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Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Escape from the Rock Cruise

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Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Escape from the Rock Cruise

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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 8 more

Overview

Learn stories behind the Bay Area's most notorious former federal penitentiary on a fascinating 'Escape from the Rock' cruise. Board a boat for a journey through the bay while listening to audio recordings (available in several languages) from ex-prisoners and guards about daily life on 'The Rock.' Learn about the Birdman of Alcatraz and the infamous 1962 'Alcatraz Escape,' and come to know why Alcatraz instilled fear into the hearts of even the worst-of-the-worst criminals. Tours are accessible on any of your own wifi-enabled iPads, smartphones or other devices. This ticket allows you to skip the box office line and go straight to the gate.
  • Skip the box office line and go straight to the gate with your ticket!
  • 'Escape from the Rock' cruise around San Francisco Bay
  • Hear the audio-recorded stories of former Alcatraz guards and prisons as you sail around 'The Rock' and beneath the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Learn why even the worst prisoners were afraid of Alcatraz and what daily life on the island entailed
  • Access the free audio tour on any personal wifi-enabled device
  • Enjoy a relaxing cruise around San Francisco Bay
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Headsets to hear the guide clearly
"Straight to the gate" access
Food and drinks (available to purchase)
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
Pier 39 , Pier 39, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA

PIER 39, The Embarcadero at Beach St. San Francisco, CA 94133

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible, only on first deck
  • Children from 0 to 4 years old sail for free
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Times are subject to change without notice
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Blue and Gold Fleet
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Escape from the Rock Cruise?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Escape from the Rock Cruise.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Escape from the Rock Cruise?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Escape from the Rock Cruise.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Bring a jacket because it’s gets really chilly and breezy on the bay." See review

Reviews

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Reviews by Viator travelers

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star-4
It was good.
Cheremay_S
, Sep 2021
There was no Champagne on the boat. We don't like Prosecco. Other than that the cruise was good and the crew was very friendly.
star-3
Bummed out
Mara_H
, Aug 2021
The name of this tour implies it actually goes to Alcatraz. It was a neat experience, but I would change the name to bay tour.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
We apologize if you felt misled, but we try to be very clear in our description that we do not land on Alcatraz. And the title of the cruise comes from the story that we tell on the boat about the 3 convicts who escaped.
star-5
Fun for all
Lorri_K
, Aug 2021
The information was great the scenery was beautiful ! The staff was amazing . I would recommend to anyone it’s a great trip
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Thanks for the kind words. Glad you enjoyed the trip!
star-4
Good experience just the right amount of time
Scott_J
, Aug 2021
Enjoyed the experience. Could not hear the narrator over the speakers very well but enjoyed the views and felt the length of the trip was perfect.
star-4
Enjoyable boat tour
Jennifer_G
, Aug 2021
Narration was good with some quiet time to just to enjoy the scenery. Got to finally see the Golden Gate without fog. Friendly staff and snacks and beverages available for purchase which was good.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
We're glad you had a nice time!
star-4
An afternoon in the Bay
Camilla_L
, Jul 2021
Fun interactive tour. Great photo opportunities and plenty of good seating. Definitely recommend this for a relaxing sign seeing adventure.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thanks for joining us!
star-5
I would recommend this trip
BillieJo_B
, Jul 2021
Very informative and I loved the scenery. Snacks available and very relaxing. Gives you history and information about Alcatraz and San Francisco that was both entertaining and interesting.
star-5
Great experience. Very convenient.
Sandhu
, Jul 2021
It was great experience with viator online booking. No hassle no ticket line waiting. Very friendly staff. Highly recommend.
star-3
Escape the Rock
Maureen_K
, Jul 2021
The historical and informational narrative was excellent, but some segments were too quiet to hear sitting outside on the back deck. The boat had a urine smell on part of the back deck. A scent that I was all too eager to escape on the boat.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Our sincerest apologies for that foul odor that you smelled on your cruise. We clean the restrooms between every cruise so I can only imagine that the tanks we're full. We normally pump out the sewage in the morning to avoid this issue, but it's the only thing I can possibly think of on why you experienced that smell. Again, our apologies.
star-4
Overall good
Brandon_H
, Jul 2021
Really crowded. parents can not watch kids properly. Little kids running all around upstairs and downstairs.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Hi. While I can't speak for bad parenting as I do understand your frustration there, I can say that we are being cautious about pushing capacities right now as we are selling way below US Coast Guard recommendations. We will continue to monitor our capacity number. We thank you for your feedback.

Product code: 5863P4

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