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Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bay Cruise Adventure

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Overview
You haven’t fully experienced San Francisco until you’ve taken a bay cruise. This popular 1-hour excursion heads underneath the Golden Gate Bridge, around Alcatraz Island, past Angel Island State Park, and alongside the city's waterfront. Take advantage of fantastic photo ops and panoramic views. An audio tour is available on your smartphone, tablet or other WiFi-enabled device and includes a slideshow of historical photos. This ticket allows you to skip the box office line and go straight to the gate.
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
Departure Time
4/29/2019 - 6/9/2019Monday - Sunday:10:15 AM - 06:00 PM

6/10/2019 - 8/18/2019Monday - Sunday:10:00 AM - 07:00 PM

8/19/2019 - 11/3/2019Monday:10:15 AM - 04:30 PM
Tuesday:10:15 AM - 04:30 PM
Wednesday:10:15 AM - 04:30 PM
Thursday:10:15 AM - 04:30 PM
Friday:10:15 AM - 05:45 PM
Saturday:10:15 AM - 05:45 PM
Sunday:10:15 AM - 05:45 PM

11/4/2019 - 12/24/2019Monday - Sunday:10:15 AM - 04:30 PM

12/26/2019 - 4/26/2020Monday - Sunday:10:15 AM - 04:30 PM
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.
  • No reservations required. First come, first served basis. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your desired departure time.
  • From June 10 to August 18, 2019, cruise departs daily at 10:00am, 10:40am, 11:20am, 12:00pm, 12:40pm, 1:20pm, 2:00pm, 3:20pm, 4:40pm, 6:00pm, 7:00pm
  • From August 19 to April 26, 2020, Monday thru Thursday, cruise departs at 10:15am, 1:15pm, 3:15pm, 4:30pm and 5:45pm* (the 5:45pm is available from August 19 thru November 3, 2019 ONLY)
  • From August 19 to April 26, 2020, Friday to Sunday & Holidays, cruise departs at 10:15am, 11:00am, 12:15pm, 1:15pm, 2:15pm, 3:15pm, 4:30pm and 5:45pm* (The 5:45pm will NOT be in service November 4 through March 15, 2020)
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Times are subject to change without notice.
  • Most travelers can participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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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 Adventure
Responded 27 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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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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Response from Dennis S, Manager at Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bay Cruise Adventure
Responded 19 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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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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Response from Dennis S, Manager at Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bay Cruise Adventure
Responded 15 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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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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Response from Dennis S, Manager at Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bay Cruise Adventure
Responded 8 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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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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Response from Dennis S, Manager at Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bay Cruise Adventure
Responded 1 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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By: Blue & Gold Fleet, PIER 39
959 reviews
louisd789
Columbia, South Carolina
411111
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
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Juli W
Athens
40
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
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Rumples
Tucson, Arizona
33003457
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
10
Unprofessional Office Staff
I went to the pier 39 office looking for the Director of operations to inquire about sea service for my coast
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Aneel N
4019
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
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CoachRFM
Youngsville, North Carolina
13532
Bay tour
Very nice tour of the San Francisco Bay. Went to the Golden Gate Bridge, cruised around Alcatraz Island. The
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18AndrewP
Rawtenstall, United Kingdom
2713
Brilliant trip
Well worth upgrading our Citypass to Escape from the Rock Cruise. Go there first and get a time, then you can
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Alan C
10
Great ride
Booked online. Easy to find. Great ride over to Sausalito good view of Alcatraz and bridge. Plenty of space on
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MLLarge
Bath, United Kingdom
11925
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
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beachbuddy10
Bridport, United Kingdom
505468
Enjoyable and informative.
A fresh bright October day at the end of Fleet Week and the Bridge looked magnificent. The commentary with
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travelermomus
Houston, Texas
39666
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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PittsburghLady56
Pittsburgh
7326
60 minutes of fun
My son and I went on the 5p.m. Cruise, the last one on a Saturday afternoon. It was cold, the water was choppy,
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FredaB187
Mildura, Australia
12319
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
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halahmed2013
20
Great short trip for tight schedule
The boat and staff were nice and friendly. I trut enjoyed Seeing all the attraction promised with great
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Troy H
Fayetteville, North Carolina
521193
Its public transportation. It will never be excellent, but its available
The schedule online is very misleading and confusing. It should be made into a chart type graph for better
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Key Details
  • Alcatraz Island Pier 39 and 4 more
  • Duration: 1h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
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  • Languages Offered: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish
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