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

2 Reviews
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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Ray X
Singapore, Singapore
"Windy ride and pricy ride, bring a coat! "
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed September 08, 2018 NEW
The audio guide on the cruise is useless. Against the breeze and the number of tourists on board, you could hardly hear the audio guide. The cruise made a trip underneath the Golden Gate Bridge and the prion island, before turning back to the pier. Slightly pricy for a cruise.
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Lebanon, Oregon
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 23, 2018 NEW
Amazing. Great tour. Love love loved it. Staff was very friendly and welcoming. Enjoy the history that is given. Cruise under the Golden Gate Bridge was awesome. Highly recommend this tour. Great pictures and views.
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"Good trip around the bay"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 18, 2018
A good way to take a trip around the san francisco bay and to see the golden gate and alcatraz. Good narration along the way giving some of the history of the bay. Very enjoyable, even spotted a few dolphins in the water. An enjoyable hour. It can get cold on the bay and so you definitely need some warmer clothes.
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joseph W
"Great Tour Despite the Weather"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 15, 2018
Great tour of the bay around pier 39 to Alcatraz and The Golden Gate Bridge. Windy and rough seas, but the Captain and crew still gave a great tour around Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. About a 40-45 minute tour in total. Great for anyone. I little pricey, but we felt it was worth the price. Not the best organized as to how to board, but staff eventually got guest to their proper boarding areas.
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Kevan W
Ashford, United Kingdom
"Ferry back from Sausalito to Pier 39"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 07, 2018
After biking over the Golden Gate Bridge and up to Marin Highlands then a superb and long lunch at Scoma’s, it was time to take the bike back via the Blue & Gold ferry. Great trip, even if trying to remember what my hire bike looked like and exactly which one it was amongst the 100 odd bikes all stood against each other stretched my memory.
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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.