Armed with 1/2 off Groupons for the San Francisco Explorer Bay Cruise, Enrique and I headed to Pier 43 1/2 last Saturday for a date night that's "a little different" from our usual dinner-movie Saturday nights.
It is fair to say that we were a couple of brave souls to go to Fisherman's Wharf during the Labor Day Weekend. Not only it was a long holiday weekend but the sun also decided to "vacay" in San Francisco for a few days (although it played "peek-a-boo" during our cruise but that's San Francisco for you!)
Fisherman's Wharf was packed with tourist actions. It was almost elbow to elbow and we literally got the last parking space avalable! We were happy to pay "only" $28. If you live/work in San Francisco, you totally get what I mean. (Last year I paid $38 for 3 hours of parking at the Wharf!!!!)
We boarded our ferry at exactly 3:30 PM. It helped that I reserved our space few days ago. The boat has 3 levels, spacious with plenty of room to roam around.
It has a concession stand where you can get food and drinks, and/or sweatshirt if you get too cold and forgot yours in the car. (Just like Enrique.)
We hangout on the third level and just enjoyed the view. It was our second time crusing on the bay. Last year we went to visit Alcatraz. What was cool about the SF Bay Explorer Cruise was we were able to sail around the whole island of Alcatraz, and see the sides that you can only view by sailing around it.
For an hour and a half, we also cruised by Treasure Island Lighthouse, Yerba Buena Island, AT&T Ballpark etc and finishing off by the Ferry Building. We also saw the "new" Bay Bridge under construction.
|New Bay Bridge Construction|
The narration was nonstop for 90 minutes. Although the history and story of each landmark we were cruising by were interesting, for the the most part they narration on the loud speaker was just distracting and annoying at the very least. The billion dollar views, however, were priceless.
The coolest thing for me was sailing under the Bay Bridge. It was just so amazing to sail by and under this bridge that I drive on everyday to go to work!
When Enrique and I got cold, we grabbed a cup of hot chocolate that we shared while enjoying the saltwater on our face and the fresh ocean wind. Now that's romantic!
San Francisco Bay Explorer Cruise
Pier 43 1/2
San Francisco, CA
$36 per person