San Francisco Bay Cruise Adventure in San Francisco, CA

Blue & Gold FleetPier 39 San Francisco, CA 94133
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If you want to capture San Francisco’s picturesque views, landscapes, and sights with your camera, then you have to go on the San Francisco Bay Cruise Adventure. Perfect for photographers, families looking to create memories, and travel junkies, this cruise shows you everything the beautiful San Francisco Bay has to offer — from Pier 39 to the gorgeous skyline.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our San Francisco Travel Experts
  • Bring your camera for unparalleled photo opportunities.
  • Cruise duration: approximately 60 minutes long.
  • Add an optional lunch to your cruise for an extra fee.
  • Cruises operate daily, rain or shine.


from San Francisco Bay Cruise Adventure
Take advantage of prime photo opportunities with unobstructed views in every direction aboard Blue & Gold Fleet’s 60-minute Bay Cruise Adventure. Sail past the famous PIER 39 sea lions and along San Francisco’s historic waterfront, revealing the city’s fascinating skyline. This comfortable San Francisco Bay Cruise tour has both indoor and outdoor seating with full narration describing major landmarks as you sail by them. You haven’t experienced San Francisco until you’ve taken a Bay Cruise.

A free multi-language audio tour is now available in nine languages: English, Spanish, Mandarin, Italian, French, Japanese, Korean, German and Taiwanese. Please bring your Wi-Fi enabled device to access the tour.

Optional Meals at Hana Zen - located at Pier 39:
Lunch at Hana Zen includes - soup, salad, rice or garlic noodles. Choice of one (1) entree: Grilled salmon, pork tonkatsu, chicken teriyaki or a mixed sushi plate. Choice of soda or iced tea. Followed by dessert, house ice cream of the day.
Hana Zen lunch hours: 11:30 am - 4:30 pm

Dinner at Hana Zen includes - soup, salad, and a lava rock dinner with one (1) choice entree: New York steak, ahi tuna steak. lamb chops, Asian marinated chicken, or pork with Japanese fried rice, mixed sautéed vegetables, and choice of soda or iced tea. Followed by dessert, house ice cream of the day.
Hana Zen dinner hours: 4:30 pm - closing

Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your desired departure time.

Note: Cruises may not operate during inclement weather. Check with ticket booth on the day of sailing for schedule. All prices include narration. Service animals allowed. No reserved seating available. Schedule and prices are subject to change without notice. Lunch and Dinner option are served at Hana Zen located at Pier 39, not on the cruise ship.

Reserve San Francisco Customer Reviews

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jagroop singh
Yuba City, CA
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"Blue and gold fleet"
November, 2018
It was awesome very safe ride.
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sunnyvale, CA
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"Good if the fleet is not too crowded"
September, 2018
It would have been nice if they limit the no of passengers per ride
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Lafayette, California
"Nice cruise around the bay"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 22, 2019 NEW
I've taken the Blue and Gold cruise around the bay a dozen times over the years - mostly when we have friends in from out of town. The one hour ride never fails to put a smile on everyone's face. My wife and I were walking down the waterfront from Pier 39 to Fisherman's Wharf and decided, once more, to take advantage of the nice day and enjoy a cruise around the bay. The water was calm and the views unsurpassed. We sat outdoors on the rear deck and thoroughly enjoyed views of the San Francisco skyline, the Golden Gate and Alcatraz Island. The only minor complaint was the sound system is completely inadequate for a trip on the bay and we only heard perhaps 10% of the dialogue. Unfortunate because the audio tour sounded interesting even though we familiar with the landmarks. I was pleased to find out, after the tour, that there is a way to pipe the tour through your smartphone - we'll have to see how that works the next time we take the cruise. Overall, a very fun and inexpensive way to get a closeup look at landmarks on the bay!
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Elizabethtown, Kentucky
"It was decent"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed February 12, 2019 NEW
The cruise was nice, but it sounds fancier on their website than what it is. It’s an older ferry with a bar station downstairs and some tables. They have an older tape that plays for the “guided tour”. It wasn’t bad for the price.
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United Kingdom
"Great Trip Between Islands"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 07, 2019 NEW
This route took me to Angel Island, then onto Tiburon, Sausalito and back to Pier 41. Lucky that we had a clear sunny day and best stop is right at the front of the boat; which seems like most people did not know about as they were all huddled in the back! If it’s raining you will not enjoy it as you really need to be outside to get great views of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. Easy way to get around and of course the Captain has the best job and view of the day! You can purchase drinks and snacks onboard but perhaps best to bring your own (especially if going Angel Island off season).
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Baton Rouge
"Fun, quick and informative "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 30, 2019 NEW
We purchased the City Pass booklets which included a free ferry ride as part of the $89 booklets. The ferry ride was very informative about the history of the city. I’d recommend this tour if you have limited time in the city and want to get wonderful pictures of the top attractions from the water. Make sure you go on a clear day. The tour lasts one hour.
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East Anglia, England
"Escape from The Rock Cruise"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 27, 2019 NEW
Thoroughly enjoyed this cruise out to the Golden Gate Bridge and we then circled the infamous Alcatraz Island. The recorded English commentary was very informative throughout the voyage. The noisy sea lions were a welcome sight after departure!
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Frequently Asked Questions about San Francisco Bay Cruise Adventure

When are tours available?
Tours are available daily.

When should I arrive for my tour?
It is recommended that passengers arrive 30 minutes prior to cruise departure.

Is the cruise rain or shine?
The cruises depart in most weather conditions, including rain. Blue and Gold Fleet reserves the right to cancel or delay cruises in the case of inclement or severe weather conditions.

Do I need to reserve my seats?

No. Reserved seating is not available. Those with tickets board the ferry on a first come first serve basis.