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Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Escape from the Rock Cruise

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San Francisco, United States
Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Escape from the Rock Cruise
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Safety measures
icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 8 more

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)

Departure Point

Pier 39, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • 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

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Escape from the Rock Cruise?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Escape from the Rock Cruise.

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Traveler Tips


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

Reviews

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Reviews by Viator travelers

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star-4
An afternoon in the Bay
Camilla_L
, Jul 2021
Fun interactive tour. Great photo opportunities and plenty of good seating. Definitely recommend this for a relaxing sign seeing adventure.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thanks for joining us!
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star-5
I would recommend this trip
BillieJo_B
, Jul 2021
Very informative and I loved the scenery. Snacks available and very relaxing. Gives you history and information about Alcatraz and San Francisco that was both entertaining and interesting.
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star-5
Great experience. Very convenient.
Sandhu
, Jul 2021
It was great experience with viator online booking. No hassle no ticket line waiting. Very friendly staff. Highly recommend.
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star-3
Escape the Rock
Maureen_K
, Jul 2021
The historical and informational narrative was excellent, but some segments were too quiet to hear sitting outside on the back deck. The boat had a urine smell on part of the back deck. A scent that I was all too eager to escape on the boat.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Our sincerest apologies for that foul odor that you smelled on your cruise. We clean the restrooms between every cruise so I can only imagine that the tanks we're full. We normally pump out the sewage in the morning to avoid this issue, but it's the only thing I can possibly think of on why you experienced that smell. Again, our apologies.
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star-4
Overall good
Brandon_H
, Jul 2021
Really crowded. parents can not watch kids properly. Little kids running all around upstairs and downstairs.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Hi. While I can't speak for bad parenting as I do understand your frustration there, I can say that we are being cautious about pushing capacities right now as we are selling way below US Coast Guard recommendations. We will continue to monitor our capacity number. We thank you for your feedback.
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star-5
Amazing Views
Toni_E
, Jul 2021
I really enjoyed this tour. The length of time spent on the bay is perfect. The audio commentary can be heard clearly throughout the boat via speakers. There is also a bar on board. Bring a jacket because it’s gets really chilly and breezy on the bay. I would definitely do it again.
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star-4
New adventures
Tracy_C
, Jul 2021
Take the 90 min escape you get to see more and felt like we were not rushed. Would highly recommend the boat tour.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Hi thanks for your kind words. We're glad you enjoyed the Cruise!
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Couldn’t hear
Christina_G
, Jul 2021
I assume there were no headsets to listen to the commentary due to COVID so if you’re interested in listening to the history stand by a speaker. Most of the people on the tour are not interested in the commentary!!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
We're saddened to know that you couldn't hear the audio tour. Some of the seats on the outside decks have amazing views, but poor audio due to the winds and speaker placement. There is a possible way to listen to the tour on your personal devices, and I apologize that information did not make it to you. Please know we offer complimentary earbuds in the future.
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star-5
Good value
Gina
, Jul 2021
The history lessons were great. The experience was perfect for a 9 year old child. The length of the trip was just right. I liked that we circled the island twice and we heard stories from actual inmates. The view of the Golden Gate Bridge from underneath was pretty spectacular. The price was also pretty reasonable. The weather was overall good for the SF Bay Area.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Hi, thanks for taking the time to write your review. We're glad that you had a good time, and hope you join us again one day.
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star-5
San Francisco day trip.
MichelleAlldredge
, Jun 2021
Enjoyed everything. Staff was very friendly and helpful. I like being able to see San Francisco waterfront. It was beautiful!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Hey thanks for the kind words. I'll be sure to share your review with our team. They always like to hear that people are having a great time.
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