Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.6  1,533 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
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Last 3 months 96 223 3 = 220 99% 4.6
Last 6 months 223 520 11 = 509 98% 4.6
Last 12 months 677 1,564 31 = 1,533 98% 4.6
All 4,214 8,580 313 = 8,267 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 Sort Descending Reviewer Gender Age Where From? Group Type?
Rating: 5
Good value
Sun, Nov 17, 13   12:30 PM zapperms Male 60-69 Local Couple on a Date
Good value.
Rating: 5
So many whales!
Sun, Nov 17, 13   12:30 PM oharasteve Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Nice ride over and back to whale feeding grounds. Plumes and flukes everywhere when we got there!
Rating: 4
Whale watching experience for families
Sun, Nov 17, 13   10:00 AM wineguy5150 Male 40-49 Local Individual
The Princess of Monterey Bay Whale Watching tours is one of a few tour companies that charge extra to ride a top their upper viewing deck. There is a an additional $20 fee but you have to arrive early to get this special perk. I recommend going on a weekday to take advantage of this offer; most likely there will be less people on top and not passed out due to seasickness.

On November 17, 2013, I went out on their vessel, "The Greatland". There were about 30 people including children on the upper viewing deck and I estimate about 40-60 people below. I saw the first whales about 30 minutes into the trip, though they were a bit in the distance. The tour continued onward to towards Moss Landing where a raft (a group of sea lions) were trailing a couple of humpback whales feeding on anchovies. We were in this area about 30 minutes and then moved off to view another group whales.

Some of the wild life viewed, were humpback whales, sea lions, sea otters, sea nettle jellyfish (are abundant in the bay), several types of sea birds. There were no dolphin or orca sightings on this trip. I was really hoping to see the orcas since local media played this up on the televised news casts.

Monterey Monterey Bay Whale Watching is an enjoying experience for families especially small children.

Ask for life preservers when you board to insure safety for your children.

There is a lot of room for roaming around on the side railings and heated interior cabins and snack bar.

Dress in layers and prepare for a day on the Monterey Bay.
Rating: 5
Sun, Nov 17, 13   10:00 AM Joe123 Male 50-59 Local Family With Children
Beautiful day and a "ton" of whale activity!!
Rating: 5
Was fantastic outing, though seas were a bit rough
Sat, Nov 16, 13   10:00 AM sarahleonard Female 60-69 Local Group of Friends
We were told it was going to be a little rough with swells, but I had taken the non-drowsy type of Dramamine and was fine for the trip. There had been a lot of news coverage of the incredible amount of activity with the seals and humpbacks . We were not disappointed! We saw masses of seals in a feeding frenzy due to the inordinate amount of anchovies that were present and have been for several weeks. Among the seals were the humpbacks right in the middle of it all. There were CLOSE, so you could not only hear their massive lungs blowing out the huge sprays of water, but also see up close their tails and backs as they dived repeatedly. It was incredible to witness and we were so fortunate to be out on day that so much was going on. Knowledgable guide made it even more of a rewarding experience.
Rating: 4
What a great day!
Sat, Nov 16, 13   10:00 AM jware212 Female 40-49 Local Couple on a Date
We took the Princess Whale Watching tour this past Saturday and all I can say is "Wow!" There were sooo many humpback whales out there! As a local, I've been on many such tours but this is probably the most whales I have ever seen.
Rating: 5
Great Expereince!
Sat, Nov 16, 13   10:00 AM ceciliageers Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
I went on one of these cruises expecting to see a few whales and was amazed to be able to see more than ten! I absolutely recommend this tour, it was very well run and informative.
Rating: 5
Amazing!!! One of the high lights of my life!
Sat, Nov 16, 13   10:00 AM mccoydr Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
This was a date to celebrate a birthday of a very special person in my life. I could not have ask for things to be more perfect! Princess Monterey Whale Watching Cruises meet and exceeded all my expectations of my first whale watching experience and scored big time points for me with that special person in my life!
Rating: 5
Tue, Nov 12, 13   10:00 AM Mreilly10 Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
We had a great tour. On time, great naturalist. Most importantly, we saw a lot of whales and seals. This was on my bucket list, so thank you for helping me with the experience!
Rating: 5
Lovely afternoon whale watching
Mon, Nov 11, 13   10:00 AM drmarsha2 Female 50-59 Local Family With Children
We had a wonderful trip. We got to see whales up close. The staff was very helpful, and the boat was well maintained and comfortable.