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“This trip blew away or expectations”

Cape Ann Whale Watch
Ranked #2 of 30 Tours in Gloucester
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Cape Ann Whale Watch in Gloucester, Massachusetts provides guaranteed whale sightings for every whale watching tour out to Stellwagen Bank, a national marine preserve about 12 miles off the coast of Gloucester deemed one of the "Top 5 Whale Watching Destinations in the World" by the World Wildlife Fund due to the wide variety of whale species whom migrate to the coast of Gloucester, Massachusetts every year to feed on the abundant natural resources. We provide the best whale watching in New England as it's an awe-inspiring experience which every human being should have the opportunity to appreciate. We make it a very special event. For over 35 years, Cape Ann Whale Watch has been dazzling whale watching enthusiasts with sightseeing tours aboard the largest, fastest and most elegant whale watching vessel in Massachusetts, north of Boston, Massachusetts aptly named "The Hurricane II" due to its immense size and speed as it descends upon its destination. Cape Ann Whale Watch's patrons have the opportunity to spend a lot more time with the whales than with other whale watching companies in Gloucester MA since "The Hurricane II" gets to the whales' feeding grounds with much more expediency as well as traveling home faster, therefore more time is actually spent observing whales including but not limited to Humpback Whales, Minke Whales, Northern Right Whales, Pilot Whales, Northern Right Whales, Sperm Whales, Sei Whales, Blue Whales (The Largest Whales in the Seven Seas yet seldom seen around Gloucester MA), Fin Whales, Atlantic White Sided Dolphins, Harbor Porpoises and whole host of other fascinating marine creatures as we deliver the best whale watching excursion in Massachusetts. "The Hurricane II" boasts 115 ft length with over 400 ft of whale watching room from the railings of the upper and lower observation decks for optimum whale watching conditions. There is a heated, furnished indoor cabin with a full service galley serving hot meals, snacks and cold beverages as well as a fully stocked bar with local brews, popular beer, wine and mixed drinks. Cape Ann Whale Watch is truly the finest whale watching tour in the Boston MA area offering the highest level of quality, comfort and service at the cheapest, most affordable price suitable for any family entertainment budget whether on vacation or a day trip. We offer AAA discounts on the adult tickets. We also offer reduced rates for seniors, children and military families. We go where the whales go. Our vessels communicate with each other as to the location of whales so we will go anywhere to see them on the North Shore or South Shore of Massachusetts including off the coast of Boston, Massachusetts: Salem MA, Newburyport, Cape Cod, Hampton NH, Rowley, Rockport MA, Danvers, Peabody, Swampscott, Revere, Winthrop or wherever else the whales may roam.
Reviewed November 1, 2012 via mobile

We started our trip expecting to see a few whales, take a few pictures, and freeze our butts off. All of these ended up coming true, however, we saw a LOT of whales, took a ton of pictures, and had such a great time we forgot we were freezing. We were on the final whale watch of the year, only a day or two before Hurricane Sandy hit the area. The Hurricane seemed to suck all the energy out of the air, which caused for an amazingly flat waters. The waters were so flat we were actually able to sport a blue shark at the surface and spend a few minutes observing it. After seeing that shark we saw a few whales on the horizon. We rushed to their location and after observing them for a while, the excitement of the crew started to hit the passengers, there were many whales in the area, we saw many humpbacks, a few Fin whales, and a hand full of minke whales. I was amazed how close the whales were to our boat, and how incredibly elegantly these giant animals can maneuver the seas. Thanks Cape Ann.

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Reviewed October 21, 2012

My husband, dog, and I, all went on the whale watch on Thursday 10/18/12. We had a phenominal time, the staff (especially Steve and Bob) were all so accommodating! I happen to be in a wheelchair and they got me on the boat with no probems what so ever. We saw 3 different types of whales: Humpbacks, Fin Whales and the nearly extinct North Atlantic Right Whale. Each type of whale and their behaviors were explained - very educational. I loved the whole experience and will be back many times!!

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Reviewed September 25, 2012

We decided to try our chance at whale watching during our short trip to Boston. The Cape Ann Whale Watch was the best choice due to price and purpose of the trip. The boat was very comfortable, with indoor and outdoor seating. The ride was so smooth and the crew were extremely friendly and knowledgeable. Once the first spray of a whale appeared on the horizon, the ship slowed an continued to keep the whale on the correct side of the ship so our pictures would not be blocked by the sunlight. After watching 4 different whales we bought some good food from their large selection (everything was very reasonable) and enjoyed our ride home.

Thank Ammojedi
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Reviewed September 17, 2012

WE saw about a dozen humpback whales. It was really a fun adventure. Our captain was very aggressive chasing these enormous creatures...loved that!

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Reviewed September 14, 2012

My husband and I did a whale watch for our 50th birthdays. It was an amazingly breathtaking experience. It was a beautiful day and we saw humpback whales. Tornado and her calf. It was as if they put a show on just for us!! Our only regret was that we didn't have more time to spend in the town. It is so quaint . We walked around and had lunch at the Topside Bar and after the watch had dinner at the Seagrill. Both awesome meals of lobster and very reasonably priced!! Great day!!

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