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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
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Reviewed yesterday

I thought the boat could go allot faster. Seating was comfortable, both inside and up on deck. Bar/food service was good. I would allow 8 hours on the island. Reserve a golf cart before you leave for the island, because cab service is almost none...More

Thank Kirk H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our group took a day trip to Catalina and used the Express for our round trip transportation. We paid extra for the extra comfort of the Commodor's Lounge and were very happy with the trip to the island. Crewmembers were friendly and attentive. Unfortunately, things...More

Thank Joe G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a group of 70 plus consisting of high school football team, cheerleaders, volleyball team and parents. Staff was mostly helpful and friendly. Much better than slower boats that can take 2 plus hours. We were in Avalon in an hour. Clean boats with...More

Thank Kyle B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed the ride to the island and back for our day trip. Tried booking online in the morning and it would not allow me to book for the same morning. I called and was able to reserve over the phone. Onboard staff was friendly...More

Thank Jim B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had two round trips to Catalina Island on the Express this summer. The experiences were good as the boat was clean and comfortable. I am disappointed with the cost differential to use the commodore lounge. A small bag of snacks and a beverage, and...More

Thank Dave V
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Took the family to Catalina Island. The trip was smooth with plenty of bath rooms, indoor and outdoor seating, and refreshments available.

1  Thank Kyle V
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When traveling to Catalina Island, this is the only only way to travel. It's fast and painless at about an hour. Otherwise, you'll have to deal with 3 hours of potential seasickness and waste of time. There are plenty of seating inside and outside. There...More

Thank jt99941
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Decided to go to Catalina and my husband spoke to a real person for reservations. She was very helpful and got us into the Commadore Club for the next day. Beautiful ferry ride. Comfortable trip. Catalina Island was outstanding! We took a bus tour, ate...More

2  Thank Jean S
Reviewed 14 August 2018

We visited Catalina Island for the 4th time on July 26, using Catalina Express for all four visits. The trip out was awesome -- comfortable, smooth and the scenery beautiful! The trip back that evening must have been overbooked -- though it was a smoothride...More

Thank susanhG3047CZ
Reviewed 14 August 2018 via mobile

Catalina Express is a convenient way to travel to and from Catalina Island. We took Catalina Express from Long Beach. They have different ports to go to Catalina Island. Its so convenient drive your car to the port park it just infrobt kf where they...More

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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
Becky G
7 June 2018|
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Response from deecee1987 | Reviewed this property |
There is a parking garage for Catalina island visitors. Fee I am not sure . But you will find it hassle free for sure. Make sure you have some time before your Catalina express ride, last minute hurry is not advisable.
Melissa W
10 March 2018|
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Response from Nicole M | Reviewed this property |
Some hotels will still offer but on get one free with bookings.