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“The most cost effective and efficient way to Catalina Island”
Review of Catalina Express

Catalina Express
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$73.50*
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Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service: Long Beach or San Pedro to Avalon
Ranked #2 of 86 things to do in Long Beach
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed February 27, 2013

With 4 departures a day from L.B.C and 6 from Avalon you have several options to taylor make your excursion to and from Santa Catalina Island. Catalina Express' fleet is well maintained and the heads (restrooms) are clean. There is a snack bar where treats and beverages including alcohol are for purchase. Board early to choose a window seat. Once your seat is saved you can roam the ship and even walk upstairs to view the sea outside. Sign up for the Catalina Express newletter and you can recieve a free ride to Catalina on your Birthday !

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Reviewed February 27, 2013

We left out of Long Beach downtown and the ride wa pretty good
I would suggest if you get sea sick at all, bring a jacket and sit on top and you'll feel better

Thank travelshooter71
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

We went to Avalon from Long Beach on the Jet Cat Express. Wow - great ride! fast, comfortable and pretty views. Great Bloody Mary's on our morning ride over! Our return trip was cancelled due to weather & the staff on the Island was most helpful in guiding us to a way off the island by helicopter. We couldn't wait for the water to calm down.The staff was also very nice when I called to find out how to get a refund for our unused tickets.

Thank KMRondeau
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Reviewed February 18, 2013

For my birthday, Valentine's Day, we went to Catalina. I signed up for the "Free Ride" on you birthday with Catalina Express, which I would reccomend. We did the upgrade to the Commodore's Club and it was worth it. Early boarding, nice seats and a friendly wait staff. On the trip over we saw dolphins and a small pod of Finback Whales! We took the last express back in the evening and it was just as nice. You could see the coastline start to appear in the distance until you are back in the harbor.

1  Thank Lars_92705
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Reviewed February 17, 2013

For a little more money you can upgrade to the upper deck, where you have more room, early boarding and a bit more comfort. If you set your mind to compare this to the Greyhound of the sea, you'll be fine. The crew is far from friendly, and seems to be somewhat bitter about their career choices. But you get there, quickly and safely.

1  Thank Mike90275
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