Cruises departing from the James R. Herman Cruise Terminal at Pier 27 in San Francisco, California, include ones destined for places such as Cabo San Lucas, Hawaii, Ensenada, Victoria and Astoria. Shorter cruises to California ports include Los Angeles, Monterey, Santa Barbara and San Diego. Major cruise lines using Pier 27, as of 2016, are Celebrity, Holland America, Princess, Royal Caribbean and Cunard.
Cruises depart from Pier 27 year around, with the vast majority of them embarking on the voyages at 7 a.m. The Port of San Francisco websites shows 83 scheduled departures for 2016, some involving multiple ships and overnight journeys.
The James R. Herman Cruise Terminal at Pier 27 is one of San Francisco's newest terminals, with an official opening in September 2014. It has 91,000 square feet and was built to handle 2,600 passengers and ships carrying up to 4,000 passengers. On non-cruise days, the terminal transforms into an event center for the city of San Francisco.
Pier 27 cruise passengers needing hotel accommodations have nearby access to lodging at the famed Fisherman's Wharf district. Properties include the Argonaut Hotel, Best Western Plus The Tuscan, Fairmont Heritage Place and Holiday Inn Express. Transportation to and from the cruise ship terminal is provided by hotel shuttles or taxis.