Escape from the Rock Cruise in San Francisco, CA

Pier 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.


from Escape From the Rock Cruise
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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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Philipsburg, St Martin / St Maarten
"Watch out to buy correct ticket"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed December 08, 2018
After your bike ride from SF to Sausalito this is 1 of 2 options to ferry back to SF. -Golden gate Ferry to pier 1 (Ferry building/Embarcadero/Food market) -Blue and Gold Fleet to pier 39/41 (Fishermans Warf) By bike less than 10 mins distance from 1 to the other location. Both $12,50 Look up on the website for accurate schedule. Its a rather comfortable ride of approx 20mins, stable (havent seen anybody seesick), lots of place to stall your bike. The Ferry has a few decks and restrooms, and a snackbar. You dont need to buy the ticket before you board ashore with the machines (cash, debit and creditcard), you can simply buy your ticket on the ferry as wrll. Less hassle. However if you buy it beforehand make sure you watch which Ferry you want to take... Since they let you board without checking the ticket, and only at arrival check on it.
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chriss z
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
"See the entire bay!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 07, 2018
We bought tickets for the bay tour on Pier 39. The narration of the tour gives you history and interesting stories of what you are cruising by. We had a super sunny clear day to see the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and sea lions lounging near Pier 39. Worth the money!
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Sydney, Australia
"Nothing gold about this."
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed November 25, 2018
We used this service as it was included in the bike hire. I wouldn’t use it again though, they ran very late, whilst they did keep us updated on the reason it was easily 45min plus delay. The following day we were walking past the Ferry terminal again and overheard an announcement that they were again running late. The view was the saving grace though. Otherwise there is food on board and toilets should you want a snack and a restroom.
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Austin, Texas
"We would definitely do this again!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 25, 2018
We bought our tickets online days before the tour. It's so worth it! You get to go under the Golden Gate Bridge twice and completely around Alcatraz. It was cold on our day but we didnt care cause you must be outside for the views and pics. It lasted an hour and we would do it again.
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Doug K
Melbourne, Australia
"Golden Gate and Alcatraz tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 15, 2018
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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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.