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icon4 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

Go whale watching from San Diego aboard a replica of a historic sailing schooner that won the world’s first America’s Cup sailing competition in 1851. Throughout your cruise, your expert guide shares informative commentary about gray whales, dolphins, and other marine animals, along with details about the US Navy sites you pass as you head out on the Pacific Ocean.
  • Cruise on the sailing ship America from San Diego
  • Spot migrating whales and dolphins frolicking in the Pacific Ocean
  • Choose the only whale-watching cruise by sailing yacht in San Diego
  • Includes whale sighting and 'no seasickness' guarantee
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4.5-hr sailing cruise
Sodas and snacks
Whale sighting guarantee
No seasickness' guarantee
9 AM trip: Check in between 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
11 AM trip: Check-in starts at 10:00 AM and ends at 10:30 AM
1:15 PM trip: Check in between 12:30 - 12:45
Free Parking. Check-in located next to parking lot.
Bring layers, blankets, and jackets. It can be cold on the water!
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop off
2050 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92106, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Travel back in time when sailing on the America, a replica of the sailing ship that won the first America's Cup sailing competition in 1851. Your classic sailing vessel provides a smooth ride and spacious decks, perfect for sailing on the Pacific Ocean in search of gray whales and other marine life. Since your boat principally moves under wind power without using the engine, your captain can get closer to the marine animals without scaring them. The boat's deep keel provides excellent stability and large decks offer unobstructed views, making the America a prime vessel for whale-watching.

Snacks and drinks (non-alcoholic) are offered during the cruise. You are welcome to bring along a picnic lunch or your favorite bottle of wine to enjoy onboard.

Whale sightings are guaranteed on your cruise. If no whales are sighted, you can return for a complimentary whale watching cruise on another day in the same season. The America also provides a 'No Seasickness' guarantee.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Old Point Loma Lighthouse
We sail past North Island Naval Air Station, US Navy Base Point Loma, Cabrillo National Monument, Point Loma Lighthouse
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 77 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Next Level Sailing

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during San Diego Whale Watching Cruise?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by San Diego Whale Watching Cruise.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during San Diego Whale Watching Cruise?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by San Diego Whale Watching Cruise.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during San Diego Whale Watching Cruise?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by San Diego Whale Watching Cruise.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during San Diego Whale Watching Cruise?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by San Diego Whale Watching Cruise.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during San Diego Whale Watching Cruise?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 77 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by San Diego Whale Watching Cruise.

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  • "I would recommend that you bring your own beverages and snacks." See review

Reviews

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Great experience
mckell_s
, Apr 2021
Amazing! Crew was so helpful and friendly. Very clean and social distancing measures in place. The Captain took us out a little more to make sure we got to experience seeing a whale- my whole group was so happy he did! Will definitely recommend to family and friends! Dress warm and bring extra snacks if you have kids who get hungry.
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New Line Sailing whale watching cruise
Dincy
, Apr 2021
The America is just beautiful, and the whole operation is first-rate!!! The entire crew was pleasant, knowledgeable, and efficient and made the cruise a memorable experience. COVID policies and procedures were strictly observed, which was not the case for most of the other cruises we saw on the trip. I would highly recommend Next Line Sailing to everyone!!!
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Best whale watching crew in SD
Eve_V
, Apr 2021
Had an excellent time on the America! Located a mother and her calf immediately. The crew was quick and responsive to everyone’s needs. Felt completely safe with their COVID protocols. This sailing experience is a must do while in the area.
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Best whale watching ever
Kara_A
, Apr 2021
This was absolutely the best! The crew was great we saw hundreds of dolphins! 2 humpbacks. Couldn’t have asked for anything more!
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Experience of a lifetime
Lisa_M
, Apr 2021
The experience was truly great...I got a bit seasick....the crew made sure I was well taken care of and made sure my grandson had the experience of a life time....We seen a lot of wildlife...the ship is beautiful .... it’s very safe and they made everyone follow social distancing.
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Great time
Donna_A
, Apr 2021
We had a great time sailing, however we did not see a whale. The crew did a great job, very accommodating.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Thank you so much for sharing your experience. Please come back anytime to fulfill your whale watching guarantee: info@nextlevelsailing.com or call us at 858-922-3522. Thank you!
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What I do it again? Yes!
Carol_O
, Apr 2021
The America sailboat is absolutely gorgeous. And very smooth sailing. Was my first sailboat tour / ride and I loved it. The seating is a bit uncomfortable because it's bench style but that's a must be because of the ship's design. We saw three to five whales one of the sightings included a mama whale and her baby. Very exciting to see. We had the perfect day for this tour. And Captain Troy and his team were really good, fantastic. Excellent teamwork.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Thank you so much for sharing your review, we really appreciate it! I am so glad you had a great time. Thank you!
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Great Activity
Deanna_S
, Apr 2021
The crew was amazing. The tour guide was extremely energetic and full of knowledge. She made it a great experience, as did the remainder of the crew. The sail was smooth and My group did not get sea sick at all. Beautiful sites and marine life. We did not see a whale, but we were promised another free trip so that we can have the opportunity to see a whale at a later date.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Thank you so much for sharing your experience! We are so glad you had a great time. I am glad you enjoyed the information I provided as well :) Please let us know when you'd like to come back as we want to make sure you get to see whales. Just give me a call 619-922-6215 or email us info@nextlevelsailing.com. There is no expiration, so please come back. Thank you!
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A Great Whale Watching Experience
Stuart_W
, Apr 2021
The entire trip was very enjoyable from beginning to end. The crew were very polite, friendly and wanted each guest to have a truly wonderful experience. We didn’t see a whale but the ship and crew made up the difference. I would definitely rate this a five star tour. At the end of our journey the captain even apologized for us not finding a whale and offered us a free second tour if we were ever back in San Diego! 👍👍
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Thank you so much for sharing your experience, we are so glad you had a great time. I am sorry we didn't see a whale, but please let us know when you are back in town. Feel free to call 619-922-6215 or email us at info@nextlevelsailing.com. Thank you!
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Amazing Voyage!!!!!
Jason
, Apr 2021
Even though we didn’t see any whales..... we did see lots of dolphins and sea lions.... The actual boat ride it self was amazing!!!! The crew made the voyage such a wonderful experience!!!!!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Thank you so much for sharing your experience, I am so glad you had a great time! Please let us know when you'd like to go sailing again as we want to make sure you see whales. Give us a call 619-922-6215 or email us at info@nextlevelsailing.com. Thank you!
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