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Blue & Gold Fleet, PIER 39

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Address: The Embarcadero at Beach Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone Number: 415 705 8200
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Description: Blue & Gold Fleet, located at PIER 39 in San Francisco, offers Bay Cruises...
Blue & Gold Fleet, located at PIER 39 in San Francisco, offers Bay Cruises that sail under the Golden Gate Bridge and around Alcatraz, the Bay Area’s only high-speed thrill ride on RocketBoat, custom boat charters and scheduled ferry service to Sausalito, Tiburon, Angel Island, Vallejo, Alameda/Oakland, Harbor Bay and South San Francisco.
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We ended up going with this tour since we were unable to get the Alcatraz tour which takes you on the island and tours the prison. This tour took you under the golden gate... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
Joanne S
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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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41 reviews 41 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

We ended up going with this tour since we were unable to get the Alcatraz tour which takes you on the island and tours the prison. This tour took you under the golden gate bridge and around Alcatraz. The guide captain and crew were friendly and professional. If you cannot get on the other tour this would be the next... More 

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Stockton, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Our choice to take a bay tour was spur of the moment. Combined it with a trip through the aquarium. It gave us a view of the city and the bridge as well as some history behind the bay. Enjoyed it.

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Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

We took the ferry from Sausalito back to San Francisco The boat was very comfortable, had a nice snack bar, and was on time. Great way to see the bay and it only takes 20 minutes of so to get one way or the other.

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Sydney
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Went for a nice cruise on the harbour. Very windy so wear warm clothes. The commentary wasn't working for part of the time and was so-so. All up, nice and relaxing but don't have high expectations.

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Chemainus, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 via mobile

We went quite early and the boat was quite empty. The staff were super friendly and very helpful. There were some great picture opportunities of the golden gate as well as alcatraz. Little bit of information if you were paying close attention.

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Due to poor scheduling on our part, we were not able to do the tour to Alcatraz from Pier 33 because they were sold out a week in advance, and since we were leaving San Francisco that same day we decided to head over to Pier 39 and do the "Escape from the Rock" tour, which is a 90-minute ride... More 

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Belleville, Michigan
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

I took this tour around the bay because the hop on hop off tour suggested it, when I got on the boat it was over crowded, and the entire lower part of the boat smelled like piss. The six tables and nine chairs were all taken, and one of the people who worked on the boat was just sitting around... More 

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Miguel G, Marketing and Sales Assistant at Blue & Gold Fleet, PIER 39, responded to this review

Hi Amber O, Thank you for your feedback, it is always welcomed good or bad. I am sorry that you had a negative experience with our Bay Cruise and thank you for bringing our attention to these issues. I would like to further investigate the situation, if you would not mind could you please let me know what day and... More 

Preston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

We wanted to visit Sausalito and decided to take the ferry. The fares were $26 per person for a return but we asked about the fares for seniors and got our tickets for just $13.50 each. Great value. The trip was really enjoyable as you can see Alcatraz and Angel Island. Just watch out for return times as there is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

It's a very easy boat ride out to the bridge and back. The boat's speed was slow the whole ride and the water was pretty calm. Find a spot along the railing early on because once you get close to the bridge it will get very crowded. (Along the back is great because you can get photos of the bridge... More 

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Orlando
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Even though it was chilly, we took the escape from Alcatraz tour. It was very informative, educational and fun. We passed under the Golden Gate, around Alcatraz and around the Bay. A definite must.

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