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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Michael S
"Wait At Least Two Months For A Refund!!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed September 13, 2020 NEW
I booked tickets for Alcatraz, but I had to cancel due to Covid 19. After waiting almost two months for Hornblower to refund my payment, I eventually raised a dispute through my credit card company. The credit card company has now refunded the money to my account. My comments are very similar to other reviews, absolutely no customer service! I understand that companies are having difficulties due to Covid 19, with staffing levels and cash flow etc. But even under these circumstances, I don't think it should take in excess of two months to refund my payment. When I booked the tickets, they took an immediate automated payment! If you want to visit Alcatraz, you have to use Hornblower, because they are the company that operate the ferries. But I would be careful before you part with your money. If you can, book as late as possible!
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Hillsborough, United Kingdom
"Angry and Disappointed"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed June 18, 2020
Shocking experience with Hornblower. Had to cancel and requested a refund seven weeks ago!!! I have emailed them on numerous occasions with very little response. Very very angry and extremely disappointed. I am planning doing Alcatraz next year but will definitely NOT be booked through Hornblower. Their customer service is zero.
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"Hornblower / Alcatraz Tours operators have poor service. No refund. No response. No service whatsoever."
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed May 21, 2020
We purchased tickets to Alcatraz however, the virus put a stop to our plans. Hornblower sent an email saying they would provide a refund within 14 business days on the 26th march. It is now 50 days later and we still have not received a refund. I have tried to contact Hornblower and Alcatraz cruises via email (at least a dozen times) but no response. They have not even acknowledge my response. We are from Australia and are not familiar with who regulates the industry however, this seems to be our only option. You can certainly tell by their behaviour that customer service is not important.
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Solihull, United Kingdom
"No refund or communication"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed May 05, 2020
We had tickets booked for our trip in April but obviously we couldn’t go. Initially the communication with this company was superb, we were sent a cancellation email and should receive the money back within 15 business days. This was on the 14th of March, 37 business days ago. I have emailed after the 15 business days to see if everything was still on track and I was in the queue to get my refund but please be patient as it is a very hectic time...fair enough. Emailed again a few weeks after, no reply. I just managed to have a chat conversation and basically they have told me that they’re busy and they cannot give me a timescale or a guarantee to get my money back. I’ve had a lot of patience but this doesn’t sound right?
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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed May 02, 2020
Due to have a cruise to Alcatraz but because of COVID-19 have had to cancel. I cancelled on 23/03/20, I chased up on 21/04/20 and as of today (02/05/20) I still have NO refund and have had NO communication from this company. I understand we are in uncertain times, but withholding peoples money with no communication is shocking behaviour. PLEASE CAN YOU RESPOND TO MY EMAILS AND PAY MY REFUND.
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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.