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Catalina Express

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Address: 320 Golden Shore, Long Beach, CA 90802
Phone Number: +1 800-481-3470
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Catalina Island is just an hour away aboard our fast and sleek boats out of...

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 safety, customer satisfaction, and quality of service. Today, the fleet consists of 8 high-speed vessels. More than one million passengers set sail to Catalina Island each year on board Catalina Express, and with year round service and up to 30 departures daily, you can easily join them.

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I like the ride to Catalina Island, it was fast, comfortable and the best part the people that work there were so nice. I like the view and the fresh air.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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RAK, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I like the ride to Catalina Island, it was fast, comfortable and the best part the people that work there were so nice. I like the view and the fresh air.

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Playa Vista, CA.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It's free on your birthday! So get a few friends and take a quick trip to the Island you'll be in for a fun ride.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Free to and fro ride to Catalina island on your Bday. The entire boarding process is very seamless and staff is very welcoming. Departure is on time. Great way to spend your bday

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Hanover, Maryland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We booked a "Ship and Zip" tour for the day after Thanksgiving which included a round trip ride on the Express and a 2hr Zip Line Adventure at Catalina. Booking the trip was very easy (good info online, helpful phone operators) and a great deal (total $150/per person). We got some breakfast at the terminal and were quite surprised by... More 

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Fresno, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not necessarily cheap, but it is the most inexpensive way to get to the island. Depending on time of year, there are several time options. We sat outside on the 3rd deck when we departed from Long Beach because the weather was sunny and warm. The views were amazing and it was smooth sailing. Be sure to get in line... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I almost had a heart attack at the prices. But then - there aren't a lot of options. Cornered market. I wasn't particularly impressed.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Loved being able to easily take a boat ride on the Pacific Ocean! It was easy to make reservations ahead of time for the ferry to Catalina Island. The boat was on time and not crowded even when full. The ride was smooth! Sitting inside or out the ferry was a great experience!

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California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Always A good trip. Spend the few dollars more and upgrade to the Captains Lounge, 1 free drink, and less crowded!

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San Francisco Bay Area California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Took the ferry to the island for a two day trip. It is not cheap and do not spend the extra money for the commodore lounge it's not worth it. The trip is comfortable on either level and the crew is very service oriented but there was no direction to the higher priced seats when we got on, so we... More 

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Stamford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Catalina Express was great. I bought tickets on-line which was very easy. I left from Long Beach. The terminal is big, nice, clean. The boarding process is efficient but you do have to stand in line. Best to get in line early if you want a window seat. The crossing was very smooth. They have some refreshments on board nothing... More 

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