If you love being out on the water, this narrated cruise is a wonderful way to explore the sights of San Francisco Bay. The cruise will take you under both of San Francisco's incredible bridges, the Oakland Bay Bridge and of course the Golden Gate Bridge.
Enjoy three fascinating commentaries – on San Francisco Architecture, Natural History and Native American Culture respectively – and listen on the headphones provided. Whether you are a San Francisco resident or a visitor, you are sure to learn something new and interesting.
Or, if you’re in the mood to just relax, gaze out over the rail and watch the San Francisco skyline, or look out for brown pelicans diving for fish.
As you return to port, listen for a greeting from the friendly resident sea lions.
To enhance your enjoyment, you can hear three excellent audio commentaries, in 12 different languages, on the headphones provided. The topics are:
• Architecture: Learn about the extraordinary mix of architecture for which San Francisco is famous. Building styles range from Victorian, through elegant art deco to the thoroughly modern.
• Natural History: With its sand dunes, salt marsh, rocky islands, open water and beaches, San Francisco Bay is a haven for many fascinating wild plants and animals. The natural history narration will tell you more.
• Native American Culture: Find out about the Ohlone or Costanoan Native Americans, who lived around the Bay before the Spaniards arrived in 1776. Spanish colonization all but wiped them out, but descendents of the survivors are actively revitalizing their culture.
As your cruise departs, the audio commentary synchronizes with the sights and landmarks on the way. You can stick to one commentary or switch between them.
On the way out, you will pass the forbidding island of Alcatraz, once a federal penitentiary. Isolated by dangerous currents, this was a prison from which no one could successfully escape, although many tried. Notorious inmates included Al Capone and Robert Franklin Stroud, the ‘Birdman of Alcatraz’.
Sailing along, you may see brown pelicans, with their huge 6 ½ foot wing span, diving for fish. You will cruise past the man-made Treasure Island, and the natural outcrop of Yerba Buena, and sail under the massive Oakland Bay Bridge. This 8.5 mile long combination suspension / cantilever structure links the cities of Oakland and San Francisco.
On your return to Fisherman’s Wharf you may hear the barking sea lions at Pier 39.
Your enjoyable cruise ends at the starting point.
03 Sep 2013 - 03 Nov 2013: 12:30pm, 2:15pm
04 Nov 2013 - 30 Mar 2014: 12:00pm
01 Apr 2014 - 18 May 2014: 12:30pm & 2:15pm
19 May 2014 - 01 Sep 2014: 12:30pm, 2:15pm, 4:00pm & 5:45pm
02 Sep 2014 - 01 Nov 2014: 12:30pm, 2:15pm
02 Nov 2014 - 29 Mar 2015: 12:00pm
Duration: 90 minutes
The tour starts from Pier 43½, Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco.
Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.
The tour ends at the starting point
Remember the camera Weather changes rapidly in the Bay, so bring layers of clothing you can peel on and off
A full bar with drinks, snacks and merchandise (including logo wear) at reasonable prices is available onboard.
Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or tablet you can present your voucher on your device for this activity.
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