Escape from the Rock Cruise in San Francisco, CA

Blue & Gold FleetPier 39San Francisco, CA 94133
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Learn the infamous legends of Alcatraz escape attempts while cruising around Alcatraz Island, also known as “The Rock”. From Al Capone to Billy Cook the Killer, you’ll hear chilling tales about the most feared prison in the United States. The 90-minute cruise also includes views of the Golden Gate Bridge and other San Francisco sites.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our San Francisco Travel Experts
  • Cruise duration: approximately 90 minutes long.
  • A free multi-language audio tour is available in 9 languages with use of a WiFi enabled device.
  • Arrive early to get a better seat. Seats are offered on a first come, first served basis.


from Escape From the Rock Cruise
Blue & Gold Fleet’s 90-minute Escape from the Rock cruise takes you under the Golden Gate Bridge and around Alcatraz Island to see every angle of this mysterious island. Hear intriguing stories about Alcatraz escape attempts by Al Capone, Billy Cook the Killer, Clyde Johnson and many others, giving you 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.

A free multi-language audio tour is now available in nine languages: English, Spanish, Mandarin, Italian, French, Japanese, Korean, German & Taiwanese. Please bring your Wi-Fi enabled device to access the tour.

Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your desired departure time.

Note: Cruises may not operate during inclement weather. Check with ticket booth on the day of sailing for schedule. All prices include narration. Service animals allowed. No reserved seating available. Schedule and prices are subject to change without notice.

Reserve San Francisco Customer Reviews

2 Reviews
Prashanth Palani kumar
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great Price and Good tour"
July, 2018 NEW
We missed the ticket for Alcatraz island. Then we just got his Cruise tour which will not land Alcatraz but will go around the island. The Audio tour has met more than expectations had very good insight of the island from outside. Loved it will recommend others as well
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Viral Dharaiya
Charlotte, NC
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"Great rates..!! Best offer"
May, 2018
Searched through various platforms to get some deals on my recent travel. They were by far the best priced tickets with all available options. Saved my money. Will highly recommend to use them in future.
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Tip: Be on time. Great tour with lot of good historical information & secret stories of Alcatraz if that interest you.

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Robert K
Orland Hills, Illinois
"Disappointed Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed July 14, 2018 NEW
The boats were clean and well kept. There was a concession area on the main deck, cash only. I was terribly disappointed by the fact this was a prerecorded tour and it didn't always match to where we were. In fact they mentions things that were not there, There was no one answer questions this just didn't meet my expectations.
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Tracie S
Thornhill, Canada
"Meh! "
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed July 11, 2018 NEW
Horrible sound system. If you want to hear anything they say, sit inside. We sat outside and heard a bunch of static and every 3rd word. Kind if disappointing that we weren't able to learn any history of the Golden Gate Bridge. If you plan on going on any other tours that include the Golden Gate Bridge, don't waste your money on this.
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Malibu, California
"Nice and quick cruise. "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 08, 2018 NEW
Took my out of country family on this cruise and we all enjoyed it very much. The staff were friendly and informative. Nice 60 minutes cruise under the bridge and around Alcatraz. Boat was clean and spacious. Everyone had a seat and they also sell snacks and refreshments on the first level. Easy to get on and off.
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"Oversold The Boat! "
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed July 07, 2018 NEW
I waited over 90 minutes from the time I purchase tickets for the Escape the Rock and was the second family in line told that the boat was at capacity and we would have to wait another two hours for the next one. Apparently the boat it first come and first serve and even though you purchase a ticket for a certain time the cashier did NOT communicate that he ticket is generic ticket for the day!
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Burton W
"An Excellent Tour of the Harbor"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 07, 2018 NEW
The Blue and Gold fleet takes passengers on a very good tour of the harbor, all the way out to and under the Golden Gate bridge, before turning around and circling Alcatraz Island. The entire tour is narrated with a beautifully produced sound track that is broadcast all over the ship. The narration can be accessed by smart phone in several languages as well for tourists from abroad. We were lucky enough to catch the tour on a day where the weather was also spectacular.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Escape From the Rock Cruise

When should I arrive for the cruise?
Please arrive no later than 30 minutes prior to departure for your cruise.

When are cruises available?
Cruises are available at 11:30 am and 3:45 pm daily.

What happens if it rains?
Cruises may or may not be held in the case of rain, extreme winds, or other inclement weather conditions. Blue and Gold Fleet reserves the right to make a cancellation decision in the case of severe weather or other conditions.

Is tour narration available?
Yes. All tour prices include narration.

Do I need to reserve my seats?
No. Reserved seating is not available. Those with tickets board the ferry on a first come first serve basis.

Does this cruise stop at Alcatraz Island?
No. Cruises go around the island, but do not stop for guests to explore.