Cruise ships are returning to Port San Francisco (California USA) following a 19-month halt due to the COVID crisis, the city's Mayor announced on Friday, October 8.
Princess Cruises' boat Majestic Princess will sail into the port on Monday to become the first passenger liner to dock in San Francisco Bay Area since March 2020 when Grand Princess captured the attention after carrying people infected with the virus, and thousands of passengers were quarantined as the vessel idled off the California coast (CruiseMinus/accidents).
Port San Francisco is home to the only passenger cruise terminal in the Bay Area and expects to welcome a total of 21 cruise ship calls through the end of 2021.
In a statement, Mayor London Breed said:
“Tourism is a critical part of our City’s economy, helping to pay for important services that allow us to take care of our most vulnerable residents.
"This announcement is just another example of our City coming back to life and emerging from this pandemic stronger than ever before.”
The cruise terminals are close to some of the most popular landmarks in the port city, including the Ferry Building, Fisherman’s Wharf, and Pier 39. When the largest cruise ships dock, there can be 6000+ passengers, crew and terminal workers who disembark.
Majestic Princess will sail from Los Angeles-Long Beach California for a weeklong California coast cruise that will include an overnight in San Francisco.