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Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bay Cruise provided by Blue & Gold Fleet

Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bay Cruise

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides 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
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Updated 22/10/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 22/10/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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
  • Skip the box office line and go straight to the gate with your ticket
What to Expect
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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Important Information
Departure Point
Pier 39, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
Duration
1h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Headset to hear the guide clearly
  • "Straight to the gate" access
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks (available to purchase)
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
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Additional Info
  • 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 travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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beachbuddy10 wrote a review Oct 2019
Bridport, United Kingdom1,518 contribution453 helpful votes
A fresh bright October day at the end of Fleet Week and the Bridge looked magnificent. The commentary with dramatised anecdotes, gave some nice background on the landmarks we passed. Passing underneath the Golden Gate gave us some unusual views. And the seals? They greeted our
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Response from Dennis S, Manager at Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bay Cruise
Responded 28 Oct 2019
Thank you for your kind review. We appreciate it and are happy to hear you enjoyed your trip and were greeted kindly by the sea lions. All best wishes, Dennis
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PittsburghLady56 wrote a review Oct 2019
Pittsburgh84 contributions65 helpful votes
My son and I went on the 5p.m. Cruise, the last one on a Saturday afternoon. It was cold, the water was choppy, but so much fun. Good overview of San Francisco, Angle Island, Alcatraz and the Bridge. We only had 3 hours on Pier 39. Loved the cruise. Bring a jacket.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from Dennis S, Manager at Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bay Cruise
Responded 20 Oct 2019
Thank you for your very kind review. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your trip despite the cold weather and choppy waters. We hope to see you again soon. All best wishes, Dennis.
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charliev68 wrote a review Oct 2019
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The tour was great!! But what was the icing on the cake, it was Fleet Week! So we had Biplanes and passenger jets flying right overhead and above the Golden Gate. The the finale was the Blue Angels doing maneuvers... all while we were on the boat. Not to mention the countless
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from Dennis S, Manager at Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bay Cruise
Responded 16 Oct 2019
Thank you very much for your kind review! We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed the tour and Fleet Week! You chose a very good day to take the trip! All best wishes, Dennis
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Vidalu wrote a review Oct 2019
Cedar Rapids, Iowa174 contributions131 helpful votes
I was happy that this tour allows you to buy tickets for a certain date and allows you to use the ticket for whichever departure they have as long as you check in 20-30 min ahead so they still have some openings on the boat . We did not go on a long weekend so it was not
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from Dennis S, Manager at Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bay Cruise
Responded 9 Oct 2019
Thank you for your very kind review. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your experience and hope to see you again soon. All best wishes, Dennis
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Elaine B wrote a review Sep 2019
Vancouver Island, Canada265 contributions92 helpful votes
This was a great cruise to take. It is very informative and the views of the city are gorgeous. The view of the Golden Gate bridge is also spectacular, and you even get to go under it. You also get a great view of Alcatraz island. I would recommend this cruise.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from Dennis S, Manager at Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bay Cruise
Responded 2 Oct 2019
Thank you very much for your kind review and recommendation. We really appreciate your feedback and are so happy to hear you enjoyed your experience! All best wishes, Dennis
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About the operator

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vhoenigman
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Take a ride to Tiburon to wine taste in this beautiful town
Ferry rides on the bay are always great (well-- not if there are huge waves and thick fog, maybe...) On sunny and c
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cohoman
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Nice boat ride
My family took this ferry to Angel Island (it's the only ferry that does). The boat left promptly from Pier 39 in S
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cmkcmk
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Nice ferry to all the places you want to go
This ferry line is on time, reasonably priced, well run. We used it for several trips. Good option for getting from
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david s
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Hello everyone
I love taking the boat if anyone likes taking boats on a Saturday morning it's wonderful the people are fantastic I
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louisd789
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Golden opportunity to see Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco from a different perspective
Very user friendly. Purchased on line tickets to visit friend residing in Tiburon. The spacious “ferry” for passeng
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Juli W
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Excellent history of the Rock
Although the fog kept us from seeing a lot of the city and the Golden Gate bridge during our tour, it was a great t
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Rumples
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Lovely Way To Reach Tiburon
My husband and I bought tickets on a Saturday at Pier 39 for a round-trip to the town of Tiburon. We were visiting
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gregcV431PL
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Unprofessional Office Staff
I went to the pier 39 office looking for the Director of operations to inquire about sea service for my coast guard
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Aneel N
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Nice cruise on a sunny winter day
We waited until the weather was good to enjoy this 90 minute cruise. It certainly did not disappoint. The crew memb
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CoachRFM
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Bay tour
Very nice tour of the San Francisco Bay. Went to the Golden Gate Bridge, cruised around Alcatraz Island. The whol
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18AndrewP
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Brilliant trip
Well worth upgrading our Citypass to Escape from the Rock Cruise. Go there first and get a time, then you can explo
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Alan C
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Great ride
Booked online. Easy to find. Great ride over to Sausalito good view of Alcatraz and bridge. Plenty of space on fer
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MLLarge
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Lovely Trip to Sausalito via Angel Island and Tiburon
The trip to Sausalito via Angel Island and Tiburon was fantastic with wonderful views for the whole hour. We enjoye
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travelermomus
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It is a must
It was really a great informative fun cruise. The weather was cool in the mid of October ( there is a lot of space
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FredaB187
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Great views
Great way to Thè the Bay and close up of alcartraz. Sausalito was ok, just good to have an ice cream and see the vi
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Key Details
  • Pier 39, San Francisco Bay, and 3 more
  • Duration: 1h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Languages Offered: English, Chinese, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish
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