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Address: 1492 N. Harbor Drive, Site of San Diego Maritime Museum, San Diego, CA
Phone Number: +1 800-644-3454
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Welcome aboard the world famous 139ft yacht AMERICA for a...

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.


* 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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Watch whales from the Americas Cup winner

What fun it was to ride on a historic sailing ship to see whales, fantastic views and hundreds of dolphins.

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 15, 2015
William A
San Diego, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I booked this trip in November and was so excited for whale watching. We arrived at the dock to find there wasn't a ship sailing today nor did anyone know when the ship would return from Mexico. I did not receive any communication that our trip was cancelled and still haven't received a phone call eve after leaving my number... More 

Thank Bmccall07
San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

What fun it was to ride on a historic sailing ship to see whales, fantastic views and hundreds of dolphins.

1 Thank William A
San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Yes, its just another boat trip, but one you will never match again. Sailing on the schooner America, whether for whale watching or cruising, is a trip to the past of historic American yachting, and a most pleasant way to spend most of an afternoon. This replica of the original that started the longest winning streak in all sports, sails... More 

Thank RovingJohnUSA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 via mobile

We were not able to make the trip due to an illness in the family. We had to cancel at the last second, past the 24 hour cut-off, but Next Level was understanding of our situation. They offered a credit to come back another time, but traveling all way from Chicago, that is probably not going to happen. After going... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

I did Next Level Sailing's STARS AND STRIPES excursion a year ago. It was an excellent sail, the staff was friendly and we all got a chance to try all the stations. One thing: this company no longer operates the retired racing sailboats STARS AND STRIPES and ABRACADABRA. Both of these boats have been moved, I saw them leaving on... More 

Thank Kenneth G
Lubbock, Texas
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

July 2011 we booked a trip with Star & Stripes. It was cancelled due to fog. We were told we could book again anytime just let them know the date of the cancelled trip. We tried to come a couple years later, (we live in Texas). They were not going to be booking trips at the time we came to... More 

Thank Sandi K
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

My whale watching trip with Next Level sailing was just amazing! We saw several whales, dolphins and sea lions. The staff was really friendly and knowledgeable. It was great to hear their enthusiasm for sailing and the marine life. I’d recommend this tour to anyone who would like to spend four amazing hours out at sea.

Thank A R
Corralejo, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We arrived in San Diego harbour and spotted the America straight away ;-) We had a fabulous time from the moment we arrived by the boat untill the end of this excursion. Al made us feel very welcome instantly on the boat. We set of sail and our kids were allowed to help out straight away which made this an... More 

Thank 7IslandSurfschool
San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015 via mobile

From the time we got on the boat till we disembarked we had a great time. Smooth seas and warm weather. Nice crew and a well maintained boat. We saw gray and humpback whales. The boat was not over stuffed with people. Plenty of room to move around. I would highly recommend this trip. Only 1 small negative comment. There... More 

Thank Dfettner
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

My wife and I took a trip on the America whale watching on 3/6/2015. It was worth every penny. It is a bit more expensive than the other daily tours that sail from SD harbor, but, it was well worth it. Plus, it includes entrance to the maritime museum, snacks, and drinks on board (water, soda) - you must pay... More 

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