There are a great many options when it comes to cruises from San Francisco, with itineraries taking in all the best destinations the West coast of North America has to offer. Discover the Mexican Riviera, explore California, head north to Alaska or even out to Hawaii. What’s more, with many cruise and stay options available, you can also include the Panama Canal or a tour of the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas.
While sailing out west under the world-famous Golden Gate Bridge is a unique San Francisco cruising experience, there’s also plenty to do ashore in this famously-foggy, laid-back city. Getting around is easy on the classic retro trams, trundling you around the steep streets of the city you’re sure to recognise from countless films too.
Fisherman’s Wharf is like an outdoor shopping centre mixed with a fairground. Here you’ll find plenty of San Francisco-themed gift shops for all your souvenir needs, as well as plenty of fun attractions to enjoy. These range from international classics such as a dungeon, Madame Tussauds, mirror mazes, carousels and other fun fair rides to a vintage game arcade and chocolate factory. At the waterfront you’ll find Californian sea lions sunbathing on wooden pontoons while further along are some WW2 vessels including a battle ship and submarine. Finally, visiting Fisherman’s Wharf just wouldn’t be complete without trying some local delicacies such as chowder, crab and sourdough.
Visible from Fisherman’s Warf, Alcatraz sits intimidatingly out in the San Francisco bay with the Golden Gate Bridge visible on clear days beyond. The world’s most infamous high-security penitentiary, you can visit Alcatraz for a day to learn all about the incarcerated inmates and life on ‘The Rock’. It’s said that no one ever managed to escape, but, luckily, you’ll be allowed to leave…