San Francisco Bay Cruise Adventure in San Francisco, CA

Pier 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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Tucson, Arizona
"Lovely Way To Reach Tiburon"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 02, 2020
My husband and I bought tickets on a Saturday at Pier 39 for a round-trip to the town of Tiburon. We were visiting San Francisco without a vehicle and considered the ferry to be a logical and fun way to reach our destination. Though there were long lines for tickets because of the December holidays, the one for Tiburon was short and we had our tickets within 5 minutes. Staff here proved to be helpful and polite. We joined another line at Pier 41 to board the ferry about 20 minutes before departure, which occurred exactly on time. Both boarding and disembarking went smoothly. This ferry stopped first at Sausalito and Angel Island, but the return trip was nonstop to San Francisco. The crew was extremely upbeat and professional and they ensured punctual sailings. The ferry was clean and appeared to be well maintained with plenty of seating on two levels and outside decks for the myriad passengers.The cool, sunny day kept us outside, where we sat on a bench and enjoyed the view. That included the San Francisco skyline, Bay Bridge, Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. Photo ops seemed endless. Though we didn't use it, a snack bar was available on the first level. Many passengers brought bicycles with them and these were stored in a designated section. I found the Blue & Gold Fleet to be a well-run operation with topnotch staff and reasonable prices. We paid $15 each for a round-trip senior fare.
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"Unprofessional Office Staff"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed December 27, 2019
I went to the pier 39 office looking for the Director of operations to inquire about sea service for my coast guard license. Upon entering the office I asked a bearded person if Chris still worked there, he stated no. I then asked if he had any cards left for business, then he stated Chris was on vacation. He did not provide any contact information and as I left chided me out the door with “ go back where you came from”. This behavior exhibited by their staff is more proof their crews are inhospitable and inexperienced to a tee. Being a professional Mariner with over 27 years of experience internationally, I expected a more professional office experience. Personally appalled at the lack of experience, nepotism and sheer politics keeping professional mariners from plying their trade. It is unfortunate that true experience is chided there. Shows the waste of true Mariner experience in the face of politics and internal hiring ideals. Not free market or intelligent. So the next time you watch a crew member mess something up on those ferry’s , understand the hiring they do is from a pool of people that over 87 percent of which take a one week course and are earning the same wages as people with decades of sea service. Blue and Gold fails the smell test. Good riddance.
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Youngsville, North Carolina
"Bay tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 12, 2019
Very nice tour of the San Francisco Bay. Went to the Golden Gate Bridge, cruised around Alcatraz Island. The whole trip was narrated by very knowledgeable guide.
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Houston, Texas
"It is a must "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 19, 2019
It was really a great informative fun cruise. The weather was cool in the mid of October ( there is a lot of space indoor if you prefer so). The audio recording was great to learn about the landmarks that we passed by that aimed the passengers to the left or to the right as needed to follow the sights with the audio. Staff are very friendly, helpful and patient.
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Singapore, Singapore
"Go for the Sunset Cruise on weekends!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 10, 2019
Bought ticket for the sunset cruise for Saturday - Really gorgeous and we got to see Golden Gate Bridge in the sunset ("Golden" indeed!). The overall ride was very beautiful and comfortable, and ticket price includes 1 alcoholic drink or 2 non-alcoholic drinks. Ride was smooth and we sailed past Alcatraz Island and Oakland Bay bridge too. Highly recommended!
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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.