San Francisco's historic Red and White Fleet





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San Franciscos historic Red and White Fleet® celebrates the 70th anniversary of the popular Golden Gate Bay Cruise, San Franciscos original sightseeing tradition which has introduced millions of visitors to the City by the Bay since 1939.

This significant milestone in the history of the 3rd generation family business originated during the great Golden Gate International Exposition of 1939, when Red and White's founder, Thomas Crowley, received a license for operating sightseeing cruises under the Golden Gate Bridge and around Alcatraz. The tours were designed to celebrate and showcase San Franciscos great engineering marvels of that time, which also signaled the citys return on the world map after the devastating earthquake of 1906.

The Golden Gate Bay Cruise, back then departing from the fairgrounds on Treasure Island, was an instant success with visitors, who all wanted to see the newly-built Golden Gate Bridge and Bay Bridges. Today, the Golden Gate Bay Cruise continues to amaze passengers with breath-taking views of the charismatic San Francisco skyline.

The cruise features San Franciscos only multilingual bay cruise narration, bringing to life San Franciscos colorful history and local culture via state-of the-art wireless headphones. The audio is available to guests at no extra charge in 12 language choices: English, German, French, Spanish, Korean, Portuguese, Mandarin Chinese and Japanese. New language additions for the 2009 season include Hindi, Italian, Thai and Russian.

Guests travel through time as they become witness to the Great Gold Rush, devastating earthquakes, Angel Islands history as an immigration station, the Summer of Love, to the Silicon Valley boom of the 1990s. Other exciting insights include the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge, stories from inmates at Alcatraz Prison, marine wildlife in San Francisco Bay and entertaining anecdotes of local personalities.

The Golden Gate Bay Cruise departs Pier 43 ½ 8-14 daily starting at 10AM and offers indoor and outdoor seating. All cruise vessels include a snack bar and restroom facilities.

Founded in 1892, the family-owned Red and White Fleet is legendary for its San Francisco Cruises™. The company operates all cruise vessels on biodiesel and fuel-efficient engines as part of its commitment to sustainable tourism.


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