Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.5  1,243 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 78 162 5 = 157 96% 4.4
Last 6 months 264 594 14 = 580 97% 4.5
Last 12 months 584 1,274 31 = 1,243 97% 4.5
All 3,558 7,058 282 = 6,776 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 Sort Descending Reviewer Gender Age Where From? Group Type?
Rating: 4
Fun in the long run
Fri, Oct 5, 12   10:00 AM WBradley Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
It took way longer than the 2.5 hours advertised but I can't fault them for wanting to make sure we had the best experience. The guide was extremely knowledgeable (if not too loud and enthusiastic at time). We saw dolphins and got a lot of information which was helpful, then drove for quite a while, too far really, but then we saw orcas! Watching the killer whales frolic was well worth the extra time. It's nice to know they wanted us to have a good experience. We paid extra to be on the top which was worth the money.
Rating: 4
Fun trip
Thu, Oct 4, 12   10:00 AM hjupille Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
It was a fun morning trip. Saw some dolphins and the crew was really good about getting us down the bay to see killer whales as well. (They didn't have to do that as the tour time was up, but they made sure that we got to see something.) Good biologist on board as well. Didn't talk non-stop and provided really interesting information.
Rating: 4
Excellent experience
Wed, Oct 3, 12   10:00 AM georgelcarli Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Even though we only saw a pod od dolfins, no whales, the trip was a wonderful experience. We will definitely try again next time we are in Monterey.
Rating: 5
Well spent money
Mon, Oct 1, 12   10:00 AM Richten Male 30-39 International Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
We actually saw a bluewhale! We had hopes for maybe a humpback but we really hit the jackpot. Bring an extra sweater cause its colder than in the docks.
Rating: 4
Fun & Great Service, Unlucky with Day
Sun, Sep 30, 12   1:30 PM TraceyLChan Female 20-29 Local Group of Friends
I had a great time on the Princess boat. The narrator was very knowledgable and friendly and the boat wasn't too crowded. The weather was beautiful and we experienced a fantastic group of Risso dolphins. Unfortunately, we didn't see any whales. I was under the impression that we'd get a voucher if we didn't, though since we saw dolphins, I didn't receive a voucher. I am not upset at them about this though. I had a great time, loved what I did see and will be back. Hopefully my group will get lucky and see a whale next time!
Rating: 4
Princess whale watching tour
Sun, Sep 30, 12   10:00 AM HermanJacobs Male 50-59 Local Family With Children
Boat was nice and clean, very friendly staff from check in to end of tour. Left e-tickets in car and counter guy let me go on computer and print the up. Great!!! Naturalist was very informative and funny. Didn't see any whales but did see dolphins. Counter person said if no dolphins or whales are spotted you get a return ticket good for a year. Pretty impressive offer. Did talk to someone who did this. No problem. Remember whales are animals, its a crap shoot if you see them. Overall very happy.
Rating: 3
No Whales...
Sun, Sep 30, 12   9:00 AM cdonato Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
Whales were spotted each day for the 8 days leading up to my trip. I did not see any whales or dolphins. The most exciting thing I saw was a jellyfish and otter. I had been looking forward to this trip for months, and as I live in Philadelphia, it's unlikely that I will be in Monterey in the future to cash in on my voucher to ride again. Highly disappointing trip.
Rating: 4
Just fine
Sat, Sep 29, 12   10:00 AM drsmitchell Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
No problems. Polite, professional people. The guide was full of interesting information.
Rating: 3
Not what we were expecting
Sat, Sep 29, 12   9:00 AM victoriawon Female 40-49 Local Family Without Children
We thought the staff was great: everyone was very helpful and knowledgable. We were just expecting a little more. First, when we were offered to "upgrade" to the top deck, we paid the extra $20 each. However, it was so cold that morning, we stayed on the bottom deck until we spotted some dolphins swimming around our boat. We found out that we could see just as good on the bottom deck, as we could on the top. So we feel this "upgrade" really wasn't necessary. Also, the one whale we actually saw was so far away, we could barely make it out. I understand these are wild creatures and are unpredicable, but we were rather disappointed that we didn't see much of anything. The dolphins were cool though, and we did get to see plenty of jellies.
Rating: 5
Great morning on the water
Sat, Sep 29, 12   9:00 AM azq1966 Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Although not gray whale migration season we did see a large group of dolphins and a humpback whale. Nice commentary by boat crew. Good vessel and very stable and well maintained. All in all a very fun cruise.