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Address: 1492 N. Harbor Drive, Maritime Museum of San Diego, San Diego, CA
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San Diego Whale Watching Cruise and Maritime Museum Entry
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Best day in San Diego

I'm not sure you have truly experienced San Diego until you have sailed out through the bay. The boat was beautiful I was having such an amazing day wouldn't have even cared if we... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Perth, Australia
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Perth, Australia
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25 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I'm not sure you have truly experienced San Diego until you have sailed out through the bay. The boat was beautiful I was having such an amazing day wouldn't have even cared if we didn't see whales. But we did and lots of them. Got nice and close because the lack of engine doesn't scare them off. Also they provided... More 

Thank thomasnikita
Wayne, NJ
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

Booking was easy; but the result gave no clear place other than the marina to meet the boat like go to marina office, marina launch, or marina pier #. And a follow up call got no information; so we almost missed the cruise we paid for. Captain was relatively quiet and communicated poorly with the crew; however, the crew was... More 

Thank ejp3
Mandeville, Louisiana
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451 reviews
144 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2016

I had to coax my sometimes Dramamine popping wife to join my 16 year old daughter and I on this great trip. But she was glad she came, the ride was smooth (she had no issues), temperature perfect, whales to see, and entertaining crew to accompany us. The yacht, a replica of the original America, was in beautiful shape. And... More 

Thank raybyerley
Lombard, Illinois
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52 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2016 via mobile

This is not some cheesy tourist boat but an actual sailboat and well worth the price of admission. You could interact with the crew and that made it even more interesting. Snacks, water & soda are provided. This was a whale watching tour and although great to see was actually secondary to the sailboat experience!

Thank Bill R
Ontario, Canada
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76 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2016

We highly recommend whale watching/sailing with the Yacht America. Not only is the ship beautiful but the crew are absolutely amazing. Al is a wealth of knowledge about the ship, the area and history. He was in the movie Master and Commander! We were also very fortunate to come back into San Deigo under sail rather than engine so that... More 

Thank Sandy T
Tucson, Arizona
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16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2016

We arrived at the ticket booth and were told that the sailboat was not going out that day and that VIATOR who we booked it through does this all the time. And it was TRIP ADVISOR we got VIATOR through!!!

Thank sscavender
San Diego, California
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4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2015

My partner and another couple went on a Valentine's whale watching adventure with this awesome group. The captain and crew were so friendly and really added to the adventure. The yacht was sold out yet everyone was so friendly it did not seem crowded. We saw dolphins, sea lions, seals, and lots of grey whales. When other boats turned around... More 

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229 reviews
99 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2015

I tend to get sea-sick, so after searching for whale watching trips we decided on the America. Big plus: they offer a free meal at Anthony's if you lose your lunch. The 139 foot long yacht is immense and immaculately maintained. We sailed that day with the captain's daughter who was taking photographs of the whales. They post them to... More 

Thank email4saundra1
Helsinki, Finland
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12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2015

You can see Whales and dolphins near and also a San Diego skyline. There is quite cold at sea, but remember to take enough clothes. Unforgettable experience.

Thank heikki245
Fort Irwin, California
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36 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2015

I was fine until we left the harbor, watching the whales requires you to take your eyes off the horizon. I started getting sick, then, really sick. They suggested I go to the middle of the boat, so my family got split up a bit. Luckily, people got up and my kids came by me. A man from another group... More 

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