SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) – As we speak marks the primary time a cruise ship arrived in San Francisco for the primary time in 18 months.
The primary on Monday was the Majestic Princess, arriving from Los Angeles.
The Port of San Francisco is anticipating 21 ships by means of the rest of the 12 months, with 127 anticipated in 2022.
“I’m so excited to welcome cruises again to our Port, and guests again to our Metropolis” stated Mayor London Breed. “Tourism is a vital a part of our Metropolis’s economic system, serving to to pay for vital companies that permit us to deal with our most weak residents. This announcement is simply one other instance of our Metropolis coming again to life and rising from this pandemic stronger than ever earlier than.”
The choice marks an vital flip within the metropolis’s financial restoration.
Pre-pandemic, in 2019, San Francisco welcomed 280,000 cruise guests, contributing $27 million to town’s economic system.
Pre-pandemic, each greenback of financial exercise on Port property generates practically $1.50 in whole citywide financial exercise. Pre-pandemic, financial exercise on Port properties helps an annual $4 billion financial output for the Metropolis, $117 million for Northern California, and over 16,000 jobs for the Metropolis and northern California mixed.
Whereas every cruise should meet Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention pointers, the port and cruise strains have developed agreements with the San Francisco Division of Public well being that exceed federal pointers.
Passengers and crew members are vaccinated per CDC pointers. Every cruise line has vessel particular well being and security pointers to guard all individuals on board, terminal employees, and members of the general public.
Individuals who come by means of Pier’s 27 and 35 might be staggered to reduce passenger congregation. Masks might be required indoors all through the terminal, which can now be a touchless surroundings.
“Our Metropolis has proven that with excessive ranges of vaccinations and the proper security protocols in place, we are able to open up companies and convey again tourism whereas mitigating the unfold of COVID-19. The return of passenger cruises to San Francisco is one other step ahead in that path,” stated Director of Well being, Dr. Grant Colfax.
San Francisco is residence to the one passenger cruise terminals within the Bay Space.