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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
SOMEWHAT DISAPPOINTED IN OUR TRIP
Tue, Oct 7, 08   10:00 AM donnabarrick Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
WE WENT OUT 12 MILES TO SEE WHALES AND YES THERE THEY WERE, SEVERAL HUMPBACK WHALES. WE ONLY SPENT ABOUT 15 MINUTES SEEING THEM AND THEN IT WAS TIME TO GO BACK. THIS WAS A 2 1/2 TO 3 HOUR TRIP. RECOMMEND A LONGER TRIP. ALTHOUGH, WE DID ENJOY THE TRIP AND WERE THANKFUL WE GOT TO SEE SOME WHALES.
Rating: 4
Beautiful Day!!!
Mon, Sep 29, 08   1:30 PM marimnypny Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
I went on the trip with my son and daughter, my son had never been on a "Whale Watch" before, so it was great to be with him, My daughter had been on one on the east coast, so this was a first time for her also, we had a really good day,. the crew was very friendly and helpful.
Rating: 4
Interesting but ...
Sat, Sep 27, 08   10:00 AM nsdwm56b Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
While it was interesting to go see a few whales, it took a long time to go 14 miles out to sea and then come back, leaving only about 20-30 minutes of actual whale watching. Several people got seasick and I suggest the motion sickness pills, even though the swells and waves weren't that big. I went inside the cabin for a few minutes on the way out and immediately got queasy so I stayed outside - but it was quite chilly with the wind. The most negative part of the experience was walking past all the people on fisherman's wharf that were trying to get your business. There was just too much hawking for your business at the restaurants.
Rating: 5
Whale Watching Sep 18th, 2008
Fri, Sep 19, 08   2:30 PM michaelhurd Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
It helped that the weather was beautiful and the whales cooperated, but it really was a nice trip. The boat was good, the crew was friendly and knowledgeable. We saw a pair of humpback whales. They became curious and hung around the boat for upwards of half an hour. It was great. Got plenty of great photos of them - right next to the boat! Lots of tails in the air, too. Also saw a large group of dolphins, many running right along the boat or in its wake. Nice trip. Very memorable.
Rating: 4
Mixed but OK
Wed, Sep 10, 08   10:00 AM WMacedo Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Everyone should try this at least once. Saw several whales so the purpose of the trip was fulfilled. If visions of 'National Geographic' are on your mind; forget it. The whale spotting is just that - spot a surfacing whale, see it dive and wait for the next one. Before departure, boat operator mentioned there was a little 'bump' in the ocean. Beware! That means the ride out will be VERY BUMPY. Those conditions will be a challenge to weak tummies. Be sure to dress in layers (as they advise you on their web site) because it can be cool on the way out, and then warmer when idling to observe the whales. Otherwise, the trip is what is advertised. The length of time observing whales is adequate. The ride back is smooth and allows for time to appreciate the coastline.
Rating: 5
Good Interaction
Wed, Aug 20, 08   10:00 AM johnjean Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Lot's of whales
Rating: 5
Red Hat Chapter on a cruise
Mon, Aug 11, 08   2:30 PM Vickigraham Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Since we are an older group, for us the earlier trip in the morning would have been better. We did have a nice time though. The crew could not have been better. Before we left the owner and employee at the "office" were very friendly and helpful. Upon our return, the owner spoke with us for a few minutes regarding the "Red Hat Society". He would like to contact the "Hatquarters" and set up something for the members to get a discount on the cruises. He was great! We felt very welcome before, during the whole trip and after. THANK YOU! Dear Zerve staff: You were extremely helpful to me. Everything I needed you provided! You are an excellent service. I am looking forward to doing business with you again.
Rating: 5
Humpback Splendor
Sat, Aug 2, 08   1:30 PM Lucaspup Female 60-69 Combination Group of Friends
My guests and I were very pleased with our whale watch tour on the Monterey Bay on August 2, 2008. I was accompanied by my fieds from Quebec Province on the Eastern seacoast of Canada. We only saw one Humpback whale but were lucky to see an hour long performance due to the skill and prowess of the Princess Monterey captain. The captain was very diligent in his maneuvering of the ship to follow, at the safest distance, the spectacular show presented by the humpback whale. We were presented with both spouting and flipper maneuvers by the humpback. Truly, these are special creatures and deserve all the protection that mankind can give to them!!! Thank you for a lifelong memory!!! car
Rating: 3
Unmet Expectations
Sun, Jul 27, 08   10:00 AM carpet Female 60-69 Local Group of Friends
Didn't realize that our time on the boat would mostly be spent getting to & from the whale watching area. It would have been good to know before hand approximately how much time would actually be spent out in the watching area. The Naturalist and the Sighting Board near the boarding area led us to believe that we'd see more whales than we did. We also expected the boat to get a bit closer to them. We realize that there are limits to how close boats can legally go. However, other boats that were out there seemed closer to them than our boat. We needed binoculars to get a good look. On the plus side, the Naturalist's enthusiasm was great and she seemed very knowledgeable. The boat was not too crowded. It would have been nice to have some seating in the stern area.
Rating: 5
A Great Adventure
Sat, Jul 26, 08   10:00 AM barbaradavis Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
My husband and I enjoy the whale watching cruise so much that we do it two to three times a year. The crew is very friendly and helpful. We have gotten to know the first mate, A.J., and look forward to seeing him on every cruise. Katherine, the field biologist, is always informative and adds so much to the experience. Great for families! We met a college student doing a required independent field trip who had never been on a boat. Her initial reaction was, "Oh, no, I hate boats". She was accompanied by her father and younger brother. They all enjoyed the cruise so much, that they were bringing mom and sister to join them for another cruise the following weekend, Great for dates! It is delightful to see so many young couples enjoying the time together. Captain Leon sure knows how to find those whales, plus other interesting wildlife in the area. We always learn something new. If you have only a short time in Monterey, the Aquarium and the Whale Watching Cruise are a priority!