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Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Escape from the Rock Cruise

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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 8 more

Overview

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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"Straight to the gate" access
Food and drinks (available to purchase)
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Departure Point

Pier 39, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA

Return Details

Returns 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

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Escape from the Rock Cruise?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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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
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What is the social distancing policy during Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Escape from the Rock Cruise?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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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 policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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What is the maximum group size during Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Escape from the Rock Cruise?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers.

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star-4
Great
Jennifer_G
, Jun 2021
It was a very good experience. Enjoyed going under the Golden Gate Bridge. Loved hearing the history of The prison.
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star-4
Highly recommend
Jesica_B
, Jun 2021
The best way to see the bridge and Alcatraz. A great option to cram a lot into a short San Fran experience. Highly recommend
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star-5
I was very impressed
Charmaine_J
, Jun 2021
I really liked how close up to Alcatraz we got! I was thrilled! It was also very informative narration!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Hi! Thanks for the great review. We're glad you had such a good time.
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star-5
Great fun!
Susan_S
, Jun 2021
We loved being out on the front of the boat. Feeling the crazy breeze and going under the Golden Gate Bridge! Turning around and out of the breeze made the time outside pleasant and totally enjoyed the cold and wind heading back to dock! Nice and close to Alcatraz and great info!!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
It's invigorating to be on the bow of the boat and to feel that chilly breeze. So glad you enjoyed the cruise, and thank you for your kind review!
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star-5
Beautiful, smooth way access
nathan_w
, May 2021
The nice Boat ride and views we can see! The Bar and eating area were very relaxing. We recommend going on this tour ride!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Thank you for the kind review. It's great to hear you had a nice time sailing with us!
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Did not go. Ticket didn't work and by the time I got to the ticket office, the boat was gone
Sheila_P
, May 2021
I didn't get to go. My ticket I paid for ahead of time did not work and I missed the boat........ Very upsetting.
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Hi Sheila- I'm sad to hear that you had issues with your tickets. If you missed your boat we would have put you on the next available cruise since you paid for your tickets in advance. If you are ever back around please come back so we can make this up to you. Kind regards.
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Windows
David_N
, May 2021
It was very nice. The windows were dirty hard to see out. The boat would have looked better just with clean windows. Crew was great. Thanks
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Thank you for your honest review. That dirt that you see on the windows are actually salt deposits from the ocean air. We do wash it off daily, but to your point I think it's time for a deep cleaning. Being shutdown for all that time as left a film that needs our attention. Thank you again, we will take care of it.
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star-5
It was more than I expected and a snack bar topped it off
Elmont_P
, May 2021
The audio was awesome and learned a lot more about San Francisco. Thank you it was an awesome experience for me, my wife and my son .
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Happy to hear! And I'll even let the snack bar know they got a shout out. :)
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Cruise alcatraz
shomazonly
, Jan 2020
I booked this cruise assuming that it will also give us an access to the Alcatraz island. However, it was cruise featuring sight seeing from a distance. The weather being bright & sunny we enjoyed the cruise with the guided message being played despite the initial disappointment of realizing that we will not really get down at Alcatraz island.
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star-5
Great Cruise/Tour !!
tyager1955
, Apr 2019
This 1 1/2 hour cruise around San Francisco Bay was informative regarding the history of San Francisco and Alcatraz as well as the Bay and Golden Gate bridges. A great vantage point for amazing pictures. Very reasonably priced and well run. Departs from Pier 39 - right next to the lounging sea lions. The day we went out the skty was crystal clear blue with no fog. All-in-all a very good trip
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