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Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bay Cruise

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Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bay Cruise

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icon1 hour  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 8 more

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Overview

Enjoy a relaxing outing on San Francisco Bay with a cruise. Take in panoramic views of the city skyline, marvel at Alcatraz Island, and journey beneath the Golden Gate Bridge. Choose to sit indoors or savor cool bay breezes from an outdoor deck and experience San Francisco in a whole new way from the water. You can even learn about the sights that you're seeing from a free audio tour—available on any personal wifi-enabled device. This ticket allows you to skip the box office line and go straight to the gate.
  • Skip the box office line and go straight to the gate with your ticket
  • Sightseeing cruise of San Francisco Bay
  • Enjoy incredible views of the SF skyline, Alcatraz, and the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Learn about local sights with a free audio tour available on any wifi-enabled device
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"Straight to the gate" access
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Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
Pier 39 , Pier 39, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA

PIER 39, The Embarcadero at Beach St. San Francisco, CA 94133

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children from 0 to 4 years old sail for free
  • Cruises may not operate during inclement weather. Check with ticket booth on day of sailing for schedule.
  • Multi-language audio tour available in nine languages (English, Spanish, Mandarin, Italian, French, Japanese, Korean, German and Taiwanese). Please bring your Wi-Fi enabled device to access the tour.
  • Times are subject to change without notice.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Blue and Gold Fleet
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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco 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 Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bay Cruise .
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco 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 Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bay Cruise .

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star-5
Fog Smothered Golden Gate Bridge
Ruth_S
, Aug 2022
It was amazing how the fog covered the bridge. We went under the bridge and you still couldn’t see the arches.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
And in the middle of summer! It is amazing how that fog can roll in and add a whole new dimension to the bridge. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!
star-4
Worth a trip
Barry_M
, Aug 2022
Great trip and excellent way to see the bay and sights. Was pricey for family and disappointing could not get better family price. The audio was a too quiet and couldn't hear a lot of the history
star-5
Birthday celebration
MzBee_C
, Aug 2022
It was my daughter’s 21st bday and wanted a family trip. We are from LA and getting away from the heat to beautiful fresh weather in San Francisco was a treat. She had never taken this cruise and was amazed at the beautiful views. The boat is so pleasing with snacks and available restrooms.
star-5
Amazing!
Mary_W
, Aug 2022
Saw so many whales!! The ocean was calm, beautiful blue skies, staff very friendly and knowledgeable
star-2
San Francisco bridge tour
Rob_Z
, Jul 2022
The tour itself is worth every penny. Very informative and covers a lot of the bay in a short hour tour. The challenge with the tour was the staff was rude. At many points shouting at customers who didn’t know how to exit the boat and maybe didn’t understand English very well. There’s no need to shout at people under the circumstances the one man did.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Very informative. Love...
Patricia_R
, Jul 2022
Very informative. Love the pace of the tour, especially at Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. Gave you time for photos opportunity
star-5
Family fun
William_S
, Jul 2022
Very relaxing with breath taking views of the Golden Gate Bridge. It was a great way to see all of the San Francisco Bay.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thanks for sharing!
star-3
Misleading
Stephen_E
, Jul 2022
It says “straight to the gate” but you still have to wait in line to get a real ticket. The boat ride itself was ok.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
We apologize for the inconvenience of having to go to our box office. We recently switched to a new ticketing software and not all orders migrated properly. Again, we apologize for the extra step during this time.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Short but Good
Teresa_E
, Jul 2022
Very crowded, the line moved quickly though. Couldn’t always hear the speaker but it was a beautiful day. All the views were excellent. Short tour but worth the money.
star-4
Ticketing viator/blue and gold issue
Jose_R
, Jul 2022
Well, on the ticket it says go straight to gate 3 and 4, don't wait in line. I had asked the employees there, one guy wasn't sure so he asked for a second opinion. And the other girl said we had to go to the booth and still get tickets even though they were already on my phone. Finally it took like 15 more minutes for the person inside to get the tickets ready, he wasn't to sure on this process either. Other than that the cruise ride was fine.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-3
Disappointing experience
Janelle_M
, Jun 2022
The recording of important facts kept cutting off so we weren't getting the whole experience. The boat was over crowded & the windows were not clean enough inside to take clear pictures.
star-5
Wonderful time
Raymond_R
, Jun 2022
It was my girlfriend's first experience to the Pier and on a boat we had a wonderful time visiting the bay area and will definitely be returning for another vist
star-4
Rndtrip ferry ride
Margaret_D
, Jun 2022
Nice ride and well narrated but difficult to hear unless you are inside. Many people talking inside too. This is a round-trip from Pier 39. I purchased tix day before and day of I noticed just a departure time, not a return time, so I called Viator beause we didn't have time for a 2 hr tour. They told me it was a one way trip and not showing or canceling would still cost me total price. I went to pier where the Blue and GoldFleet had their box-office and was told it is a round-trip. So glad I didn't cancel my reservation and lose money. Got to take the trip I wanted!
star-4
Cruise
Anna_U
, Jun 2022
I brought my family from hawaii and it was a nice experience for them but the boat had too many ppl and not enough space because people were practically breathing on me and standing next to me. And with this Covid going around it should be a limit of people
star-5
Cruising the Bay
Maurice_W
, Jun 2022
Nice fun informative ride on the Bay. Would recommend bringing a coat/jacket as it gets windy no matter how hot it is outside.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Good advise! Sometimes that wind can sneak up on ya and you want to be prepared.
star-5
We did the last show for...
Sahair_s
, Jun 2022
We did the last show for 645 We loved it. Nice and clean. My kid’s loved it too they wants to come back again
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thanks for the kind words!
star-5
Best bay cruise
Diana_K
, May 2022
The wonderful views all around and the instructive talk. Following the important sights of San Francisco in a comfortable breezy setting. Great weather for a cruise.
star-5
Peaceful, amazing, great...
Byron_G
, Feb 2022
Peaceful, amazing, great views, great experience. Don’t forget a jacket it attempts to be chilly because of the breeze.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thanks for the kind words! And you are correct about needing that extra layer once that breeze hits ya. Thank you for sharing.
star-5
The highlight of our family vacation in San Francisco!
Thelma_M
, Jan 2022
Love the ride and the stories. Beautiful sceneries of the city and OMG, the stunning Golden gate bridge was so closed to enjoy it's beauty. And going around the Alcatraz was a great experience. What a wonderful experience for my family of four. Thanks so much! Definitely, it's the highlight of our San Francisco family vacation!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Wow, thank you for those words. I am going to share with all of our team, because it is reviews like this that make our jobs so much fun. Cheers!
star-5
Boat tour- Alcatraz and Golden Gate
Vanessa_M
, Jan 2022
Such an Amazing experience ! The audio about Alcatraz was super cool. Beautiful views of the ocean and city. I will definitely do this again.

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