I am a travel agent from north of San Francisco and I will be on the Oct 22nd sailing of the Sapphire with 33 people in my group. Although we mostly all live in the Bay Area, I would suggest that if you are flying into SFO or OAK, let Princess do the transfers for you. They excel at getting you to and from the ship with no problems. If you are driving, there is a parking garage not far from Pier 35. Inquire about cruise prices before you enter the garage. SF Hotels are expensive. Do the research first. Taxi fare to the pier is nominal.
Maybe we will meet on board? I have sailed on Princess 17 times in the past and am looking forward to the new Sapphire.
Ernie - Red Hill Travel firstname.lastname@example.org