Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.6  1,646 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
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Last 3 months 278 660 14 = 646 97% 4.6
Last 6 months 485 1,129 25 = 1,104 97% 4.6
Last 12 months 735 1,685 39 = 1,646 97% 4.6
All 4,060 8,226 307 = 7,919 95% 4.4
Rating and reviews for:

Princess Monterey Whale Watching Cruises

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Engage in the unforgettable and educational adventure of whale watching aboard one of Monterey's largest and most elegant vessels!

Rating Date Attended Reviewer Gender Age Sort Descending Where From? Group Type?
Rating: 3
Good value but
Fri, Jul 30, 10   10:00 AM DorisBaublit Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
If was all we could do not to get sea sick. They were many on our trip who were sick. I wouldn't recommend it for children. We saw some whales but they weren't very close. Grey whales and humpbacks.
Rating: 5
Excellent trip
Thu, Jul 29, 10   10:00 AM poakes Female 60-69 Combination Family Without Children
We saw two Blues and many humpbacks. Good commentary from the naturalist.
Rating: 5
Thu, Jul 29, 10   10:00 AM JULIEKISER Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
The day was as expected for the coast... a bit foggy, chilly... but beautiful...compared to the hot Central Valley. Your directions were perfect! We found parking in the first row which was excellent! Had to find restrooms quickly, though. Saw signs at the Museum for them and hurried there... to find the door open (which was excellent...) but no lights were on... hmmmmph...!!! . If you expect tourists to be there early, rrooms should be available, too. It's expected of travelers. Checking in was good, although we were told to wait for a few minutes... why?? after i got the boarding passes finally, my elderly husband and I STOOD on the asphalt for 45 minutes! this part of it did NOT make me happy... we could have easily boarded and at least SAT for that time. The captain and crew didn't seem to think much of us waiting.... like it was no big deal. it WAS a big deal... my feet hurt the rest of the day because of this. The boat did NOT leave at 10... it was more like 10:15. We DID see the whales, though... moreso the humpbacks than the greys... and no dolphins. it WAS very cool!!! we both enjoyed the trip...just NOT the waiting... the ticket price was okay, i guess... could I have made reservations and paid the fare there and saved the convenience fee? I was pleased to note than noone in the front of the boat became ill. I liked the height of the rails, too... there was one of the other boats i saw that the rail was lower than waist high... seemed a bit unsafe. I have shared the pics and info with many... you should be getting more bookings. anyhow, it was an enjoyable, it tiring day trip.
Rating: 5
Whale Watching
Wed, Jul 28, 10   1:30 PM roses795 Female 60-69 Unspecified Unspecified
The whale watching was great. The weather was perfect. Our hostess was very, very knowledgable about the whales and their habitat. She was very enthusiastic. The only problem is that it was hard to understand her narrative. The sound seemed to be muffled. The trip was worth the money spent. Some trips were higher maybe because they stayed out longer. There was enough time to see a lot of whales. I would go again.
Rating: 5
Tue, Jul 27, 10   10:00 AM robinpookie Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
The whole experience was wonderful. There was almost too much to see at times and so we missed some things by being on the wrong side of the boat. But then there was all the action we wanted on our side. Cat was wonderful about teaching and pointing out where to look. We would definitely go out with her again.
Rating: 5
Tue, Jul 27, 10   10:00 AM nancyrmikita Female 60-69 Local Family Without Children
Explanations of what we were seeing were very good. All personal were polite and helpful.
Rating: 5
Three generations agree this is a must do again.
Mon, Jul 26, 10   1:30 PM lynninsacto Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
me, my mom and my grand-daughter all had a great day of whale watching. Even with the not smooth seas we observed many sea mammals and bird life that day.
Rating: 2
Mon, Jul 26, 10   1:30 PM mrdanlew Male 60-69 Local Family With Children
Trip got off to a 20 minute late start. There were 138 ticketed passengers and it seemed like the tour operators were stalling to fill the boat to its 150 passenger limit. The boat felt extremely crowded. While the blue whales were the spectacle people had come to view, the tour leader gave a 5 minute introduction to sea turtles, urging us to look for them because she was involved with research on them. The trip was advertised to last 2.5 hours but only lasted 2 hours and ten minutes. The most annoying part of the trip was when a whale was sighted on the starboard, the boat always made a turn to accomodate the passengers on the left side, leaving the starboard passengers scratching their heads as to why they always had to run to the left side of the boat to see anything. Also, the tone of the tour spoiled by the amusement park enthusiasm of the tour leader. I recommend trying the smaller companies on the wharf for a less "Disneyland-type" promotion of our planet's natural wonders.
Rating: 4
Great trip! We saw around a dozen whales
Mon, Jul 26, 10   1:30 PM JandeVries Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
The only thing I could object to is that we did leave about 20 minutes later than scheduled, but we were back on time. That means we were 20 minutes short for whale watching! Too bad.
Rating: 5
The Best Whale watching trip I've had by far..
Mon, Jul 26, 10   10:00 AM honeyloo2 Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
We were in the area from Palm Springs for a wedding, and happened to read July 25, San Fran Chronicle cover story about a rare krill bloom that came up from the deep shelf out in the Monterey Bay that attracted whales from far and near. Seeing humpbacks AND bluewhales was beyond our expectations. I videoed instead of trying to get a lucky shot. I have been practicing doing video on my little digital camera, zooming in AND OUT when I needed to find the subjects again. I got at least half a dozen fluke shots and many blows and surfacings. It was, wow, terrific and the tour leader was enthusiastic and professional, and the crew well-managed. I felt very safe and I'd use the Princess again.