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Straight to the Gate Access: Golden Gate Bay Cruise

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Straight to the Gate Access: Golden Gate Bay Cruise
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icon1 hour  (Approx.)
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Overview

Explore one of California's most iconic settings from the beauty of San Francisco Bay. This narrated Golden Gate Bay cruise journeys alongside Alcatraz and Angel Island State Park, past the shores of Sausalito and beneath the Golden Gate Bridge. You can choose to view the sights from inside your boat or out on deck.
  • Cruise under the Golden Gate Bridge and by Alcatraz Island
  • North Beach, Sausalito, Marin Headlands, Angel Island State Park
  • Comfortable indoor and outdoor seating
  • Open ticket gives you the flexibility to choose any departure time

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This tour has flexible booking, meaning your ticket is valid for any cruise within a year of purchase.
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One-hour cruise
Multilingual audio-guide in 16 languages
"Straight to the gate" access
Gratuities
Food and drinks

Departure Point

43 1/2, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Your Golden Gate Bay cruise departs from Pier 43 in the heart of San Francisco's popular Fisherman's Wharf, home to many of the city's seafood restaurants. As the boat makes its way out into San Francisco Bay, you'll have great views (as long as the notorious Karl the Fog stays away) of the San Francisco skyline, as well as the bustling North Beach neighborhood and the waterfront Maritime National Park.

Over the next hour you will cruise the waters of San Francisco Bay on a guided tour, meandering west along Fort Mason and past the Marina District — which took a hard hit in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake — en route to the Golden Gate Bridge. Make sure and look up when sailing beneath the bridge's massive 4,200-foot (1,260-meter) span: it's a photo-worthy view that few people get to see.

Turning around in the waters where the Pacific Ocean meets the bay, you'll return east past the Marin Headlines and the harbor town of Sausalito, a favorite day getaway spot for San Francisco visitors. Continue alongside Angel Island State Park, often called 'The Ellis Island of the West,' and then cruise past the Alcatraz Island, home to the legendary former federal prison.

Heading back toward Fisherman's Wharf, soak up great views of the impressive San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and Coit Tower, a tall and slim concrete monument named for the eccentric Lillie Hitchcock Coit, an early 20th century-patron for the city's firefighters. Fisherman Wharf's famous sea lions will undoubtedly be barking their welcomes as your cruise returns to port.

Tickets are flexible, so the departure time and date of this round-trip day cruise are up to you (meaning if you've planned ahead but your flight into SFO is late, you can simply catch the next cruise, or even one on the next day. Tickets are valid up to one year from the original booking date). All cruise vessels include indoor and outdoor seating, public restrooms, and a seasonal snack bar. Audio narration is available in multiple languages.
Itinerary
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San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
Departing from Pier 43 1/2 in the heart of Fisherman's Wharf, you'll sail past the San Francisco skyline and view the lively neighborhood of North Beach and San Francisco Maritime National Park.
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Fort Mason, the Great Meadow
As you head west toward the Golden Gate Bridge, cruise along Fort Mason
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Marina District
Cruise along the Marina District which was devastated in the 1989 earthquake.
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Golden Gate Bridge
Don't miss incredible photo opportunities when sailing directly under the massive 4,200-foot (1,260-meter) span of the Golden Gate Bridge.
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Marin Headlands
Steaming back into the bay, you'll travel past the wildlife reserves of the Marin Headlands and the legendary town of Sausalito, home to the 1960s flower generation.
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Angel Island State Park
Pass by Angel Island State Park to your left.
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Alcatraz Island
Slowly cruise around the infamous island of Alcatraz.
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San Francisco Bay Bridge
On your way back to Fisherman's Wharf, look out for the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and Coit Tower.
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Pier 39
After a full hour of exciting sights, the barking sea lions at Pier 39 will welcome you back to Pier 43.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Boat crew are trained to provide first aid and CPR support, and first aid kits are readily available on all vessels
  • The main deck of each vessel are fully wheelchair accessible
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • All cruise vessels offer indoor and outdoor seating, restrooms, and seasonal snack bar service.
  • Vessels operate on biodiesel - a renewable energy source.
  • The award-winning audio narration is available in English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Thai, Mandarin, Hindi, Korean, Japanese, Italian, Russian, Hebrew, Arabic, Bahasa Indonesian and Vietnamese.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 400 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Red and White Fleet

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Straight to the Gate Access: Golden Gate Bay Cruise?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Straight to the Gate Access: Golden Gate Bay Cruise.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Straight to the Gate Access: Golden Gate Bay Cruise?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Straight to the Gate Access: Golden Gate Bay Cruise.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Straight to the Gate Access: Golden Gate Bay Cruise?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Straight to the Gate Access: Golden Gate Bay Cruise.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Straight to the Gate Access: Golden Gate Bay Cruise?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Straight to the Gate Access: Golden Gate Bay Cruise.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Straight to the Gate Access: Golden Gate Bay Cruise?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 400 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Straight to the Gate Access: Golden Gate Bay Cruise.

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Highly recommend
Michelle_B
, Aug 2021
Great experience! Staff was professional and boat was very clean. It was a beautiful summer day in San Francisco and my daughter and I learned so much about the city in a fun outdoor way. Highly recommend
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star-5
Awesome
Jenny_M
, Aug 2021
Love it! Even my teens enjoyed it very much. Worth the price. The staff was friendly. One of the staff member even offered to take a family of us. I really appreciated that
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Great Cruise
JamiM
, Aug 2021
The cruise was great! Easy directions to gate, line was easy to find, and the boat itself was clean and comfortable. Definitely recommend!
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Lots of SF in an hour
Michelle_C
, Aug 2021
Thoroughly enjoyed this short cruise of the bay. Great way to see and learn about the SF shoreline in a short but pleasant trip. Tip - If you’re on the top deck be sure to wear sunscreen even though it seems cool and cloudy.
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Awesome cruise!
Paula_D
, Aug 2021
The audio narration was so cool. Just a laid back relaxing cruise around the bay. I wish we would’ve been able to see more of the Golden Gate Bridge but due to the fog, we weren’t able to. It was amazing just to be that close and actually go right under it. I would highly recommend.
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Loved it!
Arsha_A
, Jul 2021
It was real fun, the seating area & restrooms were clean. We booked cruise for an hour, the commentry was very informative. Me and my son loved it!
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star-5
More than just a boat ride
Lynne_G
, Jul 2021
Narration on boat tour explained different buildings in San Francisco, as well as Golden Gate Bridge information.
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Good Tour
Karen_A
, Jul 2021
My teen grandsons and I enjoyed the tour. It was very windy and chilly on the 3:40 tour and I stayed in the interior area and had a great view with the large windows. Got great photos.
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star-5
Fun cruise around the bay
Tanya_M
, Jul 2021
Great cruise with information about the sites around the bay. Snacks available on board. Places to sit inside and out.
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Must see attraction
Ben_U
, Jul 2021
It was amazing, seeing the Golden Gate Bridge from the water, and having someone explain the history of it. Alcatraz Island, was amazing as well. Whenever I come back to visit I would definitely book a tour with this company again. Friendly service, amazing people.
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