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Address: Pier 43 1/2, Historic Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, CA 94133
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+1 415-673-2900
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 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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lovely bridge to bridge trip

We went on the Bridge to Bridge cruise, it was lovely to go up around the Bay bridge as well as the Golden gate bridge, you have headphones on which gives you an audio tour which... read more

Reviewed April 30, 2016
Sarah C
Tonbridge, United Kingdom
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Tonbridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 30, 2016

We went on the Bridge to Bridge cruise, it was lovely to go up around the Bay bridge as well as the Golden gate bridge, you have headphones on which gives you an audio tour which is very informative. The ferry was very busy but still managed to find places without loads of people stood around, everyone seems to go... More 

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Marden, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 25, 2016

We went on the one-hour Bay cruise. This WA along enough to see all the main sights - the Golden gate Bridhe, Alcatraz etc. Commentary (over head sets) was informative. Only unfortunate thing was that we were accompanies by a coach party of tourists who were keen to take pictures of each other in all possible combinations and, until they... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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Reviewed April 25, 2016

It was a great tour. We got on the first tour out for the day and that was great. You get a headset that gives an audio tour as you take your tour. You go out and under the Golden Gate, then turn around. The only complaint is if you see Alcatraz on your way out, you see it coming... More 

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Reviewed April 23, 2016

We LOVED the sunset cruise. This was the best thing we did while in SF. The appetizers were excellent. The food was fresh and very tasty, there was quiet a variety of finger foods including cheese/crackers, marinated veggies (asparagus, mushrooms, peppers, lettuce hearts, broccoli), roast beef sandwiches and dessert bites. This trip also included 1 free drink and a bar... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed April 22, 2016

We really enjoyed this light dinner cruise, including our 14 yo son. Alcatraz, Angel Island, Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco lights. The commentary was just enough and we really enjoyed the live music by Marcus. The catering was light but perfect. Overall a very relaxing 2 hours with plenty of photo opportunities - we would thoroughly recommend and felt... More 

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Reviewed April 19, 2016 via mobile

The sunset cruise is a must do for any couple. Families can go, but the ambiance is not for kids. There was only one family on our cruise. The cruise included appetizers which consisted of cheese, salami, marinated mushrooms and artichokes. They also had roast beef sandwiches on a roll and a few other items. It all was very tasty!... More 

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New Iberia, Louisiana
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Reviewed April 17, 2016

Very informative cruise sailing under Golden Gate & Oakland Bay bridges, with a wealth of information between bridges. You get a view like you could never have on land. Highly recommend!

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Reviewed April 14, 2016 via mobile

We opted to do the evening cruise of San Francisco Bay. We arrived for 6, the boat departed on time. As the cruise got under way the free food and 1 drink started, it was all really good. It was a great way to see the bay at sunset and get up close to the San Francisco attractions. We did... More 

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Reviewed April 12, 2016

There are several options to choose from, depending on the day. Our cruise took us out of the slip, under the Golden Gate Bridge and around Alcatraz Island. When you board the boat, they give you a walkman-type audio system. Beware because the audio has a tendency to cut in and out, missing important items about the tour. The best... More 

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Kingston, New York
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Reviewed April 11, 2016

Had a mishap with this cruise and never actually took it - but my friends and other reviewers have told me it is a fairly priced,well run operation.,,My particular cruise was postponed and I had a problem getting a refund.Ultimately I did receive it, and there was great concern from the top man, Joe Burgard as to what happened...so for... More 

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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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