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“Excellent cruise on San Francisco Bay!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of USS Potomac

USS Potomac
540 Water St, Oakland, CA 94607
510 627 1215
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Ranked #14 of 54 attractions in Oakland
Type: Ships, Specialty Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Oakland, California
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
6 attraction reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Excellent cruise on San Francisco Bay!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

If you like being on the bay, you've got to try the USS Potomac. They have 2 and 3 hour cruises (sometimes themed) every week from April through November. The ship was FDR's presidential yacht from 1933 to 1945. In the 50s, 60s, and 70s the ship gradually declined until it was running drugs and sunk to the bottom of the bay at Clipper Cove. The Port of Oakland rescued it, In the mid-80s the ship was restored with public and private funds to its former glory, and has been taking locals and tourists out on the bay since 1995. All cruises are narrated by knowledgeable historians. Trained Docents give thorough tours of the entire ship, and are eager to share stories about FDR and the depression/WWII years. You can go out on the bay on Hornblower Cruise or a ferry boat, but there's nothing like a cruise on the bay on the USS Potomac!

Visited September 2012
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English first
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Amazing experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012 via mobile

A beautiful piece of floating history combined with a cruise around a lovely bay. The Docents are very knowledgable and worth chatting to. If you get the chance for a cruise on the Potomac it's well worth it.

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sacramento
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39 reviews 39 reviews
6 attraction reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“nice boat ride in the bay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

Docents are really knowledgeable about the yacht and local history. Perfect for children and adults.

Visited September 2012
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NEBRASKA
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57 attraction reviews
Reviews in 206 cities Reviews in 206 cities
393 helpful votes 393 helpful votes
“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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3 attraction reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“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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