Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.6  1,629 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 307 735 11 = 724 98% 4.6
Last 6 months 467 1,089 22 = 1,067 97% 4.6
Last 12 months 727 1,665 36 = 1,629 97% 4.6
All 4,036 8,170 304 = 7,866 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: 2
Not worth $90
Sat, Aug 17, 13   1:30 PM Amyschneider Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
My teen daughter and I saw the whale watching brochures that showed pictures of whales, dolphins, orcas. So we were very excited to go. And the woman from the boat mentioned we'd likely see all those animals too. So imagine our disappointment when we a) only saw three sets of two humpbacks and no other species, and b) they were at least a half mile from the boat. I couldn't even get decent pictures. It was not cheap--$90 for the two of us--and a long ride to and from the harbor, so we were disappointed. I'm sure other people on other trips have seen more for their money, but our trip was a dud.
Rating: 4
Only a couple of whales, but a very good show
Fri, Aug 16, 13   10:00 AM bprice1941 Male 70+ Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We had a very pleasant morning cruise. The crew is efficient and helpful. The boat was immaculate, spacious and comfortable. The naturalist was upbeat and informative. Sometimes, she was too chatty for my taste; I would have liked more quiet time to take in the ocean, the sky, the whales, birds, dolphins, sea lions, with la little ess running commentary and cleverness. The trip cost nearly a hundred dollars for a 2-1/2 hour voyage; two days earlier, we got a very similar trip on a slightly better boat in Santa Barbara for the same price, but it lasted 4-1/2 hours; it makes the Princess cruise seem rather expensive.
Rating: 4
We saw Humpbacks
Thu, Aug 15, 13   10:00 AM Binderlon Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
We saw several humpback whales and took some great pictures
Rating: 5
Loved It
Thu, Aug 15, 13   10:00 AM Guadal56 Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Our trip was perfect. We saw whales, the crew was very friendly, and the captain had alot of interesting information. When I was trying to decide which cruise to take, I almost chose a longer (6 hr.) trip, but I found that this amount of time ( about 3 hrs) was perfect.
Rating: 5
A fun and exciting adventure.
Thu, Aug 15, 13   9:00 AM dwright1956 Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
The captain and biologist guide were friendly, enthusiastic and very knowledgeable. Scenery was beautiful, boat was spacious and comfortable with excellent views of whales, otters and other sea life. We had a wonderful experience. Would recommend paying a little extra for the upper deck -- it was well worth it!
Rating: 5
Wed, Aug 14, 13   12:30 PM barbararied Female 20-29 International Tourist(s) Individual
Rating: 5
This should be on you bucket list
Wed, Aug 14, 13   12:30 PM barlowtricia Female 40-49 International Tourist(s) Individual
This is truly an amazing experience. Once in a lifetime!! Seeing the whales up close is out of this world, let alone the other dolphins and jelly fish you get to see. I wouldn't recommend it for anyone with a weak stomach. The extra $20 for the top deck is well worth it. Loved this and we recommend it to everyone with a good stomach
Rating: 5
Very honest and highly recommended
Wed, Aug 14, 13   10:00 AM AndyNLewis Male 50-59 International Tourist(s) Family With Children
The staff were all very helpful. The information was clear and interesting. A very honest approach and no false promises. In fact the results were much better than anticipated. Some other companies were advertising sightings that were obviously not true on the day we went. Very satisfied with the experience and we hope to return to the same compnay again.
Rating: 5
Great experience!
Tue, Aug 13, 13   10:00 AM Jendawalt Female 30-39 Local Individual
I had a great time in this trip. We saw a few humpback whales breaching out of the water and lots of tail waves. I wish the whales were a bit closer but understand that the boat can't drive up the the whales. The crew was knowledgable and I learned some interesting facts about the coast.
Rating: 4
Mon, Aug 12, 13   12:30 PM MarcoMorales Male 50-59 International Tourist(s) Family With Children
I never could have imagine i should see a whale so close