for 150 years
Restaurant Gary Danko - fine dining in a relaxed environment
The Slanted Door - close to the Embarcadero the city's best Vietnamese cuisine
dim sum in Chinatown
Embarcadero Centre is close to the port and offers a great selection of stores. Union Square has probably the city's best range of shops, while Haight and Chinatown have some unique and interesting outlets. Hayes Valley is home to the best galleries and boutiques.
Wine from the Napa Valley
Go wine tasting in the Napa Valley
Go see the Giant Redwoods at Muir Woods
Take a spectacular drive along Highway 1
Don't miss a half-day tour to Alcatraz
Watch the Oakland As play baseball