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Private charters
The USS Potomac, President Roosevelt's "Floating White House" is available for limited private charter. Consider the USS Potomac all through the year for your special events. Whether it is an anniversary, wedding, reception, promotion, memorial cruises or any other occasion, the Potomac is a truly unique venue for any very special day. This National Historic Landmark is a Coast Guard certified, vessel and regularly cruises on San Francisco Bay.

For information on cruises or dockside charters call 510-627-1667or email For group charters call 510-627-1667

Ship Capacity

Maximum passenger load 120 people.  For events with food and beverage service, 80-90 passengers is recommended


The Potomac sails from the foot of Clay Street in Jack London Square, Oakland, CA. Pickups & drop-offs may be available for your event at a San Francisco waterfront location. Approvals are required by the Executive Director after consultation with the ship's captains. If approved, there is an additional charge of $1,000.

Fees (2017)

The Potomac is competitively priced with other charter vessels of her size. A minimum three-hour charter cruise on board the USS Potomac starts at $6,000. Each additional hour is $1,000. Dockside charters are available and start at $600 per hour with a 2-hour minimum. Each additional hour is $600.

For all charters, there will be a cleaning charge of $250 billed to you if you or your caterer do not clean-up the ship's spaces used for your event. The cleaning requirements, called The CATERER's CLEANING CHECK LIST is posted in each galley (kitchen).

Preferred Caterers

The Potomac has a preferred list of fine caterers, all have served successfully aboard the ship. These caterers are familiar with the unique requirements of the vessel. Preferred Caterers


Limited space and power accommodations are available for live entertainment and DJs. We can make suggestions for your entertainment needs. We also have a full-ship Bogen Sound System with wireless mike; CDs, iPods, and smartphones can be accommodated.

Cruise Considerations

- The Potomac Association strongly recommends that you and your quests do not wear high heeled or high platform shoes. Vessels on the Bay can roll and pitch unexpectedly. Also, if your guests partake of alcohol you serve during your event, their stability will be negatively affected even more by high heeled or high platform shoes.

- There is no smoking anywhere or anytime on the USS Potomac.


Two to four volunteer Potomac Docents will be present for your event and are delighted to conduct informal tours for your guests and assist in any way required.

Reduced Fees

Non-profit 501(c) 3 organizations may qualify for a reduced rate; however the Executive Director must approve any reduced fee rate request.

Days and Times

The Potomac is NOT available for charter on Mondays and Tuesdays except by special arrangement.


For information on cruises, group and dockside charters call 510-627-1667or email


Kudos to you, your staff, the crew and especially to the affable Captain, who made it all look so easy!  I would be happy to be called upon as a reference, should the need arise”

Wedding cruise thanks from the Bride.


“...the entire cruise truly exceeded my expectations in every way!  My guests are STILL talking about it and I will never forget such a memorable and moving day

A fiftieth wedding anniversary


We’ve been on the Potomac five times, each (time) has been unique, and all have been a joy…  Your guys are absolutely wonderful.  

A regular guest


I also want to more than thank the Docents on Board…. for our surprise birthday charter.  They were more than wonderful…they wanted to give our guests a very rich experience … How great was that?  The crew, captain, the professionalism of your operation made my worries just fly away when I boarded the ship… thank you for allowing me, as the hostess, to also enjoy the party to its fullest.  A double surprise birthday charter.


The Potomac Association  is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization. Federal tax identification #93-0830589.
Address: 540 Water Street Oakland, CA 94607
Telephone: 510-627-1215
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