Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.7  2,140 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 71 164 1 = 163 98% 4.6
Last 6 months 493 1,242 15 = 1,227 98% 4.7
Last 12 months 895 2,166 26 = 2,140 98% 4.7
All 5,054 10,622 339 = 10,283 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: 4
Amazing whales; mediocre commentary
Sun, Dec 1, 13   1:30 PM LouiseHB Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
The naturalist's spiel was pretty general, punctuated by long periods of silence.
Rating: 5
Sun, Dec 1, 13   12:30 PM amnorcia Male 60-69 Local Unspecified
Lots of whales And sea lions close up
Rating: 5
Amazing experience!
Sun, Dec 1, 13   10:00 AM FaithGollnic Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We had a wonderful day and saw a lot of humpback whales and sea lions. The weather was warm and sunny especially for December and we were able to get some amazing pictures. The boat actually left early since all the passengers were on board and ready to go. The crew was very friendly and helpful. They were especially solicitous and helpful to the passengers who experienced sea sickness. We received good instructions and directions about where to park, where to catch the boat and what to wear and take with us on the boat. We had never been on a whale watching excursion before and felt very fortunate that we were able to observe the unusual whale activity in Monterey Bay. It was great!
Rating: 5
Sun, Dec 1, 13   10:00 AM Jackieglowac Female 60-69 Local Family Without Children
My husband and I have gone whale watching in Monterey and Hawaii. We always had fun but were somewhat disappointed because we never saw whales up close. Sunday, December 1st we went out on the Princess Monterey cruise. The ship (or boat) was in excellent shape and the whale watching was amazing. We had a lot of whales very close in and a couple within 25 yards. So exciting! Don't recommend the hot chocolate though -- it had a metallic taste to it. Overall, a great day.
Rating: 5
the crew and biologist were helpful and informativ
Sun, Dec 1, 13   8:00 AM pennypartch Female 60-69 Local Individual
the day was perfect in every way--bright and sunny, smooth seas and lots of marine life. We found ourselves constantly in the middle of the action: sea lions roiling in a huge rack; whales slapping tails, blowing spray and generally delighting themselves and us.
Rating: 5
Truly an amazing day!
Sat, Nov 30, 13   2:00 PM mousemeyer Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
The captain and crew put us right in the "action". We saw more tails and breaches than we thought was possible. They were all around us. A once in a lifetime experience!
Rating: 5
Well-managed & informative, FUN
Sat, Nov 30, 13   2:00 PM getaclue Female 60-69 Local Family Without Children
We went when the bay was full of small fish and whales, sea lions and dolphins. Our marine biologist was knowledgeable, helpful and entertaining. The crew was efficient and courteous. We had a charter used to meet the increased demand, without a snack bar, but we were too excited to eat. Plus we'd been told in advance to get snacks on shore ahead of time. A smooth operation and a peak experience. I've gone whale watching 10-15 times all over the US, and never seen so many so close. Spectacular!
Rating: 5
boat was fine, although a bit crowded.
Sat, Nov 30, 13   1:30 PM jerrymeral Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
We quickly found a large group of whales, and they came right up to the boat. It was one of the best whale watching trips we have been on!
Rating: 5
Outstanding whale watching.
Sat, Nov 30, 13   11:00 AM dbernst Male 60-69 Local Family With Children
Great whale watching experience. Saw several whales breaching close up and about a dozen more in the near distance. Excellent naturalist guide. Slightly larger boat made the trip without seasickness.
Rating: 4
Didn't quite meet expectations
Fri, Nov 29, 13   1:30 PM WillfromSF Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
From talking to those on an earlier cruise I was expecting the dolphins and whales to be five feet from the boat signing autographs and putting on a choreographed performance. There were dozens of whales/dolphin/sea lions, but none very close to the boat and their out of the water antics were limited in duration and they did not get very far out of the water. Of course this is not the fault of the boat company. If you're over 5'8" be sure and duck when you walk to the boat because there are some low hanging overhead planks that I bonked myself on because I was chasing my wife and not paying attention. Prices were higher than the competition. We opted the extra $20 for the upper deck, but I don't think it's generally worth the almost 50% extra, although since the wildlife was not that close maybe our view was better. The boat was a nice big one and the 3-hour ride was enjoyable..