JenJay... is the special tour you got a regular thing for those with fed credentials or was it an extra special thing? DH is a 'fed' and if we ever go, I would love to be able to take the special tour as well.
Hmm, I'm not sure. Couldn't hurt to ask?
DH has DOJ/BOP credentials and when a friend heard we were going he told us to be sure to show them and get a good tour, since Alcatraz is a BOP facility. We first approached a guide and she took us to the hospital area with a small group she was showing around (not sure who they were). DH actually ended up helping guide that because there were some aspects she couldn't explain and he was able to. After that she wanted to take us to a few more places she had questions about so we got to see the chapel and upper tiers of the cells.
Then she told us to find one of the two Rangers because even she wasn't allowed access to the more restricted areas. When we finally found one DH said "I heard if I show you my BOP credentials I can do some extra poking around. Is that true?" the Ranger said "Maybe..." DH said "You really need to see them?" and Ranger said "Yep." So DH produced, they were checked, and he said "Okay, what do you want to see?"