Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.6  1,718 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 299 710 5 = 705 99% 4.6
Last 6 months 467 1,101 12 = 1,089 99% 4.6
Last 12 months 738 1,741 23 = 1,718 98% 4.6
All 4,658 9,632 325 = 9,307 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
outstanding experience
Sat, Aug 9, 14   3:30 PM bmarjerison Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Great crew! Nicest boats we saw. We viewed so many animals. Sea lions, jellies, and of course humpbacks. We had easily 30 sightings.
Rating: 4
Great cruise
Sat, Aug 9, 14   3:30 PM elingg Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
This was great. The only trouble is that it's easy to get sea sick!
Rating: 5
Unforgettable Experience
Sat, Aug 9, 14   1:30 PM Cecygarcia Unspecified 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
If you want to be up-close and see these huge monsters and enjoy their beauty, you must do this adventure.
Rating: 4
Amazing sights! Very nice cruise!
Sat, Aug 9, 14   12:30 PM trishc6 Female 50-59 Local Family Without Children
Everything was very well done. The boat was not overcrowded. We saw lots of whales.
Rating: 2
Sat, Aug 9, 14   12:30 PM juliacurry Female 50-59 Local Family Without Children
We have greatly enjoyed several whale watching adventures in Cabo San Lucas. When we heard about lots of humpbacks in Monterey Bay, we were excited to go see them. The heavy seas made it very difficult to focus on anything other than trying to keep from loosing our breakfast!! I have never experienced any seasickness before, and have spent a great deal of time on the water in all sorts of vessels. This was not a fun trip. By the way, we did see 2 whales, but they stayed mostly submerged. Spent the rest of the day recovering :(
Rating: 4
An Efficient Process
Sat, Aug 9, 14   10:00 AM DonThoman Male 70+ Combination Group of Friends
We had visitors from Denmark who arrived on 7 Aug. and let us know they would like to go on a whale watch. We would have only one full day in Monterey, Saturday. Zerve got us 4 tickets on a Sat. morning ship even though it was a very busy day for the Princess Cruises. It all turned out as good as one could expect.
Rating: 5
Whales watching
Sat, Aug 9, 14   10:00 AM Thomas59 Male 40-49 International Tourist(s) Family With Children
We've seen a lot of whales, some even very close of the boat (a few meters) ! A great experience ! Our boys (9, 14 and 18 did appreciate as well).

PS : About 1 hour on the spot and 2 hours for the the trip (way to go and way back).
Rating: 1
Hell, pure hell! worst experience ever!
Sat, Aug 9, 14   10:00 AM yulecho Male 40-49 Unspecified Unspecified
The ocean had a little swail the attendant said. It was ridiculous everyone on the boat got super sick. The restrooms were covered in vomit. By the time we made it to the whales nobody cared. The worst three hours I ever had. Plus the following 16 hours. They should not take your money and go out when they know everybody will get deathly sea sick.
Rating: 2
Motion Sickness Galore
Sat, Aug 9, 14   10:00 AM huynhaaron Male 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
The boats used are the ferry boats that you often see in the bay on calm waters. When the ferry goes into the ocean, the boat rocks a lot. I never get sea sick but for this trip, it was not pleasant. A woman threw up within minutes from leaving the port and she just laid their for the rest of the boat ride.. I don't think she even got up to see the whales. A kid looked passed out on the bench. Like a few others have said, half the people on the boat looked exhausted.

When the boat slowed down near the site of the whales, the motion is not as bad. There were roughly 8 whales and lots of sealions. None of the whales ever came out of the water head first. Most of them just stayed under water and when they dove, you can get the picture of their tail.

I would not recommend this trip unless you really really really wanted to see the whales. The boat ride is very unpleasant. Make sure to take some motion sickness medicine even when you are not prone to motion sickness.
Rating: 5
Excellent excursion - lots of sea life to observe
Sat, Aug 9, 14   10:00 AM Denise88 Female 50-59 Local Family Without Children
I had a great personal experience but think it would be beneficial to Princess if they let people know that traffic and parking can be a challange and to allow extra time so that they do not miss their reservation.

We came at a great time and saw alot of whale activity.