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Published on April 18, 2024
Port of Oakland Invites Public Aboard Free Harbor Tours from May Through OctoberSource: Port of Oakland

The Port of Oakland just announced the return of their hit-free harbor tours, setting sail this May through October. To connect the public with the bustling shipping operations, these cruises promise a behind-the-scenes look at the gear that keeps the Bay Area’s commerce churning.

According to the Port of Oakland's official website, these nautical excursions are more than a simple boat ride. "Seeing giant container cranes and huge ships up close is not only exciting, but it also brings to life how the Port is a vibrant contributor to our region supporting more than 98,000 jobs," Port of Oakland Social Responsibility Director Amy Tharpe narrated in a statement obtained by the Port of Oakland. If you're itching for an education on what makes Oakland's seaport tick, this might be your ticket.

Kicking off on May 10 at an easy-to-consume 6:45 p.m., guests will enjoy the company of like-minded sea enthusiasts, taking in the industrial ballet of container ships and cranes that the Port is known for. With 230 slots available, hopeful sailors will need to be fast on the draw—these tours are notorious for selling out faster than you can say "anchors aweigh."

Live commentary from Port staff will guide the guests through 90 minutes of maritime enlightenment, including juicy details on Port history, operations, and their zero-emissions game plan. Tours cast off from the Oakland Ferry Terminal at Jack London Square, but don't dawdle for your boarding pass. Tickets for the maiden voyage of the season start flying off the virtual shelves at 8 p.m. on April 29, with subsequent sales opening the first Monday of each month.