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Cruise Terminal at Pier 27

James R. Herman Cruise Terminal at Pier 27

a state-of-the-art facility blending breathtaking views, environmental innovation, and a gateway to the city's attractions


Built to accommodate the growing demands of the global cruise industry, the James R. Herman Cruise Terminal at Pier 27 opened in 2014. This facility was designed not just for functionality, accommodating ships with up to 4,000 passengers, but also to uphold the city’s environmental values.

Did you know? The terminal’s construction was part of a broader initiative to revitalize San Francisco’s waterfront, turning it into a vibrant hub for both locals and visitors.

The terminal boasts a sprawling 91,000-square-foot area, offering visitors and travelers unrivaled views of the Bay Bridge, the city skyline, and Telegraph Hill. Its state-of-the-art shore power system represents a leap forward in reducing the environmental impact of cruise ships docked at the terminal, allowing them to power down their diesel engines and connect to the city’s grid instead.

Green Technology 

  • Shore Power Technology: The terminal’s innovative shore power setup is a must-see feature for those interested in sustainable travel, allowing docked ships to significantly cut emissions by tapping into San Francisco’s electrical grid.

Location, Address, Website, and Hours

  • Location: Pier 27, The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111
  • Website: Port of San Francisco Cruise Ship Terminal
  • The terminal’s hours vary based on cruise ship schedules and events. Visitors are encouraged to check the website for the most current information.


Fun Fact: The James R. Herman Cruise Terminal is named in honor of a former Port Commissioner and labor leader, reflecting the city’s rich history of maritime trade and labor rights.


Visitors to San Francisco should not miss the chance to check out the James R. Herman Cruise Terminal at Pier 27, whether embarking on a cruise or simply admiring the cutting-edge facility and its panoramic views. Its combination of architectural beauty, environmental innovation, and prime location on the San Francisco waterfront makes it a unique addition to the city’s array of attractions.

As a symbol of San Francisco’s forward-thinking approach to tourism and sustainability, the terminal invites both travelers and locals to engage with the city’s maritime heritage in new and exciting ways, bridging the gap between historic charm and modern innovation.


Nearby Points of Interest

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don’t miss the panorama from the 210-foot high tower, which offers views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Angel Island, the Bay Bridge, and the San Francisco skyline.
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