SF Gets Modern Cruise Terminal


Pier 27 – which just 12 months ago was home to an artificial soccer field – is now a cruise ship terminal.  Yes indeed, San Francisco can finally add this landmark to its list, after more than two-and-a-half decades of discussing the idea that, when finally built, cost $80m.

It is believed by those in the know (such as Maritime Director for the Port of San Francisco, Peter Dailey), that ultimately it was the America’s Cup that ultimately made this landmark a reality for the State. And, as a result, despite the huge expense of the project, Dailey believes that it will result in a “great economic boom…and a legacy really of the America’s Cup.”

Future plans include: an outdoor amphitheater and race village by the America’s Cup Authority; first cruise ship to be received in 2014; new generation of large cruise ships that are being constructed some time later.  This is going to be good for tourism as more people will be coming to San Francisco on the larger ships, landing at the terminal.  More passengers will use it to arrive and depart, and, according to Tom Kiely, San Francisco Travel, “that’s what’s really important for our visitor numbers.”  Right now, cruise ship passengers board at Pier 35, built in 1914 and not so modern.  Pier 37 will be most different, boasting an extremely modern ambience that will also be used to host events when cruise ships are not using it. 

The terminal really is very attractive and will have some incredible views, including Coit Tower, the Transamerica Building, the Ferry building

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