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

San Francisco, United States

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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, Alcatraz Island and Sausalito. Enjoy a light appetizer buffet while you sip an included glass of wine, beer or soda from the full bar. Relax as you listen to the captain’s live commentary while background music sets the tone. Watch the sunset or select a twilight cruise during winter months.
  • Twilight views of the city skyline, Alcatraz, Sausalito, the Golden Gate Bridge and Marina District
  • Sail under the Golden Gate Bridge and Bay Bridge
  • Hearty appetizer buffet and cocktail
  • Live commentary from the captain

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Cruise the bay—with a drink and appetizers—when the sun sets and views light up.
Make your way to the pier at Fisherman's Wharf in time for your chosen departure time (depending on the season). Enjoy live commentary by the captain and listen to relaxing background music as you sip your complimentary beverage from the bar and watch the sights pass by on San Francisco Bay.

During your sunset or twilight cruise, head to the light appetizer buffet to enjoy spinach puff pastry rolls; roast beef sliders; crudités and an antipasto patter; chicken curry wrap; sliced fruit and gourmet cheeses and a cookie platter. You can purchase more drinks at the full bar on board. 

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 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 shorelines of Tiburon, Belvedere and Sausalito. 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. Listen to live guitar entertainment while enjoying the illuminated skyline — an unmissable San Francisco view.

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Red and White Fleet
Begin and end your journey at Pier 43 1/2.
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Golden Gate Bridge
Sail under the Golden Gate Bridge as the sun sets.
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San Francisco Bay
Explore the San Francisco Bay during this 2 hour bay cruise.
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Marina District
Sail passed the Marina district on your journey back to Fisherman's Wharf.
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San Francisco Bay Bridge
See the highway from the Bay.
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Marin Headlands
View the Marin Headlands from the Bay.
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Railroad & Ferry Depot Museum
See this historic landmark from the Bay.
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Old St. Hilary’s Open Space Preserve
View Tiburon's iconic hillside landmark from the Bay.
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Fort Mason Center
See Fort Mason from the bay and your journey back to FIsherman's Wharf.
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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.
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Yerba Buena Island
See views of Yerba Buena Island from the Bay!
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Treasure Island
See Treasure Island from the Bay!

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The views
, Mar 2020
Loved it! The musician, Eric, was wonderful. The appetizers were basic but tasty, we got a cool little video sent to us by a very friendly staff member, and even got a picture when we left. Great experience!
An absolute must do when visiting San Francisco
, Feb 2020
Tour was fab! We did the twilight cruise in Jan which meant there wasn't many people on it however the staff were still friendly and attentive. The musician was brill and gave the boat a nice atmosphere. The views were incredible and we got some stunning pictures. The souvenir gift at the end was a lovely touch. Would highly recommend and would definitely do this tour again when we return to beautiful San Francisco
Beautiful night time views.
, Feb 2020
The route was well planned. We got some pictures of San Franscico that are not commonly seen. Worth the expense and will definately try again in the summer for sunset view.
, Jan 2020
Outstanding view of the city!!! Totally worth it! The food was ok and you get a free drink. I'd do it again!
Love the Bay at Night via Boat
, Jan 2020
What a gorgeous way to see the lights, bridges and Alcatraz... at night. Great music on the tour and the cocktail was delicious. Grateful to have a friend join me on this venture prior to our convention kicking off.
, Nov 2019
Terrible cruise, awful food, no commentary on any of the attractions we passed and a very weird environment with pink and dingy lights!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Hello, Thank you for the review. We are sorry to hear about your experience during our California Twilight Cruise. Please note red lights are commonly used on sea vessels to help passengers see better at night. We value your feedback about our cruise and would love to hear more from you. Please send us an email to so we can understand your experience better. Thank you!
Wonderful Cruise
, Nov 2019
Lovely view, lovely cruise, good food, loved the band. Cannot think of anything else to say but I am glad we went.
Go Red and White!
, Oct 2019
Great cruise around the bay. Wonderful finish to our visit to San Francisco! Nice drinks and appetizers.
Awesome breathtaking view
, Oct 2019
Me and my best friend enjoyed out time on the cruise to the fullest. The 2 hours trip was worth going on if you want to relax and have a wonderful time with you close ones.
, Oct 2019
I loved this ride!!! Ours included a live singer, a free printed picture, a complimentary drink, and appetizers. So much fun. Would 100% go again. We got to go under the Golden Gate Bridge, past Alcatraz, through raccoon straight and by Angel Island.

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