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Catalina Express

320 Golden Shore, Long Beach, CA 90802
800-481-3470
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Type: Ferries/ Boats
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
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Long Beach, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

It s worth it to upgrade to the captain s lounge. You get to board first , and a drink and snack is encluded. Everyone that works on the boat is very nice and helpful.

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Belmont Shore, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

This is one of the easiest ways to get to Catalina! There are many trip coming and going everyday. The station and boats are well run and super clean! Smooth Ride!

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Long Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

I ride over to Avalon on the Cat Ex out of Long Beach all the time. I'm a SCUBA diver and always have lot's of heavy dive equipment, which the employees of the Cat Ex handle with ease and never give me any problems about it. Sometimes I get an email of a rule change concerning weight restrictions, but I... More

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Riverside, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

We went to Catalina for my husbands 40th birthday and let me just say this boat trip is pleasant but not cheap. The $15 per day parking in Long Beach just adds to the cost. Nonetheless, I did enjoy the 1 hour boat trip to and from Catalina. On the way to Catalina we sat outside on the deck and... More

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Dallas, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Great boat ride to an incredible spot off the coast of California. Leaves out of Long Beach or Newport. Check on line for discount tickets and if it's your birthday, the round trip is free. That's a $70 savings.

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Salinas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

One hour trip, ferry large enough to smoothen out the trip, they even have a bar aboard. Plenty of storage for luggage and just an extra $3.50 to bring a bicycle or surf board along.

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Edmond, Oklahoma
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Our family visited Catalina via the Cat Express. The cost was somewhat ridiculous and if we had known of another method of getting to Catalina we would have taken it. The ship itself (due to the jet engines) is very noisy. The ride itself is fun, just not worth the cost, in my honest opinion.

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Long Beach, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Took the Catalina Express to the island last week. It's a big boat with lots of room for everyone and comfortable seating. They have a reasonably priced small snack bar that serves alcohol and has a few snacks. It was an enjoyable ride and only took about an hour. It is expensive for some -- about $70. Look for coupons... More

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Ocean View, Virginia, United States
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Very clean and comfortable way to Catalina. My husband especially liked the world famous Bloody Mary's. We bought our tickets on line, found easy parking, and left and arrived right on time as advertised. Good beginning and ending to a great Day trip

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 via mobile

It was a special day I save money to take all my kids to see the island. we d'not have a sweet 16 birthday for her so I promise to take her to catalina but this manager Nicole at the desk ruin it I hope there was more ways to get to the island it's beautiful

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