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.

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.


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 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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TripAdvisor Reviews
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"Very good value"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 12, 2019 NEW
Nice boat, lengthy trip and very informative. Looked a lot better than other tours that appeared on the pier
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Neil H
"Bay trip, San Francisco"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 07, 2019 NEW
Circular trip around the Bay, taking in Golden Gate Bridge, Bay Bridge and Alcatraz. Duration 1hr. History lesson included! We really enjoyed it. Best view of the city you can get, without the traffic and noise.
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Pasadena, Maryland
"Informational tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 13, 2019
Myself and five friends arrived hoping to visit Alcatraz Island, little did we know that you need to make reservations apparently months in advance. We settled for a 90 minute tour that took us out past the Golden Gate Bridge, around Alcatraz Island twice and around San Francisco Bay. The tour was informational regarding the history of the area. Money well spent.
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San Francisco, California
"What Service!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 28, 2019
My daughter and I bought ferry tickets to Sausalito at the pier. Unknowingly, I left my wallet on the ledge at the ticket counter. We left to explore the area for about an hour, before boarding the ferry. While in line to board, a representative of the Blue & Gold Fleet approached me, informing me that my wallet had been turned in by two visitors. I had no idea I had left it!! The rep had been searching for me ever since then. I’m happy to say, nothing was taken. I cannot thank the representative and the two good Samaritan’s enough! Thank you a million times over for your kindness!! I am truly grateful.
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Calne, United Kingdom
"Terrible Organisation"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed July 26, 2019
Cycled to Sausalito over the Golden Gate Bridge...lovely...lunch at Barrel House Tavern.....lovely....then queued for almost 2 hours to get the ferry! No free for all...staff dis-courteous and inconsiderate to family groups separating us from our children....recommend NOT getting ferry back but cycling. .
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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.