Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.5  1,244 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 74 158 5 = 153 96% 4.5
Last 6 months 252 560 14 = 546 97% 4.5
Last 12 months 582 1,274 30 = 1,244 97% 4.5
All 3,568 7,080 282 = 6,798 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
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.
Rating: 5
Fantastic Fun
Sun, Aug 26, 12   10:00 AM dianebrewer Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
This was the first activity we did on our recent vacation to California and it was over the top and a great way to begin a vacation! Very organized, staff very friendly, boat very clean and comfortable. I was about to give up on seeing any whales, when we saw a blue whale and calf. Not sure if we saw the same whales over and over again, but fortunately, every time whales appeared, they were on our side of the boat. We also saw a fin whale. Just a bunch of fun at what I consider a reasonable price and I'd do it again in a minute. Website was easy to navigate. Highly recommended for anyone, but please purchase tickets in advance! You don't want to miss this experience.
Rating: 5
Whale Watching with Great Naturalist Commentary
Sun, Aug 26, 12   10:00 AM eswahl Female 40-49 Local Family With Children
I enjoyed this trip for three reasons: First, the onboard naturalist did a great job talking about the local history, geography and efforts to protect Monterey Bay, in addition to identifying jelly fish, birds, fish, and of course, the whales. When it looked as if we would not see humpbacks, the captain took us out farther than usual, and we were rewarded with several sightings of blue whales. Finally, with this company, you feel very safe. The boats are well-maintained and the crew is very professional. I will definitely take a whale-watching trip with them again in the future.
Rating: 3
Need to give more information for passengers
Sun, Aug 26, 12   10:00 AM nananana7 Female 70+ Local Individual
We saw only 4 to 5 whales far away. The company needs to tell participants before the purchase of tickets that they may not see very many whales. The boat kept going more than one hour before we saw the first whale and that information has to be given to them ahead of time. Also, it needs to advise them to wear very warm clothing because it was very cold.
Rating: 4
Great experience - definitely worth it!
Sun, Aug 26, 12   10:00 AM mandana1 Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
We had a fantastic time on the trip and saw several blue whales and a fin whale which was very exciting! We did have to travel quite a long way out to find them but when we did it was truly amazing. The marine biologist was extremely knowledgeable, interesting and enthusiastic about all sealife so that was great. Before we booked we were quite worried by the number of reviews saying they felt seasick so half our group took anti-nausea pills before but we were all absolutely fine as was everyone else on our trip! We were lucky in that the weather was pretty calm but from some of these reviews it seems that everyone is doomed to illness whatever the weather - certainly not the case. We're all really pleased we went and would like to go again to see what else we might see.
Rating: 5
Sun, Aug 26, 12   9:00 AM CarrieOBOYLE Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
We actually saw whales! Unfortunately I was motion sick, even though I took dramamine. But the trip was awesome. They want you to see whales and do everything in their power to get you the best views. Good size boat. Try to sit in the front-outside, or second choice, an outside-side seat. The inside of the boat was stuffy.
Rating: 5
Cool experience
Sun, Aug 26, 12   9:00 AM zacharymoore Male 30-39 Local Group of Friends
It was great getting out to sea to see the whales. We went 15 miles out before coming across several (5 maybe?) blue whales surfacing all around us! Really worthwhile experience and great tour boat. The crew were friendly and informative.
Rating: 4
Very Educational
Sat, Aug 25, 12   10:00 AM terriez Female 50-59 Local Family Without Children
Was impressed with the knowledge that the guide had about the whales, sealife and birds that we encountered. Exciting seeing the two Orcas, Were a bit disappointed that we did not see any grey, humback or blue whales but that was not the fault of the tour. A very good cruise despite the seasickness. (Not their fault either)
Rating: 4
killer whale fun
Sat, Aug 25, 12   10:00 AM shocko69 Male 50-59 Local Couple on a Date
when we went out, we saw 2 killer whales rising and diving...pretty much only thier backs....last year when we went, we saw humpbacks & blue whales. the humpbacks put on a good show. the Killer whales scared all of the other whales away so we only got to watch the 2. It was cool to see Killer whales in the wild but not really a great show like the humpbacks put on.