When you're on a Panama Canal cruise, the stops on your tour won't be limited to Mexico and the Caribbean. On some trips, the ship will actually swing up America's West Coast, and you'll have the chance to explore the beautiful city of San Francisco, California.
The City by the Bay is definitely worth a visit and you’ll see many memorable sights during San Francisco shore excursions. The Golden Gate Bridge is perhaps the most iconic bridge in the world, and you'll be able to see this beautiful sight and possibly even drive across it.
San Francisco excursions are never complete without a stop at another legendary San Fran landmark – Alcatraz. Tours of this world-famous prison are extremely popular and will give you an in-depth look at some of the world's famous criminals, like Al Capone and Robert Franklin Stroud, Bird Man of Alcatraz.
If you'd rather dine and shop, there's no place better than the city's famous Pier 39 which features a broad range of stores, entertainment and cuisine. You may even encounter a San Francisco Bay staple - a sea lion!
That covers many of the things San Francisco is known for, but what about some of the off-the-beaten-path attractions? You'll definitely want to make time for Sausalito, a charming and picture-perfect waterfront community just outside the city. If you enjoy nature, you'll definitely gravitate toward Muir Woods, also outside the city, during your San Francisco excursions, which features Coastal Redwoods, the tallest and oldest trees in the entire world. Coastal Redwoods can grow up to 275 feet high and the oldest on record is at least 3,500 years old!
You can also enjoy all of San Francisco's highlights on Hawaiian, Alaskan, Mexican and Coastal cruises as well.