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Address: 540 Water St, Oakland, CA 94607-3746
Phone Number: 510 627 1215
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Blues Cruise

My daughter took me on the Blues Cruise. It is offered the first Sunday of the month. I would advise you to get your tickets early, because it sells out. It is easy to find. It is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Spicemom2013
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Alameda, California
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Alameda, California
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38 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My daughter took me on the Blues Cruise. It is offered the first Sunday of the month. I would advise you to get your tickets early, because it sells out. It is easy to find. It is next to the ferry terminal at Jack London Square. The yacht has been restored and has a lot of interesting history.

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Oakland, California
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36 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Visiting the USS Potomac is a learning experience for most visitors in that it has many rotating exhibits as well as permanents ones. Many planes are on display and even a real space capsule that was picked up from the ocean after returning to earth!

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Thank Greg S
Oakland, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great for history buffs - FDR's yacht where history was made - or a least discussed. Remarkably small quarters with interesting artifacts. We went to a unique blue grass show on board.

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Sacramento, CA
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129 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016

The USS Potomac is President Franklin D. Roosevelt's private yacht. It is moored at Jack London Square in London and offers cruises of the SF bay. The yacht is restored to its original condition, although it is not opulent in the way one might think of a yacht. FDR preferred a more austere relaxation style and enjoyed fishing and sailing.... More 

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Thank Mary A
Phoenix, Arizona
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6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

We attended a "Blues Cruise" on the boat and had an enjoyable time. The crew was attentive and friendly. The Engineer even gave my wife and I a private tour of the engine room during the cruise. While the band was mediocre at best, the day was sunny and bright with light winds and no clouds. A beautiful day on... More 

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Carmichael, California
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16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

The beauty and allure of the pristine waters of the bay around the bay area is breathtaking from the air or on land. But to view all of the bay area in all of it's glory is to go for a cruise on the 165 foot USS Potomac FDR's yacht which was used from 1936 until his death in 1945.... More 

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Thank darrellreeves
Stockport, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

Went on an afternoon cruise aboard the USS Potomac as part of an organised event. The ship has been lovingly restored and maintained by a group of passionate volunteers. Many original features are preserved with tit bits of information provided. The crew are only too happy to give further information and insights into the history of the ship. As an... More 

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Thank 609Kevin
Hayward, California, United States
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56 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016

President Franklin D. Roosevelt's yacht is on display at Jack London Square and available for short rides and harbor cruises. The diesel powered ship was modified to be wheelchair-accessible for FDR.

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San Leandro, CA
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232 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

We went on the USS Potomac for my son's 4th grade field trip. I have to say I was dreading the trip on a rough day in the bay. BUT...it turned out to be a GREAT trip. Very historical and wonderful to have a knowledgable tour guide to tell us stories of the past about the yacht. I was astonished... More 

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Sacramento, California
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2016

I took my grandson to see it ...its a must see full of history ,The veterans volunteers are full of knowledge.my Dad was a seamen in England .and then on the ferry's in Canada so I love ships

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