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“A fun break from the land with scenic view” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Red and White Fleet

Red and White Fleet
Pier 43 1/2, Historic Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, CA 94133
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Ranked #88 of 394 Activities in San Francisco
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Owner description: 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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“A fun break from the land with scenic view”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

If you plan to walk from Pier 39 to board this fleet, prepare to spend a good 15 minutes. I expected this place to be less crowded compared to similar fleet service next to Pier 39 but I was wrong. The line can get long because many tourist groups use this fleet. My guess is because the parking for big tour bus is more available here and they may get a better discount given the location is away from Pier 39.
An audio tour was included in the ticket. The contents were pretty good but the equipment was old. We enjoyed the scenic view very much. It cruised under the Golden Gate Bridge and closely past by the Alcatraz Island for about one hour round trip. Make sure to bring a wind blocker with hood. It gets really cold and windy if you stay outside.
The only reason I didn’t give 5 stars is because the boarding was delayed and the fleet didn’t depart until 20 minutes later. If you plan to be somewhere after this, it is better to have a flexible schedule.

Visited May 2013
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Rochester
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“Sunset Bay Cruise”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

Nice ship, friendly and informative staff, Billy D sings and provides tour information during the trip. Sandwiches and salads as well as a drink provided in buffet style. We saw Alcatraz Island, Angel Island, Golden Gate bridge, Sausalito and Belvidere. If you are between Red and White and Blue & Gold cruise lines I would definitely recommend Red and White.

Visited June 2013
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“Amazing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

We did the sunset cruise. It was absolutely breathtaking. We cruised the San Francisco Bay past Alcatraz, Angel Island, Tiburon and Sausalito and the Golden Gate Bridge. The sights were just amazing. It was a 2 hour cruise. They served a hearty appetizer buffet. There is a bar onboard. Everyone received 1 free drink of beer, wine or soda. Everything was delish! The staff were so friendly and courteous. They offered to take photos of us (with our cameras) without being asked. The captian shared information on everything along the way. There was live singing and guitar music which was very pleasant to the ear. Make sure to bring a sweater or jacket as it does get cool.

Visited June 2013
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“Golden gate trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

This was an excellent, short, inexpensive trip!!
Furthermore the ground staff were exceptionally kind and really went out of their way to assist us, particularly my friend who had a mobility issue. Thanks red and white fleet!

Visited June 2013
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“Bay Cruise”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

Did the San Fran "tourist" thing while there for a funeral. Jumped on a one hour bay cruise out of fisherman's wharf. Very good tour, very informative. Headsets in multiple language options were provided. Great views of Golden Gate, Alcatraz, and San Francisco.

Visited June 2013
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