California Sunset Cruise in San Francisco, CA

Red and White FleetPier 43 1/2, Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco , CA 94133
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This two-hour journey explores the San Francisco bay while the sun sets on the Pacific Ocean. See the Golden Gate Bridge, the shorelines of Tiburon & Sausalito, and even Alcatraz in a blaze of color as the sun's rays sink below the horizon. Red and White Fleet Cruises provide light appetizers, a free drink, live music, and all the comforts needed to have an unforgettable voyage!

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our San Francisco Travel Experts
  • Family-friendly.
  • Free souvenir photo.
  • Great photo opportunities.
  • Approximately 2 hours long.
  • Light - Bite-sized appetizers included.
  • You can bring your own food/coolers.
  • One complimentary beer, wine or soda.


from California Sunset Cruise
On this relaxed, two-hour cruise, you’ll enjoy spectacular sunset views, light appetizers, live guitar music, and a complementary mixed drink, glass of beer, wine, or soda. It’s a paradise on the Bay, complete with all the comforts that come standard when you cruise with Red and White Fleet. Come as you are, as this sunset cruise of San Francisco is a casual, relaxed affair. There’s no need to be anything but yourself — whether you’re wearing sneakers and jeans or more formal attire, you’ll feel completely at home on our boat. Along the way, share drinks and light appetizers with friends while taking in the incredible views. We like to think of this cruise as our picnic on San Francisco Bay at sunset!

Cruise past the infamous Alcatraz Island, around Angel Island National Park, under the majestic span of the Golden Gate, and along the beautiful shorelines of Tiburon & Sausalito, as the sun sets over the Pacific Ocean. Make sure to bring your camera! Photo opportunities present themselves around every bend, and you don’t want to miss a chance to memorialize these fabulous moments. Please be sure to tag us when you post on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest — we love to share the fun!

Be sure to dress warmly if you plan to be on the outside decks, as evenings are known to have cool evening weather – but trust us when we say that you will love the views nonetheless!

Sailing Route
Spring-Summer-Fall (Sunset): Alcatraz, Golden Gate, Sausalito, Angel Island.

Winter (Twilight): Golden Gate, Alcatraz, Bay Bridge, Downtown SF.

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United States
"Worth it even after 10 visits to SF"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 15, 2019 NEW
We've been to San Francisco many times and decided to do the hour-long Red and White Fleet harbor tour, only because we'd never done a boat tour and were running out of ideas. Frankly, I was expecting a cheesy, touristy nightmare but ended up having a great experience! The views of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge were amazing and only possible on a boat. The audiotape was educational. The Red and White personnel were also great about accommodating my friend in a power wheelchair and made sure she had a good view despite not being able to get upstairs to the open deck, an extra step our party really appreciated.
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Ashbourne, United Kingdom
"One hour bay cruise"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 09, 2019 NEW
We enjoyed the 5pm one-hour bay cruise in September 2019. After boarding, you collect a personal audio playback unit which gives you a commentary throughout the cruise on all the sights. During our cruise, we went under the Golden Gate Bridge as well as around Alcatraz. We really enjoyed the trip -$34 each well-spent we thought.
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Southampton, United Kingdom
"Great cruise around Alcatraz and under the bridge "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 04, 2019 NEW
We were disappointed not to get the cruise to Alcatraz so took the Red and White Bridge to Bridge cruise as a second option. We were not disappointed. Really good, comfortable tour. A little chilly at times so take a jacket but we got sun burnt on our face and scalp despite it not being a sunny day so be warned. Saw seals swimming too so thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
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"The bay trip was REALLY good."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 04, 2019 NEW
I thought the bay trip would be good. I was wrong. IT WAS FANTASTIC. Really interesting tour of San Francisco bay at sunset. Facinating places to see, and learn-about on the commentary. Only negative point : the 'live band' was in fact one man with a guitar, but he was good, so not really disappointing.
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"Cruising San Francisco Bay"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 25, 2019 NEW
I booked this bay cruise on the positive reviews which were spot on plus I thought the one hour excursion would be easier on the kids vs. the two hour whale watching options. Absolutely wonderful cruise around the whole San Francisco Bay making sure you get to see all of the historical attractions. Easy to find location on Pier 43 1/2 and friendly staff to help you board quickly and safely. They offer a headset and prerecorded device which you really need to take. Multiple language settings (English was 66). The narration is great with a detailed account of the areas eventful history. I could almost picture it all happening as the history unfolded. Takes you out under the Golden Gate allowing for fabulous picture taking of the cities skyline and picturesque bay scenery. We. also saw dolphins playing alongside. Cruise does not feel rushed and the ride was very smooth with an option to sit below deck if preferred. Drinks and snacks available for purchase. Would highly recommend this as a Bay area activity.
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Frequently Asked Questions about California Sunset Cruise

What should I wear?
San Francisco has many microclimates with frequent weather changes. It can be windy and cold on San Francisco Bay one moment, and hot and sunny the next. So we recommend that you dress in layers and bring a jacket to make sure you are comfortable throughout your tour. In case it rains, don’t worry as all of our boats have heated interiors with big viewing windows.

Where is the cruise located? 
Our San Francisco cruises depart from Pier 43½, located in the heart of Fisherman’s Wharf at the end of Taylor Street. You can find us on most GPS devices by entering “Red and White Fleet” as the destination.

Is the cruise appropriate for children?

Is the tour wheelchair accessible?
The enclosed main decks of all our vessels are wheelchair accessible. All of our vessels, aside from the Harbor Queen, have wheelchair accessible restroom facilities. Important: the ramps leading onto and off the vessels vary in steepness depending on tide levels. While our crew will make every attempt to assist guests, boarding can be difficult, particularly during low tide.

When should I be at the departure location?
Please arrive at least 20-30 minutes before the scheduled departure time, as we otherwise can’t guarantee available space and are unable to hold the vessel.

Do your rates include tips and gratuities?
Yes. Red and White Fleet’s® rates for San Francisco Bay cruises include all taxes, gratuities, fees, and personal audio tour. Of course, you are certainly welcome to tip staff members for excellent service.

How long is the tour?
2 hours.

Can I bring my own food/beverages? Coolers permitted?
Yes. Red and White Fleet’s® vessels are equipped with cafes, offering non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages, snacks, and merchandise for sale. Bar purchases can be made with credit or debit cards. We are unable to accept cash at this time. You may also bring your own boxed luncheons.

What is your policy on smoking? 
California Law prohibits smoking in vehicles, public buildings, bars, and restaurants. Smoking is not permitted on Red and White Fleet’s® tours or while waiting in the boarding line. We kindly request that all passengers comply.

Do you go to Alcatraz?
Red and White Fleet® does not land at Alcatraz. We do, however, offer cruises that travel very closely around Alcatraz Island.

Do you offer ferry service to Sausalito, Tiburon, or Angel Island?