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Catalina Express

320 Golden Shr, Long Beach, CA 90802-4243
+1 800-481-3470
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Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service: Long Beach or San Pedro to Avalon
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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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  • Very good30%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
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“day trip” (60 reviews)
320 Golden Shr, Long Beach, CA 90802-4243
+1 800-481-3470
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Traveling on Catalina Express is always a breeze, if you follow these simple tips, BOOK EARLY, in the summer, recommend a month ahead at least, show up early, recommend 1 hour, travel commodore lounge to avoid the crowds, worth the extra cost

Thank Rocky W
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Excellent, Carnival wonderful cruise ship, so much to do and the food awesome. Swimming pools clean, rooms quaint.

Thank edmonbase2
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Catalina Express is convenient and affordable but I must say this is the first time I book the Commodore Lounge and it felt so special for just a few bucks more!

Thank RemedyTravels
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I decided to do a day trip to Catalina. We have only been on the Catalina Express one time before. That time are tickets were for general seats. This time we upgraded for (I forgot the official name of those seats) the...More

Thank Donna L
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a lovely smooth ride from Long Beach to Catalina Island for our anniversary. This was our very first time on the Catalina Express and on Catalina Island. The peace, beauty and fresh air were inviting and the flowers up the path to the...More

Thank dythomson
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took this boat to Catalina Island. We decided to upgrade and what a great idea that was. We sat in a private stateroom by the captain. It was quiet and relaxing. Just what we needed after a long exhausting day. They provided complimentary drinks...More

Thank sylk1111
Reviewed 1 week ago

The commodore club is $15 extra, but you get to board before everyone else (less time in the sun) and it includes a drink and a snack. It is definitely the way to go, especially on a crowded day.

Thank Theresa V
Reviewed 1 week ago

Your only choice from Long Beach (Dana Point is cheaper), staff are friendly, the boat and bathrooms on board clean, and it was on time. The catamaran took an hour, and no one got seasick. You can bring your own food and water but there's...More

1  Thank CleopatraBunny
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The trip from Long Beach to Catalina Island on the Catalina Express was very fun and the crew were very professional. We bought tickets for the Commodore Lounge. The extra cost was worth the price; private entrance, snacks, very comfortable seats, staff very friendly. If...More

Thank Michael R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Always a great experience with Catalina Express! Staff are well trained, and they are very punctual with their schedule. Will continue to use them when in CA.

Thank kroren
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3 August 2017|
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Response from BobandMargie G | Reviewed this property |
Last time we went we took a back country tour. There is a new museum covering the island notables, and island history. It's downtown now not at the casino. Avalon is only a mile square, abet some of it Uphill. enjoy
18 April 2017|
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Response from Rocky W | Reviewed this property |
You are able to go based on boat availability, if you make reservations a few weeks in advance, every boat should be available, catalina express reservations 310-519-1212, schedules and reservations also available on the... More
13 March 2017|
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Response from Justine L | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I can't answer that as we arrived by car. We stayed on the Queen Mary and had no problem arranging a taxi. Check with your cruise line. I would think there would be some very easily arranged transport. Also, I... More