Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.6  1,714 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
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Last 3 months 287 682 5 = 677 99% 4.6
Last 6 months 451 1,061 12 = 1,049 99% 4.6
Last 12 months 739 1,740 26 = 1,714 98% 4.6
All 4,639 9,583 325 = 9,258 96% 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
Heed suggestions to wear warm clothing!
Wed, Jul 11, 12   10:00 AM deborahta52 Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Unspecified
It was July but it was COLD on the water. I had read to wear warm jacket and hat but wished I had worn gloves too. Took Bonine and hour before and had no problems with sea sickness. Saw lots of whales and enjoyed the trip immensely.
Rating: 5
A Long Time Local Can Also Have Fun
Wed, Jul 11, 12   9:00 AM bobconstant Male 60-69 Local Couple on a Date
My wife and I have lived on the Monterey Peninsula for nearly 30 years. The Shake Family is known for outstanding restaurants, but it is a little known fact that the eldest brother owns this whale watching business. He and his staff bring the excellent customer service for which is family is known to this fun and educational experience. Once on board the Greatland we found seats along one of the sides of the boat which was a nice place to watch the coastline slip away. And when the bracing breeze got too much we were able to duck inside the heated cabin to warm up and still be able to have a good view. After 30 - 45 minutes we were at the mouth of the undersea canyon and saw our first blue whale. The naturalist on board was able to provide a good background on this great animal and pretty soon everyone aboard was able to quickly spot when the whale was surfacing and where. We stayed with the blue whale for a while, but not long enough to get bored, and then moved on to some humpbacks nearby. Due to the information we had been given earlier, we were able to see the differences between the two types of whales more quickly. After a time with the humpbacks, we again ducked back inside for the warm ride back to the dock. If you want to be able to get warm while on the ocean and have an educational experience this is the way to do it. Also due to the size of the boats, there was minimal wave action on board. The price is right, and the comforts very nice, and the staff are competent and friendly. Another fine example of Shake Family Fine Service.
Rating: 5
Very good but just wish there had been more whales
Wed, Jul 11, 12   9:00 AM billsharp01 Male 60-69 International Tourist(s) Other
We did this in July which is not the best month for whale watching but we saw one blue whale and probably two or three humpbacks (or one very active one), would do it again
Rating: 5
Whale watching trip of a lifetime
Tue, Jul 10, 12   12:30 PM Mikiemarkle Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
We loved our experience. We saw somewhere between 30 - 50 whales. The marine biologist was very informative and helped us to understand all that we were seeing. The crew was professional and very friendly and accommodating. Since we hadn't brought warm jackets with us from the east coast, they lent us some of theirs to make our experience much warmer. We were so happy that we had decided to brave the rough seas.
Rating: 5
Wonderful day on the Monterey Bay
Tue, Jul 10, 12   10:00 AM JoAnnSchaper Female 60-69 Local Couple on a Date
We had a wonderful outing with sightings of many blue and humpback whales. The crew of the Princess Monterey were attentive and the naturalist made it an informative and educational trip. Great day!!
Rating: 5
Excellent Whale Watching Cruise and MANY Whales
Tue, Jul 10, 12   10:00 AM kofotten Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
More whales than usually were seen.
Rating: 5
Sun, Jul 8, 12   1:30 PM ARockinRN Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
The whales were very co-operative on the day we were there breaching and appeared to be having a fun time in the water. Our group was thrilled. The boat kept the required distance but tried very hard to anticipate when they would surface and point out to the passengers where to look - they did a good job. The narrator had interesting information about whales and other marine life we saw and it made the trip more interesting. It was a bit rough on the water out there and the crew had extra duty with a passenger getting sick but they handled it OK. The only thing I would offer as a "needs improvement" is more information at the ticket office on the pier as to how rough the water is at boarding so passengers can gauge whether there was a need to take something for sea sickness. They encouraged to buy ginger but didn't seem to know how rough it was out there. If you find yourself enthralled with nature I recommend this trip. Mother nature is a fascinating woman.
Rating: 4
good trip
Sun, Jul 8, 12   10:00 AM MeggMcNamee Female 60-69 Local Individual
Weather was cool but I dressed accordingly. Lots of whales to see. Wish they had come closer, but that was no one's fault! Staff/crew were pleasant and helpful.
Rating: 5
good trip
Sat, Jul 7, 12   12:30 PM treuvekamp Female 60-69 Local Family Without Children
lots of humpback action
Rating: 3
Take your dramamine!
Sat, Jul 7, 12   12:30 PM Mark14 Male 60-69 Local Family With Children
I can't imagine why they don't offer or at least recommend something for sea sickness. The boat was rocking' and rollin'. A full quarter of the passengers looked green. One was throwing up over the back rail the whole time. Another was throwing up in his bag. Really makes it hard to enjoy the trip! We did see whales, which was fun, but you have to do some arm twisting to get a spot on the railing from which to see them. Too crowded. Everyone crowds the side of the boat for the whale sightings, of course. The upstairs offered plenty of room but we weren't allowed up there. Could be a lot better.