Alcatraz Cruises, North America’s Only Fleet of Hybridized Ferries
by Owen James Burke
Photo: Edible Excursions.
In 2009, Alcatraz Cruises, the National Park Service concessioner of ferry service to San Francisco’s Alcatraz Island introduced the United States’ first hybridized ferry. Today, their entire fleet is completely hybridized, powered largely by solar panels, wind turbines and grid power, and all are decked out with recycled and sustainable materials.
So, if you have to hop on a ferry in San Francisco–San Francisco Bay is best toured by sail–try this earth conscious cruise (they also offer foodie cruises) to Alcatraz, an island which I’m told is worth the visit. Despite having sailed around “the rock” more times than I’d care to count, I’ve never actually set foot on it. Next time, I always say. Book your Alcatraz tour with Alcatraz Cruises here. –OJB