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.


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

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Prashanth Palani kumar
1 Review
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"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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Lafayette, California
"Nice cruise around the bay"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 22, 2019 NEW
I've taken the Blue and Gold cruise around the bay a dozen times over the years - mostly when we have friends in from out of town. The one hour ride never fails to put a smile on everyone's face. My wife and I were walking down the waterfront from Pier 39 to Fisherman's Wharf and decided, once more, to take advantage of the nice day and enjoy a cruise around the bay. The water was calm and the views unsurpassed. We sat outdoors on the rear deck and thoroughly enjoyed views of the San Francisco skyline, the Golden Gate and Alcatraz Island. The only minor complaint was the sound system is completely inadequate for a trip on the bay and we only heard perhaps 10% of the dialogue. Unfortunate because the audio tour sounded interesting even though we familiar with the landmarks. I was pleased to find out, after the tour, that there is a way to pipe the tour through your smartphone - we'll have to see how that works the next time we take the cruise. Overall, a very fun and inexpensive way to get a closeup look at landmarks on the bay!
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Elizabethtown, Kentucky
"It was decent"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed February 12, 2019 NEW
The cruise was nice, but it sounds fancier on their website than what it is. It’s an older ferry with a bar station downstairs and some tables. They have an older tape that plays for the “guided tour”. It wasn’t bad for the price.
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United Kingdom
"Great Trip Between Islands"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 07, 2019 NEW
This route took me to Angel Island, then onto Tiburon, Sausalito and back to Pier 41. Lucky that we had a clear sunny day and best stop is right at the front of the boat; which seems like most people did not know about as they were all huddled in the back! If it’s raining you will not enjoy it as you really need to be outside to get great views of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. Easy way to get around and of course the Captain has the best job and view of the day! You can purchase drinks and snacks onboard but perhaps best to bring your own (especially if going Angel Island off season).
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Baton Rouge
"Fun, quick and informative "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 30, 2019 NEW
We purchased the City Pass booklets which included a free ferry ride as part of the $89 booklets. The ferry ride was very informative about the history of the city. I’d recommend this tour if you have limited time in the city and want to get wonderful pictures of the top attractions from the water. Make sure you go on a clear day. The tour lasts one hour.
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East Anglia, England
"Escape from The Rock Cruise"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 27, 2019 NEW
Thoroughly enjoyed this cruise out to the Golden Gate Bridge and we then circled the infamous Alcatraz Island. The recorded English commentary was very informative throughout the voyage. The noisy sea lions were a welcome sight after departure!
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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.