SAN FRANCISCO — After a 19-month absence caused by the coronavirus pandemic, cruise ships are now returning to San Francisco.
Mayor London Breed announced Monday that the Majestic Princess will sail into San Francisco. This is the first time a cruise ship has docked in San Francisco Bay Area since March 2020 when the Grand Princess caught the attention of the world. It was carrying coronavirus-infected passengers, and the ship idled off California’s coast.
The Majestic Princess will sail out of Los Angeles to begin a weeklong California coast journey that will include an overnight stop at San Francisco. San Francisco is expecting to host 21 cruise ships during the rest of the year.
Passengers must show proof that they have been vaccinated and that they have been immunized at least 14 days prior to embarking on the cruise. According to Princess Cruises, which is a Carnival Corp. subsidiary, passengers must have a negative COVID-19 testing within two days after embarkation.
According to the CDC, passengers should show proof of immunization and a negative test. It recommends that travelers at greater risk of severe COVID-19 illness should avoid cruises.