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.


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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 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.

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Denver, Colorado
"Fun boat ride"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed July 23, 2017 NEW
We were able to buy a ticket easy enough and it wasn't too expensive. We took the ferry over to Sausalito. The ferry was running late. I think it was because it was a busy weekend and there were a ton of people who rented bikes who were using the ferry. But it was about 15 minutes late to take us to Sausalito and then to take us back to San Francisco it was an hour late. The boat ride was fun and you get some great views from top deck you also get a great view of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. You can buy drinks on boat alcohol too. They also have a small selection of snacks. You can also buy tickets on board the ferry. But the lines to get on the boats get really long, at least they did while we were there. Oh and dress warm because it gets chilly out on deck!!
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Ruth S
"Best harbor cruise and whale sightings"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 23, 2017 NEW
The harbor cruise takes about an hour or so. They take you out underneath Golden Gate Bridge and past Alcatraz. While we were on the cruise they announced that George and Gracie (Star Trek fans!) were in the bay. While on the cruise we saw whales breaching and saw their spray. It was fabulous! We also got a close up view of Alcatraz, which was great. Recommend you take this cruise!
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San Francisco, California
"Day trip to Angel Island"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed July 16, 2017 NEW
If you are staying in SF for quite a while and want a bit of an outdoor escape head to Angel Island for a nice hike and beautiful view/vantage of the city. The ferry's arrive about every two hours and if you can hoof it you can make the next ferry. I'd highly recommend either planning on doing a speedy hike or packing a picnic and picnicking on the sunset trail so that you can enjoy the view of the golden gate bridge and san francisco. This is an amazing get away from a somewhat concrete jungle.
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"Great service bringing the bikes back"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 14, 2017 NEW
We took two tandems over the golden gate right around to the seaside town on tiburon. The bikes all went in very smoothly and came out the same way. The last ferry back had great views of the bridge at sunset departing at 730pm and the best part was NO LINE!
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New York City, New York
"Nice Tour of San Fran"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed July 11, 2017 NEW
For $24 per person, this is a worthwhile tour of San Fran. You get great views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. You get to spend some time on the water and I found it relaxing. Search online for discounts before you book.
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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 11:30am and 3:45pm 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.