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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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Amazing Views

This boat tour was amazing! We were able to sail to the Golden Gate Bridge and then to the Oakland Bay Bridge. The view of the city from the water was extremely beautiful. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 4, 2015
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Houston, Texas, United States

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Houston, Texas, United States
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7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015 NEW

This boat tour was amazing! We were able to sail to the Golden Gate Bridge and then to the Oakland Bay Bridge. The view of the city from the water was extremely beautiful. The tour also sailed us around Alcatraz and we were able to see Angel Island and Treasure Island. This is a must do attraction if you come... More 

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New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015 NEW

A great way of getting up close to the Golden gate Bridge. Also, the headsets with narration is a great way of understanding the history of the waterfront. Sit on the benches along the side of the boat and switch sides to cut down on the wind

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

A great way to see the local sites from the water. A cool wind kept everyone huddled together to see the Golden Gate bridge, Alcatraz and the Bay Bridge.

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Acapulco, Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Four of us took the Red and White Fleet Cruise of San Francsco. What a treat seeing the City, Golden Gate bridge and Alcatraz from the bay. We bought our tickets at the Ferry Building so NO waiting in line. We just walked up to the boat, waited to board, put on a headset to what ever language needed and... More 

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

Best way to see the city by the bay? From the bay itself! Great perspective of this city and all its famous landmarks! Especially the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. The narration was very interesting and not monotonous as some can be at times. The entire crew was helpful and friendly, the ride on the water was easy and comfortable.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

Since we couldn't get tickets for alcatraz and still wanted to get a bit of a closer look we booked a tor with red and white fleet. The staff were friendly and helpful and the views from the deck pretty stunning. They supplied a headset to explain the different facets of the city and what to look out for etc.... More 

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Gainesville, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

So glad we did this cruise-! It took less than two hours, and we saw San Francisco from the water, from one bridge to the other, passing Alcatraz on the way. We were 3 couple traveling together- none of us had spent time in SF before- and this was a perfect way to get out onto the water, and get... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

This was an absolute must do, do it again attraction. Just make sure you forecast the weather before purchasing tickets. We happen to get lucky and got an actual sunset looking over the GGB and had the chance to watch the fog roll into the bay. Just spectacular! The cruse leaves from Fisherman Wharf. The boat itself is big with... More 

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Beaverton, Oregon, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

Reasonably priced. Generous snack buffet and drinks. Friendly people on board as well as the staff. Talented escort and narrator. Well worth the time.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

We did the 1hr cruise of the bay and had a lovely time. The audio guide commentary was very interesting and we felt it was the perfect thing to do on our first day in San Francisco as it really set the scene for us. We particularly enjoyed the stories about Angel Island and Alcatraz. There was a big queue... More 

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Fisherman’s Wharf
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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