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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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have ridden the express out of Long Beach and San Pedro. Very comfortable ride and smooth ride. Staff have always been pleasant

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 21, 2015
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Los Angeles, California

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Key Largo, Florida
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145 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

We took the Catalina Express to Catalina Island in February, 2015. The ride was fine and got us to Catalina Island on Schedule. We made a big mistake by going to Catalina Island on Superbowl Sunday. It seemed like 70% on the businesses and restaurants were closed. The place looked deserted. We grabbed a bite to eat at a restaurant... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

have ridden the express out of Long Beach and San Pedro. Very comfortable ride and smooth ride. Staff have always been pleasant

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

The whole experience was great. We were supposed to be on the 8:30 boat out to the island and arrive a little before an hour prior to our departure. The lady checking us in told us that the 7:30 ferry hadn't left yet and asked if we wanted to be on it, of course we said yes. The ride was... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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63 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Went out on my B'day on their free trip to Catalina Island. It is my 3rd trip to CI and always love it. Saw Dolphins, whales and a beautiful island. What a day and I love walking around the Island, or carting. And eating on the water.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Great ride fair price, the waiting area clean and comfortable, free wifi ,with plenty of parking outside! Stay away fro the lady on the left side she seem to have bad hair days regularly I have notices !

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San Diego, California
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30 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Not sure if this is an attraction but you do get to see the beautiful island as you arrive and as you leave. There was a bit of a delay on our way but everything was super smooth.

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Oakdale, California, United States
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12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

I used to ride the WA State Ferries daily between Seattle and Bainbridge Island. They are not known for being all that friendly. The Wa State crews are okay. The Captains and Mates are great! On this vessel, every crew member was friendly. I was impressed. We left on time and arrived on time. A little choppy on the way... More 

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Sonora, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

My family has been going to Catalina on the Express for over 20 years. Our first visit was on a cruise ship and then we took the ferry, but then we discovered the Express & its great. The ships are smallish, but big enough to be fairly stable. There is food on board to purchase. You often have your choice... More 

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Plano, Texas
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136 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

This round trip ride was very smooth and relaxing. Beautiful scenery and definitely enjoyed the ride back after being so tired. A little boy got sick and they very calmly cleaned it up with out drawing attention to it.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Excellent service in the past. But now I have big problems booking a reservation on line. It will not accept my area/zip code on the address lines. Says it needs 5 digits I only have four! I am not from the USA!! I tried zeros etc Alas no luck. Any suggestions?? Thanks

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