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San Francisco: 1-Hour Bay Cruise by Boat

San Francisco: 1-Hour Bay Cruise by Boat

Activity provider: Blue and Gold Fleet

From US$ 34 per person

Cruise along San Francisco’s waterfront and relive the 150 years of history. Sail underneath the Golden Gate Bridge, get an up-close look at Alcatraz and gaze at the beautiful San Francisco skyline.

About this activity

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Duration 1 hour
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Skip the ticket line
Audio guide included
Spanish, Chinese, English, German, Italian, Japanese, French, Korean


  • Sail past the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Cruise around the notorious Alcatraz Island
  • Marvel at the San Francisco skyline
  • Skip the box office line and go straight to the gate with your ticket
Full description

Enjoy a 1-hour journey along San Francisco's historic waterfront and experience the thrilling history of the San Francisco Bay, with all the sound and glory it deserves. The 1-hour non-stop Bay Cruise takes you past the famous PIER 39 sea lions and along San Francisco’s historic waterfront, revealing the city’s fascinating skyline. Relax in comfort, with both indoor and outdoor seating, and enjoy a full narration describing major landmarks as you sail by.

See sights like the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and the iconic San Francisco skyline as you go. Whether it’s your first time to San Francisco, or your 10th visit, the Bay Cruise is something you should experience at least once in your life.

You will get a complimentary souvenir map, which is available in nine languages, and if you get hungry, there’s a full-service snack bar on board with food and drink available to purchase.

  • 60-minute Bay cruise
  • Narration describing major landmarks
  • Straight to the gate' access to the boat
  • Complimentary souvenir map
  • Access to full-service snack bar
  • Food and drink (available for purchase)
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Gratuities
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Please meet at the Yellow Box Office west of Pier 39 between Gates 3 and 4.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Face mask or protective covering

Know before you go

  • Cruises may not operate during inclement weather; check with ticket booths on the day of sailing for schedule
  • Your mobile voucher allows you to skip the box office line and go straight to the gate
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 200 reviews

Review summary

  • Transportation
  • Value for money
  • Safety
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Best cruise EVER!! This cruise takes you a long all the history of San Francisco and it’s earthquakes the Golden Gate Bridge Alcatraz Islands and so much more I would recommend it to any other family looking to go to San Francisco staff was friendly one thing I would change though is that there would be more like cleaners around the windows like on the first floor because It wasn’t that clean and you couldn’t take some good pictures and on the very top floor best videos and pictures that you could take ever overall 6/5 stars

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March 27, 2022

This tour was amazing the only thing is that is was hard to listen to the stories and facts about the bridge and Alcatraz island over the speakers. This was only because we were outside and the wind was very loud. I wish I could've listened on my phone through an app or on a shared radio station.

March 22, 2022

Excellent trip. Loved the boat ride and the tour. Make sure you download the App before you get there for the audio tour and remember to bring a headset. Only downside was the return boat schedule is "flexible" - meaning it waited another 20 minutes past the scheduled time to capture some stragglers (but not all of them) who didn't know or didn't prepare for the leaving time.

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October 7, 2021

Product ID: 23625