Cetacean Cruises
Cetacean Cruises
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Boat Tours • Eco Tours • Private Tours • Dolphin & Whale Watching • Nature & Wildlife Tours
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Dolphin / Nature Tours : Our 2 hour tour takes you to see our resident Dolphin Pod in the calm waters of the Bays of Orange Beach, Alabama. After learning about the dolphins and taking lots of upclose pictures, we then take you into our beautiful bayous for an ecotour, where you may see wildlife ranging from Ospreys, Eagles, Deer or maybe even an Alligator! Smooth Sailing Tours: Come Sail Away with Cetacean Cruises Have you ever experienced a sailing adventure aboard a two-hull sailboat? Two hulls provide stability for a smooth ride without leaning to one side. Come enjoy a two-hour sail at sunset aboard the Cetacean, a 52-foot Hawaiian catamaran. Day sailing tours are great for the entire family! With the wind in our sails, the Cetacean skims along the waters of Orange Beach, Alabama. While out sailing, you’ll see coastal wildlife and marine life all around. Take in the sights and sounds as pelicans and cormorants dive into the water; bald eagles, egrets and sea gulls.
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Water Tours
2 hours
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Recommended by 97% of travelers
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$40.00
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Water Tours
2 hours
Free cancellation
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$30.00
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Water Tours
1–2 hours
Free cancellation
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$25.00
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Water Tours
2 hours
Free cancellation
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Recommended by 96% of travelers
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5.0
1,108 reviews
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Scenic633376
1 contribution
Apr 2021
We had a group of 23 RV's and this Cetacean Cruises delivered a great sunset cruise. Everyone working for this company was very nice and they went above and beyond to accommodate our group.
The night we went out the sky was overcast and the wind was blowing like crazy but we all had a great time and I know I will book again. I highly recommend sailing with this crew.
Written April 29, 2021
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lisagay44
Thank you, we are thrilled that you enjoyed to sailing cruise at sunset! Please visit us again!
Written May 10, 2021
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sergei1624
1 contribution
Oct 2020 • Family
Our family spent three days at Gulf Shores, Alabama, in the first week of October, 2020. The area was still recovering from hurricane Sally and there already were fears of the approaching hurricane Delta. Most of our time we spent on the beach. However, Gulf Shores is known for its dolphins. When choosing which company to pick for our dolphin adventure, we randomly chose Cetacean Cruises. The vessel was a small one and there were about 15 people on it. As we were on the water, there was a much bigger boat also looking for dolphins. Beyond any doubt, we got much better deal: due to Captain Will's skillful maneuvering, we saw the first dolphin in about 10 minutes since we started the trip, and then the dolphins were continuously by the side of the boat. They would swim next to the boat and we had a unique experience of this very close encounter with the beautiful creatures. I attribute the success to Capt. Will.
Written October 9, 2020
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Heather S
Strang, OK6 contributions
Jun 2022
My husband and I had a fantastic time on our cruise. The music was great and inspired me to make my own spotify list with the same songs. The Captain and staff were extremely friendly and attentive. We were fortunate enough to see several dolphins who put on quite a show and the sunset was gorgeous!
Written June 18, 2022
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lisagay44
Captain Starlin really was a DJ! Thank you for the awesome review!
Written June 20, 2022
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Ladmari2001
Ekron, KY1 contribution
Jun 2022 • Family
I have been on dolphin cruises where small children have cried the whole cruise so this time I did my research and this sunset cruise seemed to be the only one with a weight limit so I figured no crying babies here—wrong! There was a family of 6 with a small child and the child cried the whole trip eliminating taking videos as I didn’t want a crying baby as my audio. Also the captain told of way too many of his accomplishments and stories I just wanted a quite cruise at sunset with my wife and kids not crying babies and a verbal resume. Also the cruise never hit the ocean only brackish water in the lagoon. But we did see dolphins and a sunset so 3 stars instead of 2
Written June 4, 2022
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lisagay44
We have a weight minimum of 18 pounds. That means passengers weighing AT LEAST 18 pounds are welcome on board. We understand that crying babies can take away from an experience, but we have never advertised our Dolphin and Nature Sunset cruise as an "adults only" cruise. In fact, we advertise it as "fun for the whole family." If you wanted an experience geared more towards adults, we would have recommended our Sunset Sailing excursion, although children are welcome on these cruises, too. We have also NEVER advertised that we go out into the Gulf. We strongly emphasize everywhere that we stay in the back bays of Orange Beach's Intracoastal Waterway. The Dolphin and Nature sunset cruise is a narrated tour, as advertised. It is unfortunate that crying children prevented you from fully enjoying your experience. We invite you come out with us again on a sailing excursion, which also cruises in the back bays only. -Elise
Written June 4, 2022
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Amanda G
1 contribution
Oct 2022 • Family
We recently went on a sunset cruise with Cetacean and had the most wonderful experience!! The captain and crew were friendly, knowledgeable and provided exemplary service. My kiddos hat blew off the boat and they retrieved it without being asked! The boat itself was well maintained and beautiful. The cruise was epic, we even spotted a handful of dolphins and the sunset was to die for. They also played great tunes! We look forward to making this a yearly tradition.
Written October 28, 2022
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Cetacean C
Such a wonderful review! We are truly glad that you had a wonderful experience, and we can't wait to see you again next time!
Written October 30, 2022
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KatieHG626
1 contribution
Aug 2021
Incredible!! I booked a private four-hour cruise for ten people for a bachelorette party and it was so much fun! The staff were wonderful, the views were beautiful, and the cruise was relaxing. We even saw dolphins! I highly recommend Cetacean Cruises!! They went above and beyond my expectations. And I recommend booking at least a four hour cruise to be able to go to Pirates Cove for burgers and bushwackers ☺️🙌😋
Written August 10, 2021
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lisagay44
The crew said you and your group were a pleasure to serve! Thank you for leaving us such an amazing review- please come see us again!
Written August 11, 2021
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dancannon10063
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Sep 2022 • Family
Very disappointed....seemed to push alcohol sales more than anything. Saw very few dolphins and really should have re-scheduled as there was a bad t-storm extremely close with lightning. We saw way more dolphins at our condo and this was not worth the cost of what was charged. Captain was cool as well as the workers, but would not recommend if the desire is to see a lot of dolphins.
Written September 21, 2022
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Cetacean C
Wow- so checking on customers to make sure they don't need anything is equivalent to pressuring customers to buy alcohol? Friendly, available service is our MO- pressuring customers to purchase alcohol is not. And I assure you- if there was any threat from a thunderstorm, we would have cancelled. We have done this for many years, and do not take our passengers' and crew safety lightly. As for the dolphins, they are wild creatures. We do not train them, we do not feed them. We observe them in their natural habitats.
Written September 22, 2022
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haeffb
Mexico, MO21 contributions
Sep 2021
Cetaean’s sunset dolphin cruise is, according to my wife, “The best dolphin cruise I’ve ever been on.” The combination of a cash bar with table service, sunset, and sailing can’t be beat.

The Cetacean, a smaller boat than many of the other cruises with a capacity of around 20, provides a more intimate experience. Sailing back to the dock into the sunset is great.
Written September 23, 2021
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lisagay44
Awesome! We love this review, and we love your business! We are so glad you and your wife enjoyed the Sunset Sailing Cruise- please visit us again the next time you're in town!
Written September 23, 2021
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Diana H
2 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
We had a great tour with Captain Will and crew last week Friday! Will gave some educational information about dolphins, and kept things light with jokes and fun music. We saw several dolphins in various locations throughout Wolf Bay. He made some waves with the help of some other captains/boats in the area and the dolphins started surfing the waves! We enjoyed being in a boat that was mostly shaded and had beverages available for purchase. I would recommend this tour to a friend.
Written July 18, 2022
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lisagay44
Thank you for sharing your experience! We wish we knew why it was a 4-star experience instead of a 5-star experience!
Written July 18, 2022
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williams65202022
Milwaukee, WI1 contribution
Jun 2022 • Family
We did the two hour evening tour on the Explorer. There were probably 30-35 guests. The captain did a great job with his entertaining and informative stories. He and the staff were very friendly, they brought all the children to the wheel to take a turn driving the boat. As a bonus, we saw tons of dolphins.
Written June 17, 2022
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lisagay44
Awesome! We're so glad your family enjoyed the Sunset Dolphin and Nature Cruise! Thank you for the awesome review!
Written June 20, 2022
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