Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.6  1,631 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
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Last 3 months 300 713 14 = 699 97% 4.6
Last 6 months 472 1,101 25 = 1,076 97% 4.6
Last 12 months 729 1,670 39 = 1,631 97% 4.6
All 4,044 8,189 307 = 7,882 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
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.
Rating: 4
great education
Sat, Jul 24, 10   1:30 PM brianbost Male 60-69 Local Couple on a Date
We had a great informative docent that made the trip fun. She gave lots of information about the mammals. We saw 8 to 10 humpbacks, some with calves, and four or five blue whales along with jellyfish and dolphins. Some large birds. Good info about the grand canyon of Monterey Bay .
Rating: 5
finally blue whales!
Sat, Jul 24, 10   10:00 AM sarahckarges Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
I had not seen blue whales previously and was anxious to add them to my life list. We got excellent views of these magnificent creatures. The docent was fantastic and the information she gave was very useful, however , I had a hard time hearing her,
Rating: 5
whales, dolphins, friendly shipmates, great crew
Fri, Jul 23, 10   1:30 PM ckfitzgerald Female 60-69 Local Individual
I have not been able to stop talking about my trip and have sent four friends down since my trip on Friday. Our first sighting of whales, other than the blowing sprays, was about 30 feet in front of the boat where a humpback breached falling back into the water on his back. From that time on my camera was always in my hand. We saw around two dozen whales in the three hours we were out. I did not get seasick, thank God. Large boat, rather calm conditions, and soda crackers and crystalized ginger are the secret behind that accomplishment! Go whaling if you can, this was a once in a life time experience!
Rating: 5
Always exciting
Mon, Jul 19, 10   1:30 PM duane11 Male 60-69 Local Family Without Children
Going out on Monterey Bay to see the whales is always a treat. Our decent was very knowledgable and was very busy calling out the locations of all the whales around us. It was a very rough day on the water, with 6 to 7 foot swells, but that's not something our tour host could control. We had a safe time, if a little uncomfortable with all the heavy wave activity. We'll be back!
Rating: 5
Sat, Jul 17, 10   1:30 PM BrianJSmith Male 60-69 Local Couple on a Date
We saw 75 whales in 2 hours. Humpbacks, Grays and the rarer Blue whale. A huge pod of dolphins also entertained us.