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Address: Pier 43 1/2, Historic Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone Number: +1 415-673-2900
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Founded in 1892, the family-owned Red and White Fleet is San Francisco's...

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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Amazing views of Golden Gate Bridge

I really liked this bay cruise, it's a popular attraction for tourists but you can't beat the views of the bridge. Great opportunity for photos of Alcatraz and the sea lions too... read more

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I really liked this bay cruise, it's a popular attraction for tourists but you can't beat the views of the bridge. Great opportunity for photos of Alcatraz and the sea lions too. I was on the top deck, I had a seat but it was better to be standing to get the best views for photos. I got lucky with... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We really enjoyed this tour on our honeymoon. We wanted to do a harbor cruise in SF, and came here after reading so many great reviews. We weren't disappointed! The audio tour is nice and tells you where you are, and we were able to duck inside the (warm) interior of the boat and still see the view when we... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

First off, I know that I was spoiled because our tour took place on an amazingly sunny day. You can't beat that! We did the 90-minute Bridge to Bridge Cruise. It was wonderful! We learned a lot about San Fransisco, saw some amazing views, and thoroughly enjoyed being out on the water. I highly recommend this cruise...it was informative and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Seeing the city from the bay is a treat! The bridge to bridge tour provides spectacular views of both bridges - including a cruise beneath each of them, as well as a very close pass by Alcatraz and the Ferry Building and Piers.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Did a one hour trip on this boat as it was the earliest of the day out of any of the boats - 10am. Was very interesting, however did get annoyed with the cheap headphone set as it kept squealing feedback and the cord was too short to keep in your bag at your feet unless you stayed perfectly still!... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I took the 2 hour sunset cruise which includes catered food, 1 free glass of wine, breathtaking sights, and a singer/guitarist who doubles as a tour guide. The highlight was viewing the islands, the boats in the bay and the marinas, and the picturesque/historic bridges along the way. We went under and back again under the most beautiful bridge, the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I highly recommend this venture for those who want excellent views of both bridges and a great history of San Francisco and the surrounding locales. My 6 year old loved it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We did the Bridge to Bridge tour. It was a little chilly, but sunny. The auto tour was very informative.

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Murrieta, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Tour boats are located at Fisherman’s Wharf under the revolving tour boat sign, next to the Franciscan Restaurant. This is money well spent. We took the Golden Gate Bay Cruise. The trip gives a great close up view of Alcatraz and a unique view of the Golden Gate Bridge, as well as a waterborne look at both the USS Pompanito... More 

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Barrie, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Took the bridge to bridge cruise. Great cruise, very informative, great view of the bridges the city and Alcatraz

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Fisherman’s Wharf
Packed with family-friendly entertainment, quality hotels, and good food, there's something for everyone at Fisherman's Wharf. From street performers and historic cable cars to art galleries and museums, a postcard-worthy photo is available on every corner. Bring your appetite: seafood lovers will be rewarded with Dungeness crab and sourdough bread bowls, while Ghirardelli Square will satiate anyone's sweet tooth after a day at Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. Don't forget to say hello to the adorable sea lions that make this neighborhood a true San Francisco treat.
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