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May 01, 2015 10:24AM ● By Jennifer Neys

by Margaret Miner

Not only do we live in one of the most beautiful places on earth - the San Francisco Bay Area, we are fortunate to have a brand new cruise port at San Francisco’s Pier 27. Having opened last September, the new cruise port will see 81 ship dockings and 300,000 people through its doors in 2015. Princess Cruises operates all year round from San Francisco and offers itineraries for everyone:

Oh, Alaska!

Getting to Alaska can’t be any more convenient than leaving from San Francisco. With 10-night itineraries departing from May to September, hop on board and delight in the beauty of majestic glaciers, un-touched wilderness, and wildlife galore. Ideal for families, couples and solo travelers, cruises offer activities for everyone in Juneau, Skagway, and Ketchikan:  from dog sledding to lumberjack shows, from whale watching to culinary feasts on a glacier, the hardest thing you’ll do on an Alaskan cruise is decide what to do! 

South of the Border:

Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, Manzanillo, La Paz, Loreto, and Puerto Vallarta await you! Ten-night itineraries depart round-trip from San Francisco and give you plenty of time to enjoy both Princess’ stunning ships and four ports of call in Mexico. Shore excursions range from the active (kayaking, zip-lining, ATV exploration) to the relaxed (visits to local wineries and “beach breaks” at pristine resorts). Sample local cuisine and culture with Princess’ escorted tours that will have you back on the ship in time for your evening activities!

More of what we love, the Pacific Coast Cruise:

Seeing California from a cruise ship is delightful! Relax on your floating resort as you take in the California sunshine. San Diego, Long Beach, and Santa Barbara offer a variety of shore excursions: harbor cruises, shopping, kayaking, cycling through vineyards, and picnics packed for you! Don’t overlook what a spectacular value these 7-night itineraries from San Francisco are. With prices from under $100 a night per person, you’ll enjoy scrumptious cuisine, impeccable service, and a ton of activities included in your fare! 

Bonus feature: On all departures, Princess Cruises offers the coveted “Chef’s Table,” which is essentially an onboard culinary excursion. You’ll be treated to gastronomic creations prepared by a select group of the culinary crew, a tour of the galley, and conversations hosted by the head chef! Reserved for groups of 10 people in a private dining area, you’ll want to make your reservations as soon as you board.

There’s a cruise from San Francisco for every budget and taste. Get yourself on the vacation of a lifetime! 

Margaret Miner is the owner of VinoCruising, a full-service travel agency, and a certified Princess Cruise Line expert. She can be reached at [email protected].