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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
Please note that since the pandemic, food, drinks, live music are no longer available on this cruise

Departure Point

43 1/2, 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)

Departure Time

6:20 PM

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 6pm for the Twilight Cruise and will not see the sunset
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Please note that since the pandemic, food, drinks, live music are no longer available on this cruise.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 150 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Red and White Fleet

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bay Twilight or Sunset Cruise?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 150 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bay Twilight or Sunset Cruise.

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Cruising on the Bay
Kimberely_M
, Sep 2021
For a First time traveler to San Francisco I was hoping for a guide. No one was telling us what places we were passing. So I was not sure what attractions I should add to my experience while in the area. But the cruise has good music and plenty of space. This is a nice family experience.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Thank you for your review. As you mentioned our sunset cruise only has music in the background. For a more informative cruise, next time I would recommend our Golden Gate Bay Cruise. This is where you will find a narration highlighting places along the SF Waterfront. I'm glad to hear you had a good experience, despite the lack of information. We look forward to welcoming you back on your next visit to San Francisco.
star-5
Worth every penny and every minute
Franco_V
, Sep 2021
That was great Simple and fun. Not too expensive and very enjoyable. We enjoyed the funny banter from the ship’s captain as well.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Thank you! I will let our captain know they made the tour enjoyable!
star-5
Sunset cruise
Kacie_P
, Sep 2021
Music, the tour, captured the sunset perfectly. Kind and helpful staff. Plenty of space snd seating.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
We are glad you enjoyed our sunset cruise. We would have to agree that sunsets over the Bay are one of our favorites.
star-5
Summer Sunset Bay Cruise
Allen_B
, Sep 2021
I took a girl on our third date on this boat ride I would have to say it was a pleasant experience on a beautiful Saturday evening. There is inside seating but we preferred sitting outside and I would suggest possibly bringing a blanket for two because it can get a little bit chilly even on a summer night like last night. We saw parts of the bay we have never seen before. We had a great time and would like to thank the staff on the boat that made our excursion safe and pleasurable.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Thank you for sailing with us. I will make sure to pass on your message to our crew. We hope you got a 4th date! ;)
star-5
Sunset cruise around the Golden Gate Bridge worth every penny!
dianaanddon_m
, Sep 2021
Personnel was super friendly and helpful. Boat was amazing. Easy, peaceful ride. Onboard music was great too! Highly recommend to families and couples.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Thanks for cruising with us! We are glad you had a fabulous time!
star-5
Rememberable,beautiful,peaceful
Minerva_R
, Sep 2021
The view was amazing loved seeing the Golden Gate Bridge and the beautiful waves a amazing cruise 🚢 🙏🏾❤️
star-5
Amazing cruise experience...
Ibrahim_K
, Aug 2021
Amazing cruise experience loved it was fun would recommend this the view was judt fabulous we just enjoyed the ride
star-5
Great time
Jo_s
, Aug 2021
Easy on and off, great views and easy to manage booking. I would recommend booking through Viator. 😁
star-5
The length of the cruise...
Phillip_W
, Aug 2021
The length of the cruise was great!! It was our 28th Wedding Anniversary and it was a wonderful time experience…
star-1
My girlfriend and I were...
Alberto_P
, Aug 2021
My girlfriend and I were really looking forward to thus expirience, but due to airline issues our flight gift cancelled and we were not able to go and since i was informed 4hrs prior to my flight i was not able to cancell with you guys because to cancel i needed 72 hrs in order to cancel.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Hi Alberto, We are sorry to hear that you were unable to experience our cruise first hand. Please contact us with your confirmation number at sales@redandwhite.com so we can help process your refund.

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