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“A must do but book early”

Alcatraz Cruises, LLC
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Owner description: Visit San Francisco's most notorious site: Alcatraz. The rich history of Alcatraz Island means there is always something new to discover. See the first lighthouse on the West Coast, learn about Alcatraz as a Civil War fort, hear voices from the past on the cellhouse audio tour, find out about the 19-month occupation of Alcatraz by Indians of all tribes, and explore the natural side of the Rock with beautiful gardens, bird colonies, and breathtaking views. All tickets include roundtrip ferry transportation, all regularly scheduled Ranger-led or docent guided tours, and a captivating audio tour in the prison cellhouse with actual interviews of former guards and inmates who lived on the island during the infamous Federal Penitentiary era (now available in 11 languages - English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Mandarin, Dutch, Korean, Portuguese, and Russian). Reserve tickets in advance and make sure to book through Alcatraz Cruises for guaranteed lowest prices. Alcatraz Cruises is the official National Park Service concessioner serving visitors to Alcatraz Island. Open seven days a week, with several daily departures, Alcatraz is a place to experience for locals and visitors alike. Alcatraz Island is truly an inescapable experience.
Reviewed April 4, 2018

Excellent value for money. The tour includes headset and is very well organised and not over crowded. There are some steep hills and steps to climb but also a free shuttle for those who have medical reasons and aren't able to do it on their own. There is no where to buy food and drink on Alcatraz. The headset tour is excellent quality and we also got a book signed by one of the inmates. There are beautiful flowers and lots of birds on the island and you can take loads of photos and go into the cells. The boat is very clean and has refreshments. It is very well organise and very punctual. A must do for anyone visiting San Francisco

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed April 3, 2018 via mobile

Alcatraz Cruises does a great job of quickly getting hundreds of people onto the ship and getting them over to the Island. Book well in advance, and try for an early morning departure.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank 324AnneG
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Reviewed April 2, 2018 via mobile

If your in San Fran it’s a must. Great History, great views. Well worth the money. Good audio tour for 40mins or so. Can walk around a bit, take photos, go in the cells and solitary cells.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Byron W
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Reviewed March 31, 2018 via mobile

This cruise is a must for your San Francisco trip. The operation is very organized and timely. The audio tour (included with your ticket) is definitely recommended. Just don’t walk through without some type of guide. You will miss out otherwise.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Zach C
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Reviewed March 29, 2018 via mobile

Very efficient and friendly crew. The loading on and off the boat at both the dock and the island was very smooth and fast all the while the staff greeted everyone and didn’t make you feel like a heard of cattle!

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank meganite2017
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