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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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iconOffered in: English and 11 more

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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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.
One-hour cruise
Multilingual audio-guide in 16 languages
"Straight to the gate" access
Gratuities
Food and drinks

Departure Point

Red and White Fleet, 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.

Traveler Tips


  • "I recommend to take warm clothes, because it could be very windy on board." See review
  • "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

Reviews

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Excelente
Bernardo_C
, Oct 2020
Nice clean and friendly staff well spent the money. The explanation was good and the ship was great I would recommend this trip va the one that takes you unground Alcatraz
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Visit to the Bay⚓️
Wendy_M
, Oct 2020
Visit to the Bay - soooo haPpy I booked this tour ahead through Viator! Loved LOVED 🥰 AMAZING views of the Golden Gate & Alcatraz🌉🌉 The staff did a great job of sanitizing in between trips👏👏 Highly recommend!!
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Great Cruise, Don't Miss It
Joe_S
, Oct 2020
The tour was great. I have been to SF several times, but this was my first Cruise, I will do it again when I come back in the spring with my daughter.
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Very nice
Kristy_M
, Oct 2020
Fantastic. Very relaxing and just enough time to spend on the boat with kids. Get there early so you get a seat on the top of the boat.
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The professionalism of the entire activity
Asa_I
, Oct 2020
The check in was a breeze. The attendant was super nice and even remembered to ask if we got the Japanese translator. It was a perfect day
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Golden Gate cruise
Debra_M
, Oct 2020
It was a beautiful ride to the Golden Gate Bridge, we love the tour the weather was great and waves where calm just beautiful. A must do in San Francisco 👍🏾
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Fun, Amazing Views, Great for All Ages
Emily
, Sep 2020
Awesome tour. The tour is very detailed and fun to listen to and the views are one of a kind. Would definitely do it again and recommend to friends!
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Totally worth it! Highly recommend!
SherRose
, Sep 2020
We went yesterday and had the best time! We walked over to the pier and there was a gentleman who greeted us. We checked in with the attendant inside the booth. We were a little early so she told us to come back in about 15 mins. We did some walking around then came back 15 mins later and there was a long line to get on. It moved quickly as they boarded. There was another friendly gentleman who checked our names/tickets while we standing in line. Everyone had masks on. They required masks on the entire boat ride. We sat on the top and the benches were separated for social distancing. We took a lot great photos near and under the Golden Gate Bridge. We passed by Alcatraz and got really good photos too. The weather was perfect. I would love to do this again! Totally worth it! Also the bar was closed down. There was no food or drinks.
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Pleasant and informative, with great views
Rachel_A
, Mar 2020
Loved the audio tour. The views were great and the staff friendly. Plenty of room to move around the boat and take in all the sights. Don’t have to fight for the best spot to stand.
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Wowed!
Siddharth_J
, Feb 2020
Very nice, all the staff is courteous and phenomenal. Provide headsets with all info of various landmarks during the tour, very informative and fun. Must recommend!
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