Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.6  1,648 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 156 355 7 = 348 98% 4.6
Last 6 months 240 543 13 = 530 98% 4.6
Last 12 months 725 1,685 37 = 1,648 98% 4.6
All 4,343 8,874 320 = 8,554 95% 4.4
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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: 3
it was a nice trip, but we didn't see many whales
Thu, Sep 22, 11   10:00 AM JuergenSenst Male 60-69 International Tourist(s) Family With Children
at the 10 a.m. trip it was a little big foggy. At first we booked the noon trip, but this trip was cancelled three days before. The waves were very high and therefor this trip wasn't so comfortable, but the staff did take care of us
Rating: 5
No whales but that's OK
Fri, Sep 2, 11   10:00 AM donnadarling Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
We didn't see any whales on our trip because a few days earlier, a pod of killer whales came thru and scared all the other whales off. We were given replacement tickets free of charge. The narrator for our trip was very informative and super enthusiastic about her job. We have been out on this boat before and did see whales and it was a good experience also.
Rating: 5
Great chance to see whales & learn about them
Sun, Aug 28, 11   12:00 PM kenstuder Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
This was something I always wanted to do and it turned out to be perfect chance to be out on the water and see humpback whales in their own environment doing what whales naturally do. The boat captain and nature guide did a very good job of maintaining the boat in a good position to see the whales, tell us about them but not disturb them. My husband and I enjoyed this trip very much.
Rating: 3
It is foggy sometimes
Wed, Aug 24, 11   10:00 AM ruthmbayliss Female 60-69 International Tourist(s) Family Without Children
I realise that the cruises are at the mercy of the weather and so I was not surprised that we could not see whales. However I would have liked information on the whales and their behaviour as I had when on other wildlife watching experiences elsewhere.
Rating: 4
We enjoyed the WW trip..
Tue, Aug 16, 11   10:00 AM Patriciawh Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
We were very excited to see the Blue Whales..especially the tail slap!
Rating: 3
Too long, too cold, and no whales!!
Sat, Aug 13, 11   10:00 AM naydeen Female 60-69 Local Family With Children
My husband and I thought we'd take our two grandsons (ages 10 and 13) who were visiting from Utah, on an ocean adventure that would be memorable. Within 30 minutes of departure, the oldest boy got sea-sick and threw up. Things seemed to go downhill from then on - the water was extra choppy, it was cold and windy, and several other passengers were getting sick all around us. We could tell our grandsons were really not enjoying this at all - and I wasn't either. It seemed we were never going to get back to shore - just way too long of a trip, not to mention that there was only a partial-sighting of a dolphin - not one whale!! Was very disappointing for all of us. Don't know if I would ever go back - not in love with whales THAT much!
Rating: 3
"Boat Ride"
Fri, Aug 12, 11   10:00 AM BillZeiger Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
"How was the whale-watching?"

"It was a boat ride."

Even knowing the unpredictability of the whales' behavior, I returned 2.5 hours later with more an impression of having been tossed about--I did not get seasick, but still the ride was stressful--than of having observed marine life! Even throwing in the pelicans and cormorants and gulls and otters and sea lions and sunfish and jellyfish, my overall impression is of a physical test rather than of a nature trip. Our whales crested and dove, occasionally waving dorsal fins, but did not breach. Had a whale breached near our boat, I think the event would have been a success!
Rating: 5
Excellent experience.
Wed, Aug 10, 11   12:00 PM bobszabo Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
Very nice boat; saw whales; stayed out at least the amount of time advertised; good narration during whale watching; helpful deck hand. Warning: the Pacific is often very rough; it was rough the day we went out - very large swells from a storm somewhere in the Pacific; I often become sea sick; however, I purchased some sea sickness pills the afternoon before from the excursion company; took one before bed and one about an hour before the cruise; no sea sickness problems at all.
Rating: 4
Sometimes there aren't many whales
Tue, Aug 9, 11   10:00 AM kschnebele Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
I do these trips once or twice a year. Sometimes there are lots of whales and sometimes not. But the naturalist always conveys interesting information about whatever marine life the boat encounters. That might be birds, otters, seals, jellyfish, turtles, or even sunfish. Just be prepared to see and learn about things besides whales.
Rating: 1
Rough sailing
Sat, Aug 6, 11   1:30 PM newsgirl Female 60-69 Unspecified Unspecified
Well, the trip didn't go quite as expected. Out of about 100 people, at least 25 of them spent the 3 hours barfing off the back of the boat, including me. It was really quite awful. Some people were so sick they just curled up in a ball right on the deck - and this included big, burly guys! The staff member who had to clean up the mess people made when they didn't make it to the bathroom or to the back railing was quite obviously angry. Who wouldn't be? What kind of a job is that to have to clean barf for 3 hours??!! the bathrooms were not available to anyone right from the beginning of the trip because people went in there to barf and didn't hit the toilet. So besides all of the sea sickness going on, there were no toilet facilities for anyone.

Don't know what to suggest. I just know I'll never go again. And I'm sure I'm not alone on that one. It was the longest 3 hours of my life. We did spot a number of whales, but most of us didn't care at that point. We could hardly stand up. I might mention that I have sailed and been on many cruises and never have been sick before. It came as quite a shock.