Friday, October 13, 2017

Sad news: Catalina Express ending free birthday rides promotion

Free rides end  as of 2017 but you can still grab one if your birthday's coming up until Dec. 31, 2017. 

A public service announcement by Patti Pietschmann

The promotion began on the 30th anniversary Catalina Express in 2012. Since then, it  ferried around  500,000 registrations on 200,000 round-trip voyages. Alas all good things come to an end. Greg Bombard, president/CEO, says, “Catalina Express wishes to thank its more than 45 island partners who participated in the Birthday Island program over the past six years, offering discounts, perks and value-added products and services for birthday celebrants. This program made visitors’ special day on the island even more meaningful with other visitors, residents and business owners wishing them a happy day."

“We launched the program not only to celebrate our 30th anniversary, but to provide an incentive for visitors to get a ‘taste’ of the new Catalina, which has grown and evolved with the opening of new attractions, restaurants, culture and entertainment.”

Keep an eye out for future Catalina Express deals which I will post when they happen. 

Nestled off  the coast of Southern California, some 22-miles across the sea, Catalina Island is accessible by boat from three ports via  Catalina  Express:  San  Pedro,  Long  Beach  and  Dana  Point.  Catalina  Express runs up  to  30  daily departures and year-round service to Avalon and Two Harbors, transporting nearly one million passengers annually. It offers comfortable airline-style seats and grouped table seating. Traveling to Catalina Island in as little as one hour, each vessel was designed  and built/purchased  specifically  for comfort  and speed. Catalina Express is an unparalleled resource in Southern California, and one of the world’s most respected ferry fleets. For information and reservations, call 800-429-4601, or visit Catalina Express