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“Friendly staff, Great personal audio narration.”

Red and White Fleet
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$68.00*
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San Francisco Bay Twilight and Sunset Cruise
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$32.00*
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Golden Gate Bay Cruise
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$105.25*
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Jail and Sail: Alcatraz Tour and Twilight Bay Cruise
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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.
Reviewed March 21, 2013

Easy to book, easy to find on the wharf. Perfect for sight-seeing the Golden Gate bridge and Alcatraz from the water. Our 6 year old was entertained the entire 60-90 minutes, younger children might become restless. Not at all busy in March 2013, lots of deck space at the rail. Watch Groupon for excellent 2-for-1 deals.

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RedandWhite43, General Manager at Red and White Fleet, responded to this reviewResponded March 30, 2013

Hello Brad!

I'm glad you and your family had a great time aboard the cruise, and that even your 6-year old was entertained throughout the cruise. Thanks for the nice feedback!

I just returned from a trip to the East Coast where I took a city tour and experienced some of the "restless" younger children - and their comments entertained the entire bus. :-)

For that reason, we actually offer free access to our cruises for children under the age of 5 to make it easier for families to visit. We also offer family passes for all of our cruises, valid for 2 adults and up to four youth.

Thanks again! Wishing you all the best,


Stefan

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Reviewed March 17, 2013

We took the ride under the golden gate and around Alcatraz. The audio tour component was great when it wasn't shorting out. The boat ride was smooth and had great views of the bridge, city and Alcatraz. Our kids really enjoyed it. Employees were courteous and helpful. We got this on a groupon so it was a good value for us.

Thank rwueste
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RedandWhite43, General Manager at Red and White Fleet, responded to this reviewResponded March 30, 2013

Hello Rwueste: Thanks for your note and also your feedback on the audio disruption. We'd like to extend our apologies for the shorting out, but are glad to see you had a good time nonetheless. We have looked into the audio problem and our operations team has been working on fixing the radio system on one particular vessel that had the issue. If there's anything else we can assist with, please feel free to contact me. All the best, Stefan

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Reviewed March 15, 2013

We jumped on board on our first day in the city ... took the Golden Gate cruise, mid-afternoon,
wonderful views, courteous crew ... very well worth the price ... waters get a little rough but the crew takes their time ... this also includes a tour 'around' Alcatraz Island ...

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RedandWhite43, General Manager at Red and White Fleet, responded to this reviewResponded March 30, 2013

Dear Hcashy,
We hope you had a wonderful visit to San Francisco and would like to thank you for your nice feedback on Trip Advisor. We greatly appreciate it!


Stefan

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Reviewed March 14, 2013

Born and raised in bay area never been on bay cruise. This is a must whether visitor or a bay area resident. Weather was perect, bay was beautiful,Golden Gate from the water is amazing. tour around Alcatraz was very interesting.Individual head sets with info in 12 languages was great. A SUPER 1 hour tour. A must do.

Thank Gloria P
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Reviewed March 9, 2013

Do it the first day you're there as long as the weather is reasonably clear. We had low expectations for the recorded tour, but it turned out to be professional and very informative. You get a beautiful view of the city from the water and learn about it's history. You'll discover places you will want to visit once back on land. Tip: wear lots of layers (including a raincoat even if it's not raining because the wind can be tough) and take your own headphones (their's were clean, but I still would rather have had my own).

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RedandWhite43, General Manager at Red and White Fleet, responded to this reviewResponded March 30, 2013

Dear Atxtw,
Thanks so much for the great feedback. I think your assessment of our 1-hr Golden Gate Bay Cruise is perfectly correct - it is a wonderful introduction to San Francisco and will give visitors to the City by the Bay many ideas for what to see and do later on during their visit to San Francisco. With the city being surrounded by water, our cruises allow you to see many of the sights and then add them to your to do list. And our audio narration provides you with lots of details about what you see along the way. Wishing you all the best - and thanks again! Stefan

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