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Address: 95 Berth, San Pedro (Admin Office), Catalina Island, CA 90731
Phone Number: 800-481-3470
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Description: Catalina Island is just an hour away aboard our fast and sleek boats out...
Catalina Island is just an hour away aboard our fast and sleek boats out of Long Beach, San Pedro and Dana Point. We are committed to offering the most advanced, state-of-the-art watercraft available while maintaining a high level of dedication to safety, customer satisfaction, and quality of service. Today, the fleet consists of 8 high-speed vessels. More than one million passengers set sail to Catalina Island each year on board Catalina Express, and with year round service and up to 30 departures daily, you can easily join them.
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Christmas on Catalina Island

It was our first time to Catalina Island. We were visiting Laguna Beach and had no plan to go to Catalina. But the folks at the Inn recommended that we go and what a great... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 30, 2015
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Murphy, Texas
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Murphy, Texas
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36 reviews 36 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

It was our first time to Catalina Island. We were visiting Laguna Beach and had no plan to go to Catalina. But the folks at the Inn recommended that we go and what a great experience. The ship over to the island was fantastic. We went on the Admirals level which included a snack and adult beverages. What better way... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Unfortunately, the day we booked the trip for turned out to be rainy in the morning and all we could see was gray sky and gray water until the windows fogged up and then we could see nothing! Still a nice 1-hr. cruise from Long Beach to Catalina Island. They were very quick to come around and see if we... More 

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Laguna Woods, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
17 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

We live in Orange County so we took the boat/ship from Dana Point to Catalina, my partner got a free trip for his birthday but the price is reasonable, we would go again without the perk. The ship was bigger than I thought it would be, some are going to stay longer than just the day in Catalina like we... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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53 reviews 53 reviews
17 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Such a relaxing cruise from the coast to Catalina Island for a day of fun, excitement and adventure. There's so much to do in Catalina, we wished we could stay overnight, at least. Cocktails, wine & beer is available on board; our Bloody Marys were some of the best we've enjoyed! Safe, comfortable ride and the cost is feesible.

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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

I was happy for the free ride my Mom received for her birthday. I was disappointed in how dirty the seats on the boat were, especially for $75 round trip! Also the employees on the island, that work for this company were very rude. The girls in the information booth were more into talking to each other than helping us.... More 

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Lake Elsinore, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

I took advantage of the "ride free on your birthday" promo. There was some confusion on whether or not the return trip had to also be on the birthday in order for it to be free. In my case, I'm happy to report, the return trip the following way was indeed free. There was plenty of seating available all over... More 

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Yucaipa, California
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173 reviews 173 reviews
83 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

We took the Catalina Express to the island and back and it was a quick, comfortable ride there and back. We paid $74.50 round trip per person and $12.00 per day to park at their terminal/berth. We sat on the top deck and enjoyed the views (lighthouse, seals playing in the wake of the boat as we headed out of... More 

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Palmdale, California
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51 reviews 51 reviews
20 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

About the only cheap way to get to Catalina. It's even free on your birthday. Stand in line early to get good seats. Smooth ride. They have a bar on board with reasonable prices. One hour each way.

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Cape May, New Jersey
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117 reviews 117 reviews
28 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Ride is about one and half hours. Nice boat, clean, comfortable ride. Seats are comfortable. There is s snack bar and drinks available. Crew was courteous.

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Burbank, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

My boyfriend and I just visited the island for three days. We took my dog as well. Our boats were extremely fast and comparable and dog friendly. Of course we had to comply with the muzzle rule but all went well. There were six dogs on the boat on the way home. So nice to be able to travel with... More 

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