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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Austin, Texas
"Blue and Gold SF Bay Cruise Adventure"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed February 21, 2018 NEW
I took this cruise around San Francisco Bay on 02/17/18. It lasts 1 hour and takes you out to the Golden Gate Bridge, underneath it and back to port. It is a narrated recording, but it's interesing to listen too. The time on this cruise is just about right. Bring a jacket, because it can get cold. Adult ticket is $33. Senior is $26. I recommend it.
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Santiago, Chile
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed February 08, 2018 NEW
We biked from SF to Sausalito through the Golden Gate, had a fantastic trip. We were warned on purchasing the tickets for the ferry in advance which we did and getting early which we also did for getting to our dinner booking. Afterwards got to the line 25 min before the boat time of departure pretty advanced in the line. There is something like a mafia in the organization of this. The organizers made all the people, for no reason, skip most of the line by packing them forward and at the same time offering taxis for the ones that won’t make it back at an outrageous cost. Apparently it is a common thing to be left out of the boat due to capacity, so if you have tickets or a booking for anything you’ll most likely be willing to pay to get back. By packing everybody to the front with no respect to the line everyone that got early miss their advantage of getting early thus reducing you chances to get in. At the same time, they offer the services of Taxi Drivers for the ones that would not make it, calling out that they have no interest in these Taxis. Additionally to this, the boat arrived late for pick up, and you did not have to purchase your ticket in advance, as these were sold inside the boat. We almost did not make it, very annoying.
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Dorset, England
"Spoilt by unpleasant member of staff"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed February 06, 2018 NEW
As a Bay ferry service, it was perfectly acceptable. Being a first-time visitor to Angel Island, Tiburon and Sausalito, some kind of commentary would have been nice. Unfortunately, upon the arrival of the return ferry, we were greeted on the quay by a very curt and abrupt male member of staff. Seemingly, there was an issue about acceptability of certain tickets. This member of staff stated what tickets were accepted and then brusquely said that he would not be answering questions. Very unwelcoming.
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Nashville, Tennessee
"Fleet Week Air Show"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 02, 2018 NEW
We went to see the fleet week air show. It was a great experience and I highly recommend. It was affordable and gave us a great view without having to fight crowds. Food was provided and there was plenty of seating.
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Shawna T
"Worth the reasonable cost!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 23, 2018 NEW
I took the escape from the rock 1.5h tour. This was one of the best tours I’ve been on. Go early and it’s not so crowded. I went on the 1130am tour. The narrative is amazing and learned new things about Alcatraz, San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge. Reasonable price for the time involved. Great employees and staff.
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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.