Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.6  1,648 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 211 510 8 = 502 98% 4.6
Last 6 months 489 1,142 24 = 1,118 97% 4.6
Last 12 months 735 1,684 36 = 1,648 97% 4.6
All 4,098 8,316 307 = 8,009 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: 5
Great day with Grandson
Fri, Aug 6, 10   1:30 PM bevbraver Female 60-69 Local Family With Children
This was the second whale watching trip for my husband and I. However, it was the first for our 7 year old grandson. Seeing the whales with him was wonderful. We saw lunging blue whales and several humpback whales. We came prepared with coats and dramamine. Members of the crew circulated to make sure that all of us were safe. The naturalist was great. We will be back with our other grandchildren.
Rating: 5
Everybody should take a whale watching excursion!
Fri, Aug 6, 10   10:00 AM kathcrok1 Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
This was our first trip whale watching; our group was my husband, my best friend from high school and myself. We waited a long time to do this-and have no idea why!? We went out on the Princess Monterey, which I chose after reading other reviews plus the "size" of the boat (it was a good decision). The day we went was overcast/foggy and cool. Once the boat got underway it was cold, but not unbearable (except for my husband), so coats were definitely in order. The captain had to take us 10 miles out since the whales were not so close as the week before, but we saw Risso dolphins, blue whales and humpback. It was exciting for us to finally be doing something we had only dreamed about for a long time. We all highly recommend this company/this tour. The captain and crew were all very informative, letting us know where and when to look, turning and idling, to wait and see if the whales would swim closer providing lots of information about the whales all along. We seemingly had plenty of photo opportunities but ...if only the whales and dolphins had been more cooperative "posing" for us! You cannot go wrong using this company. I know some reviews stated they left late, came back too soon (although anytime is too soon!), so while we may have left a few minutes late-the trip did not disappoint. We have no complaints about their time frames. We plan on taking another trip in the very near future!
Rating: 5
Highly Recommend
Wed, Aug 4, 10   4:30 PM 19Stella47 Female 60-69 Unspecified Other
I would highly recommend that one go on a whale watching tour with Princess Monterey. The captain was great and provided us with information about the types of whales we were seeing.
Rating: 4
Excellent Boat, Excellent Crew
Tue, Aug 3, 10   1:30 PM goodrub Male 60-69 Local Family With Children
Although the seas were running 8 to 10 feet, this was an excellent trip. There were a large number of whales feeding about 5 miles off shore. We spent at least an hour surrounded buy whales, although none got within about 50 yards of the boat. The boat was large enough that the seas were not a problem and the crew was very attentive to everyone's comfort. Those that did suffer from sea sickness were escorted by a crew member to the rail and tended to with care. The captain was very knowledgeable and informative about the whales and their habits. I would recommend this trip to anyone.
Rating: 5
good whale watching trip
Tue, Aug 3, 10   10:00 AM murphy101 Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We enjoyed our 2 1/2 hours trip to see some whales in Monterey Bay. The naturalist on board provided us with a lot of information on the whales. The captain that day was able to find about 5 humpback whales and later about 4 blue whales which for August is pretty good. Also saw sea lions, harbor seals ans some dolphins, a good trip.
Rating: 4
Lot of fun. Good companions
Mon, Aug 2, 10   1:30 PM GREG647F Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
Crew was helpful. Saw blues and humpbacks.
Rating: 5
Mon, Aug 2, 10   1:30 PM codymariel Female 60-69 Unspecified Couple on a Date
We were prepared for the fog, and fortunately we have both been in boats many times, so seasickness was NOT a problem. It was great to be out in the water with so many people we have never met, from many different states and lands, and have this bonding experience. Although we did not see whales up close, we did spot and follow at least 3 who were spouting, and that was very exciting. Our pilot really made an effort to keep as close to them as he could, which was much appreciated. The woman who was our Whale guide was incredible, very enthusiastic and most knowledgeable. I really appreciated her Whale expertise, only thing i would take issue with her about was her historical viewpoint. I am a documentary media maker and have done a fair amount of research about the conditions of the native peoples under the Spanish......and she really glossed over the harsh realities of treatment by those who came from other lands and seriously exploited the native inhabitants, often using religion as a way to control and enslave, as well as trying to stamp out native cultures. So, I hope that she could perhaps reevaluate that part of her presentation- but otherwise, it was really GREAT!! And I love seeing older people using their minds and energies and sharing their wisdom with others! Thanks so much, lynn adler
Rating: 4
Well worth it
Mon, Aug 2, 10   10:00 AM garyandchach Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Company does a good job of running the cruise. Friendly and helpful staff. Would do it again.
Rating: 4
A bit crowded and hard to hear
Mon, Aug 2, 10   10:00 AM uchiyama Female 60-69 Local Other
A bit crowded and being a short person, I could not always see. Hard to hear narrator, especially when boat was motor was running or moving. While we were never very close to the whales, I do appreciate the respect given to the whales space which is good for them.
Rating: 5
a fulfilling trip!
Sat, Jul 31, 10   1:30 PM Bobkamm Male 60-69 Local Unspecified
My wife and I drove up from San Luis Obispo. We were extremely pleased with the crew, the biologist and the entire experience. Thank you, Princess!