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

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Prashanth Palani kumar
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great Price and Good tour"
July, 2018
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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Doug K
Melbourne, Australia
"Golden Gate and Alcatraz tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 15, 2018 NEW
Took the one hour cruise to Golden Gate and Alcatraz tour. It was good. It had a recorded commentary that was informative but not comprehensive. The crew were competent and made announcements as required for safety (eg: “ please be aware we are meeting a ships wake”). Went under the Golden Gate and close to Alcatraz. A pleasant basic one hour cruise of the San Francisco Bay.
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Chilliwack, Canada
"Bridge, Sausalito and Alcatraz"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 11, 2018 NEW
Took the ferry on the tour under the bridge,and around Alcatraz Island. We also drove our bikes over the bridge to Sausalito and took the ferry back. Very enjoyable!
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Fort Wayne, Indiana
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 09, 2018 NEW
We did the extended bay cruise and loved it. Sit on the right side of the top deck for the best views! We went under the Golden Gate Bridge and around Alcatraz while listening to a prerecorded informative audio. Info about the city history, the building of the bridge and intro to Alcatraz. It was interesting and well done. Nice that we could buy adult drinks on board. Bring a jacket for sure, you’re boating through the bay! It’s going to be cold! (Clean bathrooms on board.)
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Ryan S
San Antonio, Texas
"A Beautiful Day on the Bay!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 09, 2018 NEW
This trip was very informative and somewhat entertaining as the recorded narrative played while the ship cruised to the Bay Bridge and around Alcatraz. We were able to enjoy an adult beverage and take some fantastic pictures on this tour. Fun and interesting!
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
"Trip over to Tiburon"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 02, 2018 NEW
Caught the first sailing (next to ‘Prier 39’) of the day to Tiburon (09:30); the boat was busy with parties of children on route to camping on Angel Island. The crossing was quick & smooth with a good views of Alcatraz & the Golden Gate Bridge; about 35mins to Angel Island, then more 10mins to Tiburon. Cost (one way); $12.50 each with no tax.
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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.