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Straight to the Gate Access: Golden Gate Bay Cruise

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San Francisco, United States

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icon1 hour  (Approx.)
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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.

Additional Details

  • 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
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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.
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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.

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

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

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Straight to the Gate Access: Golden Gate Bay Cruise?
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.
What is the maximum group size during Straight to the Gate Access: Golden Gate Bay Cruise?
This activity will have a maximum of 400 travelers.

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Traveler Tips

  • "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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Best experience
, Jun 2021
It was an amazing trip my kids loved it so much that they want to go back again. It was easy and fast..
Nice cruise
, Jun 2021
A nice cruise. Very good views. The downside was the fact that it was hard to hear the audioguide. Take your warm jackets with you.
A perfect boat ride to see the bay view from the front row
, Jun 2021
It was so smooth and easy… can stand anywhere on the boat and have a awesome view. Prices were reasonable and they had a many spirits and wines on the menu. One hour was actually perfect. I actually can’t imagine being on the boat longer than that. Definitely recommend!!!
, Jun 2021
It was an amazing time our kids loved it! Thank you so much and they even helped taking pictures !!!
Great time
, Jun 2021
Going under the Golden Gate Bridge was different. I’ve driven on it many times but to go under it was cool
Great experience!
, Jun 2021
Loved the experience! Great customers service. They where polite and helpful. It was clean and peaceful. Love the narrarion and you could chose different language.
Enjoyable trip for everyone
, Jun 2021
Smooth ride! (we typically get sea sick). Enjoyed by all- mom, dad and teens. Great information/facts provided. Staff was courteous and friendly.
Great trip
, Jun 2021
Passing Alcatraz and going under the bridge was the highlight of the trip. Would recommend this to anyone who wants to enjoy the the bay and San Francisco
Great trip
, Jun 2021
The bartender was super nice! It was great. Great views. The audio telling us about everything was cool too
, Jun 2021
My experience was wonderful the boat was not full and everyone was able to seat in the upper level. It wasn't full like their competitors they actually was a distance from us. They're Boat was full to capacity it reminded me of the Titanic.

Product code: 2630SFOCRS

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