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San Diego Whale Watching Cruise

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San Diego, United States

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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
All trips depart at 11 AM *subject to change due to weather
Check-in starts at 10:00 AM and ends at 10:30 AM
Boarding starts at 10:45 AM. Please note, if you arrive at 10:45 AM, you will miss the trip.
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

Departure Point

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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Traveler Tips


  • "I would recommend that you bring your own beverages and snacks." See review
  • "For the experience of being on a fair dinkum sailing ship, plus the experience of seeing whales the trip is exceptional value for money." See review

Reviews

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361 Reviews
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A big slice of happiness pie
Robert_G
, Dec 2020
Finding an activity for a day off during quarantine, has become an increasingly difficult task. Covid-19 Protocols, social distancing, wash your hands and wear your mask. Well, my wife and I hit a grand slam with the America Schooner Sailing ship, whale watching tour. The stunning ship, friendly, knowledgeable crew and in-place Covid-19 Protocols closely followed, resulted in a badly needed day off together, which we thoroughly enjoyed and will highly recommend.
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HELLISH EXPERIENCE
HELLISHEXPERIENCE
, Dec 2020
THIS WAS A HELLISH EXPERIENCE, and a complete let down. you sit on hard surfaces with no back support, no cushions, and no wind screens, you cannot move around. if you sit on the shade side of this boat, you suffer even more. It was 4 hours of cold lashing wind with no where to escape to, while sitting on horribly uncomfortable surfaces, or the wood deck. The captain never once checked on his passengers after the first hour to see how we were doing, and one of the helpers even laughed at me while I was huddled in a ball on the deck because it was a freezing, wind lashing, shade, uncomfortable 4 hours of hell. I would never suggest such a horrible experience unless you love stress and torture. a complete waste of money and time, causing fear and anxiety. It was the worst experience of my vacation, an entire waste of money and time.
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Amazing
Janet_M
, Nov 2020
It was incredible to see a humpack whale actually breaching. A miracle of nature 8 had never expected to see in real life. Staff were amazing. Lots od knowledge about whales, dolphins, nature, the environment. Everything was punctual and they really.made it COVID safe. Fantastic. Janet
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Awesome Tour!
James_P
, Nov 2020
Wonderful Cruise!!! The crew and captain were delightful and knowledgeable. We had a great time. We saw Dolphins, Seals, Sea Lions and 2 kinds of whales.
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Once in a lifetime experience
AlexisWhite
, Nov 2020
We had the very best time with the crew (and 2 sea pups)! They were so accomodating and patient with everyone. They made sure to make us all feel extra safe with their measures to ensure social distancing with COVID on the rise. I would recommend this to everyone. Well worth the price for a wonderful, safe day and an unforgettable experience. We not only saw dolphins and a whale but we also saw a whale breach!! SO COOL.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2020
Thank you so much for sharing your experience, we really appreciate it! I am so glad you had a great time AND you saw a breaching humpback whale. It was great to have you aboard. Thanks again for sailing with us :)
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star-5
Beautiful, relaxing, excellent service
Nathan_D
, Nov 2020
The crew was very inviting and interactive! It was a great trip, and the boat was beautiful. As all things in nature, seeing a whale is quite unpredictable. On my trip, we didn’t see any, so we were all offered a free trip for whenever we want. The service is great and I was very appreciate of the free trip! They also did a great job at social distancing and mask wearing. All in all, it was a great trip and I will definitely be taking advantage of my free trip in the future!
icon Response from Host , Dec 2020
Thank you so much for sailing with us! I am sorry you didn't see a whale, but we can't wait to have you sail with us again. Please feel free to email us info@nextlevelsailing.com or give us a call 619-922-6215. Thank you for sharing your review, we really appreciate it!
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The amazing trip!
Nadi
, Nov 2020
The amazing trip! It was present for my husband for he birthday. 4 hours under sail and we saw whale and a lot of dolphins! Very friendly team and they told a lot of interesting stories on a way. I recommend this adventure!
icon Response from Host , Dec 2020
Thank you so much for sharing your experience! We are so glad to hear you had a wonderful time. Thank you for joining us out on the water :)
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Best Sailing Tour
Michelle_D
, Nov 2020
If you want the best sailing experience without the big sales pitch and you want a caring crew and super knowledgeable host and Captain, then this is the sailing tour for you. We loved it so much. We will return for Spring for a private tour. All social distancing and sanitary protocols in place. Meticulously clean. It’s a huge boat with such an amazing crew. You learn so much and see so much from animals to other ships, boats, ocean view and land scenery. Friendly staff from meet-up to drop-off. Shout out to Fathom! Host Extraordinaire, Sailing Queen and Marine Biology Expert. Thank you Mike for the TLC. Hugs to Scarlet and Marie. Thank you Captain and Crew for a lovely time to take my friend’s mind off her surgery. Perfect Day!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
Thank you so much for sharing your review! We really appreciate it. I am so glad to hear you had a fantastic time. I hope your friend's surgery went really well and I am so glad she was able to relax a little bit before her procedure. Thanks so much, we can't wait to see you again soon!
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Wonderful Day at Sea
Steven_D
, Oct 2020
My wife and I went whale watching yesterday aboard the America sailing ship. The staff and the ship were amazing. If you’re concerned about the current COVID situation, please note, they are taking amazing precautions to keep both visitors and staff safe. Masks were worn, social distancing enforced, and the crew would wipe down the rails and bathrooms after each usage!! Every staff person, was friendly, knowledgeable, and professional. They even brought water, soda and snacks to you at no extra charge, although beer and wine did have a small fee. Impressive. We saw plenty of dolphins, but unfortunately no whales (which has happened on other tours previously). The difference with this company is that since they guarantee a whale sighting, they allowed us to rebook for a future date without charge. The ship is an impressive schooner (sail boat), with a storied history that provides a nice open air experience. We can’t wait until our re-booked experience!!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
Thank you so much for sharing your experience, we are thrilled you had a fantastic time! We really appreciate your detailed review. We can't wait to have you again so we can find some whales for you. Just email us at info@nextlevelsailing.com or give us a call 619-922-6215. Thank you so much!
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We would go again.
Lynda_W
, Oct 2020
We didn’t see any whales but it was a lovely sail. The captain and crew were very friendly and knowledgeable.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
Thank you so much for your review, we really appreciate it! Please do come back whenever you'd like to fulfill your guarantee. Just email us: info@nextlevelsailing.com or call us at 619-922-6215. We can't wait to have you with us soon. Thanks so much!
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