Well, I told them and told them to get their tickets in advance but they just didn't believe me. My friends went online last night to purchase tickets for Monday, August 2nd, the only day available in their schedule for the Alcatraz tour, and of course weren't able to find availability on the official website. They checked other ticket consolidators who were also sold out. They called the concierge at the Fairmont where they're staying but weren't able to procure tickets there either.
Would it be worth a try for them to go directly to the Alcatraz Cruise pier and try to buy tickets there or to remain 'stand by'? Is there last minute availability at times? Thanks in advance.