On June 11th, take a trip to “The Rock” and experience tours of the famed San Francisco landmark on this special milestone of the anniversary of the most infamous prison escape in American history. 


San Francisco, CA – City Cruises by City Experiences, which operates Alcatraz City Cruises, invites Bay Area residents and tourists alike to recognize the 60+ year anniversary of the infamous Alcatraz Escape with a trip to Alcatraz Island. As the official concessioner to the National Park Service, and in partnership with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, Alcatraz City Cruises offers in-depth visits to Alcatraz with an award-winning audio tour, special exhibits, and behind-the-scenes tours.


On June 11, guests can follow in the footsteps of Frank Morris and brothers John and Clarence Anglin, who 60+ years earlier escaped from the island without a trace, sparking decades of speculation and pop culture memes. Interpretive programs like Doing Time: The Alcatraz Cellhouse Tour, feature a look at the escapees’ cells when a routine early morning bed check revealed that the three convicts were not in their bunks. In their place, were cleverly built dummy heads made of plaster, flesh-tone paint, and real human hair that apparently fooled the guards on duty the previous night. You can also see crude tools made from sharpened spoons that the prisoners used in their escape. Upon this discovery by the guard, the prison went into lockdown and an intense search ensued. 

The 1962 escape is probably the most famous prison break in American history and remains a tale of intrigue for many seeking to see the prison where it all happened. The three men involved have never been located, dead or alive. 

Frank Morris was brought to Alcatraz in January 1960, after convictions for bank robbery, burglary, and other crimes as well as repeated attempts to escape various prisons. Later that year, John Anglin was sent to Alcatraz, followed by his brother Clarence in early 1961. All three inmates knew each other from previous prison stints. 


The escape of the intrepid trio, who are still considered FBI fugitives, has been memorialized in books, documentaries, and most notably, the 1979 Hollywood film, Escape from Alcatraz, featuring Clint Eastwood as Morris, which was filmed on-site and is an adaptation of the 1963 non-fiction book of the same name. Mystery still surrounds this bold escape, and no one really knows if they survived or if they drowned as they fled the island on a raft constructed from fifty inflated raincoats. Shreds of material from the raincoat and personal effects of the men were found floating in the bay. Alcatraz was closed shortly after the true events on which the film was based.


Alcatraz City Cruises provides daily departures to Alcatraz with several tour options with specialty cruises and night tours available. There are several exciting options to choose from.

All tour options will also include the official Cellhouse Audio Tour. Visitors will be able to walk through the historic structure and experience the windswept Island, learning about its layered history through outdoor interpretive signs, a free Discovery Guide, and digital Apps with historical information, stories, and more.  Rangers will be stationed around the Island to assist visitors and answer questions.  The summer season is also the perfect school break excursion, especially for those who missed out on that annual school trip to Alcatraz Island due to the pandemic.


Alcatraz City Cruises departs from Pier 33 Alcatraz Landing, a quarter mile from Fisherman’s Wharf.  Tours are booked through Alcatraz City Cruises, the official concessioner to the National Park Service and the only operator that goes onto the island.  It is recommended that you arrive at least one-half hour before your departure time.  For more information, visit alcatrazcitycruises.com.

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Alcatraz City Cruises is the National Park Service concessioner of ferry service to Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay.  Alcatraz Cruises hosts over 1.7 million visitors annually.  Alcatraz Cruises designed, built, and operates the first hybrid ferry in the United States.  The Hornblower Hybrid’s revolutionary design has reduced fuel consumption by 75% and has already begun to be implemented in other parts of the country.  For more information visit alcatrazcitycruises.com.


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City Experiences represents Hornblower Group’s expansive portfolio of water- and land-based experiences and includes two sub-brands: City Cruises and City Ferry.  City Cruises operates dining, sightseeing, and private events across 22 destinations in the U.S., Canada, and the UK. City Cruises also operates cruises on behalf of the National Park Service and the Niagara Parks Commission and currently holds service contracts to provide ferry service to the Statue of Liberty National Monument and the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration, Alcatraz Island, and Niagara Falls. City Ferry offers specialized knowledge and expertise required to transport passengers, vehicles, and other cargo safely across inland and coastal waterways with operations including NYC Ferry and Puerto Rico ferry system, among others. City Experiences’ portfolio also offers a range of land-based experiences including shore excursions, partner-offered experiences, multi-port packages, Cruising Excursions, ShoreTrip,s and Walks products. For more information visit cityexperiences.com.

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Original post date:  June 17, 2022