Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.6  1,637 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 301 718 14 = 704 97% 4.6
Last 6 months 474 1,105 25 = 1,080 97% 4.6
Last 12 months 731 1,676 39 = 1,637 97% 4.6
All 4,047 8,196 307 = 7,889 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: 5
Just Do It!
Fri, Sep 13, 13   1:30 PM 73Raisner Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
We saw about 10 humpback whales during a 2.5 hr trip. We mostly focused on a mother and her cub (?) They splashed around and made a show of themselves. Even though they moved really fast, we managed to get some good photos. The Greatland is 100' vessel and much more stable that others I've been on. Therefore, if you suffer from seasickness, this really makes a difference. We paid the up-charge to get seating on the top deck and that also made a huge difference. I can't say that we would have enjoyed it nearly as much if we had been on the lower deck. The naturalist, Catherine, kept us informed with narrative of what was happening. She seemed very knowledgeable and her own enjoyment of the event was infectious! The crewman on the upper deck was also very friendly and solicitous. We didn't have to go out very far and only about 20 minutes passed before we saw our first whales. - Just Do it! you won't regret it. (if you suffer from seasickness, take precautions. It got bumpy on our afternoon trip and some people didn't look very happy.)
Rating: 4
Enjoyable and worthwhile activity
Fri, Sep 13, 13   10:00 AM SonjaMDevitt Female 70+ Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
The whale watch was an enjoyable activity and worth the cost. The only criticism is that when we booked our tickets online it was for the 9:00 tour on a Friday, but it was changed to 10:00 due to it not being on a weekend. An e-mail was sent but by that time I was already on the trip and did not have access to my e-mail.
Rating: 5
Awesome experience!
Fri, Sep 13, 13   10:00 AM ETindall Male 60-69 Local Couple on a Date
The ride out was cool Seeing the huge Blue Whales was really neat, especially so close to the boat. Had a great time, the crew was very friendly and professional.
Rating: 5
Excellent Experience!
Fri, Sep 13, 13   10:00 AM cbrigman Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
This was such a wonderful experience for my husband and I! We traveled to California for the first time and were so pleasantly surprised with the whale watching experience! We would highly recommend to anyone and do this again in a hearbeat. Dress warm and take medication for sea-sickness if you are prone, as there were a handful on our boat that suffered. Bring your camera too!!
Rating: 5
Just as described, they delivered 100%
Thu, Sep 12, 13   10:00 AM EricBrock Male 50-59 International Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We saw lots of whales, the naturalist was lots of fun and very informative
Rating: 5
Excellent tour
Wed, Sep 11, 13   1:30 PM Sherry5 Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
We were lucky enough to see lots of whales. On board naturalist was very informative. Would highly recommend.
Rating: 5
Wed, Sep 11, 13   10:00 AM sebastiandug Male 30-39 International Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Very amazing day, wonderful crew, all of our group recommend the tour. Please take the upper deck.
Rating: 3
ship change
Wed, Sep 11, 13   10:00 AM sidjakovk Female 60-69 Local Couple on a Date
disappointed that i thought i signed up to be on the princess ship and they put me on the great lander:( liked how we saw whales, and educator was good!
Rating: 5
Tue, Sep 10, 13   10:00 AM luvgrumpy8 Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
I had researched several whale watching tours and the princess tour seemed to have the most positive feedback. I was so happy that we chose this tour, the crew is so informative and friendly. The boat itself is clean and when I looked down on another tour that I had thought about and saw how small the other boat was, I was glad I had chosen wisely. We were very lucky to see alot of humpback whales, which made the trip exciting. The naturalist was informative and helpful in pointing out where we could look. The ONLY thing negative, which unfortunately is a big negative is that in boarding and disembarking, there is about a foot gap between the boat and the ramp to get on or off the boat. Getting on wasn't too bad as you could grab the railing and pull yourself up over the empty space between the boat and ramp, but getting off was a little tricky. No crew members were present to assist people and I did feel that was very unsafe. I felt they should be there to help people off and on the boat to ensure no one has a problem. that gap was large enough for someone to fall through into the water if they made a misstep. Other than that, this trip is so worth it.
Rating: 5
what a great trip
Tue, Sep 10, 13   10:00 AM Fionabarr Female 50-59 International Tourist(s) Group of Friends
We had a great time saw a lot of whales, 2 sea otters,seals.and a Shark!