1 hour 30 minutes (Approx.)
Offered in: English
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Learn stories behind the Bay Area's most notorious former federal penitentiary on a fascinating 'Escape from the Rock' cruise. Board a boat for a journey through the bay while listening to audio recordings (available in several languages) from ex-prisoners and guards about daily life on 'The Rock.' Learn about the Birdman of Alcatraz and the infamous 1962 'Alcatraz Escape,' and come to know why Alcatraz instilled fear into the hearts of even the worst-of-the-worst criminals. Tours are accessible on any of your own wifi-enabled iPads, smartphones or other devices. This ticket allows you to skip the box office line and go straight to the gate.
- Skip the box office line and go straight to the gate with your ticket!
- 'Escape from the Rock' cruise around San Francisco Bay
- Hear the audio-recorded stories of former Alcatraz guards and prisons as you sail around 'The Rock' and beneath the Golden Gate Bridge
- Learn why even the worst prisoners were afraid of Alcatraz and what daily life on the island entailed
- Access the free audio tour on any personal wifi-enabled device
- Enjoy a relaxing cruise around San Francisco Bay
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Headsets to hear the guide clearly
"Straight to the gate" access
Food and drinks (available to purchase)
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
Departure & Return
Pier 39, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
PIER 39, The Embarcadero at Beach St. San Francisco, CA 94133
Return DetailsReturns to original departure point
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Wheelchair accessible, only on first deck
- Children from 0 to 4 years old sail for free
- Wheelchair accessible
- Stroller accessible
- Service animals allowed
- Near public transportation
- Transportation is wheelchair accessible
- Times are subject to change without notice
- Most travelers can participate
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
- OPERATED BY Blue and Gold Fleet
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
- For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
- If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
- Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
- Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
Learn more about cancellations.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Does this cruise dock on Alcatraz Island?
A:While it does not dock on the island, you get a 360-degree view of the island from the vessel. All the while hearing tales of the guards that worked there and the inmates that served there.
What is the policy on sanitization during Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Escape from the Rock Cruise?
A:The policies on sanitization are:
- Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
- Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
- Gear/equipment sanitized between use
- Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Escape from the Rock Cruise?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:
- Regular temperature checks for staff
- "Bring a jacket because it’s gets really chilly and breezy on the bay." See review
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