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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Columbus, Ohio
"Nice way to see the sights"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 09, 2019 NEW
We only had one day to see the sights in San Francisco The Red and White Fleet was a nice way to see the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. The boat was clean, the crew was friendly, and there was a nice concession stand.
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Atlanta, Georgia
"Very nice hour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 06, 2019 NEW
We were fortunate to have a lovely day in October with unseasonably warm temps. They give you headphones which are very accurate and easy to understand. I would highly recommend this excursion if you have a short time in San Francisco and can't go to Alcatraz or the Golden Gate Bridge, etc.
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"Sunset cruise after dark"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 03, 2019 NEW
We were promised a twilight or sunset cruise but due to daylight savings time the departure time was after dark at 6pm. So we missed both twilight and sunset. Bah humbug! Food was OK but on the cheap side and the ‘free cocktail’ was limited to beer or house wine, unless you were prepared to pay more. Yet the views at night from the boat were lovely, even though it was after dark.
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Cupertino, California
"Bridge to Bridge Cruise"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 14, 2019 NEW
After walking the Golden Gate Bridge and experiencing the sights of San Francisco, we took our international guests on this Bridge to Bridge Bay Cruise. It is a great culmination of a wonderful day in the city. It gave us a great view of the city skyline with informative narration of the landmarks. Our guests had a blast with tons of photos to show off. Great bay cruise! The staff were friendly, professional and helpful. And Oh the weather was just perfect.
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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
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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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?