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Itinerary
Skip the box office line and go straight to the gate to board your boat at San Francisco’s Pier 39. Then, check out the barking sea lions and San Francisco’s historic waterfront as the cruise gets underway. Log on to your WiFi-enabled personal device for an audio tour and learn about ‘The Rock,’ as Alcatraz was once known, and the infamous prisoners it once housed: Al Capone, Robert Stroud—AKA ‘The Birdman of Alcatraz’—and Frank Morris, one of three inmates to escape the island and never be found.

Snap pictures of the west’s most iconic bridge as you journey beneath it and admire the zig-zagging hills of Angel Island, the former checkpoint that processed hundreds of thousands of mostly Chinese immigrants. The island—the Bay’s largest—is now a state park and wildlife preserve popular with hikers and boaters. If desired, purchase food and drink on board.
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Pier 39
Golden Gate Bridge
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Overview
Experience several of the San Francisco Bay’s most beloved landmarks on a brief but memorable cruise. See the Golden Gate, the notorious former prison, Alcatraz, San Francisco’s dazzling skyline, and what was once the Ellis Island of the west—the immigration checkpoint-turned-state park, Angel Island. Enjoy a pleasant outing on the water while listening to an informative audio tour.
Highlights
  • Cruise across the San Francisco Bay and see the area’s waterfront landmarks
  • Learn about Bay Area history with an informative audio tour
  • Enjoy food and drinks, available for purchase on board
  • Take in the spectacular panoramic views from a seat indoors or out
  • Skip the box office line and go straight to the gate with your ticket
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Blustery Boat Ride

We took the 5pm trip and the service was great and the boarding process was really simple and accessible for prams and wheelchairs. Despite it being a very foggy afternoon and quite windy it didn’t spoil the trip. The toilets were very clean and tidy...More

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Dennis S, Manager at Blue & Gold Fleet, PIER 39, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your feedback. We appreciate your review and are happy to hear you enjoyed your experience.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Bay Cruise

I really enjoy this afternoon bay cruise on the Blue and Gold. This was my second visit to San Francisco and like always love the weather and the city and this time I got to experience this relaxing time to cruise under the Golden Gate...More

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Dennis S, Manager at Blue & Gold Fleet, PIER 39, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your kind review. We are very happy to hear you enjoyed your Bay Cruise Adventure and hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
Good afternoon cruise

Great little cruise around the bay. Cheaper than the red and white line. Dress accordingly since it is super windy out there and cold. You can hang out inside as well. Bathrooms are on board as well as snacks for a fee. Cruise to bridge,...More

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Dennis S, Manager at Blue & Gold Fleet, PIER 39, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Yes, it can be very chilly. It's best to layer when visiting anywhere in the San Francisco Bay, but particularly in San Francisco and on the Bay itself. Thank you for your kind review. We appreciate your feedback.

Reviewed 15 August 2018
Quality Enterntainment Even on a Busy Day

This is the second time I've ridden with Blue&Gold. Went to Alcatraz with them 15 years ago. Great boats and crew. Good tour of the bay including going under The Golden Gate Bridge and slow circle around Alcatraz. Walked up to the kiosk at Pier...More

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Dennis S, Manager at Blue & Gold Fleet, PIER 39, responded to this reviewResponded 15 August 2018

Thank you for your very kind and detailed review. We really appreciate your feedback and hope to see you again soon. All best wishes, Dennis.

Reviewed 12 August 2018
Bay Cruise - lots of info for new visitors

If you are in San Francisco and want to take a relaxing cruise on the Bay, this is a good option. There is a pre-recorded commentary that plays during the cruise so you’ll get a lot of history along with information on what you are...More

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Dennis S, Manager at Blue & Gold Fleet, PIER 39, responded to this reviewResponded 15 August 2018

Thank you for your very kind review here. We appreciate your feedback and are happy to hear you enjoyed your ride. We hope to see you again soon. All best wishes, Dennis

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