Hornblower Brunch & Lunch Cruises in San Francisco, CA

Hornblower Cruises & EventsPier 3 San Francisco, CA 94111
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Soak in the San Francisco sun and renowned cuisine on a brunch and/or lunch cruise around the bay. Capture picture-perfect memories of San Francisco’s top landmarks, such as the Golden Gate Bridge, all from the comfort of a yacht while enjoying a 2-hour brunch/lunch buffet. Plus, with live music and additional entertainment, you’ll treasure your cruise memories for a lifetime.


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San Francisco Lunch & Brunch Cruises
Dazzling waves and soft breezes set the mood for Hornblower’s Champagne Brunch Cruise, a good-morning getaway featuring free-flowing bubbly. This enticing San Francisco brunch includes a buffet stocked with classic breakfast dishes, lunch entrées and desserts. With live music and views of the San Francisco Bay’s renowned sights, it becomes the perfect way to unwind after a hectic week.

San Francisco Lunch Cruises
Come aboard and indulge in a 2-hour buffet lunch cruise around the San Francisco Bay. Pass by the iconic sites like Alcatraz Island and the city skyline, and then cruise under the Golden Gate and Bay Bridge. This lunch cruise is a perfect option for touring the bay with friends, family and co-workers.

Parking is available at Pier 3 on a first-come, first serve basis. Cost is $10.00 per car.
Boards 30 minutes before departure. Don't be late!

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"Spectacular views and Great Way to see the Bay"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 15, 2019 NEW
On boarding went pretty smooth...no need to arrive early as they assign you tables and there are some cool bars to hang out in close by. Got a kinda crappy table by the stairs. Ship left about 20 mins late; got back slightly early. The tour around the bay was awesome getting really close to Alcatraz and seeing Oakland, Alameda, and SF...pretty cool. The meal was pretty underwhelming...it was not bad, and I think if it was hot rather than cool when served this would have been 4 starts. Being 4th or 5th onboard, I would have thought we would get served for drinks but the waitress in the area had no sense of urgency or speed, so we went to the bar direct. The downstairs bar tender was really good and made some nice cocktails...not too pricey...lower than what I expected. Music was OK, I think for a valentines cruise, more slow dancing, less foul music. Maybe, as a suggestion, for this type of trip, they ask each couple to provide 5 songs and they work from that list. ALL of the staff we engaged with were very friendly, professional and made the trip pleasurable. Its an odd atmosphere cause nobody know nobody....I would do this again, in the summer, with a BIG group of folks we knew and I think it would be a blast. Over all a great time, work on the food, great tours, GO AT NIGHT, Go with a group you know if you wanna dance and party BUT to if your a tourist, which I am not...YOU CANNOT GET a NICER WAY to Enjoy the views in SF BAY....Spectacular
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Desert Hot Springs, California
"Christmas Cruise dinner it was excellent!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 07, 2019
Wow, I was surprised that this event was as good as it was for Christmas night. I read reviews prior and they were all positive, so we went ahead and paid ahead, and got a window seat, etc. The DJ played dance music (like wedding reception music) and it was a great time. Food was excellent, waiting staff was great and the views were spectacular. I would not change a thing. The alcohol was flowing too, but our Uber was waiting as soon as we docked. Definitely recommend.
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Nadine I
"Best Christmas Dinner ever!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 28, 2018
Quick boarding of passengers. Photo opportunity before boarding. Friendly staff. Beautiful yacht. Buffet food was scrumptous. You could go back for seconds. Live music through the meal then a DJ for dancing. Appropriate music for a family event. Since it was a buffet you served yourself. At the end of the evening the waitress who filled up your water glass all night came by requesting a tip. Photos were printed out for pickup as you left and were included in the price.
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Dharma J
"Holiday sunset dinner cruise"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 22, 2018
We had a great time on this cruise. The views just really can't be beat! Our 3pm cruise was timed just right for us to pull in just after sunset and after the lights had come on in the City, to stunning effect. Before sunset we cruised under the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges, and saw the City's shoreline, as well as Alcatraz and Treasure Island from both sides. The food was really well done for a large-group buffet and there was more than plenty. There was no problem bringing our infant and stroller on board with us. Everyone from the staff that we interacted with was very friendly and accommodating. Want to give a shout out to Api, who went well out of his way to help me with a problem we had while on board. I'd highly recommend this if you're looking for something fun and memorable to do.
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"Good food and views"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 19, 2018
While I had high expectations for the cruise on a lovely day in fall (excellent visibility, worth checking out before booking), I was very positively surprised by the quality of the food. Dinner cruises I have done in the past often came with ok food at best, but the Hornblower team really made an effort. Quite a memorable evening on board of the 'California' on all accounts, with a special shoutout to the very friendly crew and service!
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Frequently Asked Questions about San Francisco Brunch & Lunch Cruises

How long is the cruise?
The cruise is approximately 2 hours long.

Where does the cruise depart from?
The cruise departs from SF - Pier 3, on the Embarcadero at Washington St.

What time should I arrive for the cruise?
It is recommended that guests arrive at least 15 minutes prior to boarding to ensure a smooth cruising experience.

Is parking available at the pier?
Yes, however, it is on a first come, first served basis. Parking is $10 per car at the pier. 

Is smoking allowed on board?
Smoking is allowed on the outside decks only. Please dispose of all refuse in proper receptacles. Do not throw anything into the water. Please follow all crew instructions regarding smoking. For your safety, smoking may not be allowed during your particular cruise at the discretion of the crew.

Is there a dress code for the cruise?
Yes. We recommend California casual attire, such as khaki pants and collared shirts. We request no shorts, tank tops, flip flops, or gym shoes.

Am I preassigned a seat?
As you board, our captain and marine crew will direct you to your deck. From there the host/hostess will show your party to your assigned table(s). Decks are never guaranteed to non-private groups. Seats are assigned based on needs and capacity for each cruise.

Will I get my own table?
On the majority of cruises, private tables are assigned to the individual parties. However, on some cruises with cruise-style seating, you may be asked to share a table with other parties. 

Are vegetarian meals available? If I have a dietary restriction or food allergy, can I be accommodated?
Yes, for lunch and brunch cruises, vegetarian meals are available and can be arranged at the time of booking. If you have food allergies or other dietary restrictions, please make this note in the “special needs” box at the time of booking. We can also accommodate most other special dietary needs with advance notice.

Are life preservers on board? 
Yes, the vessel is 100% Coast Guard certified with life preservers and all required lifesaving equipment, including child life vests.

Is the ship handicap accessible?
Hornblower does have accessible yachts in the fleet. However, not all yachts and decks are accessible. Should you require an accessible vessel, please make this request in your reservation and we will do our best to accommodate you.

What happens if it rains?
Cruises embark rain or shine. Should it call for rain in the forecast, we recommend bringing an umbrella and light jacket. In the case of severe weather conditions or upon the direction of the U.S. Coast Guard, we will remain dockside but provide the full dining service.

Are there age restrictions for the cruise?
No. Children under the age of 4 are complimentary and must remain under adult supervision at all times throughout the duration of the cruise.