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Thundercat Dolphin Watch

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Wildwood Crest, NJ, USA
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Kelly wrote a review Sep 2020
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Great trip and very knowledgeable guides. This was our third time doing this ride. This was the last ride(I think) of the season and it was packed. The only thing I don't like is you can't bring your own food and they try to sell you some on the ride. We are ok with it though and can survive 90 minutes. They were able to sit my husband, I, and our 6 kids together in the back for a great view. You can see them no matter where you sit though and they are close. As for Covid regulations...now a days, you should call ahead of time and if you are fearful, stay home. This ride is worth it. My kids(ages 1 through 14) were interested and not bored the whole time.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Sarah D wrote a review Sep 2020
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The ride took us out along the Jersey shore and we loved the way the dolphins swam and jumped alongside and behind us in the waves created by the boat. The trip was worth the money to see the dolphins but we didn’t appreciate being packed in so tightly during times of Covid or the fact that the boat left 10 minutes late (which was not made up at the end). The boat was rammed full of people and masks were not a requirement, even for the crew. They ran out of seating rows for each family so the parents of the last family were told to squish in the back row (which was supposed to be for the kids and offered the best view). Our two eldest kids, who had been sitting there with the other children, felt uncomfortable in such close proximity with the unmasked adults and came to squeeze on the row with us and our youngest child instead, sacrificing the excellent view they would have had. It didn’t really matter in the end as we could all stand up and see the dolphins but it felt like they were putting profit ahead of safety by allowing so many families on the boat. We were not allowed to bring our own food and drinks on board and then they pushed the sale of snacks and drinks from the boat. They were also very explicit about the expectation of receiving tips and had a tip jar that made dolphin noises when you opened it. The crew were knowledgeable and told us some of the history of Wildwood and some other facts about what we could see in the distance along the shore. We were a little disappointed we didn’t cruise round the Cape May beaches (as we were expecting based on the website narrative) but we DID see four playful dolphins so mission accomplished. I was also pleased that sea sickness was not an issue on this trip. I would recommend the trip if seeing dolphins is your main priority.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Denise M wrote a review Sep 2020
Clark, New Jersey6 contributions5 helpful votes
I have done this once before and this time I invited some friends. They LOVED IT!!! Great boat ride, dolphins galore and they jump like paid performers!!! I highly recommend this, it is a treat!!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from thundercatdolphin, Owner at Thundercat Dolphin Watch
Responded Sep 14, 2020
Thank you 🐬! We appreciate your loyalty Denise.
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Kimura-sensei wrote a review Sep 2020
NYC29 contributions19 helpful votes
Absolutely top notch. The very last row is for kids but not for toddlers. 2nd to last row is for the early birds who arrive 1 hour before departure. You want the row closest to the end of the boat as possible, the dolphins will leap out of the water 10-15 feet away. Worth every penny. If you have concerns, no, you won't get wet at all on this boat even though we brought jackets and 2nd pair of clothes just in case. The boat does rock a bit when it stops but not enough to get sea sick. Although the ride is 90 mins, the boat is quick enough that you'll start seeing dolphins within 20 mins from departure unlike the Cape May Whale Watcher that took us 1hr and 20 mins to start seeing dolphins that are 50-75 feet away but we also saw humpback whales by 2hrs 15 mins and more than 100 feet away. No, you won't see whales on this ride but that's not it's purpose. My kids had a great time seeing the dolphins so up close but they were bored as hell on the whale watch trip. We will be going back to this boat again next year!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from thundercatdolphin, Owner at Thundercat Dolphin Watch
Responded Sep 10, 2020
Thank you Kimura we are glad that you had a great time on our Thunder Cat Dolphin watch. Hope to see you again next season🐬
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beth r wrote a review Sep 2020
New Jersey3 contributions
Repeat customers,always a great time! Captain John is always informative - we learned alot about Dolphins and the history of Cape May. I normally would give it five stars but not everyone was wearing masks, that was uncomfortable for my family - being in such close proximity to people who weren’t wearing mask.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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