New river cruise from SF Bay will circle Northern California for 8 days, with prices up to $12,000


A new cruise will soon pamper passengers on a unique river trip from San Francisco to Stockton, Sacramento, Napa and back – for a hefty sum.

With prices starting at $6,095, passengers will travel round-trip from San Francisco to California’s capital via the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta on an eight-day voyage dubbed the “Bay of San Francisco,” American Cruise Lines officials said in a press release. .

The most luxurious accommodation – a large suite with a private balcony – costs $11,680 per person.

It’s the company’s first-ever California cruise, officials said, with an itinerary along the San Joaquin, Napa and Sacramento rivers.

“Exploring this beautiful region of Northern California by riverboat will provide a new opportunity for our guests to experience the Bay Area and Napa Valley in an exceptional way,” said Charles B. Robertson, President and CEO of the management of American Cruise Lines, in the news. Release.

“Many have driven there, but few can say they’ve actually driven through wine country,” he said.

The first cruise is scheduled to depart San Francisco on Feb. 17, officials said. The eight-day itinerary includes three days in San Francisco, two in Sacramento, one day each in Napa and Stockton and a full day of cruising, officials said.

Old Sacramento, California along the Sacramento River as seen on Saturday. August 3, 2019.

Michael Macor / Special to the chronicle

Travelers begin their trip to San Francisco with a day cruise of the bay. Day 2 is a stop in Stockton, which includes a visit to the Haggin Museum and Stockton 99 Speedway. Next up is Sacramento, with a two-day itinerary that includes visits to the State Capitol and museums. Day 5 takes passengers to Napa and includes a “special experience” at an undisclosed winery. This is followed by a day cruise in San Pablo Bay.

Days 7 and 8 are all about San Francisco, with visits to Alcatraz Island, Fisherman’s Wharf and Ghirardelli Square, officials said.

The ship, called American Jazz, was launched in 2020 and has 99 rooms with a capacity of 190 guests, officials said.

The American Jazz may stand out as a luxury passenger ship that criss-crosses the delta from the coast to the capital, but it’s not the first. Twin sternwheelers Delta King and Delta Queen shuttled between Sacramento and San Francisco from 1927 to 1940, according to the Delta King website.

The Delta King was refurbished in the 1980s after being partially submerged for over a year in San Francisco Bay. It is now a hotel permanently anchored in Sacramento. The Delta Queen is docked near New Orleans awaiting restoration, according to its website.

Jessica Flores (her) is a staff writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. Email: [email protected]: @jessmflores


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