Escape from the Rock Cruise in San Francisco, CA

Pier 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.

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.


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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.

Tripster Customer Reviews

2 Reviews
Prashanth Palani kumar
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
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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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Tucson, Arizona
"Lovely Way To Reach Tiburon"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 02, 2020
My husband and I bought tickets on a Saturday at Pier 39 for a round-trip to the town of Tiburon. We were visiting San Francisco without a vehicle and considered the ferry to be a logical and fun way to reach our destination. Though there were long lines for tickets because of the December holidays, the one for Tiburon was short and we had our tickets within 5 minutes. Staff here proved to be helpful and polite. We joined another line at Pier 41 to board the ferry about 20 minutes before departure, which occurred exactly on time. Both boarding and disembarking went smoothly. This ferry stopped first at Sausalito and Angel Island, but the return trip was nonstop to San Francisco. The crew was extremely upbeat and professional and they ensured punctual sailings. The ferry was clean and appeared to be well maintained with plenty of seating on two levels and outside decks for the myriad passengers.The cool, sunny day kept us outside, where we sat on a bench and enjoyed the view. That included the San Francisco skyline, Bay Bridge, Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. Photo ops seemed endless. Though we didn't use it, a snack bar was available on the first level. Many passengers brought bicycles with them and these were stored in a designated section. I found the Blue & Gold Fleet to be a well-run operation with topnotch staff and reasonable prices. We paid $15 each for a round-trip senior fare.
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"Unprofessional Office Staff"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed December 27, 2019
I went to the pier 39 office looking for the Director of operations to inquire about sea service for my coast guard license. Upon entering the office I asked a bearded person if Chris still worked there, he stated no. I then asked if he had any cards left for business, then he stated Chris was on vacation. He did not provide any contact information and as I left chided me out the door with “ go back where you came from”. This behavior exhibited by their staff is more proof their crews are inhospitable and inexperienced to a tee. Being a professional Mariner with over 27 years of experience internationally, I expected a more professional office experience. Personally appalled at the lack of experience, nepotism and sheer politics keeping professional mariners from plying their trade. It is unfortunate that true experience is chided there. Shows the waste of true Mariner experience in the face of politics and internal hiring ideals. Not free market or intelligent. So the next time you watch a crew member mess something up on those ferry’s , understand the hiring they do is from a pool of people that over 87 percent of which take a one week course and are earning the same wages as people with decades of sea service. Blue and Gold fails the smell test. Good riddance.
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Youngsville, North Carolina
"Bay tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 12, 2019
Very nice tour of the San Francisco Bay. Went to the Golden Gate Bridge, cruised around Alcatraz Island. The whole trip was narrated by very knowledgeable guide.
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Houston, Texas
"It is a must "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 19, 2019
It was really a great informative fun cruise. The weather was cool in the mid of October ( there is a lot of space indoor if you prefer so). The audio recording was great to learn about the landmarks that we passed by that aimed the passengers to the left or to the right as needed to follow the sights with the audio. Staff are very friendly, helpful and patient.
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Singapore, Singapore
"Go for the Sunset Cruise on weekends!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 10, 2019
Bought ticket for the sunset cruise for Saturday - Really gorgeous and we got to see Golden Gate Bridge in the sunset ("Golden" indeed!). The overall ride was very beautiful and comfortable, and ticket price includes 1 alcoholic drink or 2 non-alcoholic drinks. Ride was smooth and we sailed past Alcatraz Island and Oakland Bay bridge too. Highly recommended!
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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.