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With 8 boats and up to 30 daily departures year-round from Long Beach, San Pedro and Dana Point, Catalina Express is the best way to get to Catalina Island. In about an hour, you could be hiking, biking, shopping, diving, snorkeling, fishing...more
95 Berth, San Pedro, Catalina Island, CA 90731-3384
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All reviews long beach dana point san pedro smooth ride commodore lounge comfortable ride boat ride newport beach general seating priority boarding great ferry ferry service day trip easy trip captains lounge great trip the upper deck
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the second visit to Catalina, and the first time we booked with Catalina Express. We opted for the Commodore Lounge, and we are so glad we did! Our party all received one complimentary drink and snacks to enjoy during the trips. The reclining...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Samantha S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

MICK, My wonderful man of almost 8 months and I decided on a lil Groupon Getaway. We stayed at the Hermosa Inn cute older hotel. Had a great ride over and back. Must admit first dark crossing back and I was a lil nauseated, but...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Coastal546074
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We chose to leave from San Pedro instead of Long Beach, and oh what a pleasant experience. Parking is easy (but not cheap at $18/day), the terminal is clean with decent bathrooms and a small coffee shop that also offers hot food. The boats tend...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank nickrR9944JL
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I travel from Long Beach to Avalon and vice-versa. The boats are clean, offer snacks, drinks and views of the ocean--sometimes dolphins appear. It is about 55 minutes to Long Beach from Avalon and the same the other way. I have been using their Commodore...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank earlya
Reviewed 10 November 2018 via mobile

It was a round trip ticket from Long Beach port to Avalon. We opted for the upgrade Captains lounge. Which is worth it because you get to sit inside in the air conditioned area and included one beverage (with/without alcohol). You also get to board...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank aaronandirmafni
Reviewed 9 November 2018

We took the ferry to Catalina Island from Dana Point and enjoyed watching the Dolphins swimming along side us. The staff was friendly and the ferry was clean.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Jeanie H
Reviewed 3 November 2018

This is the second time we used Catalina Express to visit Avalon. Although I had made a booking error, the staff at the ferry terminal quickly rectified my mistake. Overall the experience was very good, the staff on the boat excellent.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Kevin M
Reviewed 22 October 2018 via mobile

Comfortable and convenient ride from Long Beach to Santa Catalina Island and back. Good legroom inside and outside

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Jeff M
Reviewed 16 October 2018

We used the Catalina Express to travel from Catalina to Long Beach. The trip was smooth and comfortable, and we saw dolphins along the way. Seats are first come first served so get there early if you want first choice. You can upgrade to Commodore...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank volcanogirl
Reviewed 14 October 2018

Fast ride to Catalina. Boat was clean and made a smooth crossing. Needed to use the overflow parking on the weekend as things were crowded. Made reservations ahead of time. Used the Commodore lounge on the weekend for a little extra comfort with the crowds....More

Date of experience: September 2018
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27 February 2018|
Response from RDM12345 | Reviewed this property |
Not sure how you would get from the airport to the dock (maybe a shuttle), but the boat docks and ships are wheelchair accessible. The restrooms on the lower level of the boats are also. So you should have no trouble with... More
6 October 2017|
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Response from kcslatts | Reviewed this property |
If you let them know ahead of time at the terminal in Avalon they will find a way to accommodate you