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

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San Francisco, United States

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

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
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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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Headsets to hear the guide clearly
"Straight to the gate" access
Food and drinks (available to purchase)
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)

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.
Q:
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
See all safety measures taken by Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Escape from the Rock Cruise.
Q:
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
See all safety measures taken by Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Escape from the Rock Cruise.
Q:
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
See all safety measures taken by Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Escape from the Rock Cruise.
Q:
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
See all safety measures taken by Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Escape from the Rock Cruise.
Q:
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.

See all safety measures taken by Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Escape from the Rock Cruise.

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Traveler Tips


  • "It's good, however they should work on the sound because on the upper deck with only one sound box sometimes you don't listen at all, Instead of circling twice the Alcatraz Island, they should consider going to the Bay Bridge." See review
  • "The boat was not crowded at all and it allowed for my family to move around and see the sights from both outside decks as well as moving inside once it got too cold." See review

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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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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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It was a really nice trip. The boat...
Kristin L
, Jan 2018
It was a really nice trip. The boat was not crowded at all and it allowed for my family to move around and see the sights from both outside decks as well as moving inside once it got too cold. The only thing I would change is it is hard to hear the stories sometimes and there are just very small signs that tell you how to connect your phone so you can hear it better. We didn't notice the signs until half way through the cruise. Despite that it was a great trip and all employees were very welcoming and kind. I highly recommend!
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It's good, however they should work...
Anselmo M
, Jan 2018
It's good, however they should work on the sound because on the upper deck with only one sound box sometimes you don't listen at all... Instead of circling twice the Alcatraz Island, they should consider going to the Bay Bridge.
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Activity was good! Wish we could of...
Michelle F
, Oct 2017
Activity was good! Wish we could of gotten closer though, but overall was a good activity trip.
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This excursion was better than I had...
Gail L
, Aug 2017
This excursion was better than I had hoped for! The scenery was of course amazing and the narrative was very informative- I highly recommend it!
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super ballade, mais surtout ne pas...
Valerie J
, Aug 2017
super ballade, mais surtout ne pas oublier un coupe vent.
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