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.

Tripster 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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Los Altos, California
"Wrong info on the website "
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed April 27, 2019 NEW
We decided to go from the ferry building in SF to Sausalito using the Blue and Gold Fleet. I booked ahead online. Turned out that the times for the return trips were incorrect so our plan for dinner was ruined. I heard someone else complain and the guy said, “Well you can’t always trust the internet.”
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Fort Pierce, Florida
"Blue and Gold's Bay Cruise"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 26, 2019 NEW
Our cruise on the bay was very enjoyable. The narration provided a great deal of information and history. The highlights were passing by Alcatraz and under the Golden Gate Bridge - great photo opportunities!
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Baltimore, Maryland
"Surprisingly worth it"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 29, 2019
I'm not normally into "touristy" things when I travel, and this hour-long cruise in the center of Pier 39 rang all sort of warning bells. But it was really cool! I got some amazing photos of the bridge and alcatraz, and $30 was very reasonable for a unique experience.
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Herndon, Virginia
"Easily the best value of anything we enjoyed in San Francisco"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 28, 2019
For $25 round-trip to Tiburon, this was easily the best value of anything we experienced in San Francisco. Heck, you could just take the trip without even getting off the boat, and it would have been well worth your while. Cannot imagine returning to SF and not doing this again....unless some friend pulls up with a private boat....that would be better.
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Manchester, NH
"Dropped a category due to customer service..."
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 28, 2019
I'm big on customer service, so the rating is below excellent due to poor customer service at the ticket booth. Tour itself was excellent. We did the most popular tour, which gives you great views of the Golden Gate, Alcatraz and the city. The boat was clean, modern and the crew was pleasant. You could easily hear the pre-recorded narration while in route. That said, the cons - To start with, this company is a touch more expensive than the other big company that has red in its colors. We happened to go with this company only because we walked right by it, but after paying realized the other company's tickets were less money for presumably the same experience.. When we got to the ticket booth, we were not greeted by the young woman sitting there. In fact, she was busy rolling her eyes and making comments under her breath about the prior customer. I don't know what happened, but you don't show other customers your disgust over other guests. Keep it to yourself, move on, be pleasant to the next one. She didn't greet me. I said what I was looking for, she had me sign my credit card receipt, and handed me the tickets. She said nothing else. No explanation of where to go (I thought it was obvious, but later had to ask someone else), no "thank you," NOTHING. Not even a smile. She was a robot that handled the transaction. I would be happy to provide the company with more details so that they can better coach this person. Overall would recommend this tour, BUT, also check out the other big tour operator, as they were a little less money per ticket.
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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.