Blue & Gold Fleet, the Bay Area’s premier provider of Bay Cruise, RocketBoat, ferry service, and motorcoach tours, is located at PIER 39 in San Francisco.
In 1979, founder Roger Murphy commissioned a boat to be built by the Nichols Brothers Boat Builders, inc. in Freeland, Washington. This large, 400 passenger vessel was christened the “Oski” and became the first Bay Cruise and charter boat to be docked in the West Marina of the popular San Francisco attraction PIER 39. Two more vessels were added soon after, and Blue & Gold Fleet soon established itself as a dominate water tour provider in the Bay.
Blue & Gold Fleet expanded into the ferry market in 1991. It obtained the Alameda/Oakland commuter ferry service to San Francisco under contract with the City of Alameda and the Port of Oakland. In 1994 it also acquired the commuter ferry service between San Francisco and Vallejo, under an exclusive contract with the City of Vallejo.
In 1997, Blue & Gold Fleet acquired a majority of the assets of Crowley Maritime’s Red & White Fleet, making it the largest ferry and land tour transportation provider serving San Francisco Bay’s commuters, residents and visitors.
Blue & Gold Fleet’s newest addition is RocketBoat, a high-speed, turbulent speedboat ride that blasts guests off on a wild ride around the Bay. This 30-minute tour provides a unique and exciting way to tour the Bay, and is perfect for those guests seeking a little extra thrill!
Since the beginning, company pride and loyalty are important characteristics recognized among employees, contributing greatly to the Fleet’s success. Blue & Gold Fleet has always taken a special interest in the personal growth and leadership development of its personnel, and to this day, a majority of Blue & Gold Fleet captains began as deckhands and worked their way up the ladder.
Today, Blue & Gold Fleet is known globally for their outstanding customer service and attraction appeal. By adding special holiday cruises, commuter appreciation days, offering family discount packages, and a variety of combination tours with attractions in and around Fisherman’s Wharf, Blue & Gold Fleet is continually growing, looking for new ways to improve services and provide the best customer service and satisfaction.