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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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Knoxville, Tennessee
"Great way to see the sights!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed April 26, 2017 NEW
We had a beautiful day on the bay in early April this year. We took a tour on the boat to see Alcatraz and the Golden Gate bridge. The provided commentary was informative and fun. But the views were stunning. I loved getting to see underneath the bridge - the seagulls - the sailboats - and all of the windsurfers! They got very close to our boats and waved. Very cool!! I'd highly recommend going on a cruise. My only complaint is that the windows were coated in salt so our pictures left a lot to be desired. However, it's about the experience, not the pictures.
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Port Alberni, Canada
"Quick and easy to access and a nice intro"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed April 23, 2017 NEW
This was a great way to see a view of San Francisco Bay and learn a bit about the cities history. They have many trips during the day so it's easy to just pop by while your walking at the pier and talk a break from walking and see the Harbour. Loved being able to get a nice closeup of the bridge
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"Highlight of Our Trip"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 20, 2017 NEW
Reasonably priced, just long enough to stay interesting, great views of everything in the Bay, fairly interesting commentary, they got booze. You get to go under the Golden Gate Bridge, so that's pretty dope. Recommended.
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"Nice way to see the bay!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed April 18, 2017 NEW
My boyfriend and I were at Pier 39 and saw the booth selling tickets and decided to try it on a whim. I'm glad we did. We got to see the GG Bridge from a different angle than driving over it. We also got to cruise around Alcatraz. We positioned ourselves at the bow of the ship to get the best views and pictures, but be forewarned, we hit some waves and got a good amount of spray!
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"Average attraction"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed April 16, 2017 NEW
We did the 60min harbour cruise to the Golden Gate Bridge around Alcatraz and then back to port we though it would be a nice idea as it was a full tour and not just a boat trip. Sadly once on board all the staff seemed disinterested and the tour was a prerecorded dull voice that you could hardly hear most of the time just due there being people on board which is obvious. The trip seemed very expensive for not a lot 32USD per adult seems a lot for what we got
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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.