Cruise operations have resumed safely in strict compliance with all applicable US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) rules and regulations. Additionally, individual cruise lines calling at the Port of San Francisco have each developed agreements with the San Francisco Department of Public Health that exceed CDC COVID-19 guidelines. Ninety five percent or more of both passengers and crew members are required to be vaccinated on each cruise. Each cruise line has vessel specific health and safety guidelines to protect all people on board, terminal workers, and the public. The Port’s Cruise Terminals at Pier 27 and 35 are also rolling out new COVID-19 informed protocols to ensure the safety of staff, passengers and the public.
The Port of San Francisco is the premier gateway to the world, hosting over 100 cruise ship calls and more than 400,000 passengers every year at Pier 27 James R. Herman Cruise Terminal and Pier 35 on The Embarcadero. Cruises from San Francisco travel throughout the California Coast, Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico and beyond.
The James R. Herman Cruise Terminal opened in 2014. Passengers board ships via an automated mobile gangway able to meet the varied door heights of cruise ships. When in berth, ships can plug into the Port’s 12 megawatt shore power system to receive the cleanest source of power. The terminal can also be rented during non-cruise days through MetroEvents.
Cruise providers interested in calling on the Port may visit Commercial Layberthing for additional information.
San Francisco is the homeport for Princess Cruises and Carnival Cruises. The Port does not manage cruise reservations. Cruises must be booked directly with individual lines.
Pier 27 is located on the northern waterfront of The Embarcadero. The terminal is accessible by transit, on foot or in a vehicle.
The terminal is approximately 21 minute walk from the Embarcadero BART/Muni station. The nearest transit is the F Historic streetcar (The Embarcadero/Sansome stop). Passengers can be dropped off by car or taxi at the terminal.
Pier 35 is located on the northern waterfront of The Embarcadero, about a 6-8 minute walk north from Pier 27.
Long-term parking is available at the Waterfront Plaza parking garage for cruise passengers. Contact the garage for rates.
Luggage storage is available at the California Welcome Center at PIER 39. No storage is available at Pier 27 or Pier 35 terminals.