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Catalina Express

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Address: 34675 Golden Lantern St, Dana Point, CA 92629-2908
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Catalina Island is just an hour away aboard our fast and sleek boats out of...

Catalina Island is just an hour away aboard our fast and sleek boats out of Long Beach, San Pedro and Dana Point. We are committed to offering the most advanced, state-of-the-art watercraft available while maintaining a high level of dedication to safety, customer satisfaction, and quality of service. Today, the fleet consists of 8 high-speed vessels. More than one million passengers set sail to Catalina Island each year on board Catalina Express, and with year round service and up to 30 departures daily, you can easily join them.

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Nice way to get to Catalina

I picked this ferry over the cheaper Catalina Flyer due to the horrible ratings they got. I was happy with the experience overall. No one got sick on this ship which I was very... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 9 July 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2016

I picked this ferry over the cheaper Catalina Flyer due to the horrible ratings they got. I was happy with the experience overall. No one got sick on this ship which I was very concerned about.

Thank Wendy G
Las Vegas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016

We were heading to Catalina Island for a weekend. It was nice the Express has a birthday program to travel for free on your birthday. The Island has many treats for people celebrating their birthday too. The ride was pleasant. Saw some dolphins,other boats on the ride out. The boat has bathrooms and a snack stand.

Thank VegasBobn
United Kingdom
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772 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016

We headed to Catalina on the express. I prebooked online (glad I did as the Monday morning service was fully booked). The downside was the check-in process - the check-in line was very long and then for the parking I had to take the car to a remote parking area and get a shuttle back (you need to allow at... More 

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Rancho Mirage, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2016

A relaxing way to get to the island. You'll see dolphins and sealions, during the season of whale watching I have seen a whale come up and wave at the boat!!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2016

Very professional and left on time both to and from the island. You also have to pay for parking as well as the ride there and back. It was comfortable and clean with a fairly smooth ride. We did see hundreds of Dolphins and a few whales as well. There is a concession stand on the main deck for coffee... More 

Thank Greg P
Laguna Niguel, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2016

I took my daughters over for the first time. It was a smooth ride, clean and friendly. It left on time and the trip across was an adventure in itself. We got there in no time. The view as we got closer to Catalina, was amazing. Occasionally you can get a discounted ticket through Groupon or Living Social.

Thank Ozzymum2013
Dana Point, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2016

Excellent ride, clean, friendly, and fast. Leaves on time , parking is 12 dollars for the day , snacks and drinks available.

Thank ccgg1929
Boerne, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2016

Taking the ferry over to Catalina island was an adventure in itself. It was a beautiful day and we sat up top in the open air trying to spot dolphins. we were lucky enough to see some playing just as we pulled into Catalina Island.

Thank LorraineC66
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2016

Comfortable seats and beautiful views all the way to and from Catalina Island. We even spotted some dolphin on the way home!

Thank Beverly C
Hereford, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2016

My sisters and I traveled by ferry over to Catalina Island. Very comfortable boat. And quick. Seems we were there in no time. They slowed a bit so the passengers could watch the group of dolphins chasing the boat. Wonderful trip.

Thank jmd5316

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