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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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  • 5 Night
    Cruise to San Francisco

    Leaving:
    Los Angeles
    Visiting:
    San Francisco, Vancouver ... 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
      Vancouver
    • Day 6
      Vancouver
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Joy - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Great selection of dining venues, plus fun activities like go-karts, laser tag and a VR arcade.

    Cons

    Most dining venues and activities cost extra; and everything requires reservations.

    Bottom Line

    A fun ship that has plenty to keep you busy.

    Reviews

    Norwegian Joy Reviews

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

    Norwegian Joy is packed with engaging activities and spaces, and while there's no doubt it has ...

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    memajajo
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Disappointing
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    Igo4fun
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Never Again
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      Main dining room and/or buffet
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to San Francisco

    Leaving:
    San Diego
    Visiting:
    Los Angeles, San Francisco ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celebrity Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to San Francisco Route (Celebrity Cruises)
    • Day 1
      San Diego
    • Day 2
      Los Angeles
    • Day 3
      San Francisco
    • Day 4
      San Francisco
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Astoria, Oregon
    • Day 7
      Seattle
    • Day 8
      Vancouver
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    Celebrity Eclipse - Celebrity Cruises

    Pros

    Excellent fine dining, active bar scene, quiet spaces to relax and robust suite perks

    Cons

    Anyone not traveling in suites (the vast majority) are excluded from certain bars and restaurants

    Bottom Line

    One of the most sophisticated, stylish and contemporary mainstream cruise experiences

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    Celebrity Eclipse Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining5.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Celebrity Eclipse is scheduled for an extensive refurbishment in March 2020 when the ship w...

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    RatherBeSailing
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Antarctica -- Must Do it!
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    thwolnik
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    A relaxing cruise
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    • 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.

  • 7 Night
    Cruise to San Francisco

    Leaving:
    Vancouver
    Visiting:
    San Francisco, Seattle ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celebrity Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to San Francisco Route (Celebrity Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Vancouver
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      San Francisco
    • Day 4
      San Francisco
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Seattle
    • Day 7
      Victoria
    • Day 8
      Vancouver
    Ship Details

    Celebrity Eclipse - Celebrity Cruises

    Pros

    Excellent fine dining, active bar scene, quiet spaces to relax and robust suite perks

    Cons

    Anyone not traveling in suites (the vast majority) are excluded from certain bars and restaurants

    Bottom Line

    One of the most sophisticated, stylish and contemporary mainstream cruise experiences

    Reviews

    Celebrity Eclipse Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining5.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Celebrity Eclipse is scheduled for an extensive refurbishment in March 2020 when the ship w...

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    debbyLA
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Expect some bad weather and often miss ports, we did pre and post self trips
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    TeeRick
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Celebrity Eclipse was fine but the weather was not
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    • 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.

  • 8 Night
    Cruise to San Francisco

    Leaving:
    Los Angeles
    Visiting:
    Catalina Island, Ensenada ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Oceania Cruises
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    8 Night Cruise to San Francisco Route (Oceania Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Los Angeles
    • Day 2
      Catalina Island (California)
    • Day 3
      Ensenada
    • Day 4
      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 5
      San Francisco
    • Day 6
      San Francisco
    • Day 7
      Monterey
    • Day 8
      Santa Barbara
    • Day 9
      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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    roothy123
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Wonderful Itinerary & Ship
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    howardk686
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Missed ports, average food, service far below what it once was
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      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.

  • 12 Night
    Cruise to San Francisco

    Leaving:
    San Francisco
    Visiting:
    Astoria, Oregon , Ketchikan ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Oceania Cruises
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    12 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
      Ketchikan
    • Day 6
      Sitka
    • Day 7
      Hubbard Glacier (Cruising)
    • Day 8
      Skagway
    • Day 9
      Juneau
    • Day 10
      Wrangell
    • Day 11
      Inside Passage (Cruising)
    • Day 12
      Victoria
    • Day 13
      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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    roothy123
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Wonderful Way to Spend Christmas & New Years
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    jagoceaniaregatta
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Average for a so-called luxury cruise liner.
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      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.

  • 5 Night
    Cruise to San Francisco

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

    Norwegian Joy - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Great selection of dining venues, plus fun activities like go-karts, laser tag and a VR arcade.

    Cons

    Most dining venues and activities cost extra; and everything requires reservations.

    Bottom Line

    A fun ship that has plenty to keep you busy.

    Reviews

    Norwegian Joy Reviews

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

    Norwegian Joy is packed with engaging activities and spaces, and while there's no doubt it has ...

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    Notgonnalie
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Mixed Feelings
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    sshs
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Great service!
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      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.

  • 10 Night
    Cruise to San Francisco

    Leaving:
    San Francisco
    Visiting:
    Juneau, Skagway ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Princess Cruises
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    10 Night Cruise to San Francisco Route (Princess Cruises)
    • Day 1
      San Francisco
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Juneau
    • Day 5
      Skagway
    • Day 6
      Endicott Arm
    • Day 7
      Ketchikan
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Victoria
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      San Francisco
    Ship Details

    Star Princess - Princess Cruises

    Pros

    Activities and cuisine are themed around the ship's itinerary.

    Cons

    Nightlife and evening entertainment can be lacking, especially the main stage shows.

    Bottom Line

    Enrichment, food and drink are strong suits, but you need port days to keep from getting bored.

    Reviews

    Star Princess Reviews

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

    Star Princess is an elegant midsize ship. It's perfect for older couples or groups of friends w...

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    archrl
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Hawaiian Escape
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    bookanothercruise
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Winter escape to Hawaii
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