So if you are in San Francisco, and looking for that quick getaway cruise, you have come to the right place. The West Coast has always been my favorite for sun-drenched vacations and partying. How can a cruise along the West Coast be any different?
A short 3-4 day cruise is a great way to have a warm vacation and visit the coastal cities on the go. Short cruises are an ideal way to recapture some cozy family time together or a personal R&R, away from deadlines and hectic work schedules. San Francisco cruises do not disappoint. You can combine a time-out from civilization with on-board entertainment, gala nights and a relaxed schedule designed to recharge your batteries.
San Francisco Cruises – what to consider?
Cruise choices from San Francisco can be fairly limited and seasonal. They are either sailing north along the West Coast to Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada, or south towards Mexico. When booking a short cruise from San Francisco, you may like to consider the time of the year. A cruise north along the coast is usually cooler or cold depending upon the time of year. A cruise south is usually warmer. So you may want to book a balcony stateroom to make the most of the pleasant weather.
Things to consider
You get a choice of both repo cruises and regular round-trip cruise. A repo cruise is a one-way cruise. So you would have to afford an airfare back home from the port of debarkation. The thought of taking a flight back home at the end of a magical cruise can be quite off-putting, but I find it makes sense when you want to go for a getaway cruise and pack in more of offshore mid-ocean time. The ballpark figure for a return flight is $110 and 1.5 hours. So having established why taking a short cruise from San Francisco is a good idea, let me walk you through the good 3-4 day cruises from San Francisco.
Most of these cruises have older ships. So check out the ship details and the date of last refurbishing.
1. 3-day Pacific Coastal repo cruise San Francisco - Vancouver, BC, Canada
Cruise Ship – ms Volendam
Cruise Line – Holland America Line
Sailing date/s – 2019 May 4
Itinerary – San Francisco (Day 1), At Sea (Day 2), Victoria (Day 3), Vancouver (Day 4)
Ports – Victoria & Vancouver (Canada)
Interest level – world-class entertainment, onboard activities, offshore “explorations”
Cruise suited for – adults, couples, families, seniors
Ship information – a 1999 classic old-school R-class cruise ship, spacious and elegant, last refurbished in 2017
Deals start from $229 (ocean view cabin)
This is an ideal cruise for the baby boomers that like the tradition of dress-up nights, hands-on workshops and cooking classes, or indulge in cultural encounters. Bookings are still available as on date, so you may want to make the most of last-minute deals.
2. 4-day repo cruise San Francisco - Vancouver, BC, Canada
Ship - Grand Princess Ship
Shipping Line - Princess Cruise
Sailing date/s – 2020 May 5
Itinerary – San Francisco (Day 1), At Sea (Day 2), Astoria (Day 3), Nanaimo (Day 4), Vancouver (Day 5)
Ports – Astoria (US), Nanaimo & Vancouver (Canada)
Interest level – activities, entertainment, rejuvenation, dining
Cruise suited for – families with teens and kids, retirees, couples, singles
Ship information – a 1998 Grand-class stately and ship, last refurbished in December 2016
Deals start from $299 (interior cabin).
This cruise is my personal favorite, for its dining and world class entertainment in the midst of luxury while being affordable. Awarded the Best Cruise Line for Food Lovers by the Food & Wine magazine, the ship is big on fun activities, entertainment, and rejuvenation.
3. 4 nights Baja Mexico round trip cruise from San Francisco
Cruise Ship – Carnival Miracle
Cruise Line – Carnival
Sailing date/s – 2020 March 19, April 2/6, May 7/21, June 4/18, July 2/16
Itinerary – San Francisco (Day 1), At Sea (Day 2), Ensenada (Day 3), At Sea (Day 4), San Francisco (Day 5)
Ports – Ensenada (Mexico)
Interest level – fun activities, Las Vegas style shows, dining, water slide, sky ride
Cruise suited for – families, disabled, couples
Ship information – a 2004 Spirit-class cruise ship, last refurbished in 2015
Deals start from $379.
This cruise is ideal if you do not want the hassle of transfers and flights that come with repo cruises. The only 4 day round trip cruise from San Francisco, it comes with a choice of many dates in 2020. So you can keep a lookout and aim for good deals.
4. 4 nights U.S Pacific Coast repo cruise San Francisco - Vancouver, BC, Canada
Cruise Ship –MS Queen Elizabeth
Cruise Line – Cunard
Sailing date/s – 2020 July 5
Itinerary – San Francisco (Day 1), At Sea (Day 2), Astoria (Day 3), Victoria (Day 4), Vancouver (Day 5)
Ports – Astoria, Oregon & Victoria (Canada)
Interest level – wine events, historical and cultural talks, spa
Cruise suited for – families, children, adults
Ship information – a 2010 Vista class luxury ocean liner, last refurbished in November 2018
Deals start from $319
This cruise is typical classic ocean cruising. The ship is big, with a modern and contemporary flair. If art deco is your thing and you are looking for luxury redefined, this the cruise to book!
Over to you, what do you think is good 3-4 day cruises I can take from San Francisco?