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Review of USS Potomac

USS Potomac
Ranked #16 of 121 things to do in Oakland
Certificate of Excellence
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Los Angeles
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48 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Love it......”
Reviewed October 23, 2012

Amazing trip on board...... looks breathtaking from the outside but even better getting close to it.

Visited October 2012
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San Jose, California
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20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great, great crew”
Reviewed October 23, 2012

Went on a private booking from Pier 40 in SF under the Golden Gate and back toward Sausalito, then under the Bay Bridge to see the new span. The crew could not have been nicer or more gracious. And the heads were more comfortable than some of the land-based restrooms I've been in recently...

Caveats: ladders are very narrow. May not be easy going for larger people.
Children under 6 not allowed.
Bundle up! The bay winds get chilly.

To echo what others have said: if you get a chance to sail aboard the USS Potomac, GO.

Visited October 2012
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Oakland, California
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33 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Excellent cruise on San Francisco Bay!”
Reviewed October 14, 2012

If you like being on the bay, you've got to try the USS Potomac. They have 2 and 3 hour cruises (sometimes themed) every week from April through November. The ship was FDR's presidential yacht from 1933 to 1945. In the 50s, 60s, and 70s the ship gradually declined until it was running drugs and sunk to the bottom of the bay at Clipper Cove. The Port of Oakland rescued it, In the mid-80s the ship was restored with public and private funds to its former glory, and has been taking locals and tourists out on the bay since 1995. All cruises are narrated by knowledgeable historians. Trained Docents give thorough tours of the entire ship, and are eager to share stories about FDR and the depression/WWII years. You can go out on the bay on Hornblower Cruise or a ferry boat, but there's nothing like a cruise on the bay on the USS Potomac!

Visited September 2012
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Amazing experience”
Reviewed October 5, 2012 via mobile

A beautiful piece of floating history combined with a cruise around a lovely bay. The Docents are very knowledgable and worth chatting to. If you get the chance for a cruise on the Potomac it's well worth it.

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sacramento
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56 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“nice boat ride in the bay”
Reviewed September 10, 2012

Docents are really knowledgeable about the yacht and local history. Perfect for children and adults.

Visited September 2012
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