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“Fabulous Cruise” 5 of 5 stars
Review of USS Potomac

USS Potomac
540 Water St, Oakland, CA 94607
510 627 1215
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Ranked #15 of 116 things to do in Oakland
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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“Fabulous Cruise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012

We feel very fortunate to have been able to have taken one of the few cruises offered on F.D.R.'s former yacht. It was great to experience this piece of history, and enjoy the views of the bay, in a classier, more intimate setting than a large ferry boat. The cruise was one of, if not the, highlight of our trip.
Before the cruise they show a short and informative video about the history of the boat. The cruise was fully narrated. Knowledgable docents circulated about the ship answering any questions you may have. We had a great, and comprehensive, tour of the entire bay area. We went past the Oakland shipyards, Mythbusters testing grounds, under the Bay Bridge, around Angel Island and Treasure Island, past Sausilito, the Golden Gate Bridge, and San Francisco.
Beverages and ship tour were included.
A great outing!!!!

Visited July 2012
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Brussels, Belgium
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“FDR's floating White House with informative docents”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2012

This is a museum on a yacht. You will experience a bit of history while taking an excursion around the bay. You will start watching a short film about the yacht and then you will board the yacht which has been restored to its condition in the 1940's. You can sit and enjoy the cruise around the bay or you can tour around the boat having docents explain the different parts of the ship and its history. It is an enjoyable afternoon on the ship.

Visited August 2011
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London, United Kingdom
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“A LITTLE CORNER OF HISTORY”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2012

We took a cruise on the Potomac and it was a most enjoyable morning. Although the weather was not at its kindest when we started the Captain headed across the Bay towards Richmond where the sun was shining and all the passengers began to warm up.

The cruise gives you the chance to experience first hand a unique piece of American history and see how the US President lived on board. The cruise was accompanied by a lively and informative commentary about the history of the boat and the Bay itself. It is also a chance to see the Bay from vantage points other than those provided by the regular ferries. Definitely worth a visit.

Visited June 2012
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“The best bay cruise..”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2012

Out of town guests must experience this cruise. Sit where FDR sat on this relaxing site seeing tour.

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“A presidential yacht.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2012

I'm old enough to remeber hearing about it in the 40s, when it was Franklin Roosevelts yacht, really a piece of American history, and worth a visit. We took a cruise around the bay, and heard a lot of tales about its history. A good family outing, educational for the whole family.

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