San Francisco's original bay cruise around Alcatraz and the Golden Gate - in 16 languages*!
The Original! Launched during the Golden Gate International Exposition of 1939, this cruise has been a highlight on any visit to San Francisco since 70 years. Sail along San Francisco's breath-taking waterfront, under the majestic Golden Gate Bridge and closely around notorious Alcatraz Island. This is San Francisco's ONLY bay cruise that provides foreign language audio headsets.
Departing from Pier 43 1/2 in the heart of Historic Fisherman's Wharf, sail past the San Francisco skyline and view the lively neighborhood of North Beach, the famous swimming clubs of Aquatic Park, the historic vessels at Hyde Street Pier, the San Francisco Maritime National Park, and numerous other exciting sights.
As you head west towards the Golden Gate Bridge, cruise along Fort Mason and the Marina District that was devastated in the 1989 earthquake. Enjoy views of Crissy Field and the lush hillsides of the Presidio - both former army installations - that are now part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
Don't miss incredible photo opportunities when sailing directly under the massive 4,200-foot span of the 746-foot tall Golden Gate Bridge.
As you steam back into the Bay, travel past the wildlife reserves of the Marin Headlands and the legendary town of Sausalito, once home to the 1960s' flower generation. With Angel Island State Park to your left, slowly cruise around the infamous Island of Alcatraz.
On your way back to Fisherman's Wharf, see the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, and Coit Tower. After a full hour of exciting sights, the barking sea lions at Pier 39 welcome you back to Pier 43 1/2, where you can visit two National Historic Landmarks, the WWII submarine USS Pampanito and merchant vessel USS Jeremiah O'Brien.
Enhance your San Francisco experience by taking this cruise with a land tour! Check out the Golden Gate Bay Cruise + Hop On Hop Off Bus Combo.
Hindi, English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, Korean, Japanese, Italian, Russian, Thai, Hebrew, Arabic, Bahasa Indonesia, and Vietnamese.
Multilingual audio narration
Everything was fine. Audio headsets worked well.
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Location and direction
One hour parking validation is available for cars entering the Triangle Parking Lot.
Price & Options
The ramps leading onto and off the vessels vary in steepness depending on tide levels. While the crew will make every attempt to assist guests, boarding can be difficult particularly during low tide. The enclosed main decks of all vessels are wheel chair accessible, however only the Harbor Queen and Harbor Princess have wheelchair accessible restroom facilities.
This activity is wheelchair accessible.
Children of all ages can participate in this activity.
Printed VELTRA voucher
A valid government-issued photo ID
Sweatshirt / light jacket
Motion sickness preventative
No parking validation offered during Fleet Week weekend and July 4th due to traffic and street closures along Fisherman’s Wharf. To receive your parking validation, you will need to have your parking ticket stamped by the ticketing team prior to boarding the cruise vessel.
Only the Harbor Queen and Harbor Princess have wheelchair accessible restrooms.
There may be up to 450 guests per boat.
Departure time is subject to change without notice. Also, it is highly crowded between 13:00 and 15:00 so we recommend you check-in early.
The activity schedule is subject to change or cancellation due to weather or traffic conditions.
The activity provider does not assume any responsibility for your valuables and/or personal belongings.
Gratuity is not included in the price.
Drinks and snacks are available for purchase.
Parking validation available.
You must have a printed copy of your VELTRA voucher to present upon check-in. You will not be able to participate in this activity if you only have a digital copy on your mobile device.
Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of boat will be used?
Zalophus: As the latest addition to the Red and White Fleet, the Zalophus is a perfect choice for large groups of up to 600 guests for sightseeing, 450 guests for receptions, and 170 guests for seated buffet cruises. Interior decks feature large windows all around with tables and bench seating. Restrooms and cafes are located on both interior decks.
Royal Prince: The Royal Prince is Red and White’s second largest boat with two interior decks and two exterior ones. It is big enough to accommodate up to 400 guests for sightseeing and 120 guests for seated buffet cruises. Interior decks feature large windows all around with tables and bench seating. Restrooms are located on the main interior deck. Cafes are available on both interior decks.
Harbor Queen: The Harbor Queen and her sister ship the “Harbor Princess” are great options for smaller groups looking to host up to up to 300 guests for sightseeing and 80 for a seated buffet cruise. Each vessel has two interior decks and one exterior deck. Interior decks feature large windows all around with tables and bench seating. Restrooms and café are located on the main interior deck.
Harbor Princess: The Harbor Princess and her sister ship the “Harbor Queen” are great options for smaller groups looking to host up to up to 300 guests for sightseeing and 80 for a seated buffet cruise. Each vessel has two interior decks and one exterior deck. Interior decks feature large windows all around with tables and bench seating. Restrooms and the café are located on the main interior deck.
What languages are available on the audio tour during the cruise?
The headphone audio narration is available in English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Thai, Mandarin, Hindi, Korean, Japanese, Italian, Russian, Hebrew, Arabic, Bahasa Indonesia and Vietnamese.
Everything was fine. Audio headsets worked well.
We arrived early and were allowed to change our time slot. We left promptly and there was lots of space for everyone. Audio tour... was very informative. Passage under the bridge was awesome! Highly recommend. more
The visits and activities that I booked through you were provided to me punctually and were great. I will definitively book again ...with you! thank you more
No line control. The folks in front of us started at two and grew to 20. The new arrivals should go to the end of the line, not cu...t in front. The crew should have said Welcome Aboard not keep moving. The boat ride was fun. more
Any cancellations made after the booking confirmation date will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.
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