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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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iconOffered in: English and 11 more

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.

Departure Point

43 1/2, 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)

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
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.

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.

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Reviews

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Reviews by Viator travelers

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star-5
Great Cruise
LeeAnn_C
, Nov 2021
Loved going under the Golden Gate Bridge! Saw pelicans and enjoyed viewing Alcatraz. On and off boarding was smooth.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Thank you! Isn't the bridge spectacular?
star-5
Beautiful day on the Bay....
Walter_C
, Nov 2021
Beautiful day on the Bay. Very organized operation. Everyone who worked on the boat was upbeat and professional. Only wish it had lasted longer.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Thank you! I will share your review with our crew!
star-5
Great family outing!
SeowLing_O
, Nov 2021
The boarding was smooth and there were plenty of seats to spread out. The narration was clear and added to the experience.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Thank you!
star-5
Worth every moment.
Harish_G
, Nov 2021
Very well organized and brilliant narration and worth doing.It covers many areas of Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Thank you. We are glad you enjoyed your cruise with us.
star-5
Interesting Cruise Experience
TanyKigany_K
, Nov 2021
Awesome service! My friend and I were late to board the boat, but they were kind enough to wait for us. Really appreciate the attention.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Thank you! We are glad you enjoyed your cruise with us!
star-4
Beautiful weather and...
Sonya_K
, Nov 2021
Beautiful weather and great trip to view the bridge n the rock. Great pics. Crew nice n the audio was loud n clear. Would recommend.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
We are happy to hear your enjoyed your cruise! Thank you for sailing with us.
star-5
Most Amazing Experience
Takisa_A
, Nov 2021
One of the most amazing experiences of my life. 1hr seemed like 2 since it was so perfect. Thank you.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Thank you! We are so glad to hear that we were able to provide lasting memories!
star-5
Well planned San Fran water tour
Shannon_T
, Nov 2021
Well planned 1 hr boat cruise on the San Francisco Bay. We saw Alcatraz & the Golden Gate Bridge up close, & had a nice view the San Fran skyline.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Glad to hear you enjoyed your cruise. Thank you!
star-5
The audio story. Great...
Kenneth_L
, Nov 2021
The audio story. Great tour that offers an education of the Bay region. It offers a perspective you can’t get from a land tour. We enjoyed it very much
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Thank you. We are glad you enjoyed the audio story and the cruise.
star-5
Gateway to Fun and Knowledge
Alysha_H
, Nov 2021
The Golden Gate Bridge was amazing and the cruise boat was more than expected. It was worth every penny! We will use this company again when we return.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Thank you! We welcome you back anytime!

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