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Island Mariner Cruises

2621 S Harbor Loop Dr, Bellingham, WA
877-734-8866
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Ranked #7 of 15 activities in Bellingham
Type: Tours
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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101 reviews 101 reviews
57 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

14 September. Grey and foggy day. I have never seen sooo many orcas for so long and so active. I have wonderful breaching shots. It was fantastic. We left them not the other way around. They were all around us. The guide was first class The vessel was comfortable. The snacks were good. Highlight of this holiday, may try to... More

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Poulsbo, Washington
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

First, the crew was super nice and knew all information about the whales. Very friendly and helpful. But that is about where the good part ends. For a cruise that usually sails into cooler waters with weather that is usually rainy/foggy, there aren't enough chairs inside for everyone due to overpacking the boat, so by the time we loaded the... More

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Seattle, Washington
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Not so great experience. The narrator on the cruise did a nice job providing information about the location and the whales, but not that great. The vessel they have is a bit old and is average. Very little amenities for Toddlers and babies. The Whale Watching cruise is expensive as compared to other Whale Watching cruise provided through Friday Harbor... More

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Winthrop, Washington
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

Fun! Informative! Relaxing! We brought our daughter and 5 y/o granddaughter for her 6th birthday! Absolutely no complaints! Plenty of seating inside and out! Bring layers and a blanket would be my suggestion as the breeze heading north got a little chilly. We saw a transient pod with 2 very little additions to the group! They gave us quite a... More

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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

We had the most unexpected day with approx. 60 whales all around us after a long boat ride. only complaint along with others is smoking on back that comes back inside cabin area very disturbing and disgusting with second hand smoke .

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Vancouver, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

Although there are whale watching companies closer to where I live, I found a deal on groupon which at that price was hard to refuse. After reading some reviews I went ahead with it. I knew this boat was slower due to it's size, but I liked the idea that they had washrooms, food, and multiple viewing areas. I knew... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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37 reviews 37 reviews
4 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013 via mobile

Bought this tour from groupon so price was good. Left at 10 am sharp and back at 5:45. Admittedly it was a very long day, maybe too long. Bit disappointed there wasn't much to see after the first 2 hours. There were no Orcas to be seen. We spent the last half of the day in a frantic seach for... More

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Bellingham, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

You can not make Orcas magically appear but today my husband and I were lucky. A pod of 8-10 Orcas magically appeared in the Salish sea and put up a show. The boat spent about an hour in the area so everybody can see these magcal creatures. How I wished we could have been up closer but iI know there... More

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Marinercruises, Naturalist at Island Mariner Cruises, responded to this review

Thank-you so very much for taking the time to write this review! You described our encounter with this group of transients well...Magical! The size of this group was larger than we usually get to see, and the activity was so exciting to watch! I will be passing your feedback on to the rest of the crew. I feel confident in... More

Port Coquitlam, Canada
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013 via mobile

I took my parents on this tour and we used a groupon which still cost us $60 each. With taxes our day cost $195. We reserved on-line about three weeks before our trip but when we arrived to check in they had no record of our reservation despite my e-mail confirmations. We got on board and had to scramble for... More

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Seattle, Washington
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

My friend drove all the way from Boise, ID for this. As I live in Seattle, we woke up at 5am in order to make it to the tour on time. This was far out of our way and it cost us a lot of money and we are both disappointed at the overall experience. First, the tour was much... More

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Marinercruises, Naturalist at Island Mariner Cruises, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. The day you girls came out was quite foggy, and those days can be a bit challenging out there in the Salish Sea for all vessels! The lack of visibility will often slow us down a bit as safety is important to us, and it also can make finding our... More

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