AMERICAS, CRUISE DESTINATIONS
AUGUST 12, 2016
San Francisco is one of the most iconic cities in America. It’s also a cruise port for some of Celebrity Cruises’ Pacific Coastal cruises. So what all can you do while in port in San Francisco? Here are some of the highlights — including a rare overnight stay in the Golden City.
Golden Gate Bridge and Park
The most famous feature of San Francisco is the impressive Golden Gate Bridge and its stately red arches. It’s worth a drive or walk across so you can see those arches towering above you. Next to the bridge is Golden Gate Park, a massive park by the water that boasts excellent views of the bridge and bay plus has walking trails, gardens, and museums.
Alcatraz is one of the most well-known prisons in the world since it was touted to be impossible to break out of. Located on a small island in the middle of the bay, Alcatraz now holds tourists who visit for a few hours to tour the cells that formerly held inmates including Al Capone and Arthur “Doc” Barker. A tour boat will take you to the island where a guide will meet you and take you around the premises of the former prison
Pier 39 on Fisherman’s Wharf
Fisherman’s Wharf borders the bay and is right by the city center of San Francisco, making it an easily accessible spot for visitors to explore. For many visitors, the highlight of Fisherman’s Wharf, which spreads down the waterfront, is Pier 39, which is bursting with entertainment. Pier 39 has educational centers such as the Aquarium of the Bay and the Sea Lion Center, the latter of which makes sense since you can typically see sea lions sunning themselves on the docks near Pier 39. The famous pier is also home to delicious seafood restaurants, shops, excursion companies, musician performances, and some cool musical stairs.
The “Painted Ladies” is the nickname given to a row of Victorian houses lining one side of Alamo Square in San Francisco. The houses date back to the late 1800s and are painted in varying pastel shades. Beyond it, the skyscrapers of San Francisco stand stark against the skyline, providing one of the best views in San Francisco. Alamo Square is covered in grass, making it an ideal place for a midday break of picnic lunch.
Lombard Street is the curviest street in the world and its switchbacks zigzag down a steep street in the heart of San Francisco. Driving down the street is a fun experience, but even if you don’t have a car you can visit Lombard Street and walk down it or just peer at it – and all the cars snaking down the asphalt – from the bottom of the hill it’s on.
Stay Overnight in San Francisco During Your Cruise
Ready to explore San Francisco and starting to worry a day isn’t enough time? Well, you’re in luck. Celebrity Cruises offers a number of overnights in cruise ports around the world and we’re excited that San Francisco is one of those ports. An overnight cruise port is special since it gives visitors more time in port and the chance to explore a city or region both during the day and into the night. This is ideal for San Francisco since it has a vibrant nightlife and culinary scene. Visit one of the city’s trendy clubs or lounges, or make a reservation at the current hot spot restaurant. To see sailings that have overnights in San Francisco, click here.
Overnights also give you more time to get away from the city if you’ve already explored San Francisco and want to experience the area around it. For many visitors, this means wine country and the nearby valleys of Napa and Sonoma. Celebrity Cruises offers a Napa Valley Wine Train Excursion that lets you experience the gorgeous scenery of Napa Valley on a fun wine-centric mode of transportation, while the Sonoma Wine Country shore excursion takes you over the Golden Gate Bridge to Sonoma Valley where you’ll tour a local winery and partake in a tasting. To see other shore excursions in San Francisco, click here.
To book your cruise to San Francisco, contact your travel agent or visit Celebrity Cruises