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Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bay Twilight or Sunset Cruise

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Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bay Twilight or Sunset Cruise

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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (approx.)
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Overview

Bypass the line and head directly to the gate with your prebooked tickets. This sunset cruise takes you across San Francisco Bay with outstanding views of the city skyline, Golden Gate Bridge, the San Francisco Bay Bridge, and Alcatraz Island. Relax while background music sets the tone. Watch the sunset or select a twilight cruise during winter months.
  • Views of the city skyline, Alcatraz, and the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Sail under the Golden Gate Bridge and Bay Bridge

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Cruise the bay when the sun sets and views light up.
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1.5 hour sunset cruise (summer months) or twilight cruise (winter months) of San Francisco Bay
"Straight to the gate" access
Gratuities
Full bar is available onboard to purchase drinks and snacks.
Red and White Fleet , Pier 43, 5, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA

Please enter in Google Maps: "Red and White Fleet" or "Pier 43 1/2, San Francisco" for exact location and directions. Pier 43 ½ ticket booth (corner of Taylor Street and the Embarcadero)

This activity will end right where it started.
Make your way to the pier at Fisherman's Wharf in time for your chosen departure time (depending on the season). Listen to relaxing background music and watch the sights pass by on San Francisco Bay.

All cruise vessels operate on bio-diesel — a renewable energy source —  and offer heated indoor spaces or outdoor viewing decks. There is no assigned seating or formal dress required during this casual, relaxing evening cruise.

Sunset Bay Cruise: If you embark during late March through early November, you’ll watch the sun setting over the the Pacific Ocean as you cruise toward the Marin Headlands and past the Golden Gate Bridge. Glide past Alcatraz, Angel Island and the San Francisco Bay Bridge.. On your return to Fisherman's Wharf you'll see many more notable sights, including the Presidio, the Marina District and Fort Mason.

Twilight Cruise: In the winter, the cruise makes the most of San Francisco’s spectacular city lights on a twilight tour. After the sun sets over the horizon, you'll glide past San Francisco's modern skyscrapers, historic landmarks, the infamous Alcatraz Island and both the Bay Bridge and Golden Gate Bridge. Enjoy the illuminated skyline — an unmissable San Francisco view.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Red and White Fleet
Begin and end your journey at Pier 43 1/2.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Golden Gate Bridge
Sail under the Golden Gate Bridge as the sun sets.
Pass By:  
San Francisco Bay
Explore the San Francisco Bay during this 1.5 hour bay cruise.
Pass By:  
Marina District
Sail passed the Marina district on your journey back to Fisherman's Wharf.
Pass By:  
Fort Mason Center
See Fort Mason from the bay and your journey back to FIsherman's Wharf.
Pass By:  
Coit Tower
See Coit Tower from the Bay!
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Salesforce Tower
See the Salesforce Tower form the Bay.
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San Francisco Bay Bridge
Sail passed the Bay Bridge and enjoy the Bay Bridge's iconic the Bay Light art installation throughout the evening.
Pass By:  
Yerba Buena Island
See views of Yerba Buena Island from the Bay!
Pass By:  
Treasure Island
See Treasure Island from the Bay!
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please note: In November, December, January and February, tour departs at 5:30pm for the Twilight Cruise and will not see the sunset
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 150 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Red and White Fleet
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bay Twilight or Sunset Cruise?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bay Twilight or Sunset Cruise.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bay Twilight or Sunset Cruise?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bay Twilight or Sunset Cruise.

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Traveler Tips


  • "If you are a light eater, you would pretty much consider it a dinner) They also mention ONE complimentary drink, but you can pay for additional drinks." See review
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star-5
Great trip
Lexie_H
, Jul 2022
Awesome Adventure! Too foggy for a good sunset picture but everything else was great. I would recommend this for sure.
star-5
Underneath the Golden Gate Bridge there was like a magical fog and lots of birds it was just very special
Philipj_W
, Jun 2022
Underneath the Golden Gate Bridge there was like a magical fog and lots of birds it was just very special
star-4
Good experience
Israel_W
, Jun 2022
The scenery was beautiful I also enjoyed the bartender she had a great spirit and very nice I would definitely do it again
star-3
Disappointed
Cynthia_M
, Jun 2022
It was a waist of money because all we saw was a bunch of fog and we came in before seeing the city lights. And it was very cold weather so we had to stay inside for the most part! Very unsatisfying. :( First time in San Francisco and we didn’t get to see the Golden Gate Bridge.
star-2
You said there was a...
Dale_K
, Jun 2022
You said there was a buffet in the boat so we didn't eat and only chips available. That part was dissapionting. The trip was very nice and they views fantastic
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Our apologies, that information should not be published anywhere as we cancelled the appetizer buffet back in 2020 due to covid. Please email us at sales@redandwhite.com so that we can correct the issue. We are sorry that you were mislead.
star-5
Amazing
Lenzy_T
, Jun 2022
This was an amazing experience, absolutely breathtaking scenery! Highly recommend to anyone visiting the area
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you!
star-5
Incredible!!!
Tracy_W
, Jun 2022
I loved going under the Golden Gate Bridge. I cruise wascery relaxing and cocktails were served. Love it. The crew was courteous and friendly
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you! We love going under the Golden Gate Bridge too!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Fun ride
Roman_Y
, Jun 2022
This was my first cruise and it was really fun, the fog covered the bay bridge so there was not much of a sunset but other then that it was great!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
That darn fog! Sometimes it gets in the way! We are glad that you still had a great time!
star-5
Beautiful finish to a great vacation
Eugene_B
, Jun 2022
Took this sunset cruise on my last day in SF. It was very well organized and the sunset views on board were beautiful. The weather was a bit chilly as would be expected, so dressing in layers is recommended. In my opinion, it's a very nice finish for a vacation in SF.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Awe...thank you for spending your last day in SF with us.
star-5
Great Ladies Trip Adventure
Vikki_L
, Jun 2022
Great experience for Girls Trip. We are from Houston, 23 older ladies. Loved the views. I liked that snacks and drinks were available to purchase.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
We are glad to hear all the ladies had a good time. Thanks for sailing with us!
star-5
Honey moon/ wedding anniversary
Bruce_C
, Jun 2022
Going under the golden gate bridge and seeing all the great scenery out the views where great. Me and my wife thought it was romantic
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
There truly is something special about the Golden Gate Bridge at sunset. Thank you for spending your special day with us!
star-5
Fantastic!
Roxanna_P
, Jun 2022
Very relaxing and lots to see, we were lucky to have beautiful weather so the sunset was amazing! You also get to see alcatraz and the golden gate bridge! Definitely worth it!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
We are happy to hear that you enjoyed our Sunset Cruise. Thank you!
star-5
Straight to the Gate Love!
Alejandra_B
, Jun 2022
The whole trip was memorable! the crew was very friendly, the mini bar was great, the bathrooms and boat were clean. The weather was perfect, the ride was great it got a little rough at one point, but it was overall great. not too long not too short. Being able to see the Golden Gate up close like that with my boo was the best part for me😘. Will definitely be back !
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you! Please do come back. We would love to have you (and your boo!) onboard again soon!
star-5
Pleasant!
Rob_H
, Jun 2022
Pleasant, scenic and enjoyed the captain’s commentary! Very clean, great family experience and educational!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Our team really appreciates the feedback! Thank you! We are glad you had an enjoyable time and I will make sure and pass on your kudos to the Captain!
star-5
Breathtaking moment
Darnell_D
, Jun 2022
The sun set twilight cruise was amazing adventurous and experience that will never be forgotten greatly appreciate it and we will be back and invite friends thank you💯😎
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you very much! We are glad to have made memories with you.
star-5
A memory of a life time....
Rolando_Q
, Jun 2022
A memory of a life time. It’s pretty cold so always wear a sweater. You can see the views from inside and outside.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
When visiting SF, layers are key! Thank you for going out on the Bay with us!
star-1
Don’t waste your money
Yoselin_O
, Jun 2022
It thought this would be a little romantic sunset cruise but you couldn’t see anything not even the sun with so much fog and we couldn’t even get to see the bridge like the pictures shown
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
We are sorry that you did not enjoy your cruise. Unfortunately, we cannot control the weather. Weather in San Francisco can go from sunny to foggy in just a matter of minutes. Hopefully, the next time you are in town the weather will cooperate more.
star-3
Golden hour cruise
Tracy_N
, Jun 2022
Advertised as a sunset cruise but it was more like golden hour. The time for the cruise did not align with the later summer sunset times, so you don’t really get to see a sunset. The host was funny though.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
We are sorry that you were disappointed. We try to find the sweet spot for the Sunset Cruise departure which can sometimes be challenging. We do appreciate your feedback.
star-5
Great little cruise
Laura_B
, Jun 2022
This was a great little cruise and we'll worth the money. I was a bit worried seeing how many ppl lined up but once every got aboard there was plenty of room for everyone. The tour goes around Alcatraz, with commentators, before heading past Angel Island and into a small bay before circling under the golden gate. Snacks and drinks on board. Great photo ops and friendly staff.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thanks for the 5-stars! Our vessels are quite large so the do allow for lots of elbow room. We are glad to hear you had an enjoyable cruise and look forward to having you return!
star-5
The whole thing was...
Nicholette_F
, May 2022
The whole thing was amazing!! We had such an amazing time together. The views and the weather were perfect!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you! You are amazing too! We would love to welcome you back again one day!

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