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Yacht America Whale Watching

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Address: 1492 N Harbor Dr, Maritime Museum of San Diego, San Diego, CA 92101-3309
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US$ 89.00*
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Beautiful day, great crew

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... read more

Reviewed 22 March 2017
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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8 reviews
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Reviewed 22 March 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!

Thank mariann1_11
Albuquerque,NM, United States
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 March 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... More 

Thank davidrD8206ZF
Perth, Australia
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25 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 February 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... More 

Thank thomasnikita
Wayne, NJ
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 August 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... More 

Thank ejp3
Mandeville, Louisiana
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482 reviews
150 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 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... More 

Thank raybyerley
Lombard, Illinois
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52 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2016 via mobile

This is not some cheesy tourist boat but an actual sailboat and well worth the price of admission. You could interact with the crew and that made it even more interesting. Snacks, water & soda are provided. This was a whale watching tour and although great to see was actually secondary to the sailboat experience!

Thank Bill R
Ontario, Canada
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77 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2016

We highly recommend whale watching/sailing with the Yacht America. Not only is the ship beautiful but the crew are absolutely amazing. Al is a wealth of knowledge about the ship, the area and history. He was in the movie Master and Commander! We were also very fortunate to come back into San Deigo under sail rather than engine so that... More 

Thank Sandy T
Tucson, Arizona
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16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2016

We arrived at the ticket booth and were told that the sailboat was not going out that day and that VIATOR who we booked it through does this all the time. And it was TRIP ADVISOR we got VIATOR through!!!

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San Diego, California
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4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 December 2015

My partner and another couple went on a Valentine's whale watching adventure with this awesome group. The captain and crew were so friendly and really added to the adventure. The yacht was sold out yet everyone was so friendly it did not seem crowded. We saw dolphins, sea lions, seals, and lots of grey whales. When other boats turned around... More 

2 Thank Tim R
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238 reviews
104 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2015

I tend to get sea-sick, so after searching for whale watching trips we decided on the America. Big plus: they offer a free meal at Anthony's if you lose your lunch. The 139 foot long yacht is immense and immaculately maintained. We sailed that day with the captain's daughter who was taking photographs of the whales. They post them to... More 

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