San Francisco to open new cruise terminal in September

ByRick Deutsch

San Francisco to open new cruise terminal in September

Sailing into San Francisco Bay

Sailing into San Francisco Bay

As a cruise lecturer, you may be fortunate enough to get an assignment originating in San Francisco. Take it! Many trips to Alaska, Hawaii, South America and through the Panama Canal start in SF. Princess has a ship that is berthed there.

For over 20 years, San Francisco had a goal of getting out of Pier 35, the 100-year old former freight shed built in 1914. After eons of political squabbling, real estate fluctuations and other priorities (the city runs SFO), the end is coming.

This September, they will christen a new facility at Pier 27. It is pretty far from the famous amusement and dining of Pier 39, so I’m sure the taxis and peddle-bike operations are salivating. The price tag is $100 million for the glass and aluminum two-story structure. It will be across from Coit Tower.

Arriving cruise ships average 3,345 passengers who descend into the shops. They spend an average of $168 per day while in San Francisco. About 260,000 passengers on 76 cruise ships are forecast to arrive in 2014 with it jumping to 300,000 people on 82 ships in 2015. Big bucks.

Metro Cruise Service will manage the cruise terminal and market it to cruise lines. The building is ready to swing the doors open. In fact, the recent America’s Cup used it.

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