While the Alcatraz tour was AMAZING, the cruise line did not allow enough time for the visitors to enjoy the entire tour. We all had to leave early in order to catch the bus to Sausalito. We would have liked to be able to FINISH the tour, and this is why we are giving a terrible rating.
Walked over to the ferry boat pier from our cruise port--very close. Ferry left on time. Tour guide on the island gave a good overview and then we were able to walk around with headphones, describing the area. We could return on any of the ferry boats--there was no time restriction for the return.
Princess fumbled the logistics. Their price is four time cost that one would pay by booking one's self. Learning experience for us! Alcatraz is fascinating but crowded and crumbling before our eyes. Your tax dollars at work!
I have been there before many years ago but my wife has never had a chance to explore. We were on a wait list for the ship's tour so I booked quite easily online. The cost was less than $30 PP and we enjoyed the prison's guided audio tour of the place.
Almost missed this one. Immigration held up the entire ship for 3 hours. We were scheduled on the 1:45 ferry to Alcatraz but immigration finally let us off just after 2PM. The people at Alcatraz cruises were very accommodating and got us on the very next ferry. An extremely interesting and informative historical tour.
They could have left off Sausalito and taken us straight to the boat to Alcatraz. We left at 9:15 didn't get back til 4:00 and the only place for lunch was on the ferry to Alcatraz. Our guide left a lot to be desired. We enjoyed it over all but it's kind of been there done that..got the t-shirt.
The next day, we got off the boat and took a hop on hop off bus...much much better guide and saw a lot more of San Fransisco.
It COLD bring a coat or sweatshirt...skip Ghirardelli Square.
Booked six months before our trip because they sell out quickly and don't operate every day, certainly if you want an evening tour. Ours was moved from evening to daytime because they had a function on! Best thing to do in San Fran, and interesting boat trip out with great views of the city too. Get your tickets online with Alcatraz tours and pick up your tickets when you get there.
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