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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
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One-hour cruise
Multilingual audio-guide in 16 languages
"Straight to the gate" access
Gratuities
Food and drinks. There is a full service bar onboard to purchase drinks and snacks.
Red and White Fleet , Pier 43, 5, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA

Please enter in Google Maps: "Red and White Fleet" or "Pier 43 1/2, San Francisco" for exact location and directions. Pier 43 ½ ticket booth (corner of Taylor Street and the Embarcadero)

This activity will end right where it started.
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
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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.

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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.

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  • "Make sure you take a jacket if you want to stay upstairs!" See review
  • "Dress warm I would say regardless of the time, it's going to be cold." See review

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star-5
Amazing!
Cathy_F
, Jun 2022
Absolutely loved going under the Golden Gate Bridge. Going around Alcatraz was amazing, too. I would recommend this to others.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you! We think its amazing too!
star-5
Breathtaking!
Alana_B
, Jun 2022
This was such an amazing experience! The Brie is breathtaking, the waves aren’t too much and the vibes of everyone is amazing. The only thing that sucked is that it ended!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Awe...we are sorry you had to go too! We look forward to welcoming you back to our slice of heaven again soon!
star-4
Fun
Stacy_H
, Jun 2022
Nothing fancy but we enjoyed it. The crew was nice and the views were great. It was a nice family experience.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
We are happy to hear that you had a good time!
star-5
Tripping on the sights of the Bay
Derylle_E
, Jun 2022
It was a perfect and absolutely beautiful day for a cruise of the SF Bay. The tour was great the audio guide comes in multiple languages and is detailed and informative. The views are stunning and breathtaking I highly recommend this to all locals and visitors, you won’t be disappointed.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for sailing with us. Please come back again soon!
star-5
Great
Vanessa_L
, Jun 2022
Very friendly. Made it a great experience for the kids. Like that they had drink and snacks available
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
We are glad to hear that you and the family had an enjoyable time on our Golden Gate Bay Cruise. We look forward to welcoming you back again next time you are in San Francisco!
star-5
Very interesting and...
janicesherry
, Jun 2022
Very interesting and informative. Really enjoyed. Narrative was great. Boat was clean and had a great time.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
We are happy to hear that you had an enjoyable time.
star-5
Plan your vacation around Viator if they're available!
Ki_K
, Jun 2022
The entire process from purchasing tickets online to boarding the ferry was an absolute breeze. My wife and 2 boys had a great time. We've used Viator wherever available and love how they make it easy. We will be using again. I'm also glad that there is a review section so I know what to expect from other peoples experiences.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
We are happy to hear that the process through Viator was so smooth. Thanks for sailing with us!
star-5
Great Cruise Tour
Andrea_M
, May 2022
Great tour giving us a view of San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Alcatraz from the water. Enjoyed the narration, and the best part was when the Captain stopped for a few minutes because a humpback whale had been spotted. Seeing the whale was an unexpected bonus to the trip.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
How exciting that you were able to spot a whale! My timing always seems to be off and I miss them! We are glad you enjoyed your time with us. Come back again soon!
star-5
Great experience!
Marissa_J
, May 2022
We loved this boat tour of the San Francisco Bay! It was a nice way to see the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz especially since we didn’t have a lot of time in the city. We learned a lot!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
The Golden Gate Bay Cruise is the perfect hour long experience! Thank you for spending time with us!
star-5
Awesome Golden Gate tour
Christy_S
, May 2022
Very windy- don't forget a jacket- but great views of the bridge. Nice boat, not crowded. Great overall!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you! We are glad you had fun!
star-5
First time family
Ashley_H
, May 2022
It was my family and I first time on a boat and it was so enjoyable we had snacks some hot cocoa on the deck it was just very memorable we will never forget it
icon Response from Host , May 2022
We are glad to hear that you had an enjoyable time with your family.
star-5
Evening cruise in SF
Patricia_D
, May 2022
Incredible cruise and perfect way to take in the sights!! First time to SF and this is definitely a “must do” on the list of things to see in SF!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you for the fantastic review. We are so glad to hear the you had an incredible time. Please come back and visit us again soon!
star-5
Heart eyes
Jurizza_R
, May 2022
So great. Price was affordable as well! My boyfriend and I loved the experience. Definitely recommend!!!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Glad you had an enjoyable experience. Thanks for the recommendation!
star-3
Another way to appreciate Golden Gate Bridge
Theresa_L
, May 2022
It was quite windy the day we booked this tour and really cold. The ticket säys that boarding time was 20 minutes before departure so we were very eager to get on the boat but we started boarding when it was five minutes before departure. Exciting experience to be under the Golden Gate Bridge and see it from another point of view. Clear safety instructions while on the boat.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
We are glad you enjoyed cruising with us. We do ask guests to arrive 20 minutes prior so that no one missed the boat. :)
star-3
Short cruise tour
Sam_H
, May 2022
The boarding time was good, weather could have been better but it was a beautiful day. Advise ladies, make sure you bring cover (shawl) it gets very winded if you are on top in the wind.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you for your review. It does get quite breezy out on the Bay.
star-5
Cool temps but still worth it
Thomas_K
, May 2022
It was windy and cool but there is an inside area to sit so we could still enjoy the cruise. Learned about the area
icon Response from Host , May 2022
The San Francisco Bay can be chilly! Thanks for spending your time with us.
star-5
Awesome!
Vickie_M
, May 2022
Absolutely a must to do if you want you want to see the bay. Good view of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Treasure Island and Pier 39! Highly recommend!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you! We are glad to hear that you had an enjoyable cruise!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Fantastic adventure and tour.
Michelle_K
, May 2022
The whole experience was amazing! I have never seen the Gilden Gate Bridge from underneath. I had never been all the way around Alcatraz!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Isn't it cool to sail under the Golden Gate!?!?! Thanks for coming out with us!
star-5
Weather was clear and...
Marilyn_M
, May 2022
Weather was clear and views all around were beautiful. The narrative was very interesting and the Irish Coffee and Loco Cocoa was delish. Staff friendly and helpful. All in all a very enjoyable harbor tour.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
The Loco Cocoa has become a favorite! Thank you for your review. We are glad to hear that you had an enjoyable cruise.
star-5
Great experience for a...
Snigdha_S
, May 2022
Great experience for a first timer to SFO. Loved the view of the Golden Gate Bridge. It was way too windy but the view was great.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Isn't the bridge awesome?!?!? Thanks for coming out on the Bay with us.

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