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

7 Reviews | San Francisco, USA

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1 hour 30 minutes (Approx.)
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Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regular temperature checks for staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized


Embark on a 90-minute cruise along the San Francisco waterfront, under the Golden Gate Bridge and past Angel Island State Park before circling Alcatraz Island for an in-depth view of the prison. Take in the sights and sounds of the island as you listen to ex-guards and former inmates tell their stories of murder, mayhem, and mobsters on an audio tour with historical photos via your smartphone, tablet or other WiFi-enabled device. This ticket allows you to skip the box office line and go straight to the gate.


  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Skip the line
  • Fully narrated tour
  • See native wildlife in their natural environment
  • Family friendly



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Average 4.43 out of 5 stars based on 7 verified reviews from Cool Destinations and TripAdvisor

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Thomas y, Apr 2019 Verified
This 1 1/2 hour cruise around San Francisco Bay was informative regarding the history of San Francisco and Alcatraz as well as the Bay and Golden Gate bridges. A great vantage point for amazing pictures. Very reasonably priced and well run. Departs from Pier 39 - right next to the lounging sea lions. The day we went out the skty was crystal clear blue with no fog. All-in-all a very good trip
Lutz G, Aug 2017 Verified

Everything that was promised

Gail L, Aug 2017 Verified

This excursion was better than I had hoped for! The scenery was of course amazing and the narrative was very informative- I highly recommend it!

Snigdha P, Jan 2020 Verified
I booked this cruise assuming that it will also give us an access to the Alcatraz island. However, it was cruise featuring sight seeing from a distance. The weather being bright and sunny we enjoyed the cruise with the guided message being played despite the initial disappointment of realizing that we will not really get down at Alcatraz island.
Kristin L, Jan 2018 Verified

It was a really nice trip. The boat was not crowded at all and it allowed for my family to move around and see the sights from both outside decks as well as moving inside once it got too cold. The only thing I would change is it is hard to hear the stories sometimes and there are just very small signs that tell you how to connect your phone so you can hear it better. We didn't notice the signs until half way through the cruise. Despite that it was a great trip and all employees were very welcoming and kind. I highly recommend!

Anselmo M, Jan 2018 Verified

It's good, however they should work on the sound because on the upper deck with only one sound box sometimes you don't listen at all... Instead of circling twice the Alcatraz Island, they should consider going to the Bay Bridge.

Michelle F, Oct 2017 Verified

Activity was good! Wish we could of gotten closer though, but overall was a good activity trip.

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