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Straight to the Gate Access: Golden Gate Bay Cruise provided by Red and White Fleet

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Straight to the Gate Access: Golden Gate Bay Cruise

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Updated 20-06-26 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 20-06-26 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
It can be challenging to see top San Francisco sights in one day. This San Francisco Bay cruise from Fisherman's Wharf lets you see top attractions such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Angel Island, and Sausalito from the water in a short amount of time. The open ticket can be used within a year of purchase, allowing you flexibility, especially with multiple departures per day.
  • You'll start at
    Red and White Fleet
    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)
    See address & details
  • Pass by
    San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
    Fort Mason, the Great Meadow
    Marina District
    Golden Gate Bridge
    Marin Headlands
    Angel Island State Park
    Alcatraz Island
    San Francisco Bay Bridge
    Pier 39
  • You'll end at
    Red and White Fleet
    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)
    See address & details
  • See multiple San Francisco attractions on this Golden Gate cruise
  • San Francisco Bay cruise tickets are valid up to one year after booking 
  • Enjoy views from either the outdoor deck or the indoor lounge area
  • Restrooms and a snack bar are on board for your convenience
What to Expect
For this San Francisco Bay cruise, use your ticket up to one year after booking. Plan a time to go during a visit to the city when the weather is best, or save it for a spontaneous cruise. Meet at Fisherman’s Wharf at Pier 43 to board your boat for a voyage across the bay. As you go, listen to the audio commentary that fills you in on landmarks and San Francisco history. Catch sight of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and even Angel Island. Your cruise heads out to Sausalito and then back. Your boat ride ends back at Pier 43 at Fisherman’s Wharf.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Red and White Fleet, 43 1/2, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • One-hour cruise
  • Multilingual audio-guide in 16 languages
  • "Straight to the gate" access
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
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Additional Info
  • 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 travellers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 400 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Popular mentions
Mr. FlyHigh Travelisto wrote a review Nov. 8
Las Vegas, Nevada6 contributions
My first boat ride and definitely not my last I loveddd everything about it !!! It was an experience I’ll never forget and will definitely be back.
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Date of experience: November 2020
Alicia B wrote a review Nov. 7
3 contributions
The only thing I would advise is to be prepared to wait for an hour for the next bus to arrive, if you do get off at any of the stops to explore. The app is great because you can track yourself and the busses.
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Aerity wrote a review Oct. 2020
Sparks, Nevada8 contributions
This was such a fun way to do some site seeing! We looked into doing the Alcatraz tour, but the inside of the prison is currently closed due to COVID so we chose this tour instead! We still got to see Alcatraz up close plus going under the Golden Gate Bridge was way cool! The
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Kerryann D wrote a review Oct. 2020
7 contributions
The boat tour was great! The ship was spacious and clean. Beer and wine, soft drinks and snacks are available for purchase. And the views are beautiful. I would highly recommend this boat tour.
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Date of experience: October 2020
Cat wrote a review Oct. 2020
Garden Grove, United States5 contributions2 helpful votes
Had the best time during this 1 hour cruise! Passed by some Forts and the Golden Gate Bridge. We also passed by Alcatraz Island as well :D The audio was very informative. It was a bit cold and super windy so be prepared, wear a sweater and some jeans or sweats when boarding, it
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Date of experience: October 2020
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By: Red and White Fleet
Mommy’s Birthday Cruise Tour
My brother and I did this to honor our mother on her 65th birthday. It was breathtaking and informative. A great wa
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Bridge to bridge boat trip!
It was wonderful!. Got to see all of San Francisco from bridge to bridge with audio detailed information of all sur
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Elizabeth T
Seeing the city from the other side.
I have been to San Francisco many times and was looking for something a little different. This tour is extremely w
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Twilight cruise
Amazing views and staff was exceptional. Highly recommend this as part of your trip to San Francisco.
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Great Couples Tour
Very Romantic. Live music, food, alcohol and the beautiful lights of the city and it's bridges. Just remember war
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Christmas Eve trip - 2 bridges
We thoroughly enjoyed this trip around the two bridges in San Francisco as well as circling round Alcatraz. We were
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Good customer service
Being non season, crowded less, Agents on ground and on board helpful. will definitely use them again
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Don’t do it!!! Much cheap to buy directly
You have to get tickets from 2 different areas you might as well go down there and get them yourself. Cheaper!! Bi
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Missed the GG Bay cruise part?
The boat took us to the island and back. No cruise of the bay. Did I miss something? Also, they indicated there wo
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This tour is absolutely a must!!!!
We enjoyed everything. The tour in alcatraz was amazing and the night was very relaxing and we took beutiful pictur
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Very good tour, food better than expected
Even though you have "straight to the gate" tickets, you still must wait in line for them to begin boarding (of cou
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Jaime Price A
Full moon cruise on brisk January evening
I was in town for work and took a twilight cruise by myself. It was chilly in January but I brought a big warm wint
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Nice cruse
Easy way to see the entire bay. San Francisco is such a cool place and the viewpoint of the boat is hard to beat
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Nice trip.
Nice boat and great narrative throughout the trip. I'm glad they also including the not so nice side of our history
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Great trip complete with Santa
Considering we were on the last trip on Christmas Eve, the staff kept up their energy. Many of the travellers wore
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Key Details
  • Duration: 1h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Languages Offered: English, Arabic, Chinese, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
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