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Catalina Express Offers Free Trip on Your Birthday

Byline: Ambrosia Brody

Catalina Express Offers Free Trip on Your Birthday

Looking for a fun way to celebrate your birthday? How about heading to Catalina Island — for free?

Catalina Express is celebrating the city of Avalon’s 100th birthday by providing riders with a free round-trip to the island on their birthdays. The “Free Ride on Your Birthday Promotion” runs from May 1 to April 30, 2014.

The promotion was originally launched in 2011, and the company decided to keep the incentive going, since it was so successful that first year, said Elaine Vaughn, vice president of marketing and sales for Catalina Express.

“It has been so well received,” she said. “And so many island partners help to make the birthday travel absolutely wonderful.”

Additionally, Catalina Express has worked with companies on the island to offer visitors a range of special deals, even if it isn’t their birthday. Discounts are available on bike rentals, bowling, island tours and more. For information, visit

To collect your “birthday present,” register online at for the free 2013-2014 pass. Print the free pass that will be provided in an e-mail confirmation, and reserve your seat online or by calling (800) 995-4386.

You will be required to enter the birthday promotion code, found on the free pass, when making your reservation. Bring the free pass and a valid I.D. (showing your birth date) to the Catalina Express ticket window on your birthday.

Centennial Celebration on the Island

AVALON — Island visitors just might be fortunate enough to have their birthday land on one of the days the Catalina Chamber of Commerce is hosting a weeklong celebration of the city’s 100th anniversary of incorporation.

A multimedia program showcasing Catalina’s history will play at the Catalina Casino at various times throughout the week. For more information, visit

Other centennial events include:

* Thursday, June 20 — Centennial Festival/Fair on Crescent Avenue
* Friday, June 21 — Community Fish Fry on Crescent Avenue
* Saturday, June 22 — Xceptional Music Concert
* Sunday, June 23 — Catalina Movie Night on the Beach
* Monday, June 24 — Community Picnic at Joe Machado Field, including a tug-of-war, a bean bag toss, a pie-eating contest, a dunk tank and three-legged races
* Tuesday, June 25 — Local Band Night   
* Wednesday, June 26 — Community Gala Dinner at the Casino, including an official program of celebration, dignitaries and fireworks

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