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.


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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 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

Viral Dharaiya
Charlotte, NC
1 Review
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"Great rates..!! Best offer"
May, 2018 NEW
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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TripAdvisor Reviews
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"Sausalito to SF pier"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed May 24, 2018 NEW
To whom it may concern, On May 22, 2018 on the 2:40 ferry from Sausalito my wife and I boarded a Blue and Gold ferry with our bicycles. The two crew members were tactless, rude, bellicose and very unprofessional. The boat was only 20% full and these gentleman were “herding” the bike people in like cattle. Pressuring us to virtually push the people in front of us out of the way. “You don’t need your helmet” one yelled to a (paying) customer. Then proceeded to throw a helmet and a few bikes on the stack of bikes being leaned up on one another. I have a $1,800 bike. I’m glad he didn’t reach for mine. But I was told that I was “ holding up the entire line “ of about 4 people left behind me as I was releasing my pannier. I can imagine inmates are treated with more respect by guards. I understand that we can’t use kickstands or locks, but this went way beyond that! Upon completing the military drill Sargent’s orders, the two crew met at their door and waited for about 10 minutes, while the patrons were standing by incredulously. What is the point of haranguing all these people into the boat to what, hurry up and wait? Then we had to wait in line (in the cargo hold) to purchase tickets. I missed half the ride to the harbor, which was part of or plan for the day. If tickets were available on shore it would have alleviated that scenario. I wanted to complain to the person collecting the fee for tickets, but I was taken aback by his appearance. He was wearing a black leather jacket and a wool hipster hat of some kind. He looked like a New York thug. My assumption then was that this entire company is comprised of thugs and bullies. Like us, most of these passengers are attempting to enjoy a nice day. This experience made that impossible. We visit S.F. annually and don’t plan to return to Sausalito again. If we do, Blue and Gold will NOT be a return option. I’m really surprised at the lack of bike stowage. The other company has “on board” racks of some kind if I remember correctly. Multi speed bikes have way too many delicate components to be stacking them atop each other. It’s my opinion that Gold and Blue needs to train their people to be courteous and more helpful at stowing the bikes in a moré conducive fashion, like head to toe. Or purchase the proper bike racks. You have a website and use social media. What’s the point of spending revenue on that and then treat your patrons so horribly?
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Los Angeles, California
"Trip from SF to Tiburon"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 13, 2018 NEW
Blue & Gold ferry was such a great way to visit the SF Bay Area & trip to Tiiburon for brunch- very inexpensive & memorable
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Matawan, New Jersey
"It’s not worth it"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed May 02, 2018 NEW
Paid $33 for a one hour tour that lasted only 50 mins. They take you out under the Golden Gate Bridge and day immediately turn around. Then you drive by Alcatraz and head down to near the ferry terminal and back to port. They have narration but you can barely hear it. By the time you hear about a landmark you already passed it 5 minutes ago. I think I deserve a refund.
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Jarrod Z
"Fun and Interesting"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed April 30, 2018 NEW
Me and a date hopped on after a day in the city and really enjoyed ourselves. Great views of the island, informative crew and got a picture at the end.
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"Really Worth It"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed April 23, 2018
We took this 1 hour round trip, passing Alcatraz and getting relatively close on the return, which gave us some great views and photo opportunities. Getting up and close to the bridge was brilliant, an amazing structure. There was an audio, but my only criticism is if you are outside it is difficult to follow the commentary. However it was good value for money and a great opportunity to see the bridge from a different perspective.
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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.