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Old 10-05-2005, 08:24 PM
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We are docking in both these ports in late October. Can anyone tell me if the cruise terminals are within walking distance of the city and any special sights to see. We are in both ports for ten hours. Thanks.
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Old 10-06-2005, 05:03 PM
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Can't speak about Astoria, but when you dock in SF you will be in the heart of the city and there is a lot to do within walking distance of the wharf.

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Old 10-16-2005, 01:28 PM
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We live near San Francisco (on the other side of the Golden Gate bridge) and you will be able to get to a lot of places in the city when you dock in San Francisco. If you want to walk, you'll be able to walk to Pier 39 (lots of cute shops and a merry-go-round etc.) You can also walk to Coit Tower and Ghirardelli Square. All of these are easy to get to by the Muni bus system too. Walking across the Golden Gate bridge can be lots of fun too (depending on the day it can be very foggy - or not - ya never know.) Probably want to take the bus over rather than walk.

What are your interests - let me know and I can tell you how to get there.

I just returned recently with my son from a graduation cruise on NCL Spirit to Alaska - simply awesome!!!

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Old 10-16-2005, 02:01 PM
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Pier 39 is great, if you are hungry, eat a clam-showder soup in a sourdowbread, delicious.
And donīt miss the icecream at Ghirardelli, wonderful.

Taking the cable car, it can be very busy and it can happen that the drivers dont allow you to step on. But if they do, it is great and you feel like being in one of the movies playing in SF. Golden Gate Park is beautiful and of course the Golden Gate Bridge.
But the Oakland Bridge in the evening, illuminated, is fantastic. I have a big illuminated picture in my living room, that reminds me every day at my days in SF.

For me, its the best city in the world. When I came to SF over the Oakland-Bridge, I thought, Iīm coming home. But unfotunately I live in Germany.

Enjoy this wonderful city.

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Old 10-16-2005, 02:28 PM
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I did a repositioning cruise from LA to Vancouver several years ago and we stopped in Astoria (also in Grey Harbor) There is not a lot going on in Astoria, but it is a quaint little town. If I remember right, the downtown area is quite old and there is a restored victorian mansion well worth visiting. I found a link to it that you can see here;


There are lots of old victorian homes well worth a visit, as well.

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Old 10-19-2005, 02:20 PM
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Hi Donner,
We have been to San Francisco before and done the Wharf area. We will be in port Sat. 29th of Oct. I would like to see - is it Union Square and the famous St. Francis hotel. Is the transportation from the cruise ship easy. We are in port from 7 AM - 5 PM. We would rather not spend money on taxi's if we don't have to but we will if we must. Would just like to see some of the general downtown area. Maybe you have suggestions - thanks.
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Old 10-19-2005, 07:47 PM
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I am going from memory only, but I think you can simply jump on the cable car and go over the hill to Union Square and the St. Francis Hotel. There is also great shopping in the area.

However, I am not sure where the cable car is in relationship to the ship, but I don't think it is too far.

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