Since 1981, the fast track to Catalina Island from San Pedro, Long Beach, or Dana Point is aboard the Catalina Express. Eight different vessels cut through choppy waves on 30 hour-long voyages daily. The largest vessel is the Catalina Jet, which can accommodate 500 people, and the fleet also includes four catamarans. An upgrade to the Commodore Lounge includes larger seats and complimentary food and beverage. A Captain’s Lounge is also available, with prices depending on the port of departure. Destinations are either the small town of Avalon or the tiny village of Two Harbors. Travelers ride free on their birthday.