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“commodore lounge”(101 reviews)
“smooth ride”(52 reviews)
“day trip”(77 reviews)
Catalina Island is just an hour away aboard our fast and sleek boats out of Long Beach, San Pedro and Dana Point. We are committed to offering the most advanced, state-of-the-art watercraft available while maintaining a high level of dedication to...more
320 Golden Shr, Long Beach, CA 90802-4243
+1 800-481-3470
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We went to Catalina Island as part of a conference day trip. The ferry ride over was quick and fun and we even got to see several pods of dolphins on the way back. The island itself was also beautiful.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank charliew007
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Ride is about an hour to Avalon from Long Beach. Several options daily including Two Harbors. Parking available at site but a little expensive. I generally park offsite and walk. Very timely. Good ride even in steerage with snacks and bar available. Seen porpoises many...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank vegasrugbyref
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our boat was pretty crowded on the weekend from Long Beach to Avalon and not as crowded coming back during the week. We opted for the Commodore Lounge both ways and I highly suggest it. Trip was clean, friendly and fast.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank JoInTexas
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The journey was quick and easy. The ship was clean and comfortable. There is a snack bar. Regular fare was about $70 each way.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Ryan S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very good experience. Not crowded on a March Monday. Saw dolphins and whales on the way over. Fast. Took a little over an hour to cross from Long Beach.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank 530stanw
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We took the ferry to Catalina Island. Great ride quick trip. Comfortable ferry with a snack bar and drinks. I found out after the trip if you travel on your birthday it’s free. Just have to make reservations in advance

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Y6870DCjohnp
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The only negative (minor) is the location of the Long Beach dock. Not easily accessible by foot from aquarium/shoreline attractions. However the Catalina dock location is great. Service is great from ticket purchase to embarkation to onboard care to exit. The boat moves along at...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank 1949hodad
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The round trip fare is a bit pricey, but the staff was friendly and helpful. The boat was fairly clean and the ferry set sail on time.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Tootsie S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a very friendly ride over to Avalon, as always. We had the Commodore lounge seating, which I highly recommend! Planing to do the same for our next trip!

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Michelle M
Reviewed 26 January 2019 via mobile

Most people go to Avalon.Lots shops, restaurants, nice Bay & beaches. Past casino best. I like to go to West end, quieter, less touristy. Nice hikes, can walk clear across island, easily. Food, hotel (in advance), bar, store, rentals, snorkeling,Pier, relaxing!! I don't have any...More

Date of experience: February 2018
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18 February 2019|
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Response from teacher34 | Reviewed this property |
We went from Long Beach, so really don’t know about LA. We parked our car at the terminal lot for the five or six hours we were there, but it seemed as there were cars that were overnight or longer there.
Polo L
26 September 2018|
Response from Kyle V | Reviewed this property |
They don’t check id’s or ask for passports. They just want money for the tickets, so if you pay for the tickets, I think there is no problem.
Ed K
16 June 2018|
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Response from FaithA | Reviewed this property |
I'm sorry I'm not sure, I would call Catalina Express and maybe even the Chamber of Commerce or the local Police Department about the local laws for riding it on the roads on Catalina they may be different as you can't drive... More