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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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Trip to Catalina

Booked the Commadore Lounge for the trip to Catalina, well worth it. Service and drinks on board really good. Staff very pleasant, which helped make it a great day out.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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Birmingham
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Booked the Commadore Lounge for the trip to Catalina, well worth it. Service and drinks on board really good. Staff very pleasant, which helped make it a great day out.

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Menifee, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

Catalina Express was Superb! Nice ride. Very clean and professional. Commodores Lounge Topside was roomy, comfortable and worth every penny. The staff were courteous and exceedingly helpful. I would recommend this trip to anyone. And, the hotel Portofino was an outstanding addition to the itinerary. Thanks, guys, for suggesting it!

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La Mesa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Great trip to and from the Island. We left from Long beach and took approximately one hour. The crew were very good and helpful.

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Port Richey, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

We loved the boat. It was a comfortable ride to and from Catalina Island. I would suggest paying the extra money to sit in first class. It was well worth it. They give you free snacks and drinks and the seats are comfy. It is a bit pricey over all but it was nice and we would use this transportation... More 

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Saskatchewan, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Great jaunt to Catalina- friendly staff and a lovely day. Have been on several ferries and had never had safety, life jacket demos, so clearly safety is a priority. Thanks so much!

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Falkirk, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Beautiful boat and comfortable sail to Catalina,you can upgrade at an extra $15 which gets you to board first,and one drink from the bar,not worth getting,we only used this one way as all the other seating was fully booked.If you are going to use this boat,book a couple of days in advance,as when we were leaving Catalina,there were people turned... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Took the ferry to Catalina Island for a day to visit friends, $300 for four people seems a little pricey but c'est la vie. Service was efficient and fast with great views afforded at all seats. The staff were very pleasant and embarking/disembarking handled quickly and effortlessly,

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Cleethorpes, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Catalina is really lovely, shame the ferry boat only comes back at 4:30 to Newport as they had live groups playing and singing after 4pm so we never got to enjoy that. You would only get to see that if you were staying in the hotel but at more than $300 a night in August, that was not going to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Fast and reliable. I've made 8 round trips this year from Long Beach to Avalon. Friendly people and no hassles getting on or off. It's a comfortable ride. Consider paying the extra for the commodore lounge on the return ticket so that you do not have to stand in line on a hot cement dock for 30 minutes.

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Long Beach, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

This one hour trip offers comfortable seating, a smooth ride and great views of Catalina and the mainland. I didn't give this 5 stars because you are required to buy a mainland ticket from two harbors to Avalon. Ideally, you should be able to buy a ticket to just Avalon from Catalina Express but the only alternative is a bus... More 

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