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“Good but Beware of parking across the Street!!!!” 4 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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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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“Good but Beware of parking across the Street!!!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

The tour is wonderful, be sure to do the audio tour it allows you to go at your own pace. We took our chances and did not buy ahead of time and got right on an 11:am Tuesday cruise, the night cruises are a different story. It is so much more commercialized than I remember it in 1971, but time marches on! PLEASE BEWARE of parking lots around in the area, we parked in an open lot across from pier 35 and paid $30 for our whole day adventure, he gave us a ticket, then quickly left the area! In actuality we we're suppose to pay an electronic kiosk with our space number!!!!! That extra $30 would have bought a nice dinner!

Visited December 2013
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Dublin
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“Great value, great audio tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

Alcatraz tour was a great way to spend an afternoon - round trip of about 2.5 hours (you can do longer). Boat is very spacious and ride to island is short enough for anyone not comfortable on boats. The audio tour is up there with the best audio tours going. Excellent value on Alcatraz Cruises (some sites charge much more!)

Visited November 2013
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Devon
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“Interesting tour and great views!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

We did the night tour which left at 3.50. The views if the San Fran city skyline at night are fantastic. Educational and staff were friendly. The only niggle was the line and having a photo taken before. It would be better to have a more advanced system as we queued for 30 mins in the rain before getting on the boat despite having tickets. Tip: book 2 to 3 weeks ahead as trips sell out. There is a stand by area if you leave it to chance and about 20 people seemed to get on our trip so chance it if you don't get chance to book!

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“Efficient and well done ”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

Alcatraz itself was perhaps a bit of a let down simply because we we expected a lot but the tour is very well done by the US Parks people and the transportation company does a really good job of getting you over there and back without big line ups or crowds, despite being fully sold out. Very friendly staff as well.

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“Alcatraz Island Cruise”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

I have been visiting San Francisco for many years and finally made the trip to Alcatraz. I booked on-line through http://www.alcatrazcruises.com/ and the process was very easy. We opted for the "Night Tour" which was great because it included the audio tour which is only optional on the day cruises.

The information on the audio tour as well as the short guided tour we received, was very informative and interesting. I would highly recommend the night tour on Alcatraz Cruises.

Visited November 2013
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