Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.6  1,512 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 81 179 6 = 173 97% 4.5
Last 6 months 290 685 14 = 671 98% 4.6
Last 12 months 672 1,547 35 = 1,512 97% 4.6
All 4,184 8,510 313 = 8,197 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 Reviewer Gender Age Sort Descending Where From? Group Type?
Rating: 5
Great time. Lifetime memory.
Sat, Oct 9, 10   1:30 PM dwoyler Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
Very well run operation. Commentary by marine biologist was excellent, both entertaining and very informative. We got great views of humpback whales. Very exciting. Would go again.
Rating: 5
First Timer - All we hoped for!
Sat, Oct 9, 10   1:30 PM marylynne Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Gorgeous day, friendly folks, knowledgeable biologist, and WHALES! Couldn't ask for more!
Rating: 5
thar she blows
Sat, Oct 9, 10   1:30 PM denniswalker Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
a wonderful experience. not only saw the whales but had the opportunity to watch one breach. Our grandson was totally enthralled and at the age of 16 today it takes something impressive to make them show emotions. Worth the ride, worth the money, worth doing again and we will!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Rating: 5
Thu, Oct 7, 10   10:00 AM kmfjoy Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
I thought I was on a National geograhpic Expedition!! Awesome....lost count of how many Humpback Whales were playing around the Princess. Back and forth under the ship.... so close we could touch them! They were actually playing with us and probably laughing at us running back and forth from one side of the ship to the other to see them. AWESOME!! AWESOME!!! Will defntley go again! What a great birthday present to me, one I will never forget........Kathy, Tampa, Fl
Rating: 5
Great Experience!
Thu, Oct 7, 10   10:00 AM DonnaSkeen Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
After 40 minutes, we slowed to see humpbacks blowing and diving from about 100ft away plus a school of dolphins who were on their way to other places. Pretty good and all we expected of the ride. However, after moving farther west for about 10 minutes, we found ourselves in the midst of 12+ humpbacks, one of which entertained by repeatedly crossing beneath the boat. Several of us were caught by whale breath which has a mild anchovy smell and taste.

Can't imagine a better experience!
Rating: 5
Very pleased!
Mon, Oct 4, 10   10:00 AM kfizell Female 60-69 Combination Group of Friends
We went on a Monday morning and we were very pleased with the crew and the ship! Whales came very close to the ship and we feel that was because the Captain stopped the boat in the middle of their food (krill?), which attracted the whales to us.

The Captain also described various sightings about the whales as they approached; damaged flukes, scarring on their backs, etc. Rough waters, which they told us about before even getting on the boat, so if any one was prone to seasickness, they were forwarned!! Very professional group and friendly!! THANKS!
Rating: 5
Sun, Oct 3, 10   10:00 AM whimsy4me2 Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
I found The Princess Monterey Whale Watching Cruise company on line. We had never done this before and were very much looking forward to going. The day before our cruise I was called to let me know that the Afternoon cruise we had booked would probably be rough because the wind was supposed to come up, They did not have to do that. I booked an earlier time then and when we arrived we were early and went on the first cruise. The staff was extremely nice and very knowlageable about the marine life and what we might and might not see. We were so very lucky to see about 10 humpback whales. One of them came to within 10 feet or so of the boat. What an experience we had. I would highly recomend using this company to go whale (or what ever) watching with.
Rating: 2
Not good. Too touristy.
Sun, Sep 26, 10   10:00 AM walsbrooks Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We tore out of port to meet up with two boats tracking four Orca's. Shortly after we joined three other boats showed up--total six. We all six pursued the four Orcas for at least 30 minutes. We then tore back into port so that a new group could be boarded.

The crew was fine. Jose was very attentive and helpful. The naturalist tried to make it interesting.

But at the end of the day, it seems like that the plan is to tear after whoever has a whale or other marine mammal in sight, follow it for a while and tear back to port to reload.

We will not do it again. Nor would I recommend it to anyone.
Rating: 5
Great fun
Fri, Sep 24, 10   1:30 PM PhylStrick Female 60-69 Local Family Without Children
Our trip turned out to be a whale hunt instead of watching but the trip was fun and the crew were very considerate. Much to our surprise because the whales were not discovered we were given a rain check to try again free of charge another day. We will be back.
Rating: 5
very satisfied
Sun, Sep 19, 10   10:00 AM kingtut Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
sept,19 , We saw three humpback whales and were able to watch and take photos

for 20 minutes or so and we also saw a group of reese (spelling ?) dolphins .

Would take the tour again . The crew and staff were very nice .