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Skip the Line: San Francisco Escape from the Rock Cruise

Highlights
  • Skip the box office line and go straight to the gate with your ticket!
  • 'Escape from the Rock' 90-minute cruise around San Francisco Bay
  • Hear the audio-recorded stories of former Alcatraz guards and prisons as you sail around 'The Rock' and beneath the Golden Gate Bridge
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Skip the Line: San Francisco Escape from the Rock Cruise
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Skip the Line: San Francisco Escape from the Rock Cruise
From $39.00
Overview
Learn stories behind the SF Bay Area's most notorious former federal penitentiary on a fascinating Escape from the Rock cruise. Board a boat for 90-minute journey through the bay while listening to audio recordings (available in several languages) from ex-prisoners and guards about daily life on 'The Rock.' Learn about the Birdman of Alcatraz and the infamous 1962 'Alcatraz Escape,' and come to know why Alcatraz instilled fear into the hearts of even the worst-of-the-worst criminals. Tours are accessible on any of your own wifi-enabled iPads, smartphones or other devices. This ticket allows you to skip the box office line and go straight to the gate.
What to Expect
This 1.5-hour 'Escape from the Rock' cruise, departing from Pier 39, takes you under the Golden Gate Bridge and around Alcatraz Island to see every angle of the former federal penitentiary, now part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. En route, enjoy sightings of the city skyline and Angel Island. 
A multi-language audio tour is available with WiFi-enabled devices, and food and drinks are available to purchase on board. Hear intriguing stories about Alcatraz escape attempts by Al Capone, Billy Cook the Killer, Clyde Johnson, and many others. You'll get a clear picture of what life was like in this maximum-security prison when it was the most feared institution in the American penal system.
Reviews (15)
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Reviewed October 29, 2018
Best way to experience Alcatraz

This was a unique was of experiencing the rock via the Blue and Gold Alcatraz. We went to the Golden Gate bridge and then main focus was the prison. The commentary from inside the boat and the experience around the island was truley great. Recommended...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Kshah83
Dennis S, Manager at Blue & Gold Fleet, PIER 39, responded to this reviewResponded November 2, 2018

Thank you for your kind review. We really appreciate your feedback and we're happy to hear you enjoyed your experience. Best wishes!

Reviewed August 15, 2018
"Awesome Cruise"

We took the 90 minute cruise around the Bay. Loved traveling under the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. They provide information about the area, as you travel. Beautiful views of the city and surroundings. Make sure to bring a jacket-- it does get cool and...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank 86MissyJ
Dennis S, Manager at Blue & Gold Fleet, PIER 39, responded to this reviewResponded August 17, 2018

Thank you for your very kind review. We really appreciate your feedback and tips for future riders.

Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile
Breathtaking view!

This a good tour if you can’t get a tour in the prison which has to be booked in advance. I recommend having a jacket because it gets cold! I enjoyed the sights of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Sea Lions!

1  Thank myralw89
Dennis S, Manager at Blue & Gold Fleet, PIER 39, responded to this reviewResponded August 7, 2018

Thank you for your very kind review. We appreciate your feedback and are happy to hear you had a good time.

Reviewed August 2, 2018 via mobile
Good bay cruise

First time we have done a cruise as opposed to going to the rock. Totally enjoyef it. Sailed along the piers past harbour under the golden gate, back around Alcatraz, towards the bay bridge and back. It was cold and wet by the golden gate,...More

1  Thank joep735
Dennis S, Manager at Blue & Gold Fleet, PIER 39, responded to this reviewResponded August 5, 2018

Thank you for your kind review. We appreciate your feedback and are happy to hear you had a good Escape from the Rock Cruise. All best wishes, Dennis

Reviewed June 30, 2018
Must Do...

Alcatraz Island trips are booked so long in advance there was no chance of us getting a tour. So we were delighted to discover that this tour spent a half an hour going around Alcatraz pointing out the buildings and giving the history, in addition...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Foodfan2830
Dennis S, Manager at Blue & Gold Fleet, PIER 39, responded to this reviewResponded July 2, 2018

Thank you for your very kind review. We really appreciate your feedback and we're thrilled to hear you enjoyed your Escape from the Rock cruise. You're absolutely right about the time of day and wind, although the weather can be very unpredictable. It's always a...More

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DonProMa
December 6, 2018|
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Response from 86MissyJ | Reviewed this property |
no. you cruise around it
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charmsie
August 5, 2018|
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Response from GBMomof3 |
We were there in August. We loved this tour, it was a great compromise to not getting tickets for the island itself. The weather there is so variable. I think your ticket commits you to a specific time. I would wait until... More
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