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Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bay Twilight or Sunset Cruise

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Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bay Twilight or Sunset Cruise

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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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Overview

Bypass the line and head directly to the gate with your prebooked tickets. This sunset cruise takes you across San Francisco Bay with outstanding views of the city skyline, Golden Gate Bridge, the San Francisco Bay Bridge, and Alcatraz Island. Relax while background music sets the tone. Watch the sunset or select a twilight cruise during winter months.
  • Views of the city skyline, Alcatraz, and the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Sail under the Golden Gate Bridge and Bay Bridge

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Cruise the bay when the sun sets and views light up.
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1.5 hour sunset cruise (summer months) or twilight cruise (winter months) of San Francisco Bay
"Straight to the gate" access
Gratuities
Full bar is available onboard to purchase drinks and snacks.

Departure Point

Pier 43, 5, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA

Please enter in Google Maps: "Red and White Fleet" or "Pier 43 1/2, San Francisco" for exact location and directions. Pier 43 ½ ticket booth (corner of Taylor Street and the Embarcadero)

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Make your way to the pier at Fisherman's Wharf in time for your chosen departure time (depending on the season). Listen to relaxing background music and watch the sights pass by on San Francisco Bay.

All cruise vessels operate on bio-diesel — a renewable energy source —  and offer heated indoor spaces or outdoor viewing decks. There is no assigned seating or formal dress required during this casual, relaxing evening cruise.

Sunset Bay Cruise: If you embark during late March through early November, you’ll watch the sun setting over the the Pacific Ocean as you cruise toward the Marin Headlands and past the Golden Gate Bridge. Glide past Alcatraz, Angel Island and the San Francisco Bay Bridge.. On your return to Fisherman's Wharf you'll see many more notable sights, including the Presidio, the Marina District and Fort Mason.

Twilight Cruise: In the winter, the cruise makes the most of San Francisco’s spectacular city lights on a twilight tour. After the sun sets over the horizon, you'll glide past San Francisco's modern skyscrapers, historic landmarks, the infamous Alcatraz Island and both the Bay Bridge and Golden Gate Bridge. Enjoy the illuminated skyline — an unmissable San Francisco view.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Red and White Fleet
Begin and end your journey at Pier 43 1/2.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Golden Gate Bridge
Sail under the Golden Gate Bridge as the sun sets.
Pass By:  
San Francisco Bay
Explore the San Francisco Bay during this 1.5 hour bay cruise.
Pass By:  
Marina District
Sail passed the Marina district on your journey back to Fisherman's Wharf.
Pass By:  
Fort Mason Center
See Fort Mason from the bay and your journey back to FIsherman's Wharf.
Pass By:  
Coit Tower
See Coit Tower from the Bay!
Pass By:  
Salesforce Tower
See the Salesforce Tower form the Bay.
Pass By:  
San Francisco Bay Bridge
Sail passed the Bay Bridge and enjoy the Bay Bridge's iconic the Bay Light art installation throughout the evening.
Pass By:  
Yerba Buena Island
See views of Yerba Buena Island from the Bay!
Pass By:  
Treasure Island
See Treasure Island from the Bay!
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please note: In November, December, January and February, tour departs at 5:30pm for the Twilight Cruise and will not see the sunset
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 150 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Red and White 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.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

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 Twilight or Sunset Cruise?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bay Twilight or Sunset Cruise.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bay Twilight or Sunset Cruise?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bay Twilight or Sunset Cruise.

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Traveler Tips


  • "If you are a light eater, you would pretty much consider it a dinner) They also mention ONE complimentary drink, but you can pay for additional drinks." See review
  • "It does get cold and quite windy towards the end of the trip, but i stayed out on deck the entire time and finally got to see whales near the end!" See review

Reviews

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star-5
Spectacular
Jacqueline_W
, Jan 2022
What a great way to kick off our girls weekend- the views were amazing- the boat ride was relaxing and cocktails were delicious
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thank you! Glad to hear that you and the girls had an enjoyable time on our cruise.
star-5
Stellar
Joshua_M
, Jan 2022
It was a beautiful romantic cruise. It was cold but worth it. I was sadly surprised to see almost half of the passengers staring at their phones instead of enjoying the spectacular views that they paid to see.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
We are glad to hear you enjoyed your cruise with us! It does get a bit chilly out on the bay! Aren't the views spectacular?!?!
star-5
Amazing!!
Jeremy_P
, Jan 2022
Best, Experience that we could ever have the twilight the lighting was amazing. Thank you!! Would definitely go on another ride.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thank you! It is my favorite time to go out on the Bay also! Come back again soon!
star-5
At a great time should...
Julius_S
, Nov 2021
At a great time should add in going by the giants park Very nice to see both bridges up close Cold make sure you bundle up
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Thank you! It does get chilly out on the Bay!
star-5
Awesome
kelly_c
, Nov 2021
We come to San Francisco all the time. Our friend lives here. We were looking for something we had never done before, This was perfect. I highly recommend it. I would do it again. Awesome
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Thank you! We look forward to welcoming you on another one of our cruises!
star-4
Good tour but the name should read after sunset during winter
Subhasish_G
, Nov 2021
Great tour, but… not adjusted for sunset hours. The tour started AFTER sunset and missed opportunity for good natural light photography
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Thank you for your feedback. We added that it is a Twilight Cruise but should probably make it clearer that it is after sunset. We appreciate your comments.
star-5
My boyfriend proposed on...
Jessica_H
, Nov 2021
My boyfriend proposed on this cruise last night! We had an excellent time! Will definitely do this cruise again! Everyone was so friendly and the scenery was beautiful!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Congratulations!! Thank you for sharing your special day with us! You are welcome back anytime!
star-5
Breathe taking
Nelda_A
, Nov 2021
It was the most beautiful view and amazing experience. My wife and I loved it! Definitely worth it and would highly recommend it.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Thank you! Come back again soon!
star-5
Great Night!
Christina_R
, Nov 2021
Had a nice relaxing time with beautiful twilight views. It gave a very unique perspective of the city and its landmarks.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
The city is so beautiful in the evening. We are glad you enjoyed it.
star-5
Beautiful amazing
Monica_F
, Oct 2021
It was most amazing beautiful smooth ride the crew is very very nice we got greeted at least 3 times with welcome thank you have a great evening
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you! I have shared your kind words with our crew!

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