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“A good trip” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Alcatraz Cruises, LLC

Alcatraz Cruises, LLC
Pier 33, Alcatraz Landing, San Francisco, CA
+1 415-981-7625
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Ranked #56 of 394 Activities in San Francisco
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Owner description: Visit San Francisco's most notorious site: Alcatraz. The rich history of Alcatraz Island means there is always something new to discover. See the first lighthouse on the West Coast, learn about Alcatraz as a Civil War fort, hear voices from the past on the cellhouse audio tour, find out about the 19-month occupation of Alcatraz by Indians of all tribes, and explore the natural side of the Rock with beautiful gardens, bird colonies, and breathtaking views. All tickets include roundtrip ferry transportation, all regularly scheduled Ranger-led or docent guided tours, and a captivating audio tour in the prison cellhouse with actual interviews of former guards and inmates who lived on the island during the infamous Federal Penitentiary era (now available in 11 languages - English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Mandarin, Dutch, Korean, Portuguese, and Russian). Reserve tickets in advance and make sure to book through Alcatraz Cruises for guaranteed lowest prices. Alcatraz Cruises is the official National Park Service concessioner serving visitors to Alcatraz Island. Open seven days a week, with several daily departures, Alcatraz is a place to experience for locals and visitors alike. Alcatraz Island is truly an inescapable experience.
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“A good trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013 via mobile

Although the weather was bad, it was a good 1/2 day experience. The audio tour gave a true perspective of the conditions that existed for ever day life. The staff were friendly and helpful. It was good value for money if you consider the cost of other ferry company's that just take you around the island.

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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Norwegian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Anchorage, Alaska
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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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“Great Value”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013

My wife and I booked a trip with Alcatraz Cruises online. The prices were very reasonable. We booked our tour for 11:00 but arrived early so were offered to go on the 10:30 trip, which we did. The trip to the island is very fast. The boat has a fully-stocked snack bar, restroom, and plenty of seating, both inside and up top. The views are spectacular. The tour was advertised for about 2 1/2 hours, but when we got there we were told to catch any Alcatraz Cruise boat headed back to San Francisco (they arrive/leave about every 30 minutes. We spent over 4 hours wandering through the prison and the surrounding grounds. The self-guided audio tour is great. Be prepared to walk, although they do provide a tram for people with limited mobility. Bring bottled water. I would highly recommend this Alcatraz tour company.

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Kentucky
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“Just OK”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

We LOVED Alcatraz, I review it separately. However, the monopoly this company has for this national park is unfair. This isn't some tourist trap, it's a piece of history and should be treated as such. The souvenir photo and shabby customer service are inappropriate for this type of a site. Also, it would be nice if they had locker rentals at the facility. The boats are very nice though and we enjoyed our experience as a whole. Honestly, it's pointless reviewing the cruise company, because it's the ONLY way to see Alcatraz.

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Gothenburg, Västra Götaland, Sweden
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“Alcatraz cruising”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

For me it was an exiting trip. Have seen the island in different filmes, it didn't fit whit the thruth.
The audio tour was very good, informativ mixed whit real speakers and very clear where to go.
I don't think anyone shall miss this tour while being in San fransisco.

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Toronto
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210 helpful votes 210 helpful votes
“The only way to go.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

This is the only way to actually land on the island. The boats were well organized, comfortable and fast. The process was seamless, but make sure you book way in advance because the chances of getting on by just showing up are slim to none.

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