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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, Transportation
Owner description: Catalina Island is just an hour away aboard our fast and sleek boats...
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Type: Ferries/ Boats, Transportation
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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limerick
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

had a lovely time out on the catalina , the captain was very friendly ,and made you feel at ease answered every one;s questions, had a canopy on so no one would get sunburned , would recommend this trip,

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Perth, Australia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

The water between Long Beach and Catalina are very calm; helpful staff and left on time. No extra charge for our luggage.

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Palm Desert, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

I am prone to sea sickness on small vessels. No issues with this boat, the ride was VERY smooth and took about 1 hr. We heard from fellow passengers that the boats for other departure terminals (Newport Beach & Dana Point, I believe) are different boats which are not as smooth. Boats departed & arrived on time. Staff was helpful... More 

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Redding, California
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111 reviews 111 reviews
9 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

What a great way to get to Catalina! We pre-booked online, and the process was seamless. On our return, we wanted to take an earlier sailing. I think we paid $10 change fee, but it was worth it. Lots of perks of you go on your birthday, too!

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San Jacinto, California
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40 reviews 40 reviews
5 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

The wife and I made a quick trip to Catalina Island. I forgot to book the ferry ride when i booked the hotel. I called at the last minute. The phone rep was polite and efficient. We booked our ride in the Commodore Lounge. That is the way to go! First on board, free drink, smooth ride. The whole experience... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

It was about 20 years ago when we last took a ferry to Catalina island. As I recall, it took 2 hours and many got seasick from the rough ride. The time to cross to Catalina, from Long Beach is now only 1 hour and the ride was so much smoother. The ships now in use are a vast improvement.... More 

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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

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

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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82 reviews 82 reviews
16 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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