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Blue & Gold Fleet, PIER 39

The Embarcadero at Beach Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
415 705 8200
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Type: Boat Tours
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Fremont, California
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1,129 reviews 1,129 reviews
702 attraction reviews
780 helpful votes 780 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

One of the highlights of San Francisco is going out on the Bay and seeing the skyline of San Francisco and getting close to the Golden Gate Bridge. Both of these things are iconic San Francisco. While the boat itself is a basic sightseeing boat, its a nice hour or so. One also gets a good view of Alcatraz -... More

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Claremont, California
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11 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We have visited The City many times in our lives and our adult daughters live there but we have never taken this trip...what a wonderful activity it was! We took the Blue & Gold Fleet Ferry from Pier 39 to Tiburon at 3:45 on a glorious Sunday afternoon, walked around the charming town and admired the tribute to recently deceased... More

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California Desert, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

..with all that entails. Long lines in an uncovered area to shuffle onboard a boat where everyone is vying for a good spot. Or THE spot. We had done several before, so we chose a spot inside on the lower deck and couldn't have been happier. We could hear the narration, it wasn't crowded and I could see everything I... More

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Noblesville IN USA
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Included with our City Pass we upgraded to the trip around Alcatraz Island . . . after being disappointed that actual Alcatraz tours were booked ahead for over six weeks. A good choice with the upgrade as our Captain made two rounds of the island after circling out in the bay under the Golden Gate Bridge. We were forwarned that... More

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Delta, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We purchased our tickets online and showed up at the PIER 30 minutes before our sailing time but the sailing was canceled. Over the next three hours we were moved back and forth into three different lines. Each staff person who came along told us to line up at a different place. The actual cruise (90 minute cruise around Alcatraz... More

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Basel, Switzerland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

We waited around at the area and had to line in the sun, at a quite warm day, in order to be able to enter the Cruise. Not so funny as the waiting took forever and everybody wants to make sure they get a good place at the boat. Regular tickets cost US$28, but again, this was included in our... More

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Putnam, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Did the 90 minute Escape from the Rock tour. Stood on the bow for the majority of the trip to get photographs. The breeze was cold even though it was mid August and land temperature was in the lower 70's. Definitely bring a jacket. Water was a little choppy, but the boat felt very stable. Snack shop/ bar on the... More

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San Francisco
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 via mobile

Nice tours the bay, under the Golden Gate Bridge and around Alkatraz island, with great views of city. Be prepared for wind and misty views of the bridge but a lovely way to introduce yourself to the city and the bay. Car parking at Pier 39 is extortionate ($9 per hour!) but got two hours for free on the City... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Had family in town on a Sunday and they wanted to ride the boat around the bay so we went. We arrived around 1, bought our tickets (they have military discount) and pretty much walked right on to our boat-it was great. Two weeks later with some friends, we went on a Tuesday around 11 and waited about 45 mins.... More

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IJhorst, Overijssel, Netherlands
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

If you take a bike-trip across the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausolito, with a return to SFO by Blue & Gold Fleet immediatly get a token. If you don't have one, they will tell you to get in line and wait. This can take hours, because everyone with a token is first. In our case, the tokens were out before... More

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