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Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Escape from the Rock Cruise

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    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.
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    Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

    Boat was packed with so many people with little consideration for others - we queued for 45 mins in order to get on the boat early and get a good seat up top. However by the time the hordes boarded - people just stood right...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
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    Dennis S, Manager at Blue & Gold Fleet, PIER 39, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

    Unfortunately we can't predict the number of people who may want to take a ferry especially on the weekend and when the weather is good. We do have a system by which you can listen to the audio tour on your own mobile device, but...More

    Reviewed June 4, 2019 via mobile

    We took this about an hour cruise from pier 39. Which takes you around to the golden gate bridge and alcrantz island. It takes you below the bridge providing excellent view and photos opportunity. It takes you around alcrantz island. From the cruise you can...More

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    Dennis S, Manager at Blue & Gold Fleet, PIER 39, responded to this reviewResponded June 6, 2019

    Thank you for your kind review and tips for future customers. We appreciate your feedback and we're happy to hear you enjoyed your cruise. All best wishes, Dennis

    Reviewed June 1, 2019

    Arrived shortly before boat loaded, bought tickets and boarded quickly. Was Sunday but boat was not crowded. Trip was smooth, got close to seal lions of Pier 39. Narrative was good but not excessive. You could ride down below out of the wind, or on...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
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    Dennis S, Manager at Blue & Gold Fleet, PIER 39, responded to this reviewResponded June 3, 2019

    Thank you for your kind review. We appreciate your feedback and are happy to hear you enjoyed your ride. All best wishes, Dennis

    Reviewed April 10, 2019

    I thought it was too expensive to tour Alcatraz, but this cruise was inexpensive and went under the Golden Gate Bridge and around Alcatraz. Went in March, which was a bit chilly, but fun just the same. Very informative and enjoyable.

    Date of experience: March 2019
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    Dennis S, Manager at Blue & Gold Fleet, PIER 39, responded to this reviewResponded April 14, 2019

    Thank you for your kind review. We are very happy to hear you enjoyed your Escape from the Rock Cruise. We hope to see you again soon. All best wishes, Dennis

    Reviewed March 30, 2019

    This was a great way to learn about this historical escape. The narrator was extremely knowledgeable on the topic and his monotone voice was just perfect when we went around the island. Learning more about this unique part of history was an interesting experience and...More

    Date of experience: September 2018
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    Dennis S, Manager at Blue & Gold Fleet, PIER 39, responded to this reviewResponded April 1, 2019

    Thank you for letting us know that you enjoyed your experience. We are thrilled that you escaped from Alcatraz and had fun doing so. All the best, Dennis

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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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    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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