We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Cape Ann Whale Watch

Gloucester, MA
Website
Improve this listing
Ranked #4 of 21 Activities in Gloucester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours
Activities: Whale watching
Owner description: "Thar she blows" is a common greeting on this whale-watching tour, that combines lectures from experts along with guaranteed sightings of these... more » Owner description: "Thar she blows" is a common greeting on this whale-watching tour, that combines lectures from experts along with guaranteed sightings of these magnificent leviathans of the deep. « less
Write a Review

311 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    237
    46
    11
    8
    9
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Atlanta, Georgia
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

I have attempted 4 trips with Cape Ann and of those attempts, I have boarded the boat for 3, and one trip cancellation. Of the three times I got on the boat (which is nice, clean and fast) had two rain checks because of a lack of whales and one great trip in the summer. Summer is definitely the season... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

If you are up for a boat trip it's a great idea. You can't set your expectations too high as wildlife is unpredictable. Our trip was fantastic. The ship is well managed and clean. The staff were extremely knowledgeable and they guided us through everything we were seeing. The staff were attentive to any passenger needs. I recommend taking something... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Rochester, New York
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This was my first time on a professional whale watching tour, so I have nothing to compare it to. However, it was a very successful trip. I give them credit for being upfront before even leaving the harbor. They told us we might have to go out further than usual to find the whales and the trip could be 5... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Albany, New York
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

We recently went on the Whale Watching trip with Cape Ann. It was a nice experience. The staff was very friendly and helpful. They were very informative about the kind of whales that we would encounter in the waters. They took us to the area which was about 2 hours away from the dock to find the whales (since they... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
London
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
23 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Your visit will depend on your expectations and then how many whales you see. We were expecting to see lots given it's the season and in one of the best areas to see them. We saw one minky whale and two sleeping humpbacks but we were all hoping for more, hence it's a lottery but I guess something which can'... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

I have gone on two wonderful whale watches. One from Boston Harbor and the other from Cape Breton. I was looking forward to going a third time on the Cape Ann Whale Watch. We spent over. $200 for our family to go on a 5 hour trip. We did make reservations in advance. There were not enough seats for the... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
New York City, New York
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We saw four whales on the trip, but the ride itself is interesting and fun. Just feeling that clean sea breeze and seeing the views was worth it. I went in the morning and the ship was about half full, so moving around was easy. Highly recommended!

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Southbridge, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Great crew, knowledgeable naturalists, fast boat, and congenial friends make for a great adventure - even without whales. But this crew was persistent and we went all the way to P'town. Great sightings and a perfect day. Note that if you don't see whales, they issue a free ticket for a return trip. The trip is generally 3 hours long... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Niantic, Connecticut
Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

I had never been on one of these whale watches before and I was not sure what to expect. I hoped we would see one or two whales during the trip. We actually saw two fin back whales which each surfaced two times. And we saw at least two minke whales come pretty close. It was a really good time... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
London, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We were very lucky and saw 5 humpback whales...... 2 jumped out of the water and 2 raised their tales and fins in unison.The boat staff engaged visitors on the journey there and back with interesting whale facts if you wanted to hear or you could just enjoy the boat ride. Looking at the other boat tours,the Cape Anne tour... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Cape Ann Whale Watch also viewed

 
Gloucester, Cape Ann
Gloucester, Cape Ann
 

Been to Cape Ann Whale Watch? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Cape Ann Whale Watch, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing