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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.

Additional Details

Sunset Cruise is only available in the summer from Apr-Oct. Twilight Cruise is only available in the winter from Oct-Mar.
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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)

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
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
We enjoyed the sunset and...
Nicole_M
, Oct 2021
We enjoyed the sunset and the views, the boat was clean and the bathrooms were clean. Great cruise, would highly recommend
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you for your review. Glad to hear you enjoyed your cruise.
star-5
Romantic and fun from Dallas Tx
Aubrey_M
, Oct 2021
It was a great value and experience! The perfect way to see the city! I also was concerned flying in from Dallas Tx,driving to get to per 43. I was running late. Customer service was great. I called they reassured me that I had enough time. Me and wife loved the cruise. The music during the cruise was romantic,and fun at times. Playing James Bond 007 jazz version.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
We are very happy to hear you enjoyed your cruise. I will pass along your message to our guest services agents.
star-4
Very nice evening cruise
Julie_K
, Oct 2021
The boat was new and clean and the staff was friendly. I liked that they didn’t talk too much during the ride , but I would have appreciated a little more information on the key sights that we went by.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you for cruising with us. I will share you comments with our team.
star-5
Would do it again!
Chantele_P
, Oct 2021
Very enjoyable experience. Dress warm especially for the wind. Hassle free check in. Departed on time.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you for cruising with us!
star-5
We had a wonderful time
NEGAR_S
, Oct 2021
Sunset views by the GG are spectacular. Staff were prompt and helpful to get everyone on board. Great experience and highly recommend to everyone😃
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you! We agree the sunsets over the Golden Gate Bridge are spectacular! Thanks for sailing with us!
star-5
Don’t pass up this opportunity!
Pamela_S
, Oct 2021
Beautiful views of the bay at sunset! We went past Alcatraz, watched the sunset at Bay Area by Sausalito, went under the Golden Gate Bridge and enjoyed seeing the San Francisco night skyline. Be prepared it is much colder and very windy when up top!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you for sailing with us!
star-4
Foggy but amazing
Karen_G
, Sep 2021
Although foggy, it was amazing and well worth experiencing. Friendly residents and great city lights photo opportunity.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Glad you enjoyed your cruise. If we could control the fog...we would be golden! ;)
star-5
Blown away
Chelsea_T
, Sep 2021
I knew we were going on a sunset cruise but I was really blown away by the pretty pink and purple sky and afterwards, the city lights and the Golden Gate Bridge. It was so beautiful
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
It sounds like you picked the perfect day to take the Sunset Cruise!
star-5
Exhilarating experience....
Corena_O
, Sep 2021
Exhilarating experience. Seeing the city skyline at night and going under the bridge was epic. Plenty of room on the boat, hospitality was great, and enforced covid-19 safety measures on board.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Thank you! We are thrilled to hear you had a great experience.
star-4
SF Bay Sunset Sept 23 2021
James_G
, Sep 2021
Overall a good experience to see the SF Bay, GG Bridge, Alcatraz Island from a different perspective in a short time. Plenty of room for the amount of passengers and a decent bar setup from what I noticed (didn't partake). Easy queueing and boarding process, good music interludes and just enough narration from the Captain. The downside was on the way out of port, you see the sun setting high above the GG and you are a good distance away. By the time we slowly rounded the other locations and headed toward the GG the sun was almost completely set behind the mountains. Upon approach the GG was now more a twilight cruise and unfortunately didn't allow for "sunset" photographs with the GG in the back. Heading "Straight to the Gate" would have been ideal.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
We are glad you had a good experience. You are correct, at this time of the year it is more of a twilight cruise. Thank you again for your feedback.

Product code: 2630SUN

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