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Straight to the Gate Access: Golden Gate Bay Cruise

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  • 1 hour (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

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

What's Included

  • One-hour cruise
  • Multilingual audio-guide in 16 languages
  • "Straight to the gate" access
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks. There is a full service bar onboard to purchase drinks and snacks.

Departure & Return

Departure Point

  • Red and White Fleet
    Pier 43, 5, 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)

Return Details

This activity will end right where it started.

What To Expect

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.

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park (Pass By)

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.

Fort Mason, the Great Meadow (Pass By)

As you head west toward the Golden Gate Bridge, cruise along Fort Mason

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 travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 400 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

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

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

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Traveler Tips


Make sure you take a jacket if you want to stay upstairs!
Dress warm I would say regardless of the time, it's going to be cold.
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Boat did not capsize or...
John_H, Aug 2022
Boat did not capsize or sink. The snakes on the ship do not bite anyone. I wish the homeless people were not living on the ship.
Going under the bridge is...
Robert_R, Aug 2022
Going under the bridge is a unforgettable scene. Price is reasonable for the trip . Do not forget to bring a jacket or sweater it is cold and windy during the trip
Response from Host, Aug 2022
We agree. Going under the bridge is magical. Thank you for cruising with us.
Cruise
Sheila_O, Aug 2022
It was a lovely cruise around the harbour with a very informative crew. It highlighted all the sights and more.
Response from Host, Aug 2022
We are glad that you had an enjoyable cruise with us. Thank you!
Bomb
Alfredo_A, Aug 2022
Wonderful experience the A/C works everything was perfect slept like a baby as soon as I touched the bed.
Response from Host, Aug 2022
I think this review was probably meant for your hotel but we are glad that you had a good night sleep! Maybe the Bay cruise earlier in the day helped ;)
Great tour of the Bridge,Alcatraz and city views
Ronald_V, Aug 2022
was fun to be able to go under the Golden Gate Bridge. The audio naration was ery informative about San Francisco.
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Thank you so much for cruising with us!
Fun and informative
kraehenk, Aug 2022
Learning the history of the city, the bridge, and Alcatraz. I especially liked the story of Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe’s wedding pictures
Got to see everything we...
merlin_b, Jul 2022
Got to see everything we planned. It made touring San Francisco a lot easier. Thanks for the fun trip!
Response from Host, Jul 2022
You are very welcome! Thanks for sailing with us!
Awesome experience
Shannon_H, Jul 2022
We had a wonderful time on the cruise. It was so informative and interesting. We would highly recommend it.
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Thanks for the recommendation! We are glad that you had a good time!
1st timers
Irene_C, Jul 2022
Fun and informative tour, it is as a beautiful windy tour in the city. Our group enjoyed it! Would recommend this tour.
Response from Host, Jul 2022
It does get a bit windy out on the Bay but we are glad that you had a good cruise! Come visit us again!
This was a wonderful way...
David_W, Jul 2022
This was a wonderful way to see the Golden Gate Bridge from a different perspective, as well as Alcatraz. I would have given this a 5 star rating, but we were not given the headset to be able to hear the self tour guide tell about all the sights around us. It was only played over the speakers which were hard to hear unless you stayed underneath one, or stayed inside the cabin, which obviously would defeat the sightseeing purpose. It sounded like some good information, just hate that I paid for something that I didn’t get. Hopefully this will be corrected or taken down off of the online purchase area so no one else will be mislead. Overall this was a wonderful trip and I do recommend it.
Good trip and good customer service
Wayne_S, Jul 2022
Our trip was scheduled for 3pm but we were tired of walking around the area so we asked if we could change our reservation to an earlier time and they were happy to accommodate our request. The trip was great and very informative. I’d definitely recommend it.
Bay Cruise
David_B, Jul 2022
Most of the fog lifted, so it was a great day! Boat was clean and neat. I would recommend this trip to others.
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Thank you! We take great pride in the cleanliness and condition of our vessels. Thank you for the recommendation!
Really nice experience....
Ignacio_R, Jul 2022
Really nice experience. And. Friendly staff. Delicious margaritas. I do recommend red and white tours.
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Thank you for the recommendation! I will make sure and pass on your kind words to our bar staff!
Great experience
Kathy_L, Jul 2022
Going under the Golden Gate and around Alcatraz was interesting. Commentary was good except rude passengers were too loud! We would def do again!
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Thank you very much for the kind words. Sorry that other passengers were being too loud. We are glad that you were at least able to enjoy the cruise.
Amazing Experience and HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
KrystalAnne_R, Jul 2022
It was super awesome to get out on the water and do this tour. The weather was foggy in some parts but it added to the experience and it made me appreciate the sun more when it would come out behind the clouds. It was a bit chilly and it was in mid July when we went, so make sure you prepare for that just in case! The top deck is best for views of course and if you’re cold, you’re going to want to be sitting inside (and who wants to miss out on the beautiful sights!?). We circled around Alcatraz and went under and around the Golden Gate Bridge. The “tour” wasn’t very guided but key points were mentioned during the trip. This was great because it wasn’t a distraction of constant talking over the loud speaker and we could all enjoy the upbeat music that was playing. Witnessed a couple and their proposal on board. Definitely a great setting with amazing views. Just a hint for those looking for a great and memorable spot. (She said YES!) There is a drink and snack bar with chips and candy (alcoholic beverages and non alcoholic were available). Decently priced too! We just got hot cocoa and coffee since it turned out being chilly and it was $2 each. They also were selling sweatshirts and blankets at the snack bar. The blanket is a decent size and $20. Great little travel blanket! Bathrooms were super clean!!!! BIG COMPLIMENTS HERE! I was pleasantly surprised. This is HUGE: Make sure you get there at least half an hour ahead of time. We ran into traffic trying to find parking close by and then had a hard time finding the pier at first so we missed our first trip. (I’m not new to the Wharf but I’m still a tourist from out of town and never paid attention to the Pier numbers)… However despite this, I contacted their support and spoke to someone at the ticket booth and we found out there was one last tour for the day. Since it was 1.5 hours and the one I booked first was just 1 hour, all I had to do was pay the difference. Customer service is nothing short of WONDERFUL. Thank you for your flexibility!!! Overall, my family and I had an amazing time and I wish we did this tour sooner! Definitely worth adding to your to-do list when visiting SF. Don’t think about it, just DO IT!
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Thank you so very much for the fantastic review! I will be sharing your kind words with all of our crew. We are very happy to hear that you had such a fabulous experience with us. Come see us again soon!
From LA to the Bay!
Jihan_V, Jul 2022
Although it was cold we enjoyed it very much. We got really excited when we went under the bridge and got a very close look at the bridge. It was worth seeing/experiencing for the price. Also, the trip around Alcatraz Federal prison was amazing as well!
Excellent audio tour and experience
Iftikhar_K, Jul 2022
Excellent audio tour. Make sure to ask for the headphones once you get on board. One hour is perfect length, and entire process is easy and relaxed.
Beautiful View
Joy_V, Jul 2022
This boat cruise was wonderful. I liked that we went under the bridge. Lots of photo opportunities. You really are at the mercy of the fog though. We were lucky with a sunny part of the day.
Would do it again when family come to visit
Vanessa_M, Jul 2022
The day was supposed to be partly cloudy but it was super foggy. But for some reason when we pass by Alcatraz the fog was gone. Same thing with the bridge we couldn’t even see it. But once we passed underneath the bridge the fog went away.
Amazing!
Lianna_T, Jul 2022
Last minute booking and they were very quick and friendly. Changing times was easy and efficient. Crew on board was friendly and respectful.
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