Month: December 2016



In celebration of the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary and to help educate local school groups about Alcatraz’s fascinating history, Alcatraz Cruises is awarding local school groups with the opportunity to apply for complimentary field trips in the first quarter of 2017. Program details:

–       Only school groups within the city and county of San Francisco are eligible

–       One group per school with a maximum of 30 guests

–       Field trip dates are available for Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays only, from January 10 to February 23, 2017

–       Round trip transportation between the school and Alcatraz Landing will be provided via a motorized cable car

–       Complimentary boxed lunches will be provided

–       One complimentary photo per person

To apply and for more information, visit Schools that are awarded the gift of history from Alcatraz Cruises will be contacted directly.

Visit for more information about Alcatraz tours and to purchase tickets, up to ninety days in advance

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Alcatraz Cruises is the National Park Service concessioner of ferry service to Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay, which is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, one of America’s 407 National Park sites. Alcatraz Cruises hosts nearly 1.5 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


It’s not too late to make plans for Taiwan’s iconic Lantern Festival

Displaying Lantern Festival 3.jpgAs the Year of the Rooster fast approaches, it’s time to start making plans to visit Taiwan for the most festive celebration of the year…the Annual Lantern Festival.

In order to share the wealth of this decades old tradition, the festival is held in alternating cities. In 2017, visitors will be welcome to Yunlin Province to celebrate from February 11-19.

Displaying Lantern Festival 1.jpgNoted as one of the best festivals in the world, according to the Discovery Channel, the Lantern Festival started in 1990 as a collaboration between the tourism bureau and local government. The celebration is held on the fifteenth day of the first month in the lunar calendar and its purpose is to share traditional folklore.

While the festival is designed to pay tribute to local customs, it is a stimulating site of lights, technology and modern innovation. Guests are treated to a main stage of world-class entertainment, but the beauty is really discovered from the mass of artistic light displays, which include traditional lanterns and over-the-top thematic monuments.

Displaying Lantern Festival 2.jpgFor convenience sake, visitors will want to book accommodations in Yunlin County, which is located at the central-south part along the western coast of Taiwan and at the north tip of Jianan plain, bordering Nantou County in the east, Changhua County in north with Zhoushui River as watershed, Chiayi County in the south with Beigang River as watershed. Suggested accommodations can be found here:

For more on the 2017 Lantern Festival, visit:


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Hornblower Classic Cable Cars is featuring a holiday tradition aboard a San Francisco classic with its Holiday Nights and Sights tours.

The 70-minute tour aboard one of the Classic Cable Cars includes a festive journey to view the city’s sights and lights; complimentary Santa hat; blankets on loan to stay warm; and a jolly driver who will facilitate a round of Christmas Carols.

Priced at $39 per adult (16+) and $29 for children (age 5-15), the special holiday tour is available until December 23, 2016. Tours are available at 5pm, 6pm, 7pm and 8pm Sunday-Thursday. Guests will check in at Taylor and Jefferson Streets, across from the famous Fisherman’s Wharf sign, 2766 Taylor Street.

Reservations are required for individuals and groups and can be made by calling (844) 922-2532 or in person at 2766 Taylor Street, San Francisco.


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For those that want to visit San Francisco’s notorious Alcatraz Island, planning ahead is a must.  As the official website for Alcatraz Tours, provides the guaranteed lowest price for Alcatraz tickets, which are only $35.50 per person for adults/juniors (12-61).

As we head into the first quarter of 2017, tickets are now available for purchase up to 90 days in advance.  (Note: While other entities do indeed sell tickets for Alcatraz Island Tours, there are many unauthorized resellers that offer tickets at inflated prices. Alcatraz Cruises cannot be responsible for tickets bought from other sources.)

In addition to the opportunity to book tickets up to 90 days in advance of the desired tour date, visitors to Alcatraz will enjoy the added benefit of complimentary access to the current art installation “Shortening: Making Irrational Rational.”  The exhibit is on display in the New Industries Building and will be available for viewing through February 2017, from 11 am to 2 pm daily with the purchase of a regularly priced ticket.

How to Get to Alcatraz

Passengers may purchase and print tickets online at  Tickets can also be purchased by calling 415-981-ROCK (7625) or from the ticket booth at Pier 33 Alcatraz Landing. Advance reservations are strongly recommended.

Ticket Prices (from now though March 12, 2017)

                                    Adult               Junior             Child               Senior             Family**

                                    18+                  12-17               5-11                 62+                  2A & 2C

Day Tour                  $35.50            $35.50            $21.75            $33.50            $107.50

Night Tour                $42.50            $41.50            $25.25            $39.50            n/a

** Family Pack consists of 2 Adults and 2 Children.  Please call 415 981-ROCK (7625) to book the Family Pack as it is not available for purchase on-line.  Prices and schedules subject to change without notice.