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Catalina Express

95 Berth, San Pedro (Admin Office), Catalina Island, CA 90731
800-481-3470
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Ferries/ Boats, Tours
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

The Catalina express was easy to book. We booked day of tickets (the day before the July fourth holiday) for a trip to the island. It was easy and reasonably priced -$74/per person roundtrip. Simply check the schedule online and head to the port. We parked in the lot at the long beach dock. I recommend visiting the island as... More

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Poughkeepsie, New York
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Catalina Express ferry is a very pleasant efficient way to get to Catalina. We left from the San Pedro dock and were told to arrive more than 30 min early to pick up our tickets,etc. which we did, and we enjoyed a tasty breakfast and coffee from their little shop while we sat on a bench and waited to board.... More

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Moorpark, California
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40 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

I highly recommend taking some motion sickness pills a few hours before taking the ferry if you're prone to motion sickness like me. Putting things in perspective, my 3 friends didn't feel sick at all. Take the pills both ways. (I did not take any hence was feeling sick. I just went to sleep.) We got the ferry originating from... More

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Mineral Springs, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

The ride was fun, yet a little cold because we were on the outside of the ferry and it was windy. It didn't take but a little over an hour to get to Catalina Island. The fare was a little high, but we purchased a California Pass and saved some money. The view was spectacular as we approached the island.... More

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Maryland
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52 reviews 52 reviews
41 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

Travel time goes by faster if you read or take a nap (like hubby). Great views and photo ops when leaving Long Beach and arriving in Catalina. The indoor seating on the top deck is more comfortable than expected. Bathrooms were decent.

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New Jersey, USA
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56 reviews 56 reviews
15 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

It was a really expensive trip so I thought that the accommodations would be much nicer. I wouldn't bother getting the upgrade to the Commodore Lounge unless you want a cookie and a drink. They entice you into this upgrade by saying that you board before the other passengers but it's not like there are 500 people getting on the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

I did a spontaneous solo trip to Catalina for a zip lining excursion, and booked my tickets online for the Catalina shuttle. The regular seating was roomy, comfy, and plenty of windows for viewing the open sea!! I couldn't believe how quick the ride was between Long Beach & Catalina!! I highly recommend visiting Catalina and using the Catalina Express!!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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156 reviews 156 reviews
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125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

I took a solo trip to Catalina Island departing from San Pedro to Avalon on a slow Monday in September. Booking online I was unable to find a return trip the same day, but found excellent assistance and a confirmed seat with a phone reservationist. It was advised to get to the terminal an hour prior to departure, which I... More

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Miami, Florida
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199 reviews 199 reviews
27 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

We took the Catalina Express from Long Beach, CA to Avalon, Catalina Island. It is just about one hour to Avalon. We highly recommend the Long Beach Service and to upgrade to Commodore Lounge. It is located on the upper deck and offers passengers pre boarding and a complimentary beverage of your choice serve by cabin attendants which demonstrate all... More

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Saint Charles, Missouri
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96 reviews 96 reviews
17 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

Family of 4 took the 9:30 departure from San Pedro to Avalon. Departed on time. Arrived on time. Saw whales on the way. Seats were comfortable. Seemed a bit pricey?? But few alternatives. I would use Catalina Express again. Make sure you make a reservation!

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