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Address: 320 Golden Shore, Long Beach, CA 90802
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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Catalina Express

We traveled for a day to the island of Catalina from Long Beach on this service which we were able to get only by going into the office in person after all the online spaces were... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 14, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

We traveled for a day to the island of Catalina from Long Beach on this service which we were able to get only by going into the office in person after all the online spaces were seemingly booked up. That said the service was good in that the boats are very new and fast and comfortable if you can get... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Catalina Express makes it easy to celebrate your birthday on one of the area's true gems, Catalina Island: they offer free passage to and from the Island with proof of your date of birth. This year my birthday fell on a Saturday and I jumped at the chance to accept their offer. I chose to leave from Long Beach, where... More 

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maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Overall I was satisfied with the ferry service. Make sure you keep your tickets in a safe place, if you lose your returning ticket, you have to pay the fare again. Make sure to book your trip in advance, as prime times sell out. I made the mistake of waiting until two days before and the 10am trip from Long... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Highly recommend going to Catalina Island on this boat. Smooth ride, about an hour long. Some great views for great pictures. Not many food choices, at least in the morning ride. check in was quick and easy

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Chicago, Illinois
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46 reviews 46 reviews
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

We booked our trip over in the Commodore Lounge as these were the only seats available. We're glad we did. We sat very comfortably at a table and were given a free drink (we chose wine) and cookie and had table service the whole way. The staff were lovely. It made for a very pleasant trip over.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Nice trip across the water, but a little cool. Nice thing, tho - you could go inside on the boat and stay out of the cool breeze. Very good choices of restaurants. We had a great lunch at El Galleon on the waterfront.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

A bit pricey, but not many choices if you want to go to Catalina Island! Food and drink available for extra charge. Nice seating, and great views from deck!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

If you are going to Catalina Island, this is a very quick and easy way to get there. It is a 1 hour boat ride. The seats are comfortable, you can sit inside and there is food and drink and for purchase. Call ahead to book if you want a certain return time as it books up quick.

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Tucson, AZ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

It takes just 60 minutes to make the trip to Catalina Island and there are frequent departures (about hourly). At this time of year, it wasn't very crowded. There is outdoor seating on the top and indoor seating as well. Seats are ok, reasonable comfortable for the one hour trip. A galley offers snacks and drinks. You board around 1/2... More 

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San Diego, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Quick 45 minute ride and your in Catalina from Ling Beach.. Go for the day or two. If you stay the night, rent a home with a golf cart..instead of paying $50.00 per hour, several homes on VBRO have CARTS that come with the rental. We loved having our own cart to come and go, tour everywhere, botantical gardens, Casino... More 

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