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Alcatraz Cruises opens our gangways to over 1.7 million visitors every year….

Meet our illustrious fleet! 

The Alcatraz Cruises Hybrid Ferry Fleet has redefined the profile of vessels on San Francisco Bay. As the nation’s first hybrid passenger ferry service, our fleet’s mission is far more important than its appearance. When the solar panels on top of the vessels absorb sunlight and energy is generated by the wind turbines, power is provided to charge the 12V DC batteries. Additional power is provided by diesel generators for more efficient movement through the water. Each of the hybrid vessels in Alcatraz Cruises Fleet can operate on propulsion batteries alone for over an hour, providing a silent cruise around San Francisco Bay. Alcatraz Cruises, with our hybrid passenger ferry fleet, is leading the way in environmentally-friendly vessels and decreases our carbon footprint daily.

Alcatraz Clipper

Alcatraz Clipper

Service Date: October 2007
Cruise Speed: 10 knots
Capacity: 700 passengers
Tier: Tier II
Hull: Monohull, Steel
Horsepower: 1400 from diesel electric engines
GRT: 97
127 feet long
Decks: 3
Main Deck: snack bar, restrooms, indoor seating, accessible outdoor viewing
Second Deck: outdoor and indoor seating, display monitors
Third Deck: wheelhouse, outdoor seating

Alcatraz Clipper
Alcatraz Flyer in front of Alcatraz Island

Alcatraz Flyer

Service Date: March 2007
Cruise Speed: 10 knots
Capacity: 700 passengers
Tier: Tier II
Hull: Monohull, Steel
Horsepower: 1400 from diesel electric engines
GRT: 97
128 feet long
Decks: 3
Main Deck: snack bar, restrooms, indoor seating, accessible outdoor viewing
Second Deck: outdoor and indoor seating, display monitors
Third Deck: wheelhouse, outdoor seating

Hornblower Hybrid in front of Alcatraz Island

Hornblower Hybrid

Service date: December 2008
Cruise speed: 8 knots
Capacity: 155 passengers
Tier: Tier II
Hull: Aluminum
Horsepower: 700
GRT: 55
64 feet long
Decks: 2
Main Deck: snack bar, restrooms, accessible outdoor and indoor seating, display monitors
Second Deck: wheelhouse, outdoor and indoor seating

Islander 2018

Islander

Service date: September 2006
Cruise speed: 15 knots
Capacity: 500 passengers
Tier: Tier II
Hull: Monohull, Steel
Horsepower: 870
GRT: 93
94 feet long
Decks: 3
Main Deck: snack bar, restrooms, accessible outdoor viewing, indoor seating
Second Deck: indoor seating, display monitors
Third Deck: wheelhouse, outdoor seating

Islander
AC lifering

Alcatraz Cruises vessels are all U.S. Coast Guard licensed vessels. Our on-board life safety equipment is inspected and approved annually. Alcatraz Cruises proudly displays our certificates of inspection on each vessel viewable to the public.

Each vessel is equipped with restrooms on the first deck including an accessible family style (companion-care) occupancy complete with changing table. Our vessels have a climate-controlled area for respite from those chilly, foggy days. Every vessel has large viewing windows capable of providing an inescapable scene. Our vessels are always smoke free. Once aboard, you will find general (open) seating in order for you to choose a preferred area catering to your comfort. Our teams begin boarding 10 minutes before each scheduled departure.

*Vessel availability may vary.

Alcatraz Cruises operates the greenest ferry boats in the nation. In 2008, Alcatraz Cruises built and introduced the Hornblower Hybrid into our fleet to reduce our impact on San Francisco Bay’s natural environment. Since 2008, we have re-powered two additional Alcatraz Cruises vessels, the Alcatraz Clipper and the Alcatraz Flyer. All functions on these vessels use a combination of diesel-powered Tier 2 generators, electric motors, wind turbines and photovoltaic solar panels. We use exhaust after-treatment technologies that decrease particulate and NOx emissions 80% over California’s strict Tier 2 air quality requirements. Our annual fuel consumption has been reduced by 235,292 gallons, which is equivalent to taking 450 cars off the road and planting 718 acres of trees!

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