Hornblower Dining Cruises in San Francisco, CA

Hornblower Cruises & EventsPier 3San Francisco, CA 94111
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Indulge in a four-course dinner while cruising around the San Francisco Bay. From the comfort of your cruise ship, you’ll see the city skyline reflecting off the ocean as you pass by notable San Francisco icons such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Bay Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, and more. Featuring an extravagant dinner, cocktails, and live music, you’ll never forget your San Francisco dinner cruise.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our San Francisco Travel Experts
  • Cruises include a four-course dinner, entertainment, and dancing.
  • Wine, beer, and cocktails are also available for purchase onboard.
  • Bring a camera to capture the incredible views from the harbor.
  • Cruises are approximately 2.5 to 3 hours long.


from San Francisco Dining Cruises
San Francisco is one of the most beautiful cities in the world—and you can see its legendary landmarks from the comfort of a luxury yacht with Hornblower Cruises.

San Francisco Dinner Cruises
3 Hour Yacht Cruise (Fri. - Sat.)
2.5 Hour Yacht Cruise (Sun. - Thurs.)

Dinner, dancing, and dazzling vistas make for an unforgettable evening.

Start with a delicious four-course dinner made onboard by our chefs from local, seasonal ingredients. Then head out to the middle of the deck for a spin on the dance floor. As the sun sets and the city lights come up, you’ll get a breathtaking view of the Golden Gate Bridge, Coit Tower, and the TransAmerica pyramid, among many other sights.

Boarding is 15 minutes before departure.

Parking is available at Pier 3 on a first-come, first serve basis. Cost is $10.00 per car.

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Hilary M
San Francisco, California
"Awesome Brunch Cruise!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 31, 2019 NEW
The bottomless mimosa brunch cruise was amazing! Beautiful scenery and a lot of food and drink. We had exceptional weather so that helped the whole experience. There is plenty of indoor space as well in case of bad weather. Highly recommend! Great value.
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Pacifica, California
"Cruise around the Bay!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 31, 2019 NEW
Hornblower Cruises are the best way to witness the SF skyline from the bay. The boat ride is around 2 hours with some amazing views of the SF Skyline, the Pier, Port of San Francisco, Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. Special thanks to the whole crew for such an amazing experience.
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William H
Taxation without Representation, Washington DC
"Now this is a true delight and a very well done cruise, with good food and libations."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 19, 2019 NEW
I had never been on a Hornblower cruise before, but this one made me want to experience more of them in other cities. We were on a large ship that had multiple levels (not easy if you have mobility issues.) Each level offered great views and different experiences. For sure I am going to look for more adventures on the high seas with Hornblower.
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San Francisco
"Spectacular views and Great Way to see the Bay"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 15, 2019
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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Frequently Asked Questions about San Francisco Dining Cruises

How long is the cruise?
The cruise is 3 hours long on Fridays and Saturdays and 2.5 hours long Monday through Thursday.

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?
The cruise begins boarding promptly at 7:00 pm for a 7:30 pm departure. 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 onboard?
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. Business casual to dressy casual attire is recommended for the dinner cruises. For men, slacks or khaki pants, and a collared shirt with or without a jacket; for women slacks or skirt, with a collared shirt, or dress. We request no jeans, shorts, tank tops, flip-flops, or gym shoes on these cruises.

You may find that some guests are dressed more formally, especially those celebrating special occasions. However, attire varies from comfortable shorts to the more formal. Bring along a light jacket or wrap as it may get a bit breezy on the outer decks.

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 dining 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.

When does the dinner service begin?
Once the cruise embarks, so does your dinner!

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 dinner 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.