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“Beautiful day, great crew”

Yacht America Whale Watching
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San Diego Whale Watching Cruise and Maritime...
Reviewed March 22, 2017 via mobile

We spent a beautiful Sunday chasing whales with an "authentic " sea captain, Al, and a very good crew of Bob, Suzie, the real captain and others. Al kept us entertained and informed -- very interactive-- between whale sightings. Highly recommended!

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Reviewed March 6, 2017

Signed up for whale watching cruise, when we met with captain he explained that there were high winds and anyone not wanting to go could do it another day. one couple left.The ship can accommodate up to 72 people, there were only 20 of us. This cruise turned out to be one of the best things we have ever done in San Diego. We saw no whales , but that didn't matter at all. Swells on the ocean wer 8 to 10 feet. The America performed beautifully. It was exciting,the crew was great, the captain competent. I encourage any one who has never been on a saling ship of this caliber to experience this type of trip. Thank you America and her crew.

Thank davidrD8206ZF
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Reviewed February 7, 2017 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 snacks, Soda and hot chocolate through out the day! 100% recommend. Also if your comparing this to other whale watching tours and being scared off by the price. Unlike the other tours we saw out that day there was only max 20 of us on the boat as opposed to the other tours that had people shoved everywhere (even in winter) and the sailing in itself is an awesome experience. I say that on a full time student budget!

Thank thomasnikita
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Reviewed August 29, 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 friendly and helpful. And the boat itself is a joy! Bring your own refreshments because serving them is minimal at best. AND go to the bathroom beforehand because you will be asked to hold it unless you cannot. We took the boat in NJ in a non whale watch location. We enjoyed it. We are old. But despite a good breeze, the sail was tame, and sailing time was too short a part of the 3 hours. Don't do this unless you are dying to sail on a large boat.

Thank ejp3
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Reviewed April 13, 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 we were lucky to get to go, since they told us the yacht was moving to the East coast sometime before summer to participate in summer America's Cup prelude activities. This ship, we understand, is how the Americas cup got its name.

For the three of us it was $203.50 (our 16 year old was half the adult cost), and it was well worth it. It came with an entry to the Maritime museum that was also very interesting - I will write a separate review for that, can't remember what that would have cost separately, but probably worth that too. This was a good thing since you have to walk through part of the museum/ docks to get to where the Yacht America was docked.

One of the best things was we actually sailed for a good bit of the day, versus running on engines.

The total trip was at least 4 hours and we saw either the same Fin whale a dozen + times or more than one Fin whale a bunch of times. For this time of year we thought we would be looking for Grey whales heading back to Alaska. But, we did not see any grey whales. The Fin Whale surfacing and heading straight for the side of the boat, then diving under the boat and the other 10 or 15 times we saw the whale(s) made it all worth while.

Despite some of the previous reviews, we had no issue booking our spots on -line (through a "Zerve" site) and no issues checking in on the dock outside the Maritime Museum. We elected to park across Harbor Drive, near the Santa Fe train station for $12 for 12 hours. It is a fairly short walk to the Maritime Museum from there.

Tony ( I think) the M-C/ commentator/tour guide was very entertaining and passed on a bunch of information about whales, the naval air station, the navy ships, Coronado Islands, San Diego, and many other subjects. He was also very good with the kids in the group, there must have been 6-8 younger kids on the trip.

We did see a staedy stream of Navy helicopters and jets coming and going fom the north island naval air station that was also fun to see.

They also offered water and soft drinks and some snacks. I guess we could have brought some wine or beer with us, but it would hindered our scrambling from one side of the boat to the other to see the whales.

If necessary, you have access to part of the below decks, including the head - 4 hours would have been a long time for some of us otherwise.

Somehow our daughter reformated the disk in the camera and we have not yet recovered any of our pictues, including of the whales, or I would add them.

Plan to spend at least another hour + at the museum before or after the whale watching.

What a great day and worth every penny.

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