San Francisco moves out of the 20th century with a new Cruise Center

ByRick Deutsch

San Francisco moves out of the 20th century with a new Cruise Center

The world’s favorite city, San Francisco, California has used an old warehouse for their cruise dock for eons. The terminal has been in Pier 34 way too long. The piers are numbered from the Ferry Building with the upper odd numbers close to the center of the action – Fisherman’s Wharf.  The fun arcade there is known as Pier 39. There are dozens of tourist-friendly places to remove green from your wallet. You can even see renegade sea lions roosting on nearby boat slips. They cannot be moved because they are endangered.

Herman Terminal in San Francisco

Herman Terminal in San Francisco

A new facility just opened to service cruisers arriving in “The City.”  The “Herman” terminal building is glass heavy but to be honest the architecture is bland. A big box that is not inviting. James R. Herman was a labor leader, one-time port commissioner and head of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.

A downside of the new location is that it is a bit of a walk to Fisherman’s Wharf, but it will drop ships near the heart of the city. This pier is right under Telegraph Hill.

For most, this is not a fun location. Perfectly safe, but the fun stuff is further north. While you’d be very close to the Giant’s baseball park, you will be a cab ride to the street artists and restaurants at Fisherman’s Wharf. Cabbies are going to love this.

San Francisco’s cruise business is growing. So far in 2014, there were 73 ship calls hosting 250,000 passengers, 2015 projections are for 81 calls, and 300,000 passengers. The Crown Princess is home ported at San Fran. Mostly trips to Alaska and Hawaii are offered from the City by the Bay. SF vies for West Coast voyages – competing against Long Beach, Seattle and Vancouver.


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