As one of the west coast’s most vibrant waterfront locations, the Bay Area has found no end of ways to get out and enjoy the water. One of the most popular? The classic day cruise! Seeing the city (as well as the breathtaking natural beauty that surrounds it) from the deck of a well-appointed ship is one of the best ways to really experience some of the most spectacular views Northern California has to offer. Even better, when you book our Park and Play Package, you’ll enjoy big savings on a fantastic bundle that includes everything you need to let go, and feel the wind in your hair. Read on to learn more about some of our favorite San Francisco cruise options!
Offered by local seafaring stalwarts Red and White Fleet, this 60-minute sojourn has been an equal parts breezy and memorable trek for nearly 85 years. Guests will step aboard one of the company’s distinctive crimson and cream vessels, with the option of standing on an open deck, or taking an inside window seat. Experienced local guides offer upbeat narration of the sights and history — as well as a variety of refreshments — as the boat navigates past landmarks like Alcatraz, Coit Tower, and the eponymous, world-famous bridge. It’s one of the city’s most popular attractions, and for good reason. The cruise departs several times daily, so check here for the best option for your travel schedule.
This leisurely 2-hour trek departs late mornings from the nearby Embarcadero, and takes passengers for a relaxed dining experience across a route packed with stellar sightseeing. The menu is no less impressive, featuring a buffet service of classic lunch and breakfast favorites, as well as wine, bottomless mimosas and other refreshing beverages. As one of the city’s most popular voyages, seating tends to fill fast. So if you plan to experience this adventure, be sure to plan your trip in advance by scheduling here.
Maybe you’re not a morning person, but you’re still hungry for an exceptional experience. Hey, that’s okay. We’ve still got you covered! Why not opt for a dinner excursion? Hornblower Cruises offers a tasty travelers’ special that offers a feat for your fork, and your senses. Enjoy options like a fresh Peach and Arugula Salad, Za’atar Flat Iron Steak and Potato Gnocchi with Pistachio Pesto as you skim gently across the calm waters of the Bay. You’ll also take in amazing sunsets and glittering city views right along with a selection of top-shelf beverages. Reserve your dinner cruise right here.
Although it’s no longer actively housing inmates, Alcatraz Island is home to one of the most famous prison structures in the world. With a one-time capacity of more than 300 offenders, “The Rock” was famous for being one of the toughest facilities in the world from which to escape — largely thanks to its location in the center of the Bay. That doesn’t mean plenty of folks didn’t try. Famous names like Al Capone, Billy Cook and countless others thought they were better than the high walls, rocky perimeter and deep water. Were they? This cruise (packed with fascinating historical accounts) may be one of the most enjoyable ways to find out. Book your cruise here, courtesy of the skippers at Blue and Gold Fleet.
Imagine sipping some truly inspired California wines from the deck of a luxurious ship, listening to the waves gently rolling across the Bay, and drinking in some breathtaking views along with the vintages in your glass. We’re happy to report that you don’t need to imagine it! San Francisco Bay Boat Cruise offers an all-aboard experience you’ll never forget. Along with a sommelier-curated selection of wonderful wines (including non-alcoholic options for those abstaining), voyagers will also enjoy a captain-narrated sightseeing of some of the city’s most spectacular scenery. Reserve yours here.
Simply put, whales are some of the most incredible animals on Earth. Humans have long been fascinated with these mysterious and majestic gentle giants of the oceans and have sought out encounters with them for most of recorded history. Every year, whales undertake a mass migration from the warm coastal waters of the South Pacific, heading north to the upper western coasts of the U.S. and Canada. And since different species migrate at different times, it’s always whale watching season in San Francisco! Visit San Francisco Whale Watching Tours to choose the trip that’s right for you.
Your San Francisco cruise adventure starts at Hotel Caza. When you book our Park and Play Package, you can drive right to our Fisherman’s Wharf location to check in, just minutes from one of the most active ports on the planet. We’ll keep your ride safe (with free parking!) while you’re out enjoying your cruise! Book your stay today, and we’ll see you soon.