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Catalina Express

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Address: 34675 Golden Lantern St, Dana Point, CA 92629-2908
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Catalina Island is just an hour away aboard our fast and sleek boats out of...

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 safety, customer satisfaction, and quality of service. Today, the fleet consists of 8 high-speed vessels. More than one million passengers set sail to Catalina Island each year on board Catalina Express, and with year round service and up to 30 departures daily, you can easily join them.

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Perfect taxi service to the island!

Comfortable seats and beautiful views all the way to and from Catalina Island. We even spotted some dolphin on the way home!

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 April 2016
Beverly C
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2016

Comfortable seats and beautiful views all the way to and from Catalina Island. We even spotted some dolphin on the way home!

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Thank Beverly C
Hereford, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2016

My sisters and I traveled by ferry over to Catalina Island. Very comfortable boat. And quick. Seems we were there in no time. They slowed a bit so the passengers could watch the group of dolphins chasing the boat. Wonderful trip.

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Temecula, California, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2016 via mobile

Right on time! Don't be late or you will miss your ride. Cash only for any drinks and snacks at their bar. Clean interior and clean restrooms.

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2016

Leaves on time , parking is 12 dollars for the day , snacks and drinks available , nnot a fancy boat .

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 February 2016

We went out in the morning and came back in the late afternoon. Enjoyable cruise on this wonderful day. A bit foggy in the morning going out but great weather the remainder of the day and for the return trip. If we are in the area again we would probably stay for a couple of days. We had a bonus... More 

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Dana Point, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2016

Virtually always on time even in tough weather. Be sure to check if Santaanas blowing. Courteous crew. Comfortable ride. Get a cuba libre for the sunset cruise home. Enjoy tye free ride on your birthday

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California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2016

My first visit to Catalina and I took the Catalina Express. Everything went very smoothly and we had a great time. Perhaps the best part about it was on our way back into Dana Point Harbor that evening, the captain was almost in the harbor and then turned around abruptly and started circling around just outside of the Harbor as... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2016

1 hr 25 min to the island...staff was very nice..smooth ride back and forth...bring a jacket gets a bit breezy...don't listen to posts about sea sickness...boat is fine

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2016 via mobile

Took the Catalina Express to Santa Catalina Island for the day. Smooth ride, but a bit noisy, especially in the backb of the boat. The trip was on time both ways. Great way to spend the day seeing the sights on Catalina. The cruise line provides parking for a fee, but the parking lot is quite a distance from the... More 

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Ashland, Oregon
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2016 via mobile

Wear ear plugs. The board roars the whole hour and thirty-minutes over and back. Staff are friendly. Seating is limited by the Windows. Very expensive for what you get.

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