Escape from the Rock Cruise in San Francisco, CA

Blue & Gold FleetPier 39San Francisco, CA 94133
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Overview

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.

Description

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
WESTMONT, IL
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
1 Review
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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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sarahhQ3042RJ
Baltimore, Maryland
"Surprisingly worth it"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 29, 2019 NEW
I'm not normally into "touristy" things when I travel, and this hour-long cruise in the center of Pier 39 rang all sort of warning bells. But it was really cool! I got some amazing photos of the bridge and alcatraz, and $30 was very reasonable for a unique experience.
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rgstrip
Herndon, Virginia
"Easily the best value of anything we enjoyed in San Francisco"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 28, 2019 NEW
For $25 round-trip to Tiburon, this was easily the best value of anything we experienced in San Francisco. Heck, you could just take the trip without even getting off the boat, and it would have been well worth your while. Cannot imagine returning to SF and not doing this again....unless some friend pulls up with a private boat....that would be better.
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NCHS80
Manchester, NH
"Dropped a category due to customer service..."
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 28, 2019
I'm big on customer service, so the rating is below excellent due to poor customer service at the ticket booth. Tour itself was excellent. We did the most popular tour, which gives you great views of the Golden Gate, Alcatraz and the city. The boat was clean, modern and the crew was pleasant. You could easily hear the pre-recorded narration while in route. That said, the cons - To start with, this company is a touch more expensive than the other big company that has red in its colors. We happened to go with this company only because we walked right by it, but after paying realized the other company's tickets were less money for presumably the same experience.. When we got to the ticket booth, we were not greeted by the young woman sitting there. In fact, she was busy rolling her eyes and making comments under her breath about the prior customer. I don't know what happened, but you don't show other customers your disgust over other guests. Keep it to yourself, move on, be pleasant to the next one. She didn't greet me. I said what I was looking for, she had me sign my credit card receipt, and handed me the tickets. She said nothing else. No explanation of where to go (I thought it was obvious, but later had to ask someone else), no "thank you," NOTHING. Not even a smile. She was a robot that handled the transaction. I would be happy to provide the company with more details so that they can better coach this person. Overall would recommend this tour, BUT, also check out the other big tour operator, as they were a little less money per ticket.
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LightFighter
Lafayette, California
"Nice cruise around the bay"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 22, 2019
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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856emilym
Elizabethtown, Kentucky
"It was decent"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed February 12, 2019
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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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.