Overview of Catalina Express
Walking past the city of Avalon, you will come across Catalina Express. Catalina Express is often skipped on the visit, owing to the plethora of other prime attractions of Avalon.
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Welcome to Avalon ! 🌴 It's time to party on the beach ! 🎉👙 if you've made it here. The boat ride is super awesome. Staff is cool but can be cranky if asked too many questions . 👩👮👱 Pick up and drop off is easy 🚕 Don't miss your boat be on time 🚢 Also don't lose your paper tickets that were issued . You will have to pay for another set of tickets .🎫 There is lockers and restrooms. 🚾 The water in the harbor so clear you can see the bright orange fish in the harbor . 🐠
Great service. On time, and reliable for us. We enjoyed the Commodores lounge and would do it again. The bathrooms left us with something to be improved upon.
Long Beach to Avalon was 65 minutes. Extremely smooth, quiet ride. Reasonable prices for drinks and snacks. Ferries don't get much better than this. Lots of parking available right at the terminal in Long Beach.
On our most recent trip, although we prefer to sit on the top level (in fresh air) we were forced to sit below and inside. One of the employees was too lazy to stow our luggage and told us to put them on the seats inside (in the passenger area of the boat). We did not feel comfortable leaving them and had to take a seat in the back near our luggage.
Ship is fast to get us between Long Beach and Catalina island. Lot of seats and never fully sold out - at least for us. Learned the experience that we won't buy the return tickets yet until we sure the timing. Changing ticket is $5 each. Anyway, lesson learned and the best deal is to get the catalina island gift card from Costco.