Despite the best efforts of Princess telling everyone what time they should show up to clear customs and immigration - It turned out to be a mess.
Who's to blame I don't know.
Here's my story.
My documents stated that I was to appear at the Vista lounge at 8:05 AM to be processed.
Well at 7:50 I headed up only to find a line that stretched the length of the ship and no staff in sight.
It doesn't appear to be a DHS issue that they had plenty of officers on duty.
Finally after about 25 minutes I approached the Explorer's lounge where lo and behold there was a Princess staffer directing traffic.
She had us form two lines - one for US and another for non-US citizens. As I was the latter we actually moved a fair distance and after another 10 or 15 minutes I was processed.
There were at least 7 agents for the non-US and 2 or 3 for the US.
I was finished at 8:30 AM - then it was onto to the Portofino restaurant where us Platinum members could await departure from the ship.
This went fine - 9:30 was my appointed time and our color was called and I departed - picked up my bag and walked to my hotel - the Best Western Tuscan Inn about a 5 block walk from the ship.
There I waited for Cliff and Adele to arrive and start my exploration of the City by the Bay.
For some reason San Francisco doesn't like me - this was not the first time that customs was a nighmare at the port.
More later on my day exploring Mt Tamalpais and attending a San Francisco Giants game.