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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: 4156732900
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Description: Founded in 1892, the family-owned Red and White Fleet is San Francisco's...
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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An enjoyable tour of the Bay

This tour was about an hour and was a lovely way to experience San Francisco. We were unable to procure tickets to Alcatraz, so this brought us pretty close. I enjoyed the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
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Chicago, Illinois

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

This tour was about an hour and was a lovely way to experience San Francisco. We were unable to procure tickets to Alcatraz, so this brought us pretty close. I enjoyed the informative audio tour and inside information to all that makes San Francisco. They do offer snacks on the trip and have several areas for seating.

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Creswell, Oregon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

The cruise started off well on 7/28/15, we went on the bridge to bridge cruise. Which ended up being just the bridge. Just over halfway through the cruise we were notified that we were headed back to port with a passenger who had a medical issue. Understandable that they want to get them back on shore if there is a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

This was an enjoyable cruise of the bay. We were unable to get tickets to Alcatraz, so this brought us pretty close. They offered a very informative audio tour while we rode. They have snacks and drinks available during your tour and many different areas on the boat to make yourself comfortable.

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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

We found this very interesting tour as it gives you an insight into different landmarks in the city that can be seen from the water. Brings you under golden gate bridge and up very close to Alcatraz Highly recommend this tour.

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Victoria, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We took the two hour cruise. It passed Alcatraz, Angel Island, the town of Tiburon, cruised Richardson Bay passing Saualito, then slipped under the Golden Gate bridge before turning back to the pier. I don't know if ours was a slow day, but the ship was far from capacity, which was very nice. A buffet style meal was available throughout... More 

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Chelsea, Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Couldn't get tickets to Alcatraz so we did this to at least get close. We took the California Sunset Cruise Really nice boat with upstairs and downstairs and you could also sit out side. It is cool so bring a jacket. You get one free drink coupon for soda, beer or wine and they had a full cash bar. The... More 

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Houston
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Although we had toured Alcatraz one day earlier, this sunset trip was so different. We cruised past Alcatraz, then Angel Island, then had amazing views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the city all lit up. Our family of six agreed it was the perfect end to a great day in cool San Francisco. The light buffet dinner was quite... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

I had such an amazing time on this tour. The photos I took I am so very proud of and it really is so nice to soak in the culture. When you board you are given a mini radio and headphones where you are able to pick a station that goes with the language you speak or understand the best,... More 

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

My husband and I took the Twilight Cruise and it was fabulous! The views of the bay were gorgeous! The staff was very friendly and professional. Everyone was offered a complimentary beverage and offered sandwiches, fruit, and vegetables for snacks. There were options for viewing the sights from sitting inside to sitting on the deck. Make sure you bring a... More 

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

My family and I took this boat tour on July 12th. We loved that all of us got headsets and were able to hear commentary in different languages (most of us speak Spanish) The tour lasted about one hour or so. You get great views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. The weather was perfect so we were able... More 

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Address: Pier 43 1/2, Historic Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone Number: 4156732900
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Fisherman’s Wharf
Open Hours:
Monday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

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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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