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Address: Pier 43 1/2, Historic Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone Number:
+1 415-673-2900
09:00 - 19:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 19:00
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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Got a great shot of the sunset over the Golden Gate bridge

The sunset cruise delivered its promise, the sunset was incredible. The appetizers were ok. The drinks were better. Also got a great shot of Alcatraz. Beautiful to navigate the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 January 2017
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

The sunset cruise delivered its promise, the sunset was incredible. The appetizers were ok. The drinks were better. Also got a great shot of Alcatraz. Beautiful to navigate the bay so many sail boats, its an incredible view.

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

The Red and White Fleet has a California Twilight Cruise that takes you on the San Francisco Bay under the Golden Gate and Bay Bridge and by Alcatraz and it is a beautiful journey. I was just blown away by how beautiful everything looks - especially at night as the city and bridges light up. This is definitely an experience... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

Nice trip. But!!! For half the price you can take the same boattrip. On a smaller boat. With less people. And with explanations. Only 3min walk from the big compagny. At the sportfishing boats.

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Dallas, TX
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

Very organized line to get on board. Appreciate that once you buy a ticket, it can be used within 365 days of purchase. If you are late--no problem, just get on the next boat. Customer service window was very helpful as I left my printed tickets in Texas. They just looked up my name and handed me boarding passes. Audio... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

We booked this one-hour tour on the day and to be honest, were dubious as to the quality we should expect given the price ($30). It was fantastic. The boat was nice, the staff were great, the audio narrative (multi-lingual headsets) was really interesting, and the views were stunning. The tour takes you along the SF coastline, under the bridge,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016 via mobile

It was raining and Golden Gate tour was not available, although the bridge is open to traffic, of course. By taking the Red and White Fleet (with audio tour), it's the better alternative including the Alcacatraz Island. The audio tour is educational.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

Tip: head to the top of the ferry and go to the back. Everybody seems to rush to the front to get the Golden Gate Bridge on the way out but you can't make it all the way to the front so you get the metal of the boat and the crowd in your photos. If you head to the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

Relaxing cruise of the bay. We toured around Alcatraz, Golden Gate Bridge, and the Bay. Bridge. The tour was nice the boat is enclosed on the top two levels. You cannot take pictures from inside areas☺️ it has a bad reflection in the dark. It was a chilly evening to cold to sit in the open level and take pictures.... More 

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Fort Worth, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

I took my niece and nephew on the Red and White Fleet this last Saturday! Was an amazing experience! They loved the audio tour provided by the headphones. Staff were kind and helpful. Just a really great experience!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

Best view from cruise looking at san Francisco..one hour tour going under golden gate bridge on the way back pass by Alcatraz...have drink inside.... multi languages support ..

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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 neighbourhood a true San Francisco treat.
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