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Address: 1492 N Harbor Dr, Site of San Diego Maritime Museum, San Diego, CA 92101-3309
Phone Number: +1 800-644-3454
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 11:00 pm

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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Beautiful Sail from Provincetown, MA

We were so happy to enjoy a beautiful sail from Provincetown, MA. The Captain and Crew were terrific and the boat is really beautiful. It was really nice to learn about the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Harwich, Massachusetts

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I am always happy to be out on the water sailing - and the yacht and the day were beautiful. Yet what a wasted opportunity, especially for $85. - The Captain was barely hospitable, and that attitude trickled down through crew. He did not even bother to give a briefing about the yacht or the history of the America's Cup... More 

Thank jmexplore
Harwich, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We were so happy to enjoy a beautiful sail from Provincetown, MA. The Captain and Crew were terrific and the boat is really beautiful. It was really nice to learn about the history of the America and also America's Cup. The sail & scenery along Truro and Wellfleet was especially picturesque. We appreciate that America and the crew are taking... More 

Thank martispirit14
Centerville, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

If you are into The America's Cup or schooners then the yacht speaks for itself. Having the opportunity to sail on her during her brief east coast itinerary was worth shelling out the $90.00 to me. What was so disappointing was the lack of hospitality by everyone on board. We were not welcomed aboard. Complimentary water and snacks and cash... More 

Thank Lisa G
Rowayton, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Through our yacht club we were able to book a sunset tour on the America. The captain provided the history of the ship and then some. The crew on board was informed and answered many questions. We unfortunately didn't have much wind on the way back and had to motor in, but we were kept entertained by stories. A fun... More 

Thank row8on
San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2016

They had a promotion listed on the homepage of their website (get a free children's ticket with the purchase of an adult ticket for whale watching), and when I called to purchase tickets I was told they would not honor the promotion. I expressed my disappointment that they would not honor a promotion clearly highlighted on the homepage of their... More 

1 Thank travelfam2016
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2016 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.

2 Thank William A
San Francisco, California
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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 

1 Thank RovingJohnUSA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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 

2 Thank Niraj D
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 

1 Thank Kenneth G

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