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Red and White Fleet

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Address: Pier 43 1/2, Historic Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone Number: +1 415-673-2900
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9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Founded in 1892, the family-owned Red and White Fleet is San...

Founded in 1892, the family-owned Red and White Fleet is San Francisco's original sightseeing adventure and only multilingual sightseeing cruise. All of Red and White Fleet's cruises depart from Pier 43½ at the end of Taylor Street, in the heart of Fisherman's Wharf.Sail under the Golden Gate and around Alcatraz aboard the 1-hr Golden Gate Bay Cruise featuring headphone audio about San Francisco sights and history in 12 languages; 8-12 daily cruises starting at 10AM. Or enjoy amazing sunset views, live music and hearty appetizers aboard the relaxed 2-hr California Sunset Cruise with sailings from April-October. Winter departures are offered aboard the California Twilight Cruise from November through March.The 90-min Bridge 2 Bridge Cruise promises spectacular views of the entire San Francisco skyline, from the Golden Gate Bridge all the way to the Bay Bridge with year-round sailings. Tours feature headphone audio in 12 languages.Red and White Fleet also offers a variety of tours on land for sale, from hop-on hop-off tours, to motor coach excursions to the Napa & Sonoma Wine Country, Monterey & Carmel, Muir Woods & Sausalito, and Yosemite.

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Sunset Cruise was WONDERFUL!!!!

2 yrs. ago I got info on this cruise, but we ran out of time, so this year I booked this cruise so we HAD to go. And I'm glad I did. We had a great time. the views of the city in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago

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English first
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

2 yrs. ago I got info on this cruise, but we ran out of time, so this year I booked this cruise so we HAD to go. And I'm glad I did. We had a great time. the views of the city in the evening was worth the price, but then the topper was we went right under the GGB.... More 

Chatham, Ontario
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266 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great way to see the city from a new perspective. This 90 minute tour is best taken late (4:15 was the late tour in November). Got a great view of the Golden Gate Bridge and beautiful night views of the bay bridge and city skylines. You are given headphones for a narrated tour which is quite interesting, including a... More 

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New Orleans
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had a terriffic time on the 415pm tour. There was plenty of seating on this tour time. I would probably recommend the mid afternoon tour as the sun was setting by tours end making the photos hard. Bring your own headphones if you want for the audio. You get to go under the Golden Gate Bridge & the Bay... More 

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Chicago, IL USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Recommend taking the bridge to bridge tour. Check online for discount coupons and save 20%. The audio is very informative and keeps your attention throughout. It can get really windy but we all enjoyed being at the bow. If do not want to get blown around sit on the port side (it is the side that the audio follows)

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The 1 hr. cruise under the Golden Gate and to the Bay Bridge was more than enough time to take in the sights and sounds of the SF bay for both locals and out-of-towners. We passed many pleasure boats, para-sailers and wind-surfers too. If you're from the area, you can easily make out Sausalito, Angel Isl., Treasure Island and even... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You can walk around, drive around, bike around San Francisco, but the best view is from the waterside on a boat cruise with the Red & White Fleet. You have the whole skyline with all the landmarks and the 2 bridges right in front of you. Come close to, or even under the Golden Gate Bridge, cruise around Alcatraz and... More 

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Lichfield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Took the bridge to bridge cruise. Very good with an excellent commentary throughout the 1 and 1/2 hour trip. Strongly recommended for first time visitors .

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Lebanon, Connecticut
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

I only had one day in San Francisco and decided it would be worth it to take a boat ride for views of the bridge, Alcatraz, and skyline. It was perfect. You wear a headset that gives the history/facts of San Francisco, so you learn a lot, too. Nothing beats going under the bridge, and there are plenty of photo... More 

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Broadstairs, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

Set sail and take it all in, put the headset on and get all the info you need ...a great trip, around the bay, to golden gate bridge , Alcatraz . great photo spots , look back to see San Fran from the water....A must do if in the area. come aboard and enjoy.....

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Oxnard, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

We took the 1 1/2 hour excursion. You wear a headset - lots of interesting facts about the city and its history. Beautiful views. We saw a seal. Closeup of the bridge and Alcatraz was neat. Take a hoodie and wear pants or long shorts. It's very windy and cold going out toward the Golden Gate. It's fine once you... More 

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Packed with family-friendly entertainment, quality hotels, and good food, there's something for everyone at Fisherman's Wharf. From street performers and historic cable cars to art galleries and museums, a postcard-worthy photo is available on every corner. Bring your appetite: seafood lovers will be rewarded with Dungeness crab and sourdough bread bowls, while Ghirardelli Square will satiate anyone's sweet tooth after a day at Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. Don't forget to say hello to the adorable sea lions that make this neighborhood a true San Francisco treat.
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