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Catalina Express

320 Golden Shr, Long Beach, CA 90802-4243
+1 800-481-3470
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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.
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good29%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“day trip” (68 reviews)
“smooth ride” (50 reviews)
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320 Golden Shr, Long Beach, CA 90802-4243
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+1 800-481-3470
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"commodore lounge"
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"day trip"
in 68 reviews
"smooth ride"
in 50 reviews
"priority boarding"
in 16 reviews
"comfortable ride"
in 19 reviews
"dana point"
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"free round trip"
in 13 reviews
"general seating"
in 15 reviews
"free birthday"
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"bloody mary"
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"great ride"
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"zip line"
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"free ride"
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"hour ride"
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"comfortable seats"
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"fun trip"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Pros: clean boat, waiting lounge is large and has a restaurant and bar, the boat has a bar with snacks, friendly on board staff Cons: if you get sea sick, don't go to Catalina island this way, use the helicopter option. We took the last...More

Thank Julia G
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

My wife and I opted to take the admiral's lounge, it wad pleasant however there mirrors inside are a bit distracting and disorienting. If you are prone to seasickness, I would not recommend this part of the boat, you might be better suited above. The...More

Thank Brian L
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Only ferry to two Harbors. Local COSTCOs sell 20% discount cards. Senior discount starts at 55. Crew is friendly. Quick trip, no time to get seasick! If you are freaky about riding a boat though, hang in the back, near the center. The smoothest part.

Thank krykie
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This was our first time visiting Catalina and I had no idea that you had to have a reservation to get on the ferry. I am so happy that my daughter bugged me to call a day before only to be told that the earliest...More

Thank Fiona H
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Boat was nice and staff were great. But recommend upgrading to the commodore lounge at least one way if not both!

Thank COPWITHKIDS
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The boat ride was quick. The workers on the ship were nice and helpful. Catalina was crowed but this is the middle of summer. Nice shops and good eating places. If you want to go to the beach, get there early.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Now going on the ferry was a excellent idea! Well that is really only way to get the Island except with a helicopter. The staff was so friendly ! We did the VIP on the way back and it’s worth the extra $15 dollars

1  Thank trustitl
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We sat in the Commodores section upstairs which is completely covered. Seats were fairly comfortable the area was fairly clean. Not much in the way of snacks - either chocolate chip cookies or spicy pretzel mix. They run on time and it takes an hour...More

Thank Kabear
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great service. Quick, clean cabin area. We opted to upgrade to the top deck - well worth it. You get seat drink service and it made it a more enjoyable trip

Thank My3kidsmd
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

That's a really fast hour if you sleep! Really smooth. It seems easier to board leaving Catalina than Long Beach.

Thank Carol L
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Ed K
June 15, 2018|
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Response from FaithA | Reviewed this property |
I'm sorry I'm not sure, I would call Catalina Express and maybe even the Chamber of Commerce or the local Police Department about the local laws for riding it on the roads on Catalina they may be different as you can't drive... More
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Becky G
June 6, 2018|
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Response from deecee1987 | Reviewed this property |
There is a parking garage for Catalina island visitors. Fee I am not sure . But you will find it hassle free for sure. Make sure you have some time before your Catalina express ride, last minute hurry is not advisable.
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Melissa W
March 10, 2018|
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Response from Nicole M | Reviewed this property |
Some hotels will still offer but on get one free with bookings.
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