wrapping up another fantastic summer in Alaska with a final stop in San
Francisco before following sunny skies to the Southern Hemisphere. Highlights
of the summer included Oceania Cruises’ 10-year anniversary sailing with
Chairman and Founder Frank Del Rio and his wife, Marcia – godmother of Regatta – and stops in destinations as far west as Kodiak and Seward. As Regatta calls on San Francisco, this seems
like the perfect time to share some of the amazing shoreside activities
available from this charming city by the bay.
Alcatraz Island is a 25-acre island in the middle of the San
Francisco Bay, a little over a mile from the city. Designated as a maximum
security prison in 1933, Alcatraz housed many infamous criminals, including Al
Capone, George “Machine Gun” Kelly and Robert Franklin Straud, known as the
The tour of the island includes a roundtrip ferry ride with scenic views of the
bay, the Golden Gate Bridge and the city, an opportunity to explore the island
with a tour guide, access to the prison and a fascinating 45-minute cellhouse
audio tour featuring interviews with former inmates and prison guards.
Considered one of the most beautiful bridges in the world
and certainly the most photographed, the Golden Gate Bridge was the longest
suspension bridge in the world from 1937 until 1964 when New York City’s
Verrazano Narrows Bridge opened. Completed in four years, the tremendous 746-foot-tall
towers, enormous main cables and signature orange color attract 10 million
visitors annually. And the views are stunning from either side of the bridge!
San Francisco boasts several highly regarded museums, and
many of the museum sites are as famous as the collections themselves. The Legion of Honor is a three-quarter-scaled adaptation of
the Palais de la Légion d’Honneur in Paris, perched high on the headlands above
the Golden Gate, offering fantastic views of the bridge and the city as well as
a wonderful collection. Reopened in 2005, the new de Yong Fine Arts Museum of
San Francisco is an impressive modern building in the heart of San Francisco’s beautiful
Golden Gate Park.
San Francisco is also renowned for its cuisine. The
birthplace of California Cuisine, the city is also home to some of the best
Asian, Italian, Mexican and fusion cuisine in the world. Wine lovers will not
want to miss an opportunity to tour Napa Valley, which offers world-class
wineries as well as exquisite restaurants by famed chefs such as Thomas Keller,
Michael Chiarello and Masaharu Morimoto.
If you’re looking for the opportunity to visit this amazing
city, Regatta returns to San Francisco
several times in 2014. Because many cruises embark or disembark here, you can
take advantage of Oceania Cruises’ pre- or post-cruise hotel programs and spend
a few extra days exploring the city before or after your
cruise. It will be an experience you will never forget!
Regatta in San