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.

San Francisco Customer Reviews

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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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Verified Traveler
"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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"Great way to travel"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed July 04, 2019 NEW
We used this ferry for a trip to Sausalito. The crew was great and it was an easy way to get to the other side of the bay. The ferry service also provides routes to other locations.
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Palos Heights, Illinois
"Fun bay tour. Be prepared for cold wind, even in July"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed June 29, 2019 NEW
We had no issues buying tickets the morning of our harbor tour, but there was a bit of a line to board the boat. We decided to sit outside, on the top deck, and found ourselves behind the wheelhouse; our forward view was a little impaired but we had a great view off the port side of the boat. Even though it was July the winds off the water that morning were very brisk and most of us had come prepared with jackets, if not a sweater and jacket. It was not enough to drive us indoors. It also meant that the water in the bay was a little choppy but not so much as to make us seasick. The recorded narration was informative, sometime difficult to hear through the noisy wind. The boat turned around after passing under the Golden Gate Bridge, passed close to Alcatraz on the way back to Pier 39
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Britt B
Tucson, Arizona
"Easy Ferry to Jack London Square"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 26, 2019 NEW
After a light breakfast at Fisherman's Wharf we took the ferry over to Oakland from Pier 39. We wanted to visit Jack London Square and watch the Saturday Fair. After a few hours we returned to The Ferry Building for some shopping. It was a great day, and we got some nice pictures of sail boats, the Bay Bridge and the San Francisco Skyline. It's an easy way to get around the Bay Area without having to bother with finding a parking place.
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San Francisco, California
"A must do in SF!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 22, 2019
Every time we have family visiting we take them on a cruise around the bay!! And the Blue and gold is my go to! The staff is super friendly and the views of the Golden Gate Bridge are breath taking!!! And you also get to see Alcatraz from a far!! And that’s close enough for me!!! Can’t wait to have family visit so we can do it again!!!
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Marion, Kansas
"Fantastic View of the Bay!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 04, 2019
My family did the bay tour as part of our CityPass. We were there over spring break. It was busy, but we didn't have to wait in line and it wasn't terribly crowded on the boat. Lots of options to sit inside or outside - we did both. The view of the Golden Gate Bridge was phenomenal!
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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.