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Jail and Sail: Alcatraz Tour and Sunset or Twilight Bay Cruise

Jail and Sail: Alcatraz Tour and Sunset or Twilight Bay Cruise

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Overview

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.
  • Great value Alcatraz tour and sunset cruise combo
  • Take an evening cruise of San Francisco Bay at sunset
  • Enjoy delicious appetizers and a complimentary drink on board
  • Includes award-winning Alcatraz audio tour "Doing Time", available in 11 languages

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After Alcatraz, cruise under the Bay and Golden Gate bridges at sunset—a rare treat.
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Includes tickets to Alcatraz ($39.90 USD value)
Round-trip ferry to and from Alcatraz Island
Award-winning self-guided Cellhouse Audio tour in multiple languages
Sunset Cruise or Twilight Cruise (depending on option selected)
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Transport from Pier 33 (Alcatraz departure point) to Pier 43 1/2 for cruise
  • Alcatraz Landing , Pier 33 Suite 200, San Francisco, CA 94111, USA

    For Alcatraz Tour, Departure is from Alcatraz Landing, Pier 33, San Francisco Transport between Pier 33 and Pier 43 1/2 is not included.

  • Red and White Fleet , Pier 43, 5, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA

    For Red and White Fleet Sunset/Twilight cruise, Departure is from Pier 43 1/2, San Francisco. Please enter in Google Maps: "Red and White Fleet" or "Pier 43 1/2, San Francisco" for exact location and directions.

  • This activity will end right where it started.
    In the afternoon, head to Pier 33 on the Embarcadero to board the ferry to Alcatraz. Enjoy views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the city skyline during the ride across the bay, and then disembark on the island to start your independent tour of ‘The Rock.’

    With your provided headset on, explore the cellblock while listening to ‘Doing Time,’ the award-winning self-guided audio tour that includes narration by former prisoners and staff. Both a military prison and a federal penitentiary during its notorious past, Alcatraz is known for high-profile inmates like Al Capone and Machine Gun Kelly. You’ll learn about the history of the prison and some of the escape attempts while you peer into individual cells.

    You can also explore the grounds and look for wildlife like Brandt’s cormorants, Canadian geese and other birds. When you’re ready to go back to the city, just hop on the ferry; they depart every 30 minutes or so. Typical visiting time at Alcatraz is about 2.5 hours.

    After returning to the Embarcadero, walk along the waterfront to Pier 43 at Fisherman’s Wharf to start your next on-the-water adventure—a 2-hour sunset or twilight cruise with a provided glass of wine, beer or soft drink. Enjoy fantastic views of the waterfront from the exterior deck, and glide underneath both the Bay Bridge and Golden Gate Bridge while snacking on appetizers and listening to the live guitarist and commentary from your captain. If you get cold, you can take shelter from the wind in the spacious interior deck.

    Your memorable experience on San Francisco Bay concludes when you return to Fisherman’s Wharf.
    Itinerary
    Stop At:  
    Alcatraz Island
    Enjoy a self-guided Audio tour upon arrival. You are welcome to take as little or as much time as you want while visiting Alcatraz Island. The last ferry back is 6:30 pm. This is subject to change. Please check with the ferry operator when arriving on the island.
    Duration: 3 hours 
    Admission Ticket Included
    Pass By:  
    Golden Gate Bridge
    Enjoy the sunset while sailing under the majestic Golden Gate Bridge.
    Pass By:  
    San Francisco Bay
    Enjoy the views of the bay during your 2-hour California Sunset Cruise.
    Pass By:  
    San Francisco Bay Bridge
    Sail past the Bay Bridge and enjoy the Bay Bridge's iconic the Bay Light art installation throughout the evening.
    Stop At:  
    Red and White Fleet
    Begin and end your California Sunset Cruise from here!
    Duration: 10 minutes
    Admission Ticket Included
    Pass By:  
    Coit Tower
    See Coit Tower from the deck of the California Sunset Cruise.
    Pass By:  
    Marin Headlands
    Enjoy the views from the bay!
    Pass By:  
    Marina District
    Enjoy views of the Marina District from the Bay.
    Pass By:  
    Railroad & Ferry Depot Museum
    Enjoy the views from the Bay!
    Pass By:  
    Ferry Building Marketplace
    Sail behind this famous building.
    Pass By:  
    Angel Island State Park
    Sail around this historic island.
    Pass By:  
    Yerba Buena Island
    See views of the Yerba Buena Island.
    Pass By:  
    Treasure Island
    See views of Treasure Island.
    Pass By:  
    Salesforce Tower
    See the famous Salesforce tower during sunset on the bay!
    Pass By:  
    Fisherman's Wharf
    Begin and end your Sunset cruise from San Francisco's famous Fisherman's Wharf.
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Photo ID must be presented for all passengers over 18
    • Twilight/sunset cruise boat features multiple decks for viewings. Twilight/sunset cruise has a fully stocked cashless bar. Credit and debit cards accepted for additional beverages. Cruise boat is motorized and is not a sailing vessel
    • No minors under the age of 18 are allowed to tour Alcatraz Island without the accompaniment of an adult. An adult must be with them at all times while on their tour of Alcatraz Island.
    • All passenger names are required in order to receive Alcatraz tickets
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • The Alcatraz Cellhouse audio tour is available in Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 400 travelers
    • OPERATED BY Red and White Fleet
    This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

    Learn more about cancellations.

    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 Jail and Sail: Alcatraz Tour and Sunset or Twilight 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
    See all safety measures taken by Jail and Sail: Alcatraz Tour and Sunset or Twilight Bay Cruise.
    Q:
    What is the policy on sanitization during Jail and Sail: Alcatraz Tour and Sunset or Twilight 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
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    See all safety measures taken by Jail and Sail: Alcatraz Tour and Sunset or Twilight Bay Cruise.
    Q:
    What is the social distancing policy during Jail and Sail: Alcatraz Tour and Sunset or Twilight Bay Cruise?
    A:The policy on social distancing is:

    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    See all safety measures taken by Jail and Sail: Alcatraz Tour and Sunset or Twilight Bay Cruise.
    Q:
    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Jail and Sail: Alcatraz Tour and Sunset or Twilight 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
    See all safety measures taken by Jail and Sail: Alcatraz Tour and Sunset or Twilight Bay Cruise.

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    • "Audio tour is a must when you are on Alcatraz." See review
    • "Since than it is so cold and windy in SF it would be nice if we had the possibility to buy something hot to drink whilst we were waiting (and freezing) for the boat for 30-45 minutes." See review
    • "It was also very cold and misty so tolerance was required to be able to enjoy the cruise outside." See review

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    star-4
    Best view of the city
    Matthew_U
    , Jan 2020
    Really great experience, simple to collect tickets and nice to have your own space to explore the island. The evening sail was good, the weather was poor around the Golden Gate, but the eastern end of the city was stunning.
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    star-5
    Family getaway
    MaryAnn_G
    , Jan 2020
    Our family had a memorable experience. The Alcatraz tour makes us realize how the prison run and how it feels to be in Alcatraz viewing San Francisco life with lights, cars, and buildings yet you are bound by scenic SF bay and water. The cruise allows us to reconnect while we view the city and feel the SF breeze with a treat of drinks of your choice and some snacks.
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    star-4
    Sunset Twilight Bay Cruise
    Lucille L
    , Oct 2019
    We had a nice time in the sunset bay cruise. Such A nice view of the golden gate bridge with the beautiful sunset! The weather was just right and the ride was smooth. Thank you to the crew.
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    star-5
    Fun Trip!
    Teri_M
    , Oct 2019
    Alcatraz was great and timed our trip to see the Blue Angels from the island during Fleet Week. Sunset cruise was beautiful and the perfect end to our day. Highly recommend Jail & Sail.
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    star-2
    Bay Cruise
    Helen_R
    , Oct 2019
    Sunset Bay Cruise was not worth it. Could not hear the commentary or music. Very disappointing cruise
    icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
    Hello Helen, I am so sorry to hear this. Could you please let us know what date you took the cruise? I want to look into this for you, as this should not be the case. Please send us a message to sales@redandwhite.com and we will look into it further for you.
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    star-5
    Great experience!!!
    Edda_R
    , Sep 2019
    A wonderful time and all cruise staff was very friendly! Appetizers were delicious and the music was great!
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    star-3
    Great tour until the dinner buffet
    742ktov
    , Sep 2019
    The first part of the trip was absolutely amazing! The dinner cruise was great up until the buffet… The food could have been fresher and we saw a roach in the linen on the buffet table! Although we did not get sick from the food the Roach was an absolute dealbreaker for my wife , hence the three out of five stars.
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    star-4
    Alcatraz tour and sunset cruise
    JAIBAALAM P
    , Sep 2019
    Overall the tour was fantastic, more so we enjoyed the sunset cruise because the the Captain and his crew made it special.Will definitely recommend this trip to friends.
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    star-5
    Great time
    Norm_G
    , Sep 2019
    It was better than expected. Incredible views. Great photos. Relaxing. The musician was very good. The buffet was average but plentiful. I would highly recommend it.
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    star-5
    A Grand day out.
    19JohnH53
    , Aug 2019
    What an Escape . The audio commentary at the prison helped to bring to life the feeling of despair that the prisoner must have felt with San Francisco so close but so far away. It also highlighted the people who had to live there. A very interesting insight to the rock.
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    star-4
    jail and sail: alcatraz tour and sunset cruise
    ktdesign2016
    , Jul 2019
    Both were excellent really enjoyable we were able to see alot of Alcatraz exploring and learning about the prison. And the Sunset cruise was very nice, relaxing and enjoyable
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    star-3
    Should be called “Jail, Wait 3 hours and Sail”
    FaithMH
    , Jul 2019
    We enjoyed the trip to Alcatraz and stayed out there for a long time, but it left at 1 pm! Our hotel was next to Chinatown so we had to find something to do for three hours before the sunset cruise. Fisherman’s Wharf has lots of t-shirt and souvenir shops if that’s your thing. We did enjoy late afternoon appetizers, a bottle of wine and the Boudin history museum but really would have preferred for there to have been less downtime. The sunset cruise was very enjoyable. We loved the view from under the bridge! Dress warmly though! You need a coat. it is very cool and windy at Fishermen’s Wharf and on the water.
    icon Response from Host , Jul 2019
    Thank you for your review Faith. Acquiring tickets for Alcatraz Island is very tricky, hence we are stuck with a 1pm sail time. We will see if there is any flexibility to change the departure time next summer, but inventory is slim! We hope nonetheless, you were able to enjoy both products of the tour package. Thanks for sailing with us!
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    star-5
    Amazing Tour
    Sarah_M
    , Jul 2019
    This is a must if visiting! Sunset dinner cruise was the best thing we done the whole holiday! Best way to see the islands alcatraz and golden gate bridge
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    star-5
    A great Mom/daughter trip!!
    jillk410
    , Jun 2019
    We had been to San Fran five years ago, lots of new things to see! This time, we were able to book the Alcatraz/Sail and Jail tour. That was fantastic. Alcatraz trip was very organized, super informative and we were lucky enough to buy a book and the author was actually there to autograph it for my husband! We would definitely book again, great attraction and worth the time and money!
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    star-5
    Got to doooooo.
    Philip_S
    , May 2019
    Must see Alcatraz and learn about the history and the convicts. As for the bay cruise, you see another side of San Francisco and some great views of all the landmarks (different angles).
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    star-5
    A must do!
    Catherine_M
    , Apr 2019
    Alcatraz is a must do! Very easy to get there and back but bring a jacket! The sunset cruise has amazing views and the staff were great. Nice way to wind down a busy day
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    star-4
    Great day!
    Damian_A
    , Apr 2019
    The sunset tour was fantastic. We also enjoyed our afternoon at Alcatraz. Our only complaint would be the line for the bar on the sunset cruise. Theres was only one bartender and we spent a lot of time in line rather than enjoying the view. Marcus provided great entertainment and commentary.
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    star-5
    Wonderful!
    Resort39356352748
    , Mar 2019
    We had a great tour at Alcatraz and the twilight cruise was wonderful with an extra bonus of San Fran fog. Highly recommended!
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    star-5
    Great value
    Michael M
    , Jan 2019
    Excellent way to see Alcatraz and the bridges all in one. Superbly organised with great snacks and easy to get to locations for tour start
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    star-5
    It was an amazing time. Enjoyed every minute. Awesome experience . Can't wait to do Alcatraz tour at night
    Amanda_G
    , Jan 2019
    It was an amazing time. Enjoyed every minute. Awesome experience . Can't wait to do Alcatraz tour at night
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