Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.6  1,714 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
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 Sort Descending Reviewer Gender Age Where From? Group Type?
Rating: 5
Whales galore!
Sat, Aug 23, 14   3:30 PM Rachel4515 Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
This was my second time out in 7 weeks going whale watching in Monterey but my first with Princess. The boat was much more stable and easier to navigate around when the whales would spout their blow holes. There were so many humpback whales and we all had many good photos as souvenirs of the day. Would definitely go again.
Rating: 5
Sat, Aug 23, 14   10:00 AM Keast13 Female 50-59 Local Group of Friends
I thoroughly enjoyed my cruise. The guide was very informative. We were able to see a dozen or more whales.
Rating: 4
Nice trip to see humpback whales
Sat, Aug 23, 14   10:00 AM Jeffrysimpso Male 50-59 Local Family With Children
It was a nice trip out to see the humpback whales. We got to see multiple humpbacks feeding and diving. No breeches or lunges out of the water but lots of whales. The crew were all polite and helpful. The onboard naturalist had a lot of good information to share, not only about whales, but about the area and other marine wildlife too.
Rating: 4
Many humpback whales
Sat, Aug 23, 14   10:00 AM nobuo1 Male 50-59 Local Couple on a Date
Well run operation. Saw a surprising number of humpback whales. Water was rougher than expected, which made taking photos very difficult. Naturalist provided a lot of information.
Rating: 5
Sat, Aug 23, 14   9:00 AM JaneKnudson Female 50-59 Local Family With Children
We have been whale watching many times in many place but this was the best watching ever. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable. The wildlife viewing was outstanding. In the past we enjoyed watching whales from miles away but on this tour the many many whales were mere feet away. It truly was an adventure that will not be forgotten between the numerous whale siting's, hundreds of sea lions and thousands of birds seen. Truly an adventure of a lifetime.
Rating: 5
Amazing Whales
Fri, Aug 22, 14   10:00 AM kmhfulmer Female 60-69 Local Family Without Children
We saw several individual and pairs of whales and then the captain brought us over to a group of about a dozen. While we were watching a humpback came by the boat and breached four times. The trip was beyond our expectations. Since it was a weekday near the end of summer the boat was not full so viewing was easy. The crew and guide were helpful. Stay outside and watch the horizon if you can. It will be cold.
Rating: 5
Great Trip!
Fri, Aug 22, 14   9:00 AM dagator Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Unspecified
This is one of those things everyone should do once. A lot of fun to be on the water and see the whales in action. The boat was just the right size as was the passenger list - full, but not crowded. They really go all out to make sure you have the best opportunity to see whales (with the understanding the nothing is a guarantee). The person doing the narration was obviously well educated about the subject and presented it in a manner that made it interesting to all.

As I said...everyone should do this at least once. And Princess Monterey Whale Watching does a great job at making this a fun, and safe, trip. The length was just right - not so long you get bored, and not so short you are left wanting.
Rating: 5
Great trip, great company
Fri, Aug 22, 14   9:00 AM janicelellis Female 70+ Domestic Tourist(s) Other
The crew was great. The boat was clean. Naturalist very informative and enthusiastic. Saw a lot of whales, sea lions and sea birds. My husband and I have been on a lot of whale watching trips around the country, and this was one of the better ones.
Rating: 4
Good Experience
Fri, Aug 22, 14   9:00 AM Wcollet Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
The boat was nice and large with plenty of room. We had a smooth 45 minute ride out toward a group of 8 Humpback Whales. We observed them for about an hour and 15 minutes then went back to the harbor. The narrator was very informative and enthusiastic. Boat staff was great. My only question is that upon our arrival to the whales, there was another tour boat really close to the whales and we never really got as close to the whales as the other tour boat. I am sure that there are rules to follow or maybe the whales come up to the boat on their own. Even though we did get to observe whales for over an hour I was hoping to get a little bit closer.....
Rating: 4
Wow for Whales!
Fri, Aug 22, 14   9:00 AM EmilySticco Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
I booked this trip because I thought it would be awesome to see live whales... I was not disappointed. We saw 3 groups of Humpback Whales about 7 or 8 in each group. We saw their faces, tails, and backs. It was an incredible experience. I get motion sickness easily and took 2 motion sickness pills before we left and I still got sea sick, however, even though I was sick for 90% of the trip I still absolutely recommend it. The experience is one like no other.