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Jail and Sail: Alcatraz Tour and Sunset or Twilight Bay Cruise provided by Red and White Fleet

Jail and Sail: Alcatraz Tour and Sunset or Twilight Bay Cruise

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Updated 26/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 26/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Admission to Alcatraz can be hard to come by—the popular attraction is often sold out months in advance. Guarantee entrance to the prison, while cruising the San Francisco Bay by day and night with this combo tour package. Along with a round-trip ferry ride and admission to Alcatraz, you also sail the bay during the evening and enjoy onboard music, drinks, a buffet, and two deck options for ultimate viewing.
You’ll have 2 starting options
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  • 1
    Alcatraz Island
    Stop: 3 hours - Admission included
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    Pass by Golden Gate Bridge
    Pass by San Francisco Bay
    Pass by San Francisco Bay Bridge
  • 2
    Red and White Fleet
    Stop: 10 minutes - Admission included
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    Pass by Coit Tower
    Pass by Marin Headlands
    Pass by Marina District
    Pass by Railroad & Ferry Depot Museum
    Pass by Ferry Building Marketplace
    Pass by Angel Island State Park
    Pass by Treasure Island
    Pass by Salesforce Tower
    Pass by Fisherman's Wharf
You'll end at
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  • Alcatraz tour and San Francisco Bay cruise combines two experiences into one
  • Go on a self-guided Alcatraz tour with commentary available in 11 languages 
  • Sail under the Bay and Golden Gate Bridges while listening to a live guitarist 
  • Cruise includes an hors d’oeuvres buffet, wine or beer, and two deck options
What to Expect
To start off this combo tour, head to Pier 33 to catch the ferry to Alcatraz Island. Once you reach the island, go on a self-guided audio tour and listen to award-winning commentary available in 11 languages. You can also tour its historic gardens and spot birds and wildlife. After viewing Alcatraz, take the ferry back to Pier 33 in time to catch your evening cruise. Your next cruise takes off in the evening from Pier 43, so make your way with plenty of time to board the boat. On the boat, you decide if you’d like to stay outside on the deck or head to the inside deck to stay warm. Both decks offer views as you sail under the Bay Bridge and Golden Gate Bridge. The cruise also includes a buffet of light appetizers, a drink ticket for wine or beer, and onboard commentary and live music. Your cruise ends back at Fisherman’s Wharf.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Alcatraz Landing, Pier 33, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA Red and White Fleet, 43 1/2, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • All taxes, fees and gratuities
  • Includes tickets to Alcatraz ($39.90 USD value)
  • Round-trip ferry to and from Alcatraz Island
  • Award-winning self-guided Cellhouse Audio tour in multiple languages
  • Sunset Cruise or Twilight Cruise (depending on option selected)
  • Entry/Admission - Alcatraz Island
  • Entry/Admission - Red and White Fleet
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transport from Pier 33 (Alcatraz departure point) to Pier 43 1/2 for cruise
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Additional Info
  • Photo ID must be presented for all passengers over 18
  • Twilight/sunset cruise boat features multiple decks for viewings. Twilight/sunset cruise has a fully stocked cashless bar. Credit and debit cards accepted for additional beverages. Cruise boat is motorized and is not a sailing vessel
  • No minors under the age of 18 are allowed to tour Alcatraz Island without the accompaniment of an adult. An adult must be with them at all times while on their tour of Alcatraz Island.
  • All passenger names are required in order to receive Alcatraz tickets
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • The Alcatraz Cellhouse audio tour is available in Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 400 travellers
Cancellation Policy
All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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Denise1236123 wrote a review Jan 2020
Amherstburg, Canada91 contributions17 helpful votes
You have to get tickets from 2 different areas you might as well go down there and get them yourself. Cheaper!! Big thing is they have 2 different times to get 2 different boats. You don’t need to sail under the Golden Gate Bridge in January...rains a lot. Just drive or walk
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Date of experience: January 2020
Response from Sightseer30252504933, Manager at Jail and Sail: Alcatraz Tour and Sunset or Twilight Bay Cruise
Responded 23 Jan 2020
Hi Denise, On our Trip Advisor Jail and Sail: Alcatraz Tour and Sunset or Twilight Bay Cruise page we offer the following description: To start off this combo tour, head to Pier 33 to catch the ferry to Alcatraz Island...... Your next cruise takes off in the evening from Pier 43, so make your way with plenty of time to board the boat. We had no intention of misleading you and feel we are clear that this product is a combo Alcatraz plus Twilight Cruise. We are sincerely sorry you feel disappointed as many people have loved our combo in the past.
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Diana T wrote a review Jan 2020
Bogota, Colombia8 contributions
We enjoyed everything. The tour in alcatraz was amazing and the night was very relaxing and we took beutiful pictures
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Date of experience: December 2019
Josmithjsjs wrote a review Nov 2019
Lancashire, United Kingdom27 contributions8 helpful votes
I husband loved the trip to Alcatraz and we both loved the cruise. We were lucky to go at a quiet time to both although big queues to get to Alcatraz arriving 30 mins before due time. Fantastic views, food, drink and sailing at sunset.
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Kaitlyn 1122 wrote a review Oct 2019
1 contribution
Definitely one of our favorite parts of visiting San Fran! Alcatraz was awesome. The twilight / sunset cruise especially was amazing. Great views of the city. Live music. Do it if you get the chance!
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Date of experience: October 2019
Lyn S wrote a review Sep 2019
Plymouth, United Kingdom52 contributions25 helpful votes
Pre-booked this cruise about 2 months before our travel. Well worth it as I don’t think we would have got on the Alcatraz cruise by turning up on the day. Straight forward arrangement on picking up the tickets but do take ID. Excellent trip to Alcatraz & we were blessed with
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Date of experience: September 2019
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About the operator

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By: Red and White Fleet
Great Cruise and Audio Tour!
It was a beautiful weather for a cruise, so I was able to really enjoy it. The crew was nice and there was enough s
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Mommy’s Birthday Cruise Tour
My brother and I did this to honor our mother on her 65th birthday. It was breathtaking and informative. A great wa
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My 39th Birthday!
The idea of this cruise is awesome! This is what I wanted to do for my birthday; it would have been perfect if it
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Golden gate bridge
Great way to see all views of the bridge and Alcatraz. The info on the audio was informative A must do In the
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Well run harbor cruise!
My wife and I elected to do this cruise on the first day of our San Francisco trip. Everything was well run-- the s
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Bridge to bridge boat trip!
It was wonderful!. Got to see all of San Francisco from bridge to bridge with audio detailed information of all sur
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Elizabeth T
Seeing the city from the other side.
I have been to San Francisco many times and was looking for something a little different. This tour is extremely w
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Most memorable time ever
I proposed to my now fiancée on their cruise below the golden gate bridge The crew were fantastic at accomodating t
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Twilight cruise
Amazing views and staff was exceptional. Highly recommend this as part of your trip to San Francisco.
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Great Couples Tour
Very Romantic. Live music, food, alcohol and the beautiful lights of the city and it's bridges. Just remember war
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Christmas Eve trip - 2 bridges
We thoroughly enjoyed this trip around the two bridges in San Francisco as well as circling round Alcatraz. We were
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Great time
Having only a day to enjoy SF, decided to take the bay cruise and glad we did. Starting off from Pier 43, you get a
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Good customer service
Being non season, crowded less, Agents on ground and on board helpful. will definitely use them again
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Fantastic day
Good I found you, this day has been 10-stars. The crew on board was friendly and we saw Alcatraz as well as the bri
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Missed the GG Bay cruise part?
The boat took us to the island and back. No cruise of the bay. Did I miss something? Also, they indicated there wo
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  • Duration: 6h
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