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Jail and Sail: Alcatraz Tour and Twilight Bay Cruise

Cruise across San Francisco Bay twice in one day on this combo tour that includes entrance to the former island prison of Alcatraz, one of those most popular—and often sold-out—attractions in the city. Start with the ferry ride to San Francisco’s famous jail, which you’ll explore with a self-guided audio tour. After returning from Alcatraz, take a sunset or twilight cruise (depending on time of year) on the bay with an onboard buffet of hors d’oeuvres and a glass of wine or beer.
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Duration: 6 hours
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US$108.00
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San Francisco Bay Twilight and Sunset Cruise

This 2-hour sunset cruise takes you across San Francisco Bay with outstanding views of the city skyline, Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island and Sausalito. Enjoy a light appetizer buffet while you sip a complimentary glass of wine, beer or soda from the full bar. Relax as you listen to the captain’s live commentary while background music sets the tone. Watch the sunset or select a twilight cruise during winter months.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$70.00
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San Diego Harbor Cruise

Spend a few hours relaxing, sunbathing and sightseeing in the placid waters just off San Diego during this 1- to 2-hour San Diego Harbor cruise. Sit back and relax as you take in a fully-narrated tour, offering top-notch sight lines of the San Diego skyline, a cruise under Coronado Bridge, a look at the bustling US Naval fleet and a chance to spot some of the harbor’s resident sea lions. Choose between 1- and 2-hour cruise options, offering you two trips to fit your schedule and interests.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$27.00
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Muir Woods and Sausalito Tour plus Bay Cruise

Visit charming Sausalito, cruise across San Francisco Bay and stare up in wonder at the redwood trees of Muir Woods on this combo tour from San Francisco—the perfect day out in the Bay Area. You’ll experience the Golden Gate Bridge from both above and below as you drive across it and glide under it, and you’ll learn about some of California’s oldest and tallest natural wonders, the coastal redwoods. In Sausalito, you can stroll along the waterfront or shop in the galleries and boutiques.
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$99.00
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San Francisco Golden Gate Whale-Watching Tour

Go whale watching in San Francisco on this 2.5-hour cruise that departs from Pier 39. On an eco-friendly catamaran, glide through San Francisco Bay and under the Golden Gate Bridge to reach the open Pacific, where you’ll keep your eyes peeled for humpback and gray whales, as well as marine life like dolphins and seals. Learn about the history and geology of the area from an onboard naturalist, and admire the rugged California coast.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$45.00
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San Francisco Bay Sailing Cruise

Admire San Francisco and its surrounding sights from the water on a San Francisco Bay sailing cruise. On board a catamaran, you’ll sail past the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, legendary Alcatraz Island and the hamlet of Sausalito. Take advantage of great photo ops while you soak up the sea breeze during this 90-minute tour.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$45.00
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San Francisco Bridge-to-Bridge Cruise

On this San Francisco bridge cruise, get an up-close look at the city’s two engineering marvels — the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay Bridge — as you travel across San Francisco Bay. You’ll see major city sights like AT&T Park, Alcatraz, Coit Tower, and the Ferry Building, and listen to recorded commentary about the city's legendary architecture while you glide under both bridges. Snacks and drinks are available for purchase.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$40.00
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Golden Gate Bay Cruise

Explore one of California's most iconic settings from the beauty of San Francisco Bay. This hour-long, 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.
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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US$31.00
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The One Day in San Francisco Tour with Alcatraz

See the best of San Francisco in one day with this 9-hour tour from Fisherman's Wharf. You'll visit 11 different locations with five stops for photo ops, plus take a tour to Alcatraz Island in the afternoon. On board the minibus, you'll travel across the Golden Gate Bridge to see the redwood trees of Muir Woods Redwood National Monument, and listen to commentary from your guide about San Francisco's culture, history, and other places to check out on your own.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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US$159.00
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San Francisco Bay Sunset Catamaran Cruise

What better way to end a day in San Francisco than a sunset catamaran cruise? Sail across San Francisco Bay at twilight to admire the city skyline as it begins to light up for the night. With an experienced captain at the helm, you’ll glide past Alcatraz Island and cruise underneath the Golden Gate Bridge. Light hors d’oeuvres and two drinks are included.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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San Diego Two Hour Harbor Cruise and Sea Lion Adventure

See San Diego from a marine vantage point on this 2-hour harbor cruise, including some potential sea lion sightings. Listen to live narration from your captain and enjoy for-purchase snacks from the onboard snack bar. Multiple departure times to fit your schedule.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bay Cruise Adventure

Enjoy a relaxing outing on San Francisco Bay with a 60-minute cruise. Take in panoramic views of the city skyline, marvel at Alcatraz Island and journey beneath the Golden Gate Bridge. Choose to sit indoors or savor cool bay breezes from an outdoor deck and experience San Francisco in a whole new way from the water. You can even learn about the sights that you're seeing from a free audio tour—available on any personal wifi-enabled device. This ticket allows you to skip the box office line and go straight to the gate.
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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San Francisco Tour and Cruise Around Alcatraz Island

Get acquainted with the City by the Bay during this 3.5-hour San Francisco tour, including a 1.5-hour cruise around Alcatraz Island. First make your way through the city’s most popular neighborhoods, and see main attractions, such as Fisherman’s Wharf and the Golden Gate Bridge. Then, hit the water on a cruise around Alcatraz Island, and learn about the history and the former inmates of the notorious penitentiary.
  • Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes
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US$91.00
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San Francisco Champagne Brunch Cruise

Glide across San Francisco Bay with unlimited mimosas and sparkling wine on this 2-hour, weekend brunch cruise. Sail under the Golden Gate Bridge, pass Alcatraz, and see the city skyline from the deck. A hearty buffet and onboard music keep the mood festive while you enjoy brunch and sightsee.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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America's Cup Sailing Adventure on San Francisco Bay: Day Sail

Tread in the footsteps of world-champion sailors on this 2.5-hour America’s Cup Day Sail on San Francisco Bay. You’ll board a high-speed International America’s Cup class yacht and take a turn on the official race course from the 2013 competition. With a skilled sailor in charge, you’ll take your turn as crew working the sail trim controls and even have a chance to skipper the boat. After departing from San Francisco’s famous Pier 39 you’ll take to the Bay and cruise beneath the magnificent Golden Gay Bridge. There’s no better way to see the Bay than this sailing trip with USA 76.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$150.00
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San Francisco Bay Sightseeing Boat Tour

See San Francisco’s top attractions from the water on this 1.5-hour tour by rigid inflatable boat. Your guide will provide gear to keep you dry and warm as you take off from Pier 39. Pass the infamous prison of Alcatraz, Coit Tower, the Presidio and glide under the Golden Gate Bridge while your captain provides insightful narration. Numbers are limited to 12 people to keep this small-group tour as intimate as possible.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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US$95.00
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Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Escape from the Rock Cruise

Learn stories behind the SF Bay Area's most notorious former federal penitentiary on a fascinating Escape from the Rock cruise. Board a boat for 90-minute journey through the bay while listening to audio recordings (available in several languages) from ex-prisoners and guards about daily life on 'The Rock.' Learn about the Birdman of Alcatraz and the infamous 1962 'Alcatraz Escape,' and come to know why Alcatraz instilled fear into the hearts of even the worst-of-the-worst criminals. Tours are accessible on any of your own wifi-enabled iPads, smartphones or other devices. This ticket allows you to skip the box office line and go straight to the gate.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$39.00
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Alcatraz and San Francisco Bay Adventure Sightseeing Cruise

Sure. You can hop on the standard ferry to Alcatraz and explore the prison with the rest of the tourists. Or you can catch a ferry over to Sausalito and see a few parts of the Bay. But this combo-tour tour combines best of both worlds. The 'Bay Voyager' is a ship that takes you closer to the sights than any other ship. Make use of complimentary wet-weather gear in case you get a little too close to Mother Nature. After your RIB Boat experience, head  over to Pier 33 to join the famous Alcatraz Prison tour and see the grounds and the notorious solitary confinement wing.*You must submit all passenger names on checkout to redeem your Alcatraz Cruise tickets
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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US$155.00
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San Diego Bay Jet Boat Ride

Zoom around the waters of San Diego Bay on a 30-minute jet boat ride that provides speed, splashes and spins. As you race through the scenic waterway, your captain points out landmarks including the USS Midway, Coronado Island, Seaport Village, the Embarcadero and the city skyline. Hang on as your captain takes your boat into power slides, 360-degree spins and other thrilling maneuvers — a high-octane twist on sightseeing in San Diego.
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Big Boat Sailing Adventures with Gone Sailing

Experience the waters of southern California on a 2-hour sailing cruise on San Diego Bay and the Pacific Ocean. See Pacific Beach, Point Loma, and La Jolla from the water as you cruise on a well-equipped sailing yacht. Keep an eye out for marine animals, and get good views of US Navy vessels and other watercraft. Your cruise includes light refreshments with additional drinks available for purchase.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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City and Sea Adventure: 1 Day Hop-On Hop Off Pass and San Francisco Bay Cruise

In just one day, experience the best of San Francisco by land and sea with this combo package that includes two hop-on hop-off bus tours and a cruise. Check out the top attractions of San Francisco, wind through the downtown streets, and cross over the Golden Gate Bridge. Each hop-on hop-off bus tour lasts 60 minutes to 2 hours and offers live commentary. The 1-hour boat cruise takes you through San Francisco Bay, giving you prime views of Crissy Fields, the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island.
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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Gray Whale Watching Tour

Nature enthusiasts shouldn't miss the opportunity to see the majestic gray whale in its natural habitat, off the coast of San Francisco. On this half-day tour from Pier 39, cruise toward the chilly Pacific waters—or around San Francisco Bay—to spot migrating whales feasting on the plentiful anchovy. After a few hours on the water, return by early afternoon, so you can make the most of your day on the waterfront.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$59.00
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Full-Day Farallon Islands Whale Watching Excursion

Cruise on over to the Farallon Islands in search of marine life on this 6-hour whale watching cruise. Board a boat at one of the piers of the City by the Bay, and relax as you sail the waters trying to spot whales and other creatures, such as sharks and dolphins.
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$99.00
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Whale Watching Day Cruise Santa Monica, Marina Del Rey and Palos Verdes Bay

Take a thrilling whale-watching excursion off the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Travel along the coast of Los Angeles and experience marine wildlife up close. Enjoy a glass or wine or beer, a light snack, or other beverage from the boat’s galley. Sit either inside or out on our 45-passenger vessel as you search the Pacific for Gray, Humpback, and Sperm whales, sharks, seabirds, dolphins and sea lions on this memorable outing.
  • Duration: 150 to 180 minutes
  • Duration: 150 to 180 minutes
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