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San Francisco Bay: Sail & Jail Boat Cruise & Alcatraz Ticket

Product ID: 7247
Experience San Francisco's skyline, Alcatraz Island, and the Golden Gate Bridge like never before on this 1.5-hour catamaran adventure. Feel the wind in your hair and enjoy the ocean air as you look out for sea lions lounging in the bay.
About this activity
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Live tour guide
Cancellation policy
This activity is non-refundable.


  • Visit Alcatraz Island and explore the notorious prison
  • Cruise past Alcatraz and under the Golden Gate Bridge as you look for sea lions
  • View the striking skyline of San Francisco, always in sight during your cruise
  • Sail along the beautiful San Francisco Bay on this 1.5-hour cruise
  • Enjoy a second cruise as you take the ferry out to Alcatraz
Full description
Experience the beautiful San Francisco Bay on a 1.5-hour catamaran cruise. Take in San Francisco's breathtaking skyline as you sail by Alcatraz Island and under the Golden Gate Bridge. Feel the Californian breeze in your hair, and keep a look out for sea lions in the bay!

View your surroundings from a protected viewing area, or you could really live on the edge and stand on the canvas trampoline nets with the waves beneath your feet. Pick up a helpful navigation guide providing information about San Francisco's landmarks as you sail past.

Complete the trip by taking the helm from the captain for a chance to steer the boat yourself: it's the perfect activity for kids as well as kids at heart. The captain and crew are always there, happy to snap a photo or answer your questions about the sights of San Francisco.

If all this excitement makes you hungry, there are snacks, soda, beer, or wine available at the cabin's snack bar. So come and see San Francisco's skyline like never before on this incredible sailing adventure.

The second part of your combination tour is a ferry ride and visit the notorious Alcatraz Prison, which served as a federal penitentiary from 1934 to 1963 and housed infamous criminals like Al Capone and Robert Stroud, the Birdman. Take the award-winning 45-minute Cellhouse audio tour and hear the tales of those who lived Alcatraz. This tour brings history to life through the recounting of tales from correctional officers and prisoners.

Please note that the catamaran cruise does not stop at Alcatraz Island. You will receive a separate ticket to board the ferry from San Francisco's Pier 33 to Alcatraz Island.

Please note, from March 1, 2020–May 24, 2020, and September 4, 2020–November 30, 2020, the Alcatraz ticket will be between 8:45 AM–9:30 AM with a 1:30 PM Bay Sail. From May 25, 2020–September 3, 2020, the Alcatraz ticket will be between 2:10 PM–3:20 PM with an 11:30 AM Bay Sail.
  • 1.5-hour catamaran cruise (does not stop at Alcatraz Island)
  • Ferry ticket and entrance to Alcatraz Island
What’s Not Included
  • Refreshments (available for purchase on board)
  • Gratuities

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
  • Jacket
Know before you go
• This package contains 2 separate cruises - a catamaran cruise on San Francisco Bay that does not stop at Alcatraz Island and a ferry ticket that takes you from San Francisco to Alcatraz Island
• You must provide the full name of all participants when booking in order to receive your Alcatraz tickets. In the case of incomplete information, you will not receive your tickets or receive a refund.
• Please wear soft-soled shoes
• No outside beverages are allowed on board
• You will receive a final confirmation with the exact time of your departure for Alcatraz 4 days prior to your trip by e-mail
• This tour is non-refundable once booked
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Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 293 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.6 / 5
  • Organization
    4.6 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.3 / 5
  • Safety
    4.8 / 5
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Nice Bay Cruise but no Commentary!

The crew before during and after the cruise couldn't have been nicer. But not a word was spoken about where we were in the Bay and what we were seeing. After about 30 minutes, I approached the woman behind the bar and asked about commentary. She handed me an audio-guide, of which they had dozens and said I could look at the list of topics and listen. As far as I could tell, no mention was made of the guides and passengers were just sitting or standing, staring out of the boat. A huge omission! For this reason I would never recommend this cruise. The Alcatraz cruise was much better. t seemed duplicative though, to bring our tickets we'd purchased online only to have to go to the ticket booth to redeem them into actual tickets--more inconvenience for us and more time and money for the company. I'd do the Alcatraz cruise again.

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July 4, 2018

Absolutely amazing!

I'm so glad I did this trip! I spent all morning on Alcatraz and then upon returning to San Francisco it was just a short walk to the golden gate cruise. I was really pleasantly surprised to find that rather than being on a big tourist boat we were on a beautiful catamaran. There was a really small group of us so there was no fighting for space to get the best views. It was a sunny October day so we got some beautiful photos of the bay, the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz from the water. I cannot say how amazing the crew were and I will recommend this to everyone I know. Thanks for a wonderful day!

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October 6, 2016

2 great experiences with a but! !

Both brilliant. .but poorly planned. .alcatraz in morning but had to be back before 12. 45 to start cruise. .unfortunately we only had time to do audio tour and a quick visit to shop but not enough time to do the island justice at all. .very disappointed as both events great in own right. .needs to be a later cruise time. ..3 pm would be much better

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October 3, 2016

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