Oakland, Calif. – June 14, 2016: Summer’s best cruise bargain returns to the Port of Oakland next month. The Port said today it’s resuming free harbor cruises with the first sailing July 1. The excursions provide a rare glimpse inside one of the world’s key trade gateways.

“Harbor tours are our most popular public outreach initiative,” said Port of Oakland Social Responsibility Director Amy Tharpe. “We had more than 1,000 visitors on the cruises last year and we’re eager to make new friends this summer.”

The Port said nine Friday evening harbor tours are scheduled between July and October. Visitors will ride aboard a 120-passenger vessel operated by Commodore Cruises.

The 90-minute excursions pass the Port’s marine terminals in Oakland Estuary and Outer Harbor. Live narration will provide insight to the way the Port handles more than 2 million cargo containers annually. The Port said harbor tours provide a unique vantage point because marine terminals are closed to the public.

Visitors can register for free harbor tours on the Port of Oakland website at www.portofoakland.com/event/harbor-tours/ Online signups for July harbor tours open June 20 at 7 p.m. The Port urged guests to sign up as soon as registration opens since the tours fill up quickly. Here are dates for the summer harbor tour series:

July 1, 15 and 29
Aug. 12 and 26
Sept. 16 and 30
Oct. 14 and 28

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