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Catalina Express

Address: 320 Golden Shore, Long Beach, CA 90802
Phone Number: 800-481-3470
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$74*
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Ranked #2 of 34 Attractions in Long Beach
Type: Ferries/ Boats, Outdoors
Owner description: Catalina Island is just an hour away aboard our fast and sleek boats...
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Type: Ferries/ Boats, Outdoors
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.
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Laguna Woods, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

The ship is nice. Comfortable seating, small snack bar, we just sat back and relaxed and enjoyed the trip. You are in Catalina in no times it seems. We just went for the day but you can stay overnight and come back when you want. Great crew, great time for ocean lovers.

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Long Beach, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

They serve several items from salads, fruits, sandwiches, baked goods, candies, fries, etc.. I work around the area so when I don't have lunch I go here to grab a kids tuna sandwich. It is plenty for me and good. You can ask them to toast the bread too. It is convenient that the place is here.

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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69 reviews 69 reviews
15 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Catalina Express is the best way to get to Catalina Island.We booked out tickets online,but we had a problem with our international creditcard, so the lady on the phone helped.you Board on boat from Longbeach. The reide is approximately $5min to an Hour.

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Long Beach, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

i truly love and appreciate the complimentary birthday cruise. It has become my annual celebration. Such a wonderful way to spend nit to far away, yet feels as though it is..

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Long Beach, CA
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24 reviews 24 reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014 via mobile

We took advantage of the free birthday trip this year. Catalina Express is fast and comfortable way to get to Catalina! The staff were all very nice. There's a bar with reasonably priced cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages. There was also snacks. The ride was relatively smooth. I'm not prone to seasickness, so my perspective may be different. The boat is... More 

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Long Beach, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

It is always a pleasant ride across the Pacific ocean to Catalina Island aboard the Catalina express. The ride is almost as good as the visit.

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Austin, Texas
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48 reviews 48 reviews
15 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

We rode in the Commodore lounge both direction. Enjoyed the seating-more comfort. However, a family with small children seated themselves (well, didn`t do much sitting) next to & around us. All so loud & gave us a trapped feeling. No small children should be aloud or there should be a restricted area. Wait staff was also short handed. We 3/4... More 

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Astoria oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

The seas do change. The ride back was such that there were many, after a long day at Catalina who crashed in their sea sickness. Some were more prepared than others. It is a great experience and well worth the trip. Golf carts are the only transportation on the island. Only ten percent of the island has been developed, the... More 

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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190 reviews 190 reviews
86 attraction reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Fast, easy transport to Catalina Island and Avalon! Efficient travel and the travel schedules are so very convenient. Great day trip to Avalon and the Catalina Express will get you there quickly. Our Orange County family insists we arrive early to make the trip. As a result of our earlier start, we avoid long lines of travelers. Crew/staff are very... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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92 reviews 92 reviews
38 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Plan ahead for this adventure. We did not order tickets ahead but went to Catalina at the last minute. 10am crossing was sold out but we were very lucky to get on stand by! Boats leave precisely on time. Crossing is comfortable and about an hour. Parking across the street from the very nice terminal. Parking is about $15. Ticket... More 

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