Compare Boat Tours in San Francisco – Top 5
San Francisco Bay Cruises typically circle Alcatraz Island and take you under the Golden Gate Bridge before heading home for a look at the San Francisco skyline you can’t get any other way. Alcatraz Island, Angel Island, the Golden Gate Bridge, the San Francisco skyline, Marin Headlands and north and east bay cities can be viewed while on a San Francisco Bay Cruise. Travel by small cruise ship, double hull sailboat (Catamaran) or even a refurbished amphibious vehicle from WWII on a tour that combines both land and water sightseeing.
Sunset cruises on San Francisco Bay are a perfect way to enjoy the beauty of this amazing natural wonder at the most beautiful time of day. Whichever option you choose these sightseeing water tours will provide a photo opportunity and experience to remember for a long time.
Blue & Gold Fleet San Francisco Bay Cruise
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.
Adventure Cat sailing on the San Francisco Bay
On any day of the year, the San Francisco Bay is dotted with white sailboats. One of the most adventurous and exciting ways to experience the Bay and its sights, the Adventure Cat Bay Cruise unites passengers with the wind and sea.
For an hour and half, you’ll be treated to fantastic views of Alcatraz Island, the city skyline, the Golden Gate bridge and the Pacific Ocean. Pick up an audio tour (available in 7 languages) with a helpful navigation guide providing information about San Francisco’s landmarks as you sail past them.
Adventure Cat Sunset Sailing Cruise
Whether you live in the Bay Area or are visiting from out of town, there is no better way to see San Francisco from the bay. Adventure Cat Sailing Charters offers a relaxing sail that takes you from the famous Pier 39, around Alcatraz Island and under the Golden Gate Bridge. Watch the Sunset in the Pacific Ocean. See the city slowly light up behind you as the Golden Gate bridge glows in the dwindling sunlight. Relax and sip some wine in our protected cabin with a 360 degree views. Sit at intimate tables with cushy seating or hang out on the netting where you can watch the water underneath you.
Included with your ticket are two complimentary beverages (beer, wine or soda) from our bar and light hors d’oeuvres. It’s a memorable night out that won’t break the bank! When it is time to board the Catamaran, the friendly Adventure Cat Crew will greet you at Pier 39, Dock J to check you in. You will then be able to board either our 55 or 65 foot catamaran to sail off into the Bay!
Blue & Gold Fleet Escape From The Rock
Blue & Gold Fleet’s 90-minute Escape from the Rock cruise takes you under the Golden Gate Bridge and around Alcatraz Island to see every angle of this mysterious island. Hear intriguing stories about Alcatraz escape attempts by Al Capone, Billy Cook the Killer, Clyde Johnson and many others. Giving you a clear picture of what life was like in this maximum-security prison when it was the most feared institution in the American penal system.
A free multi-language audio tour is now available in nine languages: English, Spanish, Mandarin, Italian, French, Japanese, Korean, German & Taiwanese. Please bring your Wi-Fi enabled device to access the tour.
RocketBoat on the Bay
Calling all thrill seekers: hang on tight for the most exhilarating ride of your life aboard RocketBoat! RocketBoat is the wildest and fastest thrill ride on San Francisco Bay. For 30 minutes, you’ll be flying across the Bay under the steady hand of one of our veteran captains with nerves of steel at the wheel. With epic views and a classic Rock-n-Roll soundtrack, don’t be surprised if you find yourself coming back for a few more shots of adrenaline. And you can – with an infinite combination of twists and turns, it’s never the same ride twice! Rocketboat runs seasonally, May through October.
So which is the best?
The answer isn’t really straight forward, its all depends on what you are looking for. If you are a thrill seeker then the Rocketboat is the one for you. If you prefer the a more relaxed vibe with a smaller crowd i would suggest going with one of the Adventure Cat sailing options. The Blue and Gold Fleet Bay Cruise is very informational and if you don’t quite have your sea legs, this is probably the most stable option for you. Escape From The Rock Cruise is focused on stories about Alcatraz Island, although you do not get off at the Island this is a great alternative if you are unable to get tickets for the Cellblock tour.