Cruises From San Franscisco

A host of mid-size and large cruise lines depart from San Francisco for a variety of destinations around the world, with vacations varying anywhere from three to 60 days. Cruise ships depart from the Embarcadero's Pier 35, situated in the northern tip of the city. Two nearby parking garages offer both short- and long-term rates for cruise ship passengers.

Panama Canal

Holland America offers a 16-day cruise from San Francisco to Fort Lauderdale through the Panama Canal. Stops along the way include such port towns as Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; Cartagena, Colombia; Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala; and Corinto, Nicaragua. Passengers travel aboard the Zuiderdam, which features three swimming pools, multiple lounges, a sports bar, a piano bar and a game room for children. The vessel provides a variety of staterooms, plus suites outfitted with verandas, whirlpool bathtubs, sitting areas and a DVD library.

Holland America



Guests traveling upon Princess Cruises' Sapphire Princess may embark on a 30-day excursion from San Francisco to Sydney, Australia. Although passengers sail upon the open sea for 15 days, ports of call stops include Auckland, New Zealand; Honolulu, Hawaii; Moorea, Polynesia; Papeete, Tahiti and Suva, Fiji. Travelers also spend one day sailing through New Zealand's Fiordland National Park. The vessel accommodates more than 2,600 passengers, including an all-mini-suites level and 740 staterooms with balconies. Entertainment options include four swimming pools, a nine-hole putting course, an Internet cafe, boutique shops and more than 15 dining and drinking options.

Princess Cruises



Regent Seven Seas Cruises features a 12-night excursion from San Francisco to Vancouver, highlighted by stops to such Alaskan cities as Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway. The cruise visits additional port towns, including the Canadian cities of Victoria and Vancouver, as well as the Inside Passage and alongside the Hubbard Glacier. Transported aboard the Seven Seas Navigator, guests have access to a casino, two-tier show lounge, spa, swimming pool and two whirlpools. The ship features all-suite accommodations for up to 490 people.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises