Golden Gate Bay Cruise

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. ...Perla R., USA – See more reviews
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San Francisco's original bay cruise around Alcatraz and the Golden Gate - in 16 languages*!


Cruises in San Francisco
Departs From:
San Francisco
Meeting Point:
Pier 43 1/2, Fisherman's Wharf
1 hour
daily at 9:15 AM; 10:00 AM; 10:30 AM; 11:15 AM; 11:45 AM; 1:10 PM; 1:40 PM; 2:30 PM; 3:00 PM; 3:45 PM; 4:15 PM; 5:00 PM; 6:15 PM
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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.


  • Fisherman's Wharf

  • Alcatraz

  • SF Waterfront

  • Golden Gate

  • Fort Mason

  • Presidio

  • Marina


  • Foreign Language Audio

  • Taxes

  • Fees


  • Meals and drinks

  • Personal expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity costs

Available Languages

Hindi, English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, Korean, Japanese, Italian, Russian, Thai, Hebrew, Arabic, Bahasa Indonesia, and Vietnamese.

Please Note

  • The cruise operates 8 to 14 times daily, starting at 09:15.

  • Children below 5 years old are free of charge.

  • Snacks and drinks are available for sale.

  • View 2016-17 sailing schedule

  • View sailing route.

  • The boat has a maximum capacity of 300 guests.

  • The 13:15 to 15:45 departures tend to be the busiest of the day. A 30-minute early arrival window is highly recommended.

  • For a more relaxed experience and better lighting for taking photos of San Francisco Bay, we recommend taking the morning and late-afternoon departures.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation: 8 days or more prior to start date of activity.
  • 20% Cancellation Fee (80% reimbursement): between 4 to 7 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 3 days or less prior to date of activity.

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