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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.
Red and White Fleet , 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)

This activity will end right where it started.
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.
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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-4
Pretty but not quiet
Lynne_R
, May 2022
The sunset cruise was great.. The crew was polite, the boat was clean and the scenery was wonderful. The music was not so great, it was so loud that we could not talk to each other. Not only was the music extremely loud but the song choices were strange- not good choices.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
We are glad to hear the you enjoyed the cruise portion of your trip with us. Our apologies about the music. I will share your feedback with the crew.
star-5
Just go! It’s amazing!!
Yvonne_T
, May 2022
This is an amazing experience! Highly recommend. Great way to see the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and more
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you! We are happy to hear that you had an enjoyable Sunset Cruise with us. Come back again soon!
star-5
Pdidit
Diallo_L
, May 2022
Drinks & mo drinks with wifey on the bay… Smooth sailing for 2 old ass youngstas…………………..Recommended
icon Response from Host , May 2022
For realz! Glad you got your drink on and enjoyed the SF Bay with us!
star-3
Beautiful scenery, awful music
Cheyanne_R
, May 2022
The scenery was beautiful but the choice of music ruined some of it. Especially the first song with the awful guitar solos. Staff was nice.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you for your review. I am sorry to hear that the music choice was not great. We have made sure to update the playlist for the Sunset Cruise to something that hopefully everyone will enjoy. I will share your feedback with our crew.
star-5
Amazing experience
Avista_D
, May 2022
Jumping aboard the sunset cruise in May was amazing. The crew were friendly, the music set the tone for an hour and a half and it's a must-do activity when in SF!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you! We are glad to hear that you had such a fantastic time with us.
star-4
Great evening at sunset
Yvonne_B
, May 2022
Great ride and the scenes were spectacular. Just wish they had told us where we were and what we were viewing. Of course all know GGB but I was not sure what the other places were.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you for your feedback. I have shared it with our team. Glad that you enjoyed the scenery!
star-3
A Sad Disappointment
Donna_B
, May 2022
Sadly, the most memorable part of the experience was the excessive and overly loud music played throughout the entire cruise. The cruise director barely spoke and gave a rather acerbic, half assed description of the sites. He acted as though he would rather have been doing something else. Disappointing, to say the least.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Our apologies that you did not have an enjoyable experience. We pride ourselves on making sure that our customers leave with a good memory and it is disheartening to hear that this was not the case for you. Our Sunset Cruise is not a narrated cruise, we will make sure that it is clear in the description moving forward. I have also shared your feedback with the crew about the sound level for our music. Again, please accept our apologies.
star-4
Nice little trip
amehd_p
, May 2022
I took the 6:30 pm cruise, i think that the one at 7pm can better , because you start a little late and can enjoy the sunset a little better , but overall it was nice, bought a bottle of wine can wondered around the boat all three floor!! With pretty much space to wonder, if you are an IG or facebook or whatever all this influencer do this a trip you dont want to miss , you will have plenty of pictures an video opportunities.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you! We are definitely a photographer/social media lovers paradise!
star-5
Recommend this 90 minute cruise
Lorraine_L
, Apr 2022
Great way to see San Francisco in the evening. Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz in the sunset was pretty amazing.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you! We are glad to hear you enjoyed your time with us.
star-5
Awsome
Wendy_G
, Apr 2022
Had a wonderful time. We caught the sunset cruise in san francisco. Beautiful view and a great deal!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you!!
star-5
Beautiful cruise of the bay.
Eric_R
, Apr 2022
Very relaxing and beautiful cruise around the bay (I took the sunset cruise) - lasted about 1.5 hours. Great views of Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the surrounding coasts with house stacked atop each other on the hills and sweeping, magnificent cliffs by the bridge. Inside seating for comfort and warmth, outside decks for unobstructed views and fresh air. A reasonable selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages available, including water, sodas, a half-dozen listed cocktails, red, white and rose wine choices. Would strongly recommend for solos, couples, families and traveling groups. When I went, there were plenty of people but definitely not crowded. One thing that surprised me was hell fast the boat traveled, and in a few places there were pretty swells, but if you get seasick easily, you might want to take some meds first. Didn't bother me or anyone I saw.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you for your review of our Sunset Cruise. We are happy to read that you had an enjoyable time! Come back again soon!
star-5
Amazing!
Kaitlyn_S
, Apr 2022
So amazing! Definitely cold so dress warm but the best part of my trip. We had a blast and would definitely do it again. Friendly crew and very clean boat. Can’t wait to come back.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you!
star-3
We were charged extra per...
Arpita_Y
, Apr 2022
We were charged extra per tickets by viator as it said tickets included drinks, but we learnt onboard that viator has not been updated and drinks are not included and ticket rate should be 36 in place of 50.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
The Sunset Cruise is $50 per person. We are sorry to hear that you thought you had been overcharged. Unfortunately, drinks are not included on the Sunset Cruise. I have checked and can't find that information listed on Viator, again our apologies if you were mislead. We hope that despite the confusion you still had an enjoyable cruise.
star-5
The view was amazing. The...
Cristina_P
, Apr 2022
The view was amazing. The staff was great. Bar option Reilly helps. Specially for cold and windy days. The hot chocolate hit the spot
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you for your review! Yes, somedays we sell a lot of hot chocolate :)
star-4
Nice experience
Lucy_M
, Apr 2022
It was a beautiful evening and the sites were fantastic. It wasn't overcrowded so we had quite a bit of space. Staff were friendly and welcoming. Great music. The only thing that let the trip down was the bar - we waited for 20 mins in queue only to find out that it was a cash only bar. It wasnt the bar staff's fault, was a technical glitch but was hugely frustrating as we had been looking forward to a glass of champagne with sunset views.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thanks for cruising with us! Sorry for the mishap with the bar. Sometimes, wifi service out on the Bay can be challenging.
star-5
Fantastic views
Rafael_D
, Apr 2022
The sunset on the Golden Gate Bridge is spectacular. On April the wind is cold, so be prepared with warm clothes
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Layering is key when visiting San Francisco! Thanks for spending time with us.
star-5
Awesome trip
Victor_M
, Apr 2022
Great from start to finish! Crew was friendly. Trip on time. Reasonably priced. Alittle colt, but with every dollar. Awesome experience.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you! I will share your kind words with our crew!
star-5
Nice sunset cruise. A...
Veronda_J
, Apr 2022
Nice sunset cruise. A voiceover of what we were seeing would have been nice for those of us visiting San Francisco for the first time. Overall. It was nice.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you! As you noted for our Sunset Cruise we only play music. The Golden Gate Bay Cruise and the Bridge 2 Bridge offer narration. Come back again soon!
star-5
Night on the bay
Chip_D
, Apr 2022
We were celebrating my sister's birthday. We had a great time. The staff was very pleasant, and the views were awesome!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thanks for spending your sisters special day with us! We are glad you had an enjoyable time.
star-5
I really enjoyed it very...
Paige_H
, Apr 2022
I really enjoyed it very much with my daughter and really loves being outside taking. The sites. Thanks
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Glad you had an enjoyable time with your daughter on our vessels. Come back again soon!

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