Cruising San Francisco Bay

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The Red and White Fleet.There is a best way to enjoy the Bay – aboard a Red and White Fleet ferry. We had planned our adventure for last October but ‘someone’ had a meltdown the morning we were to sail. And for some reason – maybe poor planning on our part – we just never got ourselves down to Pier 43 1/2 on Fisherman’s Wharf. Anyway, I am happy to report that we finally made it. And also happy to report that this is probably the most relaxing way to see San Francisco.

We picked up our tickets (courtesy of Red & White) for the 2:15 sailing of the Bridge to Bridge Cruise. Since we had an hour, we decided to really play tourists for the day and had lunch at The Franciscan Restaurant.

The Franciscan Crab Restaurant.

The Franciscan Crab Restaurnat.In business since 1957, it is like entering a time capsule, complete with black and white glossy photos of Hollywood stars. I would like to imagine Frank Sinatra and Kim Novak enjoying a meal here while in town filming Pal Joey. Or maybe Kim and Jimmy Stewart in town for Vertigo ? There are many reasons to recommend lunch here. The food is good and they have a Kid’s Menu that is reasonably priced at $7.95. How many times have you gone out to dinner with your child only to watch their $20 plate of pasta and butter go untouched? Kid choices include fish & chips, fettuccine alfredo, fried chicken & fries, and pasta with cheese & butter sauce. I had steamed mussels and plenty of sourdough bread with butter.

sourdoughWhen you leave the Franciscan it is a 2 minute walk to boarding gate.

Karletta and London exploring Fisherman's looking for lunch.

Once on board we headed outside to find a place to sit. But there are no ‘bad’ seats. There are amazing views 360 degrees around.

Looking for their sea legs.It took us a moment to find our sea legs. The Bridge to Bridge Cruise took us under the Golden Gate Bridge and under the western span of the Bay Bridge.

The Golden State flag rips in the wind as we approach the Golden Gate Bridge.

The sculpture that is the Bay Bridge's western span.

The unobstructed views of the waterfront are picture postcard worthy.

San Francisco Marina Green from the bay.

Circling around Alcatraz.

Alcatraz Island.

Nothing quite as relaxing as time spent on the water.

London relaxes after reaching the Pacific.

Suggestions: Buy your tickets on-line. They are valid for 365 days from date of purchase. Use public transportation to get to Pier 41. Cable Car stop just a couple of blocks away and the F-Train stops here.

Packing hint: Dress warmly. I was comfortable with a silk turtle neck, fleece jacket, down vest and hat. Okay, so that may have been overkill but who wants to be miserable and cold on vacation and they are all light to pack.

We had such a great time that we are thinking of booking a tour on the Fourth of July!  See you then…




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2 Responses to Cruising San Francisco Bay

  1. Karletta Moniz says:

    My pleasure, Rita! It was a fun day.

  2. Rita says:

    Wonderful, Karletta! Thanks for the links too.

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