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Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bay Twilight or Sunset Cruise provided by Red and White Fleet

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Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bay Twilight or Sunset Cruise

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Updated 26/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 26/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Spend a night out in San Francisco for less than than you might expect when you go on this twilight or sunset cruise on the bay. No need to line up with your "straight to the gate" tickets. Along with appetizers, a drink from the bar, and live entertainment, you enjoy stellar views of the city skyline, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Alcatraz. Plus it’s all planned out for you, so you don’t have to stress over the details.
  • You'll start at
    Red and White Fleet
    43 1/2, 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)
    See address & details
  • Pass by
    Red and White Fleet
    Golden Gate Bridge
    San Francisco Bay
    Marina District
    San Francisco Bay Bridge
    Marin Headlands
    Railroad & Ferry Depot Museum
    Old St. Hilary’s Open Space Preserve
    Fort Mason Center
    Coit Tower
    Salesforce Tower
    San Francisco Bay Bridge
    Treasure Island
  • You'll end at
    Red and White Fleet
    43 1/2, 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)
    See address & details
  • Hear live commentary from your captain as you cruise the San Francisco Bay
  • Load up on appetizers at a light onboard buffet
  • Your cruise ticket includes a glass of wine, beer, or a mixed drink
  • Get a different view of the Golden Gate Bridge—from sailing beneath it
What to Expect
Meet for this San Francisco Bay cruise at Fisherman’s Wharf. Arrive 30 minutes before your tour time and check in at Pier 43. Once you board your boat and the boat glides out into the bay, relax while you listen to your captain’s commentary as you cruise. Stay indoors in the heat or head outside to the viewing decks. From either spot, during this cruise you’ll enjoy outstanding views as you pass by the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and the Bay Bridge, plus some of San Francisco’s historic landmarks. Enjoy a light onboard buffet of appetizers—including spinach puff pastry rolls, roast beef sliders, chicken curry wraps, sliced fruit, and cookies—and a complimentary beer or wine from the bar. When your cruise ends, your boat docks back at Pier 43.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Red and White Fleet, 43 1/2, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • 2-hour sunset cruise (summer months) or twilight cruise (winter months) of San Francisco Bay
  • Light appetizers
  • "Straight to the gate" access
  • 1 free drink included: beer, wine, soda or a mixed cocktail.
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Passengers may bring their own food aboard for picnic-style meals. No drinks may be brought aboard the vessel.
  • Please note: In November, December, January and February, tour departs at 6pm for the Twilight Cruise and will not see the sunset
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 150 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Traveller rating
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Popular mentions
Louis P wrote a review Feb. 2020
1 contribution
Very Romantic. Live music, food, alcohol and the beautiful lights of the city and it's bridges. Just remember warm clothes and a jacket.
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Date of experience: February 2020
Fuzi7 wrote a review Jan. 2020
Palm Springs, California74 contributions16 helpful votes
Even though you have "straight to the gate" tickets, you still must wait in line for them to begin boarding (of course). Unfortunately, while we were waiting it began to pour rain, everyone got soaked. They finally let us board where we shivered in the cold for a while until
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Date of experience: December 2019
Jaime Price A wrote a review Jan. 2020
Fergus Falls, Minnesota24 contributions2 helpful votes
I was in town for work and took a twilight cruise by myself. It was chilly in January but I brought a big warm winter coat and was able to grab an Irish coffee and sit on the third deck most of the trip. There was a full moon and the photos were just spectacular. What a great
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Date of experience: January 2020
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esmith2757 wrote a review Jan. 2020
Las Vegas, Nevada43 contributions9 helpful votes
This is a excellent cruise. When I booked the cruise I did not know that it came with hors d’oeuvres, a drink, and entertainment. I highly recommend this cruise! It hit all of the major spots in the bay as well cruising under the Golden Gate bride, the Bay bridge, to McCoveys
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Denis D wrote a review Dec. 2019
Ottawa, Canada58 contributions2 helpful votes
The Twilight cruise is a beautiful way to see San Francisco at night. The city skyline is impressive; the Golden Gate Bridge is wonderful to see from below; and the same goes for the Bay Bridge. The complementary wine or beer is a very nice touch and the complementary food on
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About the operator

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By: Red and White Fleet
Great tour! Do it.
The boat tour was great! The ship was spacious and clean. Beer and wine, soft drinks and snacks are available for p
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Birthday trip
Had the best time during this 1 hour cruise! Passed by some Forts and the Golden Gate Bridge. We also passed by Alc
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Great Cruise and Audio Tour!
It was a beautiful weather for a cruise, so I was able to really enjoy it. The crew was nice and there was enough s
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Mommy’s Birthday Cruise Tour
My brother and I did this to honor our mother on her 65th birthday. It was breathtaking and informative. A great wa
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My 39th Birthday!
The idea of this cruise is awesome! This is what I wanted to do for my birthday; it would have been perfect if it
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Golden gate bridge
Great way to see all views of the bridge and Alcatraz. The info on the audio was informative A must do In the
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Well run harbor cruise!
My wife and I elected to do this cruise on the first day of our San Francisco trip. Everything was well run-- the s
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Bridge to bridge boat trip!
It was wonderful!. Got to see all of San Francisco from bridge to bridge with audio detailed information of all sur
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Elizabeth T
Seeing the city from the other side.
I have been to San Francisco many times and was looking for something a little different. This tour is extremely w
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Most memorable time ever
I proposed to my now fiancée on their cruise below the golden gate bridge The crew were fantastic at accomodating t
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Twilight cruise
Amazing views and staff was exceptional. Highly recommend this as part of your trip to San Francisco.
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Christmas Eve trip - 2 bridges
We thoroughly enjoyed this trip around the two bridges in San Francisco as well as circling round Alcatraz. We were
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Great time
Having only a day to enjoy SF, decided to take the bay cruise and glad we did. Starting off from Pier 43, you get a
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Good customer service
Being non season, crowded less, Agents on ground and on board helpful. will definitely use them again
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Fantastic day
Good I found you, this day has been 10-stars. The crew on board was friendly and we saw Alcatraz as well as the bri
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