2006 Pride of Hawai'i Cruise, Golden Gate San Francisco Bay

Golden Gate Bridge from Pride of Hawaii



The entrance to San Francisco Bay is world-renowned. Unfortunately, most of the year, the entrance is fogged in. Today was very special, we had a nice sunny pleasant day and no fog.

As we sailed under the famous bridge, we thought about all the people who have sailed from this Bay: Mark Twain, all the WW II soldiers and sailors who served in the Pacific, the great days of the Hawai'i steamships, such as the Matsonia and Lurline. Sailing through this bay entrance on a passenger ship is not very common these days, and we felt very lucky to not only be here, but for a wonderful clear day.

We left San Francisco just a few hours later. The bad news was that it was night, and we could not get any photos. The good news was that it was night and we had glorious views of San Francisco and the bridge, all illuminated beautifully.

Our crossing from San Francisco to Kaua'i took four and a half days. The only photos we took at sea were interior shots of the Pride of Hawaii or the images of the Hawaiian flag raising onboard the Pride of Hawaii.

It was an odd transition, travelling from the cold waters off California, further into the tropics, day by day. One day, Bob observed that he "could feel the Islands approaching". This feeling was shared by a number of other kama'aina on the ship. We agreed that we could actually "feel" the Islands reaching out to embrace us and welcome us back.

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The Golden Gate is Clear! That's Uncommon! -- Cruise on Pride of Hawai'i


[The Golden Gate is Clear! That's Uncommon!]


[Bridge is Peeking Up Over the Ship]

Bridge is Peeking Up Over the Ship -- Cruise on Pride of Hawai'i

Sandi with Bridge and Ship in Background -- Cruise on Pride of Hawai'i


[Sandi with Bridge and Ship in Background]


[Bob with Bridge and Ship in Background]

Bob with Bridge and Ship in Background -- Cruise on Pride of Hawai'i

Getting Closer, City in the Background -- Cruise on Pride of Hawai'i


[Getting Closer, City in the Background]


[About to Pass Under the Bridge, Looking at San Francisco]

About to Pass Under the Bridge, Looking at San Francisco -- Cruise on Pride of Hawai'i

About to Pass Under the Bridge, Looking at Marin -- Cruise on Pride of Hawai'i


[About to Pass Under the Bridge, Looking at Marin]


[Going Under Now...]

Going Under Now... -- Cruise on Pride of Hawai'i

Work Crew on Bridge Waved and Shouted -- Cruise on Pride of Hawai'i


[Work Crew on Bridge Waved and Shouted]


[Under and Out the Other Side]

Under and Out the Other Side -- Cruise on Pride of Hawai'i

Looking Back at the Marin Side -- Cruise on Pride of Hawai'i


[Looking Back at the Marin Side]


[Leaving the Golden Gate for Now]

Leaving the Golden Gate for Now -- Cruise on Pride of Hawai'i

The Golden Gate in the Afternoon Dazzle -- Cruise on Pride of Hawai'i


[The Golden Gate in the Afternoon Dazzle]

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