This trip a must for locals and tourists. We live in the area and have whale watched before, but this boat and crew made the experience spectacular. We saw a lot of whales and one of the crew shared history and pointed out things about the history of San Diego and the US Navy sites that we had never heard before. This is a must for something different and a good relaxing informative experience.
An outstanding day and experience! Great crew, great ship and the whales were out in their full glory that day. The best tour we took on our 50 day trip.
I would absolutely recommend taking this tour if you are in San Diego during the whale migrating season. The crew was amazing and took us to several spots to see the whales. At one point we saw a group of 5 whales. I wish the tour had been longer!
Al was fantastic! The whole crew was friendly and shared their sailing knowledge with us. We saw a humpback, dolphins and many blue whales. So fun!
This was a wonderful trip. The passenger numbers were below capacity so there was more room for us all and we had a great day on the water. We did see a whale and calf but, given that it was at the end of the season, everyone was satisfied with that. There were also dolphins and seals so it was well worth the effort. Crew members were helpful, informative and interacted well with the passengers. This was a very enjoyalbe day and is to be recommended. Well done!
It was amazing to be on a schooner, sailing out on the Pacific! The passengers helped raise the sails as we got underway and we covered our ears as the horn blasted out the start of our adventure. As we cleared Point Loma we hit open water and it was exhilarating to be racing on the waves and feeling the wind and salt spray as the search for whales began. We did see whales, following them for 30-45 minutes,an unforgettable experience!! The captain and crew were excellent,mindful of our safety and comfort, but also encouraging all of us to enjoy this once in-a-lifetime outing! The kids on board got special attention from Captain Al as he explained a lot of the history of whaling and sailing. As we said goodbye to the whales, the crew opened up the last sail and we winged back San Diego, passing the schooner Californian with a cheer! Lots to see in the San Diego harbor, from the Navy warships and submarines, to a glimpse of the USA 11 . As we pulled up to the dock, all aboard agreed that it was a memorable experience, thanks to the crew and captain, and of course, the whales!!!
Great cruise... very calm day. Only saw two whales and they weren't very visible but the cruise alone was worth the price. Plenty of snacks and drinks. Great crew and captain.
This was a great cruise. The crew were very friendly and helpful. We saw a lot of whales and the sailing was wonderful. The ship was kept up very well. It was the best day of our trip. It is worth the price.
Lovely. Great experience, very fun guide, so much better than the noisy motor boats.
Wonderful tour. It was run for so long, were found to whales and dolphins (approx. 6h)
We spent a wonderful day on the water on this beautiful sailboat. Luck was with us that day as we saw 2 humpback whales cavorting along with their dolphin traveling companions. It was quite a show! Then we also managed to see a fin whale! The boat was comfortable and the narrator/guide was a delight--knowledge and humor. Thanks Viator!
This was a fabulous sailing adventure - only saw one blue whale, but it swam next to our boat for more than 20 minutes, feeding, spouting, rolling over, etc. More than exciting! Crew was very knowledgeable as well as courteous and helpful. Great for kids as well as adults.
Neasa O Ireland
We unfortunately saw no whales on our trip but it was a very enjoyable cruise none the less. We saw dolphins which were incredible and we get to come back for another tour whenever suits. I'd definitely recommend this. Whale sighting or not :)
We had a wonderful time on the boat. The crew and Al, the "host" were all fantastic! Our original trip date was cancelled and though we had to run for it we were able to make a different cruise and it was wonderful. I would absolutely recommend this trip for someone looking for a little something different. Even had we not seen any whales (which we did) it would have been a wonderful day at sea.
This was an experience my wife and I will never forget. The Ship was amazing, as was the captain and crew. They worked their tails off to get us to the whales. They ran so quietly under sail that a whale swam right under us and surfaced 20 tds ( or less) from us. We are planning another trip to San Diego and have already decided to set sail on the "America" again. Even if we don't see another whale on that trip it will still be well worth it.
It was a wonderful experience to be on an authentic schooner. Without a doubt I would do it again and take our guests out on the trip.
We had a wonderful time, we had a great captain who tried to show us the most whales available.
The only reason this isn't 5 stars is because we didn't see any whales!!! The "pirate" guide was funny and entertaining, especially for the kids. It was so nice to lounge on the deck of a schooner and just enjoy the gorgeous day. My favorite part was when they turned off the engines, and we just sailed on the wind-so quiet and peaceful. We really felt that the captain and crew tried hard to locate sealife, and we're guaranteed a free return visit since we didn't see what we set out to see. To me, that's great customer service!