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San Francisco: Escape from The Rock Bay Cruise

San Francisco: Escape from The Rock Bay Cruise

From US$ 41 per person

Sails underneath the Golden Gate Bridge and circle Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay, while listening to accounts of the chilling escape attempts and the notorious criminals that called Alcatraz prison home.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
Use your phone or print your voucher
Duration 1.5 hours
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Audio guide included
Spanish, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, English

What customers loved


  • Cruise around the notorious Alcatraz Island
  • Sail under the Golden Gate Bridge for great photo opportunities
  • Hear the stories of the criminals housed at Alcatraz prison and their daring escape attempts
  • Skip the box office line and go straight to the gate with your ticket
Full description

Hop on board a boat and cruise around Alcatraz Island and other sights of San Francisco Bay on this round trip journey. Benefit from a straight-to-the-gate access ticket and informative commentary as you go.

Cruise San Francisco Bay and sail under the Golden Gate Bridge on a 90-minute narrated tour by boat around Alcatraz Island. Skip the box office line and go straight to the gate with your ticket.

See Alcatraz island from the water while listening to accounts of the chilling escape attempts and the notorious criminals that called Alcatraz prison home. Enjoy a cruise with food and drink available to purchase onboard. Cruise full circle around Alcatraz Island, allowing you to view every angle of this mysterious island, which housed famous inmates such as Al Capone, Billy Cook the Killer, and Clyde Johnson, whose escape attempt is legendary. Gain a clear picture of what life in this maximum-security prison was like when it was the most feared institution in the American penal system.

  • 90-minute boat cruise tour
  • Views of San Francisco Bay
  • Full circle around Alcatraz Island
  • Guided narration
  • Straight to the gate' access ticket
  • Stop on Alcatraz Island
  • Food and drink (available for purchase)
  • Gratuities
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Board at the "Escape from The Rock Bay Cruise" boarding gate located on Pier 39, San Francisco.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Face mask or protective covering

Know before you go

  • This boat cruise is a 90-minute narrated tour of San Francisco Bay and around Alcatraz Island (it does not stop on the island)
  • Cruises may not operate during inclement weather. Check with ticket booths on the day of sailing for schedule
  • Your mobile voucher allows you to skip the box office line and go straight to the gate
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 1023 reviews

Review summary

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This was a fun trip! I do wish someone would of warned us about how windy and cold it is if you sit on the outside deck. A winter coat and hat, at least, would of created a more comfortable experience. It did seem like the cruise was generous with the time. The only thing I would change is that when circling around Alkatraz that circling around at oppsite directions so that BOTH sides of the boat can get the good, unobstructed view. If you want an unobstructed view sit on the right hand side of the boat. Otherwise we enjoyed this cruise very much. Thank you!

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July 28, 2021

The boat ride was very smooth, the narration was very informative. We had been to Alcatraz that morning but heard a lot more history of the inmates and their lives on your tour as we went full circle around the island. Also enjoyed the narration on the city of San Francisco, the earthquakes, rebuilding, industry, etc.

June 21, 2021

The trip was great! It was a beautiful clear sunny day in June. I loved how we get to hear the history of the GG bridge, Alcatraz and the Bay bridge. Seeing and hearing the sea lions was fun too. I would recommend this trip. 90 min of fun and learning.

June 11, 2021

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