Although tourism has always been big business in San Francisco, the large and lucrative cruise business has sought safe harbor in other ports. Those who want to take a cruise to Alaska usually head north of San Francisco and depart from Seattle or Vancouver. And those who want to cruise from Mexico or Hawaii usually head south to San Diego.
But the Port of San Francisco’s newly opened James R. Herman Cruise Terminal at Pier 27 has added a very enticing option for those travelers who also want to experience San Francisco.
Pier 27 in San Francisco — Photo courtesy of Jay Ach / Port of San Francisco
The terminal holds over 90,000 square feet in a compact, efficient two-story building. Views to the Bay Bridge and back to the city skyline and Telegraph Hill create postcard-perfect welcomes for all travelers. Able to handle ships that hold up to four thousand people, the new cruise terminal welcomes the big future coming right towards it.
“The new James R. Herman Cruise Terminal at Pier 27 is a legacy project that will welcome more passengers, visitors and residents to our world-class waterfront for generations to come,” says San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee.
Due to its convenient and beautiful location on San Francisco's Embarcadero, visitors to the port have immediate access to Fisherman's Wharf and other popular tourist destinations. Over 50 benches provide seating options, while the lawn offers opportunity for play or relaxation.
“The new cruise terminal represents so much more than just a gateway to welcome passengers to our great city. It represents a commitment to cruising for at least another century. And it showcases maritime operations side-by-side with recreation, public access and environmental stewardship,” says Port Executive Director Monique Moyer.
The James R. Herman Cruise Terminal was constructed using sustainable design practices, in accordance with Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) standards. Features that contribute to the Cruise Terminal’s anticipated LEED “Silver” rating include a roof drain system that sends rainwater to storage tanks, where it is then used for flushing toilets and landscape irrigation, as well as energy-efficient building envelope, lighting and HVAC systems to reduce energy needs by almost 20 percent.
The Pier 27 Cruise Terminal is named in the honor of James R. Herman, former Port Commissioner and President of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.
If you've been planning on a cruise, but you've also wanted to visit San Francisco, the new Pier 27 Cruise Terminal gives you the option to do both in the same trip.