Named after Saint Frances of Assisi, San Francisco was originally a small settlement in New Spain. It became part of Mexico and later the United States, but it didn’t come to prominence until the California gold rush brought thousands of prospectors to the state of California. The US Government built a Fort to secure the San Francisco bay, and the city grew. Today it is the second most densely populated city in the US.
San Francisco was devastated by an earthquake and fire in 1906 which destroyed 90% of the city, so little of the historic city remains.
San Francisco has a number of world-class museums. The MH de Young Memorial Museum has a contrast of modern and indigenous art. The California Academy of Sciences has impressive scientific exhibits, or if you want a stronger understanding of San Francisco, why not visit the Cable Car Museum which exhibits how these iconic San Francisco landmarks work.
The city is a cultural paradise with theatres, music and its own ballet company. If you’re a culture fan, one unique option is Broadway Under The Stars. A Broadway musical is performed outside in Jack London State Park so you can be entertained while enjoying a picnic dinner.
The city is home to the infamous prison Alcatraz. No trip to San Francisco is complete without seeing this iconic maximum security prison which once held some of America's most dangerous criminals, including Al Capone.
San Francisco has a wide range of accommodation – from lavish 5-star hotels to comfortable no-frills hostels and budget hotels. Finding somewhere to stay within any budget is easy.
Distance from cruise port to town centre & transport
The Port of San Francisco is in the city, though it is a couple of miles from the centre. San Francisco’s iconic trams stop nearby so it’s really easy to get around.
San Francisco is in the United States, where the local currency is the US dollar.
Summers in San Francisco are notoriously foggy, which cools the city dramatically. This means that the summer temperature can vary from about 10°C to 20°C. There is very little rain in summer (approximately 1 day each month). Winters are mild – since records began it has snowed approximately once a century – but there is plenty of rain.
San Francisco is a major port, and there is no shortage of cruises departing from here. Most cruises head to Alaska, Hawaii or head south to Mexico. More adventurous options include sailing through the Panama Canal to the Caribbean or sailing across the Pacific to Asia, Australia or New Zealand.
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