Wednesday, February 22, 2012


While Red And White Fleet features San Francisco’s original bay tour, the family-owned bay cruise operator is an ideal setting for families looking for enrichment and entertainment activities during Spring Break. Acknowledging that families may have divergent interests during school holidays, children in search of engaging entertainment and parents intent on keeping the “brain waves” active, Red and White Fleet provides a balance of fun and learning. Red and White Fleet’s Spring Break cruise options are as follows:

Bridge 2 Bridge Cruise – NEW! — Celebrating the 75th anniversaries of both the Golden Gate and Bay bridges, this is the only cruise that sails under both impressive San Francisco icons. The Bridge 2 Bridge Cruise pays homage to the launch of Red and White Fleet in 1939 as part of the Golden Gate International Exposition, when the company had received a license to operate sightseeing cruises under both newly built bridges. And since that time, millions of locals and visitors alike have enjoyed tours of San Francisco bay aboard the Red and White Fleet. The 1½ hour loop passes the city’s entire bay waterfront and features San Francisco’s illustrious pastimes, unique architecture, natural history and Native American culture on exclusive headphone audio available in 12 language choices. The Bridge 2 Bridge Cruise will depart at the following times during Spring 2012: Mar 29–May 22 — Daily @ 12:30pm and 2:15pm

Prices are as follows: Adults (18+) = $36; Youth (5-17) = $24; and Children under five = free.

Season’s Launch of the California Sunset Cruises (on March 29) — On this casual two-hour cruise, passengers enjoy views of the city’s stunning sunset over the Pacific Ocean, live guitar entertainment, hearty appetizers from the buffet and a beverage from the bar. Nestled into the warm and cozy atmosphere of Red and White Fleet’s historic ferry boats, the cruise passes along the dramatically lit skyline of San Francisco with its modern skyscrapers and historic landmarks, past the infamous island of Alcatraz and cruise under the impressive San Francisco Bay Bridge and the legendary Golden Gate Bridge. The spring season for this offer is: (Now – Mar 28) from Thurs – Sat nights at 5:30 PM and Spring 2012 (Mar 29 – May 22) from Weds – Sun nights at 6:00 PM

Prices are as follows: Adults (18+) = $58; Youth (5-17) = $40; and Children under five = free.

Golden Gate Bay Cruise — As San Francisco’s original sightseeing adventure, this one-hour narrated cruise sails under the Golden Gate Bridge and around Alcatraz Island, and highlights important “landmarks” of San Francisco history, including life at the Barbary Coast during the Gold Rush, the building of the Golden Gate Bridge, Angel Island’s history as an immigration station and the Federal Penitentiary of Alcatraz (8-12 daily sailings starting at 10am).

Prices are as follows: Adults (18+) = $26; Youth (5-17) = $18; and Children under five = free.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary May 27, 2012!

The Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary

Did you know?
Many wanted to build a bridge to connect San Francisco to Marin County. San Francisco was the largest American city still served primarily by ferry boats. Because it did not have a permanent link with communities around the bay, the city's growth rate was below the national average. Many experts said that a bridge couldn’t be built across the 6,700 ft (2,042 m) strait. It had strong, swirling tides and currents, with water 500 ft (150 m) in depth at the center of the channel, and frequent strong winds. Experts said that ferocious winds and blinding fogs would prevent construction and operation.

How are you going to celebrate?

You could….

Tweet about your thoughts and reactions to 75th anniversary celebrations and activities; be sure to hashtag #ggb75

Tell your favorite story or memory of the Bridge; visit to add to our collective “valentine” to the Bridge

Write a poem or song about the Bridge and share it with GGB at

Sing “Happy Birthday” to the Bridge and post your video to GGB Facebook page

Upload your favorite photographs of the Bridge on GGB Flickr page

Monday, February 6, 2012

Join Us in Celebrating the Chinese New Year!

Ring in the Chinese New Year with Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade. A San Francisco tradition since just after the Gold Rush, the parade continues to delight and entertain the many hundreds of thousands of people that come to watch it on the street. It's all happening Saturday,February 11, 2012 from 6pm-8pm.

Nowhere in the world will you see a lunar new year parade with more gorgeous floats, elaborate costumes, ferocious lions, exploding firecrackers , and of course the newly crowned Miss Chinatown U.S.A. and her court. A crowd favorite is the spectacular 250' Golden Dragon ("Gum Lung") It takes a team of over 100 men and women from the martial arts group, White Crane to carry this dragon throughout the streets of San Francisco.

This year's Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade promises to warm your heart and electrify your senses, come rain or shine.