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About San Francisco

It's no wonder Tony Bennett left his heart there. San Francisco is a compact city of world-class culture, historical landmarks, award-winning dining, outdoor adventures and nightlife -- all wrapped by a sparkling bay flanked by the famous Golden Gate Bridge, visible from historic cable cars that ply the hilly streets. Even the unpredictable fog adds to the beauty.

Spanish explorer Juan Manuel de Ayala discovered the inlet in 1775, but it wasn't until 1847 that San Francisco got its name -- just before gold was discovered in "them thar" Sierra Nevada hills to the east. In 1850, California became the 31st state in the union, and, by 1854, more than 500 saloons and 20 theaters graced the booming Gold Rush town. But, the real "gold" to be found was in its seas. The area known as Fisherman's Wharf, on the San Francisco Bay, is still the center of Northern California's commercial and sport fishing industry.

Indeed, the City by the Bay reflects its roots: a morning stroll down Fish Alley -- Jefferson between Hyde and Jones -- offers a chance to view fishermen at work. The Saloon (1232 Grant Avenue) established in 1861, still stands in the city's North Beach neighborhood with cracked barstools and a dusty wooden floor. (It's one of the three oldest taverns in San Francisco, which somehow survived demolition by man and earthquakes, including the major one in 1906 that resulted in fire and widespread destruction.)

But, above all, today's San Francisco is playfully sophisticated, with a mix of distinct contemporary neighborhoods like the tie-dye-wearing, peace-loving Haight; the super-trendy Mission; swank Pacific Heights; and fabulously gay Castro, home to many of the city's LGBT businesses and households.

If your voyage begins or ends in this colorful California port, consider a pre- or post-cruise stay. The treats of San Francisco command more than a few hours. These include mah-jongg parlors in Chinatown (with yummy samples from the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory on Ross Alley), cable car rides over Nob Hill, the staircase down the very steep and crooked Lombard Street, the ferry ride to enchanting Sausalito across San Francisco Bay and, of course, an escape to Alcatraz.


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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to San Francisco

    Leaving:
    Vancouver
    Visiting:
    Victoria, San Francisco ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    7 Night Cruise to San Francisco Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Vancouver
    • Day 2
      Victoria
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      San Francisco
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Ensenada
    • Day 7
      San Diego
    • Day 8
      Los Angeles
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    Norwegian Bliss - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Gorgeous ship with excellent food and lots of live music

    Cons

    Many of dining venues and activities cost extra

    Bottom Line

    A sophisticated ship that offers plenty of fun activities like go-karts and water slides

    Reviews

    Norwegian Bliss Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.5
    Service4.5
    Value3.5

    Norwegian Bliss is a beautiful vessel with a refined feel you don't normally expect to find on ...

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    ladaallo
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Not Very Good
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    bigkahuna642
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Great cruise
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  • 5 Night
    Cruise to San Francisco

    Leaving:
    Los Angeles
    Visiting:
    San Francisco, Victoria ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    5 Night Cruise to San Francisco Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Los Angeles
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      San Francisco
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Victoria
    • Day 6
      Vancouver
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    Norwegian Bliss - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Gorgeous ship with excellent food and lots of live music

    Cons

    Many of dining venues and activities cost extra

    Bottom Line

    A sophisticated ship that offers plenty of fun activities like go-karts and water slides

    Reviews

    Norwegian Bliss Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.5
    Service4.5
    Value3.5

    Norwegian Bliss is a beautiful vessel with a refined feel you don't normally expect to find on ...

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    edsbiggbuck
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Off Bliss on 3/8 Not Good!
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    mellow1
    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Not the NCL of years ago-POOR!
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    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
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    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 10 Night
    Cruise to San Francisco

    Leaving:
    San Francisco
    Visiting:
    Astoria, Oregon , Sitka ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Oceania Cruises
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    10 Night Cruise to San Francisco Route (Oceania Cruises)
    • Day 1
      San Francisco
    • Day 2
      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 3
      Astoria, Oregon
    • Day 4
      Outside Passage (Cruising)
    • Day 5
      Sitka
    • Day 6
      Juneau
    • Day 7
      Hubbard Glacier (Cruising)
    • Day 8
      Icy Strait
    • Day 9
      Ketchikan
    • Day 10
      Inside Passage (Cruising)
    • Day 11
      Vancouver
    Ship Details

    Regatta - Oceania Cruises

    Pros

    Outstanding service on a ship that's a foodie's dream come true

    Cons

    In rough seas, movement is quite noticeable

    Bottom Line

    A smaller ship that's big on creature comforts

    Reviews
    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.5

    You might call Regatta the perfect "Goldilocks" ship -- it's not too big, not too small, but ra...

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    SherwoodCruiser
    Sail Date May 2019
    Wonderful vacation!
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    WESTEAST
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Splendid cruise
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      Main dining room and/or buffet
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    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to San Francisco

    Leaving:
    Los Angeles
    Visiting:
    San Francisco, Monterey ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celebrity Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to San Francisco Route (Celebrity Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Los Angeles
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      San Francisco
    • Day 4
      San Francisco
    • Day 5
      Monterey
    • Day 6
      Catalina Island (California)
    • Day 7
      Ensenada
    • Day 8
      Los Angeles
    Ship Details

    Celebrity Millennium - Celebrity Cruises

    Pros

    Never feels overly crowded; friendly, efficient service and modern cabins with USB ports.

    Cons

    Limited daily activities; about 50 percent of listed offerings actually for-fee or retail-oriented.

    Bottom Line

    Beautiful, easy-to-navigate midsize ship with comfortable, modern cabins and excellent dining.

    Reviews

    Celebrity Millennium Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.5
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Celebrity Millennium is not one of those glitzy, brand-new mega-ships with rock climbing walls,...

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    ashstreet
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Unbelievably good experience....thank you Celebrity Cruises
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    AvgMom2
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Millennium’s 14-Night Cruise to SE Asia from HK in Dec
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    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 9 Night
    Cruise to San Francisco

    Leaving:
    Los Angeles
    Visiting:
    Catalina Island, Ensenada ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Oceania Cruises
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    9 Night Cruise to San Francisco Route (Oceania Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Los Angeles
    • Day 2
      Catalina Island (California)
    • Day 3
      Ensenada
    • Day 4
      San Diego
    • Day 5
      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 6
      San Francisco
    • Day 7
      San Francisco
    • Day 8
      Monterey
    • Day 9
      Santa Barbara
    • Day 10
      Los Angeles
    Ship Details

    Regatta - Oceania Cruises

    Pros

    Outstanding service on a ship that's a foodie's dream come true

    Cons

    In rough seas, movement is quite noticeable

    Bottom Line

    A smaller ship that's big on creature comforts

    Reviews
    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.5

    You might call Regatta the perfect "Goldilocks" ship -- it's not too big, not too small, but ra...

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    cruiser741
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Disgusting floating health hazard, rude staff, and bad entertainment
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    MAC0904
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    If the missed ports were the only problems.....
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

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      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 17 Night
    Cruise to San Francisco

    Leaving:
    San Francisco
    Visiting:
    San Diego, Cabo San Lucas ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    17 Night Cruise to San Francisco Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      San Francisco
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      San Diego
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Cabo San Lucas
    • Day 6
      Puerto Vallarta
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)
    • Day 10
      San Juan del Sur
    • Day 11
      Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Panama City
    • Day 14
      Panama Canal
    • Day 15
      Cartagena (Colombia)
    • Day 16
      Cruising
    • Day 17
      Cruising
    • Day 18
      Miami
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Encore - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    ** Ship astounds with top-notch attraction, dining and entertainment options

    Cons

    ** Mega charges if you want to do everything; little public outdoor space

    Bottom Line

    ** High-energy ship has plenty of choices for everyone, most at an extra fee; budget accordingly

    Reviews

    Norwegian Encore Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.5
    Service4.0
    Value3.0

    The 3,998-passenger Norwegian Encore is a modern and sophisticated ship, with decor and public spa...

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    BirdTravels
    Sail Date Nov 2019
    BirdTravels on the Inaugural Voyage of the Encore to the Eastern Caribbean
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    golfnskee
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    One of the BEST!!
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    • Port Taxes & Fees
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    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 10 Night
    Cruise to San Francisco

    Leaving:
    San Diego
    Visiting:
    Santa Barbara, Monterey ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celebrity Cruises
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