Alcatraz Cruises Celebrates 2nd Anniversary With Two Greenest Boats On The Bay

New
 Boats
 Will Take
 1.4 
Million 
Annual 
Visitors 
To 
Famous 
Island
Summer
 Schedule
 Extended
 Through 
October
–
Great
 Time 
for 
Local
 Visitors

(Alcatraz
 Island,
 CA)
‐‐‐
Alcatraz
 Cruises
 began 
operating 
the 
two 
greenest 
boats 
on 

San 
Francisco 
Bay today,
 as 
the Alcatraz 
Clipper 
and
 Alcatraz
 Flyer 
became
 the 
two 
primary 
vessels 
for 
the 
National 
Park Service ferry 
operations 
to
Alcatraz
 Island. 
Alcatraz 
Cruises 
celebrates 
its 
second 
anniversary 
as 
the concessioner 
of 
ferry 
service 
this 
month.
Both 
vessels 
have 
state‐of‐the‐art 
Tier
 2 
Marine 
Diesel 
Engines,
 which 
are 
80%
 more 
fuel 
efficient 
than standard
marine 
engines. 
In 
addition, 
these
 vessels 
have 
selective 
catalytic 
reduction 
units,
 which 
use 
an organic
 compound
to 
dissolve 
the
 emissions 
that 
do 
come 
from 
the 
engines. 
These 
two 
systems 
combined create 
an 
operating 
system 
that
has 
90% 
less 
emissions 
than 
most 
other 
vessels
 operating 
on 
the 
bay. Not 
only 
are 
the 
engines 
cleaner, 
but 
the vessels 
have 
recycled 
vinyl 
seat 
coverings, 
recycled 
carpeting and environmentally 
friendly 
paints 
used 
inside
 and
out.

“We 
wanted 
to 
use 
our 
new 
boats 
as 
a 
demonstration 
of 
how 
environmentally 
conscious 
and 
innovative our 
partnership
with
 the 
National 
Park 
Service 
is.
 We
 have 
worked 
together 
towards
 our 
vision 
of sustainability, 
and 
this 
is 
one
more 
step 
toward 
that 
goal,” 
said 
Alcatraz 
Cruises 
General 
Manager 
Scott Thornton.

The 
vessels 
themselves 
are 
also
 recycled. 
The 
Clipper 
and 
Flyer
 were 
owned 
and
 operated 
by 
the 
previous concessioner 
of 
ferry 
service
 to
 Alcatraz 
Island, 
the 
Blue
&
Gold 
Fleet. 
Alcatraz 
Cruises
 took
 over 
the contract 
in 
September
 2006. 
Alcatraz
 Cruises 
purchased 
both 
boats 
from 
Blue
&
Gold
 and
 completed
 a total 
refurbishment,
including 
the 
new 
engine
 systems, 
new 
seating, 
major 
hull 
repair,
 new 
paint,
 new carpet, 
remodeled 
snack
bar,
renovated
 restrooms 
and 
the 
addition
 of
 fully 
accessible 
restrooms. Alcatraz 
Cruises
 chose 
to 
keep 
the
 names
 of
 the
 vessels 
in 
honor 
of 
the 
years 
of 
service 
both
 vessels provided in

San 
Francisco Bay.

The
 Clipper
 and
 Flyer 
both 
have 
a 
capacity
 of
 700 
passengers, 
full 
snack
bars 
with 
liquor
 licenses 
that allow 
them 
to 
sell 
beer
 and
 wine
 on
 the
 return 
trip, 
and 
high 
definition 
flat 
screen 
monitors 
to 
play interpretive 
content 
on 
the 
trip 
to 
and 
from 
the Island.

Alcatraz 
Cruises
 and
 the 
National 
Park 
Service 
have 
extended 
the 
summer
 season
 hours
 through
 the
 end of 
October.
This 
means 
that
 there 
are 
14 
daily 
departures
 for 
the 
Island,
 and 
two 
of 
the 
always popular Alcatraz 
Night 
Tour.

Tickets should 
be 
purchased
 and 
printed 
in 
advance 
on 
the 
website www.AlcatrazCruises.com 
or 
by 
calling 
415‐981‐7625.
 Alcatraz 
Cruises 
is 
located 
at 
Pier
 33
 on
 the Embarcadero 
between 
Bay 
and 
Chestnut
 streets.
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