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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

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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)
Pier 39 , Pier 39, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA

PIER 39, The Embarcadero at Beach St. San Francisco, CA 94133

This activity will end right where it started.
  • 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
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
Does this cruise dock on Alcatraz Island?
A:While it does not dock on the island, you get a 360-degree view of the island from the vessel. All the while hearing tales of the guards that worked there and the inmates that served there.
Dec 2021
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 measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Escape from the Rock Cruise?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Escape from the Rock Cruise.

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  • "Bring a jacket because it’s gets really chilly and breezy on the bay." See review

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star-5
Cruising the Bay
Gloria_V
, Aug 2022
This was a great trip with my family. Passing under the Golden Gate Bridge was a highlight. We even saw dolphins!
star-1
Bad experience no Spanish...
gustavo_v
, Aug 2022
Bad experience no Spanish audio and bad customer service. Didn’t even get to go in inside to get an actual tour
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Just Go
Patricia_B
, Aug 2022
Great ride for cost, gave 4/5 because the Fly’s were horrendous! Best advise, book prior to going and show up 20-30 min ahead
star-5
San francisco
Alexanderj_R
, Jul 2022
Really nice experience… Price perfect Friendly staff They got me In love with the city… nice view of Golden Gate Bridge
star-4
Fun for family with young kids
samantha_B
, Jul 2022
Great for the family, it was a nice short cruise and perfect for kids who were a little nervous to step foot on Alcatraz. Staff was friendly and boat was clean.
star-5
Up close..
Philip_V
, Jun 2022
Seeing the Golden gate bridge from below, and The Rock, up close.. Being out on the way, reminded me of home in Washington State.
star-1
Save your time and money!
Allen_Q
, Jun 2022
Bad experience. Needs to specify cruise only at the top of tour description so it is not missed at the bottom of the description. Was not offered headsets as advertised. This was a big disappointment for all 6 of us that took the tour. Not pleased with Viator.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
Bad taste in many mouths
Allen_Q
, Jun 2022
“Escape from the Rock” gave the impression that we would actually visit the prison. It wasn’t until they circled the rock and started back to pier 39 that it was only a cruise. Many on the ship we’re also mislead. Missed the fact that it was only a cruise in the third paragraph. They also never provided headsets to actually hear the guide. Wasted time and money.
star-5
Good for the family
Joseph_P
, Jun 2022
Had a wonderful tour of the bay. Got to see the Golden gate bridge and Alcatraz with all the related history behind it.
star-5
The naration was...
Joan_G
, Jun 2022
The naration was informative and entertaining. The cruise was memorable. The ship was clean and the crew was very friendly.
star-5
GREAT OVERVIEW OF THE BAY
RaeAnn_B
, May 2022
It was a great time on the water. And I loved the overview of Alcatraz. It was very informative. Great way to get an idea of the history of the bay if you have limited time.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Well said! And even if you have an ample amount of time, sometimes a close up look of the Island from a boat is perfect. We're glad you enjoyed!
star-2
Not Fun
Terri_S
, Feb 2022
We waited in line for 30 minutes waiting for the boat only to be told it broke down. I am not sure at this point if i will get a refund
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
We apologize for the inconvenience of our boat breaking down. There was hope that it would be able to make the cruise after experiencing some issues. But after a quick sea trial it was deemed unfit. We tried to offer other alternative cruises, but we understand that time can often play into that decision. When the refund request crosses our desk we will approve.
star-5
Very clean and elegant...
Gregory_G
, Feb 2022
Very clean and elegant experience. Fabulous view of the city from our room. Next time we come to the city for another wkend getaway we will definitly be staying here again.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
HI, thanks for the 5 star review! But I think you might have been talking about the hotel you stayed at while in San Francisco. Although we do have some great views on the water. :)
star-5
Totally worth it!
Daniuska_L
, Feb 2022
First time in San Francisco and we love it! The crew were so kind, we were late and they wait for us. Love all the view, it was totally worth it!
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
Thanks for the kind words. We do our best to make sure everyone gets on board, and I am happy that we were able to wait for you. Ultimately it is the captain who says when it's time to go so we will share your words with them.
star-5
We had cruise 🛳 tour...
Hassan_K
, Jan 2022
We had cruise 🛳 tour with sunny and bright day of 2 hours Then we had bus tour all around san Francisco for 3 hours
star-3
I wanted to book a trip...
Anantha_R
, Nov 2021
I wanted to book a trip to take prison tour. This option is advertised with misleading description to make me believe tour includes prison tour.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
We apologize if you feel you were misled. We try to make it a point to not mislead guests, and we will reexamine the ad so that others will not be misinformed again.
star-5
Spectacular Views
Deborah_W
, Nov 2021
We had a great day on the cruise! I would do it again and I highly recommend it. Great view of both bridges, Alcatraz anD the city! A definite must when coming to San Francisco!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Woohoo! So happy you enjoyed the cruise. And thanks for sharing your recommendation. :)
star-5
Golden Gate and Alcatraz
Catherin_G
, Nov 2021
It was all amazing! We didn’t realize that we would go under the Golden Gate, that was so exciting. Would definitely do this again and will recommend to others.
star-5
Happy Riding
MB_I
, Nov 2021
This cruise was so awesome! I enjoyed the storytelling of historical accounts and people, especially the engineering challenges of the magnificent Golden Gate, immigration story of Angel Island and the inmates and guards' stories of Alcatraz prison. The most amazing experience for me and my family was the maneuvering of the cruise boat under the Golden Gate bridge. Amidst the rough waves and blasting winds the captain did a fantastic job of keeping the boat afloat and turning it safely back into the calmer harbor. We had a blast standing at the bow! Thank you for this exhilarating experience!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Hi, thanks for the great review! And I will share your comment with our captain. It can be a little tricky navigating through that stretch of the water, but our captains have a lot of accrued hours making that turn. Thanks again!!
star-4
It was good.
Cheremay_S
, Sep 2021
There was no Champagne on the boat. We don't like Prosecco. Other than that the cruise was good and the crew was very friendly.

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