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San Francisco Bay Cruises

By Viator, April 2014

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Few city entrances are as grand as San Fran’s silvery Bay, and the often fog-draped 1937 Golden Gate Bridge is the waterway’s signature Art Deco crown. San Francisco’s pride and joy measures 12 miles (20km) across, 60 miles (95km) long and at points is only 6 feet (2m) deep at low tide.

Taking a Bay cruise while you’re visiting San Francisco is a given, and with all manner of different cruises setting sail around the clock from legendary Fisherman’s Wharf, there are plenty of options to choose from.

Sail across the water to see one of San Francisco’s most popular attractions, the gloomy prison of Alcatraz on its rocky island outcrop. And of course the best way to see the Golden Gate Bridge is up-close and personal from the water. The city views of San Francisco are a sight in themselves from the Bay, along with the Marin Headlands, Angel Island State Park and the Oakland Bridge.
Sightsee across the Bay by cruising to the must-see village of Sausalito and the giant coastal redwoods of Muir Woods. Or hoist the mainsail and sail across the Bay in a yacht.

Another option is to simply choose your favorite time of day to take a cruise. A Champagne brunch cruise gets the day started in style on San Francisco Bay, while a lunch cruise combines a buffet feast with history and drama as you sail past Alcatraz.

The atmosphere is romantic on a sunset dinner cruise, as the sun dips behind the Golden Gate Bridge. Or glide into the evening on a dinner & dance cruise, with cocktails, a live band, scenic Bay sightseeing at twilight, and a four-course gourmet dinner served at table seating while you sail.

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