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San Francisco Bay Boat Cruises/Wine Tasting on the Bay
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Wine Tasting Cruise on San Francisco Bay
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Owner description: A Bay Cruise includes a flight (4 tastes) of wine and light snacks. San Francisco Bay's only floating wine tasting room. We offer an intimate voyage on the bay while our wine steward offers CA wines. A full bar is available for your non wine drinking friends. Light snacks provided. We are also available for your private charter for business, birthday, wedding events, etc. Max passengers 30. The route depends on prevailing weather conditions on the bay.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“So much fun!”
Reviewed July 23, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our beer tasting cruise. We went to San Francisco to celebrate our anniversary and Melissa, her husband, and the crew were fantastic. We tasted six different California beers while cruising around the bay. Melissa was a fantastic hostess and we really enjoyed talking to her husband as well as the other young woman (I cannot remember her name) who was taking photos on the boat and assisting the crew. Everyone was friendly and helpful as this was our first trip to San Fran and we had a lot of questions about the city. We only had a few days to visit and I am so glad we included this cruise in our trip. It was fantastic and I hope we get to do it again the next time we visit San Francisco!

Visited July 2013
1 Thank Heather G
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Atlanta, Georgia
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“Incredible experience, incredible service”
Reviewed July 19, 2013

INCREDIBLE time on this wine tasting cruise. Melissa and her husband were so fun and accommodating and everyone had a great time!

I took my corporate team out on a chartered cruise for a team event and everyone loved it. The appetizers were excellent and very plentiful, as was the wine; we decided to do an open tasting rather than the standard four and I highly recommend that option. Drink prices at the little bar (after the tasting) were very reasonable and the beer selection was great, too.

Lovely views! We cruised around Alcatraz and beneath the Golden Gate Bridge during our 2hr cruise, and we even made it out to the ballpark. Wonderful. When we got back to the dock, we stayed on a bit longer and Melissa and her husband were more than tolerant of us staying; they even had drinks with us on the boat when we were docked!

Very important: Melissa is very ethical. She realized the next morning that she had accidentally charged us twice for the bar tab, so she called immediately and refunded me that extra bar tab. That honesty is GREAT.

Note: The service you first call on the website is actually some general cruise service. They are MISERABLE misers and I had an awful experience with them. Don't judge the little wine cruise based on your interaction with this broader service, however, as it does not reflect at all the customer service you will receive while aboard the Neptune!

Visited July 2013
3 Thank Katherine M
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Indore, India
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116 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“Only chance of going under the bridge !!”
Reviewed July 16, 2013

San francisco Bay is usually foggy and it is very rare that one gets a good view of the bridge.
And if the weather is clear , it is a perfect day to take a bay cruise

Among other things the Alcatraz Island , an erstwhile prison which housed the likes of Al Capone is quite an attraction ! It is here that the famous movie "The rock" was picturised

The cruise is very comfortable till it gets near the bridge after which it becomes bouncy as the sea becomes rough !
One can spot seals swimming along side and the skyline of San Francisco looks beautiful when it is lit up ! All in all a must see !!

Visited June 2013
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Milford, Pennsylvania
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67 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Can't recommend highly enough.”
Reviewed July 13, 2013

If you're looking for a cruise around the bay with views of and under Golden Gate and Bay Bridge, don't miss this great find. If you're looking for a unique combination of wine tasting, delicious snacks and a crew that can't be beat, don't miss this voyage on the Neptune. The owners of this operation, Melissa and her husband, along with Melissa's sister were most pleasant, most attentive and accomodating. My wife and I recently took their 4th of July excursion and could not have been happier. If you're looking for a smaller cruise than one with 200-300 people onboard, skip the larger boats and take the Neptune. I believe she only accomodates 45 people which is perfect. We not only saw the fireworks from a point only a few hundred yards from the barge that set them off, we sailed to and under the Golden Gate, Bay Bridge and even passed by the baseball/football stadium. We felt we got more than our money's worth and cannot recommend this particular operation more. Thank you all for a once in a lifetime firworks and wine tasting cruise. Your friendliness, care and concern for all onboard was exemplary.

Visited July 2013
2 Thank William0731
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“July 4th with Kids - Great Experience”
Reviewed July 5, 2013 via mobile

When I was researching prior to booking, I didn't see any 7/4 reviews or much info from people who brought their kids so I thought it was important to post something. Last night we took our 2 nieces - ages 15 and 12 - to watch the fireworks on the bay. What a wonderful experience. The boat is older (built in 1958) but it is well kept. There is ample seating outside as well as inside when it gets cold (we were there 1/2 the night). There is a bathroom on board, sothe basics are taken care of.

It is mostly an adult affair, but there was another couple who brought their kids (approx same age as ours). Our kids had a blast. They were on their phones nonstop sending pics to their friends.

We drove out to the Golden Gate Bridge and were able to get some amazing pictures, including Alcatraz. We waited for the fireworks in a central location with many other boats but it didn't impede our ability to see. We briefly saw Sausalito Fireworks before the San Francisco fireworks started. What a wonderful way to enjoy the show. No crowd and with a glass of wine in your hand. Even after the fireworks, they drove around a bit when many other boats headed right for shore. It was nice to not feel rushed, especially at $75/ticket.

With regard to the wine, they are promoting small wineries that are trying to get established (not yet in stores). We had Blanchard wines. They were just ok, with the exception of the Zinfandel which was very good. You get 4 wines to taste, then it's up to you as to whether you purchase more.

This was a wonderful experience and I would highly recommend it!

Visited July 2013
1 Thank Humres32
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