Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.5  1,250 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 72 154 5 = 149 96% 4.5
Last 6 months 252 560 14 = 546 97% 4.5
Last 12 months 584 1,280 30 = 1,250 97% 4.5
All 3,566 7,076 282 = 6,794 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: 5
Fri, Aug 31, 12   10:00 AM lekenley Female 50-59 Local Couple on a Date
My husband and I had a wonderful time. The crew was top notch and professional, and the boats are beautiful and large enough that even in rough water, the ride was comfortable. There is no "pre-recorded narration", but a live marine expert on board to comment and educate on the beautiful creatures we witnessed. I can't say enough about our experience...we can't wait to go back and visit again! Excellent value for our money!
Rating: 4
What a Trip!
Fri, Aug 31, 12   10:00 AM jillsdyson Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
My husband and I enjoyed this whale watching trip. The viewing of the humpbacks that we saw was thrilling to view. The Princess staff was obliging, very informative and enthusiastic about what were seeing.
Rating: 3
Not clear commercial rules
Thu, Aug 30, 12   9:00 AM rgiacome Male 40-49 International Tourist(s) Family With Children
Pay attention to commercial rules: the owner sell different ticket for the upper deck (20 usd more than standard price); the limitation it's not reported on ecom site. A suggestion: remember to have a checl-in at internal desk before to queue to board (to avood triple queue). A positive remark: the boats are larger than other companies proprosing the same tour: that's good if the sea is not completely calm No whales on our trip: only dolphins and some air breates.
Rating: 5
Great tour!
Wed, Aug 29, 12   9:00 AM Benvinda Female 30-39 International Tourist(s) Other
The whales were hard to find on our tour, after a few hours we thought we would not get to see any, as the time was running out so thought we must be on way back. For the first 2 hours we did not receive any feedback or updates, I actually asked one of the crew members if we would be likely to see anything or if already on way back and he responded they hadn't given up and were still looking. Everyone was getting tired, some taking naps. However the tour was extended, as they heard news of a whale being sighted ahead. Suddenly the whole mood on the boat changed as everyone was looking out waiting to see the whale pop up. It was like an excitement rush running through the boat, as everyone had cameras out, all looking out waiting. During this time the girl started to give us facts about the whales and common sightings and unformed us that the whale can stay down for 10-15mins before having to come up for air again. When it did come back up, it was quite far ahead, so again the boat moved up closer and then it was another wait. Although the whale came up again further up, we still managed to see the tail flip of a humpback whale before going back under. We then could not wait for it to come back again, as the tour was already extended. Then on the way back, the girl came around the boat answering any questions and giving up lots more information. So although we would have loved to have gotten closer and seen a lot more of the whale, so glad we managed to see something and that was thanks to the crew going further and extending the trip to ensure we got that opportunity. Just a shame that the whales were hiding from us on that day! But I will never forget the mood change on the boat, the adrenalin and rush of excitement as we all waited with anticipation, making this a very memorable 2nd wedding anniversary!
Rating: 1
Wed, Aug 29, 12   9:00 AM crijnbeek Male 30-39 International Tourist(s) Family Without Children
I took my mother on this trip after I had been to L.A. and saw several humpback and blue whale just out the coast. A indescribable experience! And since the whales where easily found in LA, and the website of montereywhalewatching.com spoke of their experience in finding Whales, I thought that we would definitely see some whales. But after having paid $60 each (upperdeck admittance), the captain went looking for whales in the coastal fog instead at the submarine canyon in the clear. After 2,5 hours with nothing to see, the captain was informed by radio that a humpback whale was sighted at the submarine canyon by several boats. The other boats had a close look at the whale. So we hurried out to see it as well, result, sighting of 2 blows and a glimps of a tailvin, at a distance of 400yrds in front of the boat (so just a few people on board could get a glimps because there is not a lot of space at the front). There was no time to get closer to appr. 100yrds because we had to go back to the harbour! We already spent 3 hours on water! Very disappointing!!
Rating: 3
A bit dissapointing
Wed, Aug 29, 12   9:00 AM FredRasing Male 40-49 International Tourist(s) Individual
Probably nothing that Princess could have helped but even with over one hour extended cruise (3.45h) we only spotted one Humpback whale: we only saw the tail out of the water twice but over 1000ft away.
Rating: 4
The Captain really tries.
Tue, Aug 28, 12   9:00 AM DIngramRN Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
On board the Greatland for the first morning trip...we paid the extra $20 each for the upper deck and it was well worth it. The weather and seas were both great so it was nice to be on the less crowded upper deck where there was always rail room as well as benches (both open air and covered). Unfortunately this was one of those days with little going on in the water. Although we had an enjoyable boat ride, we thought we were going to have a total bust and were on our way back to port when suddenly the Captain did a 180 and we headed back west to where another boat had sighted a single juvenile humpback. We did see our whale! After waiting for it to resurface three times we had to head back but the Captain had stayed out an extra hour just so we could see the whale!
Rating: 3
no whales at all
Mon, Aug 27, 12   9:00 AM ADRIALETTI Male 40-49 International Tourist(s) Family With Children
3 hours in the boat, cold weather ando no whales at all
Rating: 4
Nice trip but no sightings
Mon, Aug 27, 12   9:00 AM michelesooy Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Trip was nice - boat new and well equipped. Disappointed we did not see any whales, but were given a pass for a free trip any time in the future (no expiration) and will try again some other time.
Rating: 4
don't upgrade
Sun, Aug 26, 12   12:30 PM jdroge Male 50-59 Local Family With Children
Enjoyed the trip. Naturalist was very informative. No mention of upgrade to be on top deck on the website. We were solicited for upgrade of $20 ea to go on top deck when we arrived. Wasn't necessary and didn't like being misled on the website. Take your own food and drink and don't upgrade.