San Francisco Alcatraz Excursion Reviews

Walk the halls that once held many of the country's most notorious criminals at the infamous Alcatraz in San Francisco.
This destination was the biggest reason we took the cruise and it was soooo worth it.
Sail Date: May 2019
This destination was the biggest reason we took the cruise and it was soooo worth it. The city tour was fantastic as was walking partially across the Golden Gate Bridge. Our city tour guide recommended we do the audio tour at Alcatraz, ... Read More
This destination was the biggest reason we took the cruise and it was soooo worth it. The city tour was fantastic as was walking partially across the Golden Gate Bridge. Our city tour guide recommended we do the audio tour at Alcatraz, which is included in your entrance fee, and it was well worth it. It explained the day to day rituals in the prison and the narrators on the audio was from a previous guard as well as a former prisoner, which gave you their experiences as well. We were told at times one of them may be there in the book shop autographing their perspective books that they wrote and the guard was there on our day. During the audio tour, you could hear background noises of prisoners yelling, clanging noises, etc. while explanations were being told about things that had happened in different cells which really made it seem realistic. Would highly recommend this tour. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
I booked the tour 6weeks before, in the summer must book at least 60-90 days ahead.
Sail Date: April 2019
I booked the tour 6weeks before, in the summer must book at least 60-90 days ahead. A great tour. Glad I decided to do it.
I booked the tour 6weeks before, in the summer must book at least 60-90 days ahead. A great tour. Glad I decided to do it. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Much different than what we thought Alcatraz would look like.
Sail Date: September 2018
Much different than what we thought Alcatraz would look like. We got a wonderful tour riding over the Golden gate Bridge and were able to go to a viewpoint and our tour guide spoke to us about San Francisco and pointed out different ... Read More
Much different than what we thought Alcatraz would look like. We got a wonderful tour riding over the Golden gate Bridge and were able to go to a viewpoint and our tour guide spoke to us about San Francisco and pointed out different features and history throughout the drive which took a couple of hours before we even got to our 11 o’clock departure on the ferry to the island Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
we booked the morning tour to alcatraz combined with angel island.
Sail Date: September 2018
we booked the morning tour to alcatraz combined with angel island. the tour was well organized and seeing both islands was very interesting. when you read the warning that the flies are annoying this time of year on alcatraz, it is a ... Read More
we booked the morning tour to alcatraz combined with angel island. the tour was well organized and seeing both islands was very interesting. when you read the warning that the flies are annoying this time of year on alcatraz, it is a true statement! the flies seemed to become more pesty and the day progressed. after the tour we still had time to check out fisherman's wharf on our own. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
A lot to see and do.
Sail Date: October 2017
A lot to see and do. We took the audio tour, a must see in my book. They had many tour options. A couple of notes, disabled cruisers can get to the top by use of a tram. The tram only holds 18 people at a time. Once you disembark the ... Read More
A lot to see and do. We took the audio tour, a must see in my book. They had many tour options. A couple of notes, disabled cruisers can get to the top by use of a tram. The tram only holds 18 people at a time. Once you disembark the ferry, you will be given a short talk regarding the offerings for the day. After the talk move to the left and you will see a waiting area for the tram. Get there early as seats are limited. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
A must.
Sail Date: September 2017
A must. We did the night tour and it was both educational and exciting
A must. We did the night tour and it was both educational and exciting Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
I live in the SF Bay Area, but had never been to Alcatraz.
Sail Date: September 2017
I live in the SF Bay Area, but had never been to Alcatraz. I crossed that off my bucket list this cruise! We first visited Sausalito and had over an hour there, which allowed us to eat at one of the excellent restaurants there or shop at ... Read More
I live in the SF Bay Area, but had never been to Alcatraz. I crossed that off my bucket list this cruise! We first visited Sausalito and had over an hour there, which allowed us to eat at one of the excellent restaurants there or shop at the many unique shops on the main street. Finally, we boarded a boat for the short cruise to Alcatraz. No one tells you about the FLIES. The National Park Service has made this island a bird sanctuary, so there is an overabundance of flies, and no attempt to curtail them. They swarmed us on the trip to and from the island, and were everywhere outside the prison. We were constantly battling them. That's why I only gave this excursion four points. The tour itself was an audio tour and VERY well done. It took us through the main prison, pointing out many interesting facts and historical events that happened there. There were accompanying sound effects which took us through the famous riots, the escapes and the daily prison life at Alcatraz. I really enjoyed the tour. We were happily surprised by one of the former inmates there, who was autographing his book and answering the many questions from the tourists. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
This tour should be offered a stand alone tour and not combined with Sausalito.
Sail Date: May 2017
This tour should be offered a stand alone tour and not combined with Sausalito. By the time we got to the Alcatraz part there was not enough time to do even a minimum tour.
This tour should be offered a stand alone tour and not combined with Sausalito. By the time we got to the Alcatraz part there was not enough time to do even a minimum tour. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
OUTSTANDING!
Sail Date: May 2017
OUTSTANDING! Highly recommend to anyone.
OUTSTANDING! Highly recommend to anyone. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Our ship's tour included Alcatraz, a city tour, over the bridge and a lookout point, dropping us at ...
Sail Date: May 2017
Our ship's tour included Alcatraz, a city tour, over the bridge and a lookout point, dropping us at the ferry terminal. Alcatraz was great. Interesting, nice gardens (for a Jail!) and scenic views. Seemed to cope well with the ... Read More
Our ship's tour included Alcatraz, a city tour, over the bridge and a lookout point, dropping us at the ferry terminal. Alcatraz was great. Interesting, nice gardens (for a Jail!) and scenic views. Seemed to cope well with the crowds of people. Bus through town was congested, traffic wise with a limited tour. Over the Golden Gate bridge was cool, fisherman's wharf was packed. Too busy to be pleasant. Was disappointed that the bus just dropped us at the ferry terminal and we were told, go get a ticket. We lost our tour guide and really didn't know what was happening. Could do better Princess. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
While the Alcatraz tour was AMAZING, the cruise line did not allow enough time for the visitors to ...
Sail Date: April 2017
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, ... Read More
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. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Very well organised ,with priority embarkation onto the ferry.Went early morning,so not so crowded
Sail Date: March 2017
Very well organised ,with priority embarkation onto the ferry.Went early morning,so not so crowded
Very well organised ,with priority embarkation onto the ferry.Went early morning,so not so crowded Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Cunard Line
Iconic, must see attraction which we enjoyed enormously.
Sail Date: January 2017
Iconic, must see attraction which we enjoyed enormously. Terrific photo opportunity. Would we do it again soon...mmmh?
Iconic, must see attraction which we enjoyed enormously. Terrific photo opportunity. Would we do it again soon...mmmh? Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: P&O Cruises
Interesting tour; depressing environment for prisoners.
Sail Date: October 2016
Interesting tour; depressing environment for prisoners.
Interesting tour; depressing environment for prisoners. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
The trip was well organized the friendliness was exceptional and the tour was outstanding.
Sail Date: September 2016
The trip was well organized the friendliness was exceptional and the tour was outstanding.
The trip was well organized the friendliness was exceptional and the tour was outstanding. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Walked over to the ferry boat pier from our cruise port--very close.
Sail Date: September 2016
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 ... Read More
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. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Excellent self guided tour.
Sail Date: May 2016
Excellent self guided tour. Don't miss it!
Excellent self guided tour. Don't miss it! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
The Hornblower dock is by the ship, so an easy walk.
Sail Date: May 2016
The Hornblower dock is by the ship, so an easy walk. Never did this although we lived locally for years. Great narratives.
The Hornblower dock is by the ship, so an easy walk. Never did this although we lived locally for years. Great narratives. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
nice - book early - get details on where to meet - a smidge disorganized
Sail Date: April 2016
nice - book early - get details on where to meet - a smidge disorganized
nice - book early - get details on where to meet - a smidge disorganized Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Save 50% of you money and book it independently
Sail Date: March 2016
Save 50% of you money and book it independently
Save 50% of you money and book it independently Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Alcatraz is a definite must see.
Sail Date: March 2016
Alcatraz is a definite must see.
Alcatraz is a definite must see. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: P&O Cruises
Transportation to and from went very smoothly...very informative.....a must see
Sail Date: September 2015
Transportation to and from went very smoothly...very informative.....a must see
Transportation to and from went very smoothly...very informative.....a must see Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
A great once-in-a-lifetime type bucket list tour.
Sail Date: September 2015
A great once-in-a-lifetime type bucket list tour. Very interesting. Boat ride there and back was fine, with excellent views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate.
A great once-in-a-lifetime type bucket list tour. Very interesting. Boat ride there and back was fine, with excellent views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Alcatraz is worth seeing, but do it yourself, you don't need a Princess excursion.
Sail Date: September 2015
Alcatraz is worth seeing, but do it yourself, you don't need a Princess excursion. You pick up the cruise to Alcatraz from a pier that is right next to the ship. Just walk over and buy a ticket. $30.
Alcatraz is worth seeing, but do it yourself, you don't need a Princess excursion. You pick up the cruise to Alcatraz from a pier that is right next to the ship. Just walk over and buy a ticket. $30. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Do yourself a favor and go to Alcatraz at night.
Sail Date: May 2015
Do yourself a favor and go to Alcatraz at night. It was a very memorable experience with lots of extra goodies provided. Booking well in advance is a must!!!
Do yourself a favor and go to Alcatraz at night. It was a very memorable experience with lots of extra goodies provided. Booking well in advance is a must!!! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International