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.

up to 1.5 hrs 1 or more people

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our San Francisco Travel Experts
  • Cruise around Alcatraz Island, infamous for its former high-security prison.
  • The cruise usually takes about 90 minutes to complete.
  • Live narration provides insight into Alcatraz' history, notable inmates and escape attempts.
  • Use your own WiFi-enabled device for the multi-language audio tour (available in 9 languages)—not a public headset.
  • Arrive early to get a better seat. Seats are offered on a first come, first served basis.
  • Departs from the San Francisco waterfront at Pier 39.
  • Suitable for all ages, making it a great activity for families. Children ages 4 and under can ride for free.


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 past Angel Island State Park before circling the mysterious around Alcatraz Island to see every angle of this mysterious island and get an in-depth view of the prison. Hear intriguing stories about Alcatraz's 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 the ticket booth on the day of sailing for the schedule. All prices include narration. Service animals are allowed. No reserved seating is available. Schedule and prices are subject to change without notice.

Escape From the Rock Cruise Reviews

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Prashanth Palani kumar
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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
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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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Frequently Asked Questions about Escape From the Rock Cruise

Where does the Escape From the Rock Cruise depart from?

The cruise departs from Pier 39, The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94133. If you are using GPS navigation, input Pier 41, San Francisco, CA 94133.

When should I arrive?

Please arrive no later than 30 minutes prior to departure.

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.

Are there restrooms on the boat?

Yes, all boats have restrooms.

Are dogs allowed on the boats?

Dogs and other animals are welcome on the Blue & Gold Fleet vessels and must be kept on a leash or in an approved carrier at all times while on board. Dog owners remain wholly responsible for their animal. Failure of the owner to control an animal is grounds for removal of the animal and passenger responsible for the animal.

Are the boats wheelchair accessible?

Blue & Gold Fleet's vessels are wheelchair accessible and have assessable restrooms. However, wheelchairs can only access the main deck which houses the bar, the restrooms and wide open interior deck and viewing spaces. The upper decks can only be accessed by stairs thus wheelchairs cannot access the upper exterior decks.