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  • Location:San Francisco, California
  • Duration:2 hours (approx.)

San Francisco Bay Sunset Cruise

Take the ultimate sunset cruise, California-style! Relax as you enjoy amazing views of San Francisco and a hearty appetizer buffet during this casual two-hour cruise of San Francisco Bay. The sailings are timed to coincide with sunsets; the Sunset Bay Cruise departure time and route will differ to the Twilight Cruise which sails during the winter months.


  • Two-hour San Francisco sunset cruise
  • Twilight views of the city skyline, Alcatraz, Sausalito, the Golden Gate Bridge and Marina District
  • Sail under the Golden Gate Bridge and Bay Bridge
  • Hearty appetizer buffet and cocktail
  • Live commentary from the captain
  • Indoor and outdoor seating

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

A mellow way to unwind after a day of walking San Francisco's famous hills. Enjoy serene views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz as the sun slips below the horizon; then watch the lights come on in the city. There's plenty of tasty picnic food so come hungry!

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What You Can Expect

San Francisco Bay Sunset Cruise

Enjoy Delicious Food and Amazing Sights

Sunset Bay Cruise:

With live commentary by the captain and cool background music, this cruise is a wonderful way to explore San Francisco Bay at twilight during late March through early November.

As the sun begins to set over the Marin Headlands, you'll cruise past Alcatraz, Angel Island and the shorelines of Tiburon, Belvedere and Sausalito. Watch the sun setting over the Pacific Ocean as you sail west toward the Golden Gate Bridge. On your way back to Fisherman's Wharf you'll see many more famous sights, including the Presidio, the Marina District and Fort Mason.

During the cruise, enjoy an assortment of vegetarian, turkey and roast beef sandwiches, antipasti, crudité with dip, potato and Caesar salads, seasonal fruits, freshly baked miniature desserts, and a complimentary beverage.

A full bar with drinks and merchandise is available aboard. All cruise vessels offer indoor and outdoor seating, and restrooms. There is no assigned seating or formal dress required, come as you are for an evening of relaxed sunset sailing! Vessels operate on bio-diesel, a renewable energy source.

Twilight Cruise:

In the winter, the cruise changes its itinerary to make the most of the spectacular city lights view of San Francisco. As the sun sets over the horizon, you'll sail past San Francisco's modern skyscrapers, historic landmarks, the infamous island of Alcatraz and both the Bay Bridge and Golden Gate Bridge.

Your evening of breathtaking San Francisco views will be accompanied with live guitar entertainment, hearty buffet of sandwiches, salads, dessert, and a beverage from the bar.

Whether you are enjoying the skyline views from the ship's heated indoor spaces or out on the outdoor viewing decks, the city lights are an unmissable San Francisco attraction.

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Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Great little cruise. I would highly recommend it. Food was good, people were knowledgeable and very friendly. Take a light jacket, it got chilly on the bay. Great stops to take pics. The only minus would be the bartender situation......maybe 2 bartenders on board would be more adequate. There was a long line all night.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Excellent! Highlight of my whole San Francisco vacation!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Everything was great on this sunset cruise. Well worth it!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

AMAZING!! The view of the city was spectacular and the food was great. We will definitely do this trip again when we return to San Fran!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Very nice cruise, plenty of space inside, so that everyone could get a window seat when it got too cold and windy, but also enough room outside so everyone could get a good view and take nice pictures.
Great food, more of a meal than a snack, great live music, nice staff, very friendly and helpful. Beautiful view of the Golden Gate Bridge and the sun set.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Very nice tour. I recommend this to anyone visiting San Francisco. Good crew, good food, wonderful views make this a wonderful choice for viewing the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and San Francisco from the bay. Well worth it. Bring warm clothes as it gets chilly and windy on the water.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Excellent timing to the best Sunset picture ever. Food was cold but perfect, sandwiches, and appetizers.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

we had a great time on the cruise the food and music was excellent.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The views were outstanding! The food was good too.

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