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Next Level Sailing
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San Diego Whale Watching Cruise and Maritime Museum Entry
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Owner description: Welcome aboard the world famous 139ft yacht AMERICA for a once-in-a-lifetime whale watching experience. This luxurious sailing schooner provides the most environmentally friendly and personal wildlife experience in San Diego. Next Level Sailing is located at the San Diego Maritime Museum; and same day admission to the museum is included for all of our guests. Highlights: * 4-hour cruise to spot whales, dolphins and more * "Whale sighting" and "no sea sickness" guarantees * Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages included * Free same day admission to SD Maritime Museum With low sweeping decks offering fantastic uninterrupted views and a deep keel for stability, the AMERICA offers whale watching at its best.
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Reviewed 21 February 2012

This was our first, but definitely not our last trip on the America. My wife, 4 year old daughter and myself had a great experience from top to bottom. We left the dock on time and had a nice trip on the way out to see the whales, where we saw a school of dolphins and had a pleasant picnic lunch. Once we arrived to the location where the whales might be, the crew seemed to use all of their experience to pinpoint the whales location which led us to a small group group of fin whales, the second largest whale species! All in all, it was a great experience thanks to the crew's experience and dedicated customer service.

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Reviewed 21 February 2012

My husband and almost-5-year-old daughter embarked on a whale watching tour aboard the historic racing vessel, The America. It was mid-February and despite a forecast of chance rain, the weather held up with spotty clouds but plenty of sun. From the moment we arrived to claim our tickets, the staff at Next Level Sailing and the Maritime museum were knowledgeable, courteous and directed us to exactly where we needed to be, and instructed us on what we should know and be aware of.

I was nervous about bringing my not-quite 5 year old daughter, but the whole experience was thrilling for her, and the crew aboard the ship made sure we were not only safe, but participatory every step of the way, allowing her and the other passengers to hoist the main sails. The tour was about 4 hours, and we saw many schools of dolphins, a few fin whales and a pair of grey whales. The seas were a bit choppy that day, but the size of the America vessel made for a pretty steady journey. And the Dramamine we took really helped.

I would recommend taking it as a precautionary measure. I can't say enough about our experience! We had an amazing time, and we'd recommend this to anyone interested in sailing, whale watching, or just being out at sea with a crew of extremely capable experts that know the waters through and through. A treasured memory for my family, one we hope to experience again!

Thank AkiM_12
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Reviewed 20 February 2012

Where to start? The vessel, the crew, the whales, the dolphins........ If you are considering a whale watching excursion you should definitely consider this. It is a smallish group (50 or so during our sail), quiet, close to the whales and satisfied all our needs. With light snacks and bevs provided, courteous crew and a wholehearted desire that everyone see whales, the experience was marvelous.
While we were on the water I saw a few other whale watching vessels. They were crowded and high up off the water while our sailboat was right there at the whale's level..well almost!
The vessel's owner was committed to keep his sighting streak going and we were not disappointed, even if it meant chasing down an elusive finback whale. Super time.

Thank terri9AnnArbor
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Reviewed 10 February 2012

Very knowledgeable staff and very friendly, The boat was beautiful and is just very relaxing. The staff found a group of 3 whales very early and got close enough for some great pictures. They offer free snacks and drinks and you are able to bring your own food and beverages, This is a must do in San Diego and would recommend Next Level to anyone.

Thank TravelR00k
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Reviewed 5 February 2012

Our boat left late, the crew seemed very lazy , we saw no whales and didnt get to work the boat as we were told on the phone. Should have known from the beginning as some Jerk on the phone name Mike or Mark or something was very beligerent and snappy! Our credit card was also charged 10 days after our trip . NEVER AGAIN!

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