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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
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
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

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Sailing and whales
Kevin_R
, Jul 2020
The captain was great! Not only whale watching but also giving a tour of the bay as we were heading out. Very conscientious of safety both physical and health. They are trying to make sure that everyone enjoys the trip and stays healthy as well. We saw a blue whale right next to the boat and a large pod of dolphins. On the way in the captain talked about the animals we had seen . Very informative stuff. I highly recommend Next Level Sailing. Sailing on the boat was great. The whale and dolphins were an added bonus.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2020
Thank you so much for sharing your experience! We are so pleased to hear you had a wonderful time aboard the Yacht America. Thank you for sailing with us, we look forward to seeing you again soon!
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No whale but still exciting
Esau_C
, Jul 2020
The crew had to be the best part. Very professional and friendly. We didn’t see a whale but we still learned tons and enjoyed the trip
icon Response from Host , Jul 2020
Thank you so much for sharing your experience! I am so sorry we didn't see a whale, but I am glad you had a great time. We can't wait to take you out on the water again soon to fulfill our whale watching guarantee. Thank you so much!
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Celebration of 2000 graduate
CoatesCrew
, Jul 2020
This is a top notch "sailing" adventure and the crew did a fantastic job. Lots of careful effort went into making sure everyone was Covid compliant and comfortable with the tour. The captain went over and beyond to make it possible for seeing the whales and other mammals.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2020
Thank you so much for sharing your experience. We are elated you had a wonderful time aboard the Yacht America. Congratulations again to your new graduate :) Thanks again for sailing with us!
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Couldn’t ask for more
Rachel_S
, Jul 2020
Absolutely outstanding experience on the San Diego whale watching cruise. We didn’t even see whales and it was still so interesting and enjoyable it didn’t even matter (and it was guaranteed so we can come try again on another tour). The crew was incredibly thoughtful and respectful of Covid guidelines--we were in our own “doghouse” and separate from other passengers. Being out on the open sea on a gorgeous San Diego day, seeing the lazy sea lions and the fascinating military at work (Navy seals, aircraft and helicopters) and getting some valuable information from the captain & crew was more than enough. The America boat was in great shape and our 3 teen boys enjoyed it too. Just a great day - and to be safe and enjoy our beautiful ocean during this time is just priceless.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2020
Thank you so much for sharing your experience! We are so glad that your entire family enjoyed sailing with us. We can't wait to take you out again to see whales. Thanks again!
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Whale Watching on another level
Gregory_M
, Jul 2020
Not only great seeing the sea life but to experience this beautiful boat upon itself was amazing. Wonderful staff made sure you were safe and had a great time. They did a fantastic job at Complying with social distance regulations, I felt completely safe and the cruise was very enjoyable. I would recommend the experience to anyone looking for a great way to spend a day on the water.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2020
Thank you so much for sharing your experience, I am so glad you had a great experience and felt safe during your entire sail. Thanks again!
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A great experience
A_M
, Jul 2020
Beautiful boat and welcoming Captain and crew. Do not go whale watching on any other boat! We fully enjoyed our experience.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2020
Thank you so much for sharing your experience, we are so glad you had a wonderful time!
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Fantastic experience
Shelagh
, Jul 2020
The boat, crew and overall experience were phenomenal! We saw two pods of dolphins, a few sea lions and a humpback whale. The crew went above and beyond to ensure everyone was safe due to Corona virus but that the trip was also fun and relaxing. I can’t recommend Next Level Sailing highly enough.....our trip was AMAZING!!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2020
Thank you so much for sharing your experience, we really appreciate your review! I am so glad you had a wonderful time, thanks again for your feedback :)
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COVID SAFE and truly a GREAT EXPERIENCE 👍🏼
Samantha
, Jun 2020
It was Really Really Really nice - they were very conscientious of Covid but in a way that didn’t feel too restrictive they had it all planned out for every family or group had their own space and when we saw whales and dolphins we could move around as long as our masks were on and we were 6 feet apart from those we didn’t know. The boat was absolutely beautiful real sailboat and they put up the sales gorgeous boat and the staff we are beyond lovely and Super knowledgeable. What a gorgeous day on the water even when the weather Wasn't ideal. The blue whales we saw were amazing so majestic and I’ve never seen so many dolphins so up close all jumping through the water. Really a great experience and beautiful day. My teenagers loved it! Bravo to those who run it so comfortable in class act and Covid safe!!!! 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼
icon Response from Host , Jul 2020
Thank you so much for your kind review! I am so glad to hear that you had a wonderful time aboard the Yacht America and we are pleased to hear that you felt safe during the entire voyage. Thank you for sailing with us!
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Great family day!
Kelly_W
, Jun 2020
The entire staff was so friendly and knowledgeable, and genuinely concerned about our safety and comfort, and of course, that we were having a great time! And we did! We saw 4 whales and many, many dolphins. The ship is beautiful and spacious. Loved it!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2020
Thank you so much for sharing your experience! We are so glad you had a wonderful time aboard the Yacht America. It is great to hear you felt safe during the entire voyage. Thanks again for joining us for a beautiful day at sea, we look forward to seeing you again soon. Thank you!
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FIVE STAR ADVENTURE
Jack_Frampton
, Jun 2020
Definately a very knowledgeable crew that understands completely about marine life habits that will assure you a day of adventure. Saw MANY Blue Whales and hundreds of dolphins. Traveled 15 from Coronado Island to San Diego for easy trip. This is on Shelter Island and they meet people from across the street of the Best Western Hotel. Look for the BLUE FLAGS! BEST money I ever spent and not really that expensive. The sailing ship is fantastic and is 141 feet long with lots of space for social distancing.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2020
Thank you so much for sharing your experience and pro-tips! We really appreciate your feedback and we are so glad you had a whale of a time! Thanks again for your wonderful review. We look forward to seeing you again soon :)

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