How much does it cost?
The are several choices for staterooms, each with a different price. We choose the least expensive interior stateroom. When we originally looked at pricing it was about $1600++ U.S. per person. When we actually booked there was a sale and we paid closer to $1000++ per person. In recent checks the prices of the same accommodation and cruise in 2014 is going at $1700 ++ per person in November. This includes room, food, activities and entertainment. We purchased vacation insurance for those "just in case" moments for $150. There are additional charges for liquor, soda, fancy coffee, specialty restaurants, internet service, spa treatments and shopping. There are abundant ways to spend money on shopping, so beware. They give you a room key that also is used to pay for additions. It is billed to your credit card and like any credit card it is easy to spend. You can print your current balance at a kiosk in the main lobby. A daily gratuity is also added per person that is divided among the staff on board. On this trip it was $11.50 each daily. We also give additional cash tips to our favorite staff. I find fun in searching the internet and looking for deals. They do exist but don't forget to do the math and include additional travel expenses. Princess Cruises committed a ship to San Fran this year and it looks like it will continue into 2014. It costs very little for travel when we leave from S.F. On prior cruises we had to travel to L.A. or San Diego and that travel cost added to what looked like a low price made it more sensible to leave from S.F.
More facts later, on with the fun! I threw the cruise finances into a tail spin by deciding to start the vacation a day early and stay in San Fran the night before we sailed. We jumped the Larkspur Ferry and motored off to begin of our vacation. There was a convention of realtors in town taking up lots of hotel rooms, so I had to chose the nearest hotel I could find with a vacancy. We stayed at the Hyatt Regency, about a twenty minute walk from the port. We hold a special place in our hearts for the Regency because years ago my parents lived nearby and we would take our young kids to visit and it always include a ride on the hotel elevators.So this trip began in a familiar setting surrounded by Docker's clad realtors.
|Hyatt Regency San Francisco Embarcadero|
Since we were on vacation, cocktails and dinner were in order. We walked three blocks to Fuzio, another favorite hangout in San Fran. It was crowded with the Saturday-night-before-movie group, so we found two seats at the bar and toasted our vacation with some Sauvignon blanc. I enjoyed a bistro burger with cheddar and thyme fries, Avril the Chinese chicken salad. It seemed everyone was happy and chatty, a most enjoyable evening. We headed back to the hotel on a full stomachs, anticipating our cruise the next day.
|Dinner at Fuzio San Francisco|