Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.5  1,238 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 75 156 5 = 151 96% 4.4
Last 6 months 260 582 14 = 568 97% 4.5
Last 12 months 581 1,268 30 = 1,238 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
Great experience
Sat, Aug 11, 12   10:00 AM JulieEgan Female 40-49 International Tourist(s) Family With Children
My 16 year-old daughter & myself went on the whale watching trip with the hope of seeing some whales but with the realistic expectation that we might not. The weather was not good the morning we went out & was quite foggy and the sea 'bouncy'. The boat was really comfortable & warm and the marine biologist on board gave an informative running commentary throughout the entire trip. Despite the poor weather conditions we did see two humpback whales (a mother & calf) harbour porpoises, sea lions & an albatross, which made the entire trip worthwhile. I think the only reason we did see the whales was because of the perserverance of the crew and their contact with other whale watching trips out at the same time, otherwise we would have been disappointed. Overall a very enjoyable & memorable experience.
Rating: 4
Long trip out, but worth it!
Sat, Aug 11, 12   10:00 AM Jivebomber Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
We had to go 15 miles out to see a whale, but I appreciate the dedication MWW has to getting us to see a whale. I would definitely use this group again. When our tour got cancelled on the original date, someone called us immediately. Great customer service.
Rating: 4
Definitely worth doing
Sat, Aug 11, 12   10:00 AM gdgarner Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
We decided to go on a tour with Princess Monterey in hopes of a) seeing whales, and b) minimizing the chance of seasickness (bigger boat, shorter trip)--and it worked ! We had moderate expecations about seeing whales, and were happily rewarded with views of a mother and calf after a ride of about 15 miles--near the limit within a three hour trip. My kids said it was best part of their trip to California! Even considering the extended ride and short viewing time once we'd gotten to where the whales were that day, this is an experience I'd definitely do again. Another plus was the extended narration from the naturalist on board. She shared a lot of information on the ride out about what we were seeing that added to the experience. We took motion sickness pills and sucked on some ginger lozenges and had no trouble with seasickness even though the ride out was a little rough. I noticed only a couple of people on the boat getting sick--most did OK. Just go!
Rating: 4
Pleased that we saw two humpback whales
Sat, Aug 11, 12   9:00 AM rdscls090680 Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
The boat was comfortable and not overly crowded and the crew was helpful. We were very pleased to see two humpback whales on our outing. The only negative comment I have is about the extra cost to sit on the upper deck. This should have been noted before arriving at the destination and I also think it is rediculous to have that upcharge.
Rating: 2
Long and unconfortable cruise - no whales
Fri, Aug 10, 12   10:00 AM pdewost Male 40-49 International Tourist(s) Family With Children
Very disappointing journey as we did not see a single whale across this several hours cold journey on the Pacific. Half of the tourists onboard got sea sick...
Rating: 2
i have never seen so many people vomit
Fri, Aug 10, 12   10:00 AM sriranga Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
i have never seen so many people vomit from sea sickness. we saw 3 dolphins and some birds.
Rating: 3
Rip off
Fri, Aug 10, 12   9:00 AM WILLIAMHORWA Male 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
Was unable to reserve directly from the Princess. Had to go through you which costs more but no advantage. Restrictions all on my part none on yours. Slanted?
Rating: 3
Lots of motion sickness, no whales
Fri, Aug 10, 12   9:00 AM Carolhnc1 Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
The crew was great, the trip started on time, and the boat was clean. Princess Monterey did everything right. The problem was that a very large number of people on the boat got sick and/or were clearly miserable. There were several people vomiting over the back of the boat, and in the heated cabin others were being comforted by companions, sleeping off the seasickness meds or carrying around full seasickness bags like they were party favors. I took a full dose of motion sickness meds before the trip and barely held it together. My son did also, but still got sick. The waves were just too big. It all may have been worth it if we had seen whales or anything else of great interest, but all we saw were birds and a few dolphins. One of the crew members announced that anyone who wanted a rain check to come another time could pick one up from the office, and a great laugh went up in the cabin. There were a few takers, however, so clearly some folks wanted to give it another shot.
Rating: 2
Probably great during whale season
Thu, Aug 9, 12   10:00 AM le1daniel2 Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
I knew it wasn't whale season but was encouraged by brochure there were whales to be seen as well as other sea creatures. We saw pea soup fog and nothing else for the money we spent. If it is not whale migration season don't be suckered in!
Rating: 4
Must do at least once.
Thu, Aug 9, 12   9:00 AM 1Missymoo Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
This was our first time on a Whale watching boat. The boat ride was a bit like a roller coaster at first, which I thought was totally fun. It was cold, so if you go dress warm, a wind breaker is a must! We didn't see any whales but were given rain checks to go again! Even though we didn't see any whales this time, I highly recommend the ride!