SAN FRANCISCO (CROWN) -After being rejected for over a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the cruises will return to San Francisco next week.
The first will be the majestic princess on Monday.
The Port of San Francisco expects 21 ships through the rest of the year, with 127 expected in 2022.
“I’m so excited to welcome cruises back to our port and visitors back to our city,” said Mayor London Breed. “Tourism is a critical part of our city’s economy and helps pay for important services that enable us to take care of our most vulnerable residents. This announcement is just another example of our city returning to life and coming out of this pandemic stronger than ever. ”
The decision marks an important turn in the city’s economic recovery.
Before the pandemic, in 2019, San Francisco welcomed 280,000 cruise visitors, contributing $ 27 million to the city’s economy.
Before the pandemic, every dollar of economic activity on port properties generated nearly $ 1.50 in total economic activity throughout the city. Prepandemic economic activity on port properties supports an annual economic output of $ 4 billion for the city, $ 117 million for Northern California, and over 16,000 jobs for the city and Northern California combined.
Although each cruise must meet the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the port and cruise ships have developed agreements with the San Francisco Department of Public Health that exceed federal guidelines.
Passengers and crew members are vaccinated according to the CDC guidelines. Each cruise ship has vessel-specific health and safety guidelines to protect all people on board, terminal workers and members of the public.
People coming through Pier’s 27 and 35 will be shifted to minimize passenger traffic. Masks are required indoors throughout the terminal, which will now be a non-contact environment.
“Our city has shown that with high vaccination levels and the right safety protocols in place, we can open businesses and bring tourism back, while reducing the spread of COVID-19. The return of cruises to San Francisco is another step forward in that direction, ”says Director of Health, Dr. Grant Colfax.
San Francisco is home to the only cruise terminals for passengers in the Bay Area.