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Sunset Kidd Sailing Cruises & Whale Watching

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Since 1987, Sunset Kidd's offers Sailing Cruises along the Beautiful Santa Barbara Coastline. Based upon a love of sailing, this is not a typical tourist ride! We turn the engine off and showcase our love for the sport. Yes, it's wind in the...more
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125 Harbor Way Ste 13, In front of the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, Santa Barbara, CA 93109-2352
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Reviewed September 17, 2018

This is a 42 foot sailboat, which we experienced for a sunset cruise. The winds were to light to go under sail alone, but we motored out and were followed for a while but a group of playful dolphins. The crew was competent and friendly....More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed August 24, 2018

For us the trip was a big disappointment. We could clearly feel that the captain had no interest in going at all. She stopped half an hour earlier. Because her enthusiasm was far to be found, we left it at that. I would certainly NOT...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Captain Dennis L, Owner at Sunset Kidd Sailing Cruises & Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded August 25, 2018

We are terribly sorry that you exchange with Captain Alyssa fell short. Indeed this comment is so far from normal. Usually She has an infectious Happiness that permeates all onboard. I do remember recently, Alyssa asked if I could skipper the remainder of the day,...More

Reviewed August 23, 2018 via mobile

I came up to Santa Barbara alone after a trade show in LA. Wanted to spend some relaxing time in CA before heading back to the Gulf Coast of FL where red tide is currently out of control. My sunset cruise with Captain Alyssa and...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 6, 2018

There were the full 16 guests onboard, with a captain and a mate. Some seats available, but some folks sat on the bow. The wind was ok (I had really hoped for 'brisk'). The ladies who crewed the ship were very knowledgeable and personable. There...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed August 5, 2018

I rented the Sunset Kidd for my 50th Birthday. I invited 14 of my girlfriends and we went on a fabulous sunset sail. Such fun to watch the sunset, glass of wine in hand, listening to the wind against the sails! Captain Alyssa was great...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank jboisky7
Reviewed July 28, 2018

Four of us drove up from Los Angeles for an afternoon in Santa Barbara. We love sailing thus booked this boat. The crew is great, boat beautiful but there really wasn't any "sailing" happening. I know it's all dependent on the wind, but maybe we...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed July 23, 2018

We were taken out on the boat for two hours out of the harbour and into the ocean. Sometimes you see the whales and dolphins and sometimes you don't (we did see sealions). We didn't which would have been fine. However, the tourleader who was...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Captain Dennis L, Owner at Sunset Kidd Sailing Cruises & Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded July 26, 2018

Robert, I'm sorry that the trip didn't meet your perceived goals. Yet let me take a moment to explain for all folks reading, what we really offer. Whale Watch season is February thru May. So because this is 1/4 of the whole year.. We are...More

Reviewed July 18, 2018 via mobile

Dear Dennis, Further to our cancelled trip (Reservation,15477) you have ignored all forms of contact in order to resolve our cancellation. Your customer service is extremely poor and you have effectively taken our money and not had the good manners to respond to all forms...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed July 12, 2018 via mobile

We sailed this morning. It was a peaceful journey, not too eventful. We did catch up with a pod of dolphins, which was lots of fun. The crew was super friendly. One thing a bit annoying...$10 for a bloody mary in a super small plastic...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed June 26, 2018

This was our first time sailing and we highly recommend this cruise company. The staff were friendly and knowledgeable. The sailing cruise was excellent. The ride can be choppy and a bit cold at times so bring a jacket. The staff do also have blankets...More

Date of experience: November 2017
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Araceli G
May 19, 2018|
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Response from Captain Dennis L | Property representative |
Pets is a rather general statement.... Normal domestic pets... YES! As we like to say... "Sunset Kidd is Pet friendly on the condition that the pet is PEOPLE friendly.... Any pet discovered to NOT be PEOPLE friendly... More
February 9, 2018|
Response from Captain Dennis L | Property representative |
We offer children rates on our morning cruise (10 and under are $25. 2 and under are free). Otherwise all fares are $40. per person.
Jennifer N
August 18, 2015|
Response from Captain Dennis L |
Thank you for asking this question: While our boat always feels like you are on a private cruise... Our public cruise can have as many as 15 passengers enjoying the sunset (rate $40 per person). The private cruise will... More