Alcatraz Discovery Lunch Cruise on the Bay with Hornblower Cruises
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The last date listed for Alcatraz Discovery Lunch Cruise was Friday June 17, 2011 / 11:30am (Boarding Begins at 11:00am).
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Hornblower's Supper Club Cruise is a sophisticated way to spend an evening on the water, with a welcoming glass of champagne or sparkling cider, a multitude of small-plate dining stations, DJ entertainment and dancing, plus gorgeous views of one of the world's most famous skylines. You'll find a wide variety of cuisine on board, including Latin specialities, carved roast beef, a mashed potato bar, local vegetables, Italian pasta, fresh breads and tasty desserts. This elegant three-hour cruise also features a cash bar with signature cocktails for purchase, along with great San Francisco sights like the TransAmerica Pyramid, Coit Tower and the majestic Golden Gate Bridge. Learn More
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Featured review from HRH Andrew
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Pier 3 is easy to access from BART and MUNI so I don't understand why anyone would park for the cruise. We went on a Monday afternoon and the trip started off with a picture (later offered as a $20 keepsake). Then you enter the ship and walk up a staircase to a desk. You check in and then head up another staircase. Our cruise had 10 tables of people, 7 of which only had two people. One group had children.
The buffet was similar to hotel catering. It started with a bowl of sourdough, then a ceaser salad, then a very good mix green salad with feta and then a weird looking shrimp salad. A nice looking center piece split the table. Next was a hot dish of what I think was Chinese broccoli in a soy sauce. This was the only dish without a title. Next was the vegetarian option. A HUGE hot dish of pesto spaghetti topped with pine nuts and cheese. Next came another HUGE hot dish of mashed potatoes and a dish of salsa covered chicken. The desert section was next. Six plates of small cakes and six dishes of fruit.
I am a vegetarian but I eat fish. Best of the spread was the mix-green salad. The food in general was just like what you would find at a hotel buffet. The "tour guide" talked so much I had to go outside, where it was freezing cold. When I did go back inside she was giving information that I would eat up as a tourist but did not find helpful, or even interesting as a local.
There are two reasons I went from three stars down to two:
1) At the end of the meal we got a bill for our drinks. It had a juice and a sprite on it. At no point did we hear that there would be a charge for these drinks. It also did not make sense because when we got on we had two teas and a juice. Then for lunch we had three cokes. I don't understand how this was translated into a sprite and a juice but we paid anyway (it was only $5). When I asked two different people for more hot water for my tea they never brought it over. There was no real need to go back for seconds of anything but the carrot cake and the blueberries.
For locals: You can the same sort of experience by going to In-N-Out at Fisherman's Warf and taking a golden gate tour on the red and white fleet at pier 43. The only major change other than price is that the hornblower is 2 hours and the R&W is 1 hour. For that extra hour, you are floating along the waterfront past a bunch of extra piers. For the goldstar price I would go again. For the full price - I would not.
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This was the most romantic cruise that I have gone on. The service was wonderful. I would recommend this event to anyone. It was not just a couple affair, but it was a family affair also. Great job to Goldstar, for representing great vendors.
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- See a sample buffet lunch menu.
This lunch cruise circles the storied facility that once housed Al Capone and George "Machine Gun" Kelly, as a guide chronicles the island’s history and natural features. Guests also enjoy a gourmet lunch buffet and introductions to Angel Island, known as the Ellis Island of the West, and the famed San Francisco waterfront. The tour is a must for both visitors and locals.
The cruise is approximately two hours long.
Note: Cruise does not stop/disembark at Alcatraz Island.