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“A good intro to the Bay.....” 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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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 good intro to the Bay.....”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2010

We took a nice cruise around the San Francisco Bay during the afternoon. The long lines gave us a glimpse as to how popular this cruise and company, are. We had great views of Alcatraz Island, and the Golden Gate Bridge. We saw a seal! The boat was crowded to say the least, all the decks. We moved around quite a bit, and once you lose your seat, you lose it. It was very windy, but not too chilly. Bathrooms and food service on board.

We would have loved to have been able to hear the narrator give the history of the area, but it was very difficult, if not impossible most of the time. What we did hear was fascinating.

We took the one hour cruise (seemed to go longer, though, by the time you board and disembark). Yes, it is worth the money. There are several cruise companies to choose from, so be sure and check them all out and compare what you get for the price you pay.

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Antioch, California
1 review
“Good time, good service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2010

When I checked in I was greeted by Brendan. He was helpful, polite, and friendly. We were blessed with good weather, which made the trip very enjoyable

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Petaluma, California
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“Explorer Cruise”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2010

My Family had the pleasure and good fortune to take the Red & White Fleet Explorer Cruise. We had a fantastic time. I am a Bay Area native, yet the cruise covered a part of San Franciso History and locations I had not previously explored. First off, Alcatraz is always fascinating, but then we circled Treasure Island and we saw and heard many things previously unknown. We all got quite a thrill traveling under the Bay Bridge and witnessed the new bridge construction up close...incredible. We then saw AT&T park from the water, followed by the return trip home along the piers and their' history. We had the good fortune of examining 4 foreign warships docked along the piers...magical. The staff was very friendly and helpful...a perfect outing!

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“Awesome sunset trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2010

Lots of fun, very friendly crew, great time out on San Francisoc Bay at sunset.

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“Great tour of the City by the Bay - and a welcome break from the tourist shops at Fisherman's Wharf”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2010

My wife and I took the bay cruise offered by Red and White Fleet while visiting Fisherman's Wharf with out of town friends last weekend. Even though the weather was rather cold and windy, we really ended up having a great time. The views were amazing from the boat, especially when going under the Golden Gate Bridge, and the headphone narration super informative. They had a bar downstairs on the boat, so we got hot teas and an Irish coffee, which kept us warm. The cruise made the trip to Fisherman's Wharf really worth it, and our guests had an amazing time getting to know San Francisco.

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