Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.5  1,242 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
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Last 3 months 69 151 5 = 146 95% 4.5
Last 6 months 250 556 14 = 542 97% 4.5
Last 12 months 581 1,272 30 = 1,242 97% 4.5
All 3,561 7,067 282 = 6,785 95% 4.4
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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 Sort Descending Reviewer Gender Age Where From? Group Type?
Rating: 4
Repeat customers!
Sat, Oct 27, 12   10:00 AM Layna15 Female 50-59 Local Couple on a Date
This is the second time we went out with princess whale watching. We had such a wonderful experience with them 2 years ago, we used them again. Pleasant staff, and very informative. Would definitely recommend to first timers!
Rating: 4
Nice, but some things to know before you go
Thu, Oct 25, 12   10:00 AM mpullin Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
I have been on multiple whale watching trips, so I am comparing this one to those. First, the price is great, but what they don't tell you -- I didn't see it anywhere in any of their information, so either it is not there or it is not obvious -- is that the price you pay gets you entrance onto the lower deck of the boat only. If you want to go to the upper deck, for best viewing, it will cost you $20 per person more. I paid it because it really is the best viewing, but then once on the boat, they did not open the bow (front) of the top deck. Their naturalist and a photographer from the company were up there, but none of us were allowed. And, since they approach any viewing opportunity from the bow, then everyone on the top deck is forced to try to see from the sides until they get on-site and turn the boat. And, moving from side-to-side on the top deck then is a problem because one person blocking the side can prevent many people from moving. So, it is recommended, but just be aware of these things before you sign up.
Rating: 5
It was great!
Thu, Oct 25, 12   10:00 AM 61joannelynn Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
We have never seen whales before (except at Sea World) It was very exciting! Six of the "killer whales" swam right toward us and under our boat! So glad we went, very informative and friendly staff, felt safe with all the precautions explained well to us.
Rating: 4
Sun, Oct 21, 12   10:00 AM AimeeBraddoc Female 20-29 Local Group of Friends
We got to see Mola Mola fish, three different types of jelly fish one of which was the purple striped one, seals, some dolphins, and of course humpback whales. The only thing is I wish that we could have gone farther away from shore. Thank you it was fun! I'll prob go back!
Rating: 5
See a whale not just a swell in the water
Sun, Oct 21, 12   10:00 AM LONEDELL Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
I had always assumed this activity was way out of my budget. The price was worth the experience! The time of our trip was changed due to rougher weather and they called 24 hour a head of time and offered several choices to reset our trip. I had a great experience with both 'zerve an the Whale Watching Staff. Well worth the money!
Rating: 3
Decent outing but only a glimpse of a humpback
Thu, Oct 18, 12   1:30 PM peakey Male 30-39 International Tourist(s) Family Without Children
The weather on the day was great, blue sky and 20 degrees, this made the boat ride to the spotting area very pleasant. The captain gave us some interesting info on the way which made the trip go quickly, takes around 40 minutes. After about an hour of searching we spotted a humpback which was very exciting however we were only able to see the spray initially. We hung around for a while but unfortunately were only able to see brief glimpses of the whale, a good look at the tail was as good as it got. This put a downer on the trip and made the trip back seem a lot longer. So to summarise, professional company but the lack of whale spotting unfortunately means I can't give a better than average review as that's what it's all about really!
Rating: 4
Exciting experience
Thu, Oct 18, 12   10:00 AM GraemeC Male 60-69 International Tourist(s) Family Without Children
A worthwhile trip helped by fine weather. The captain and biologist found us a humpback whale, perhaps against the odds (because the krill were put-off by warm water) and we saw something of it, although not as much as I would have liked. The overall experience: sea lions, sea otters, turtle, sunfish plus whale made it a thoroughly enjoyable trip. Excellent commentary by Ron, the marine biologist, who was full of information, but also knew when not to talk - didn't feel the need to fill every moment with noise. Length of trip - just right. I'd recommend paying extra for the upper deck as it really does enhance the experience.
Rating: 4
great and memorable day
Mon, Oct 15, 12   1:30 PM sergeygor Male 40-49 International Tourist(s) Family With Children
everything was great, just saw a whale from distance. Unlucky a bit.
Rating: 5
Incredible......simply incredible
Sat, Oct 13, 12   1:30 PM LPa11esen Male 50-59 Local Family Without Children
We enjoyed our trip very much. The humpback whales came right up to the boat! We got spectacular pictures and movies. Dolphins were seen as well. The crew was very attentive as to where to look and directed us the entire trip. They answered any and all questions about the animals.....they were well educated on the whales. We would highly recommend this trip to all. Bring warm clothes, the trip out to sea is cold, windy and about an hour duration as is the trip back. I plan on doing this trip again to see the gray whale migration
Rating: 5
Fri, Oct 12, 12   1:30 PM carla300 Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
I am a whale enthusiast. I have been for a very long time, and live about three hours away. I have always wanted to go "whale watching" but have never done so. To say this trip was "great" does not do it justice. We saw four humbacks and two blues among other varied marine life. Our captain, Captain Tim, was very generous with his time, and was in communication with other boats on the bay. As soon as something was spotted, he would literally change the direction of the boat and hunt for it. The guide ( I apologize I cannot remember her name )was very, very knowledgeable and funny. My kids had a great time, and I had an experience that I will never forget. We saw in the distance a whale "breeching" and two whales dove deep at the same time exposing their fins, it was almost magical. I would highly reccommend this trip to anyone! Carla