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“$$$$” 2 of 5 stars
Review of USS Potomac

USS Potomac
540 Water St, Oakland, CA 94607
510 627 1215
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Ranked #11 of 46 Attractions in Oakland
Type: Ships, Specialty Museums, Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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“$$$$”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

Super expensive! Felt like I was paying for a cruise to Europe when all I was doing was walking around a yacht.

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SF, CA
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“Depends on the event”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

If you go on a dinner cruise, as we did, on election night on the Oakland and SF Bays and under the Golden Gate Bridge when the weather is good and the sky full of stars (and a meteor shower), this is a terrific experience. But I guess that could be had by any boat under those conditions. This boat was FDR's presidential yacht. It is relatively cozy and the history doesn't exactly jump out at you. There is the radio room from owhich he gave addresses. There is a good dock-side music series that funds events for Oakland school kids. By far, however, the cruises are the best on a night when the weather is good.....

Visited November 2012
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Los Angeles
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“Love it......”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

Amazing trip on board...... looks breathtaking from the outside but even better getting close to it.

Visited October 2012
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San Jose, California
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“Great, great crew”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

Went on a private booking from Pier 40 in SF under the Golden Gate and back toward Sausalito, then under the Bay Bridge to see the new span. The crew could not have been nicer or more gracious. And the heads were more comfortable than some of the land-based restrooms I've been in recently...

Caveats: ladders are very narrow. May not be easy going for larger people.
Children under 6 not allowed.
Bundle up! The bay winds get chilly.

To echo what others have said: if you get a chance to sail aboard the USS Potomac, GO.

Visited October 2012
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Oakland, California
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“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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