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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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Danville, Illinois, United States
"Fast trip under the Golden Gate"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed March 13, 2017 NEW
Good fast trip, no time wasted on this cruise. 1 hour start to finish,, past Alcatraz to the bridge and back to the north side of Alcatraz. The PA system needs some help. The drinks on the boat are expensive.
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"More than just Alcatraz "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 13, 2017 NEW
We did the tour called Escape from the Rock. I thought we would only learn about Alcatraz but I was wrong. The tour goes under the Golden Gate Bridge and you have spectacular views. The tour includes a lot of history, not only about the bridge but also about the city. We then moved closer to Alcatraz and circled it twice. Great views and great stories! Make sure you bring a jacket! It is REALLY windy!
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"I Fell Asleep"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed March 07, 2017 NEW
Don't jump to conclusions. I didn't fall asleep because I was bored. I fell asleep because it was such a relaxing trip. I gave it only a score if 4 because I couldn't see very much because people were standing up and blocked my view. I would do it again. It's worth the cost.
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Windsor, Canada
"A Different Perspective of the Bay"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed March 04, 2017 NEW
Several options for cruises are available. We took the cruise under the Golden Gate Bridge and around Alcatraz. The boat ride was quite comfortable and was very informative.
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Andrea R
Salt Lake City, Utah
"4 p.m. Bay Cruise - Wonderful!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 21, 2017
We took the 4 p.m. Bay cruise as we wanted to catch the bridge near sunset. Although the bay was quite choppy and it was very windy and cold, the large boat gave us a fairly smooth cruise. They provide a lot of information about the city and the islands and there is plenty of opportunity to get some great pictures. The cruise takes you right to the bridge and back. Plenty of indoor space if its cold out. Well worth the trip!
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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.