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“Very disappointed - Waste of time and money!”

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 July 6, 2013

We reserved tickets for whale watching for July 5th, 2013. Although the reservation was quite painless on the phone, everything else pretty much disappointed us. First, we were told that boarding will begin at 1pm. It was approximately 94 deg F (heat index of 100) on the 5th and we all waited in lines from 1245-120pm. At 1pm, their boat was just entering the harbor and most of the passengers looked miserable and disappointed. One of the ladies disembarking even said aloud "Oh, I don't want to be one of these passengers on the next trip." Of course, we were just anxious to get out of the unbearable heat. Nobody from Cape Ann even bothered to let us know as to what was going on. They waited until 1:20pm to board passengers and all of us quickly got on to find some seats. The boat left the harbor at 1:30pm and because of our previous whale watching experiences with other companies, we figured we would be in the feeding grounds/sanctuary for about 3pm. At around 3:30pm, we slowed down in what we believe was a feeding area (nobody notified us of anything). We made a few circles and then went on a search until 5pm. At around 5pm, we were told that there is a whale in the area. We were certainly very disappointed as they kept us out on the water longer so that they could fulfill their "guaranteed sighting or free trip" policy. It was a very disorganized experience and actually, we did not even see the whale fully. We just saw the blowhole steam and that was it. We then turned around to come back to Gloucester harbor and returned at 730pm. After 6 hours, we were happy to be back on land but pretty disappointed that they did not offer a free trip because we were not satisfied as that one whale was not considered an actual whale watch. The Guide advised that we come back because this year the whales have become scarce - not sure how that is possible since just last month, there are postings that many whales were seen. I don't think we will be returning to Cape Ann Whale Watch. Only positive:
- A good education program where they bring models and explain different aspects of whales, their feeding grounds and interactions/associations.

We don't even have a picture to prove to friends that we went on a whale watching trip - there were no photographic moments!

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Reviewed June 30, 2013

We were originally scheduled for a different whale watch company, but came upon the groupon offer and were glad that this led us to switch. During the cruise we talked to another passenger who had been on 75 whale watch cruises and recommends this company, saying they have the best education program and I could see his point after the interaction of the educators and the helpful narration throughout the cruise. The cruise out to Stellwagen Bank did not take long at all, with lots of beautiful sites of Gloucester's harbor on the way out(and back). Once we made it out to Stellwagen it did not take long for us to see a Minke whale up close, followed by a beautiful Humpback who we were able to stay with for about 20 minutes. We were then able to see another Humpback which we followed for another 15 minutes. It was a great experience to see these powerful animals up close and we will be back to visit as soon as we can.

2  Thank danjhawk
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Reviewed June 26, 2013

This is my second year in a row taking the Hurricane II to watch whales out of Gloucester. These guys know how to do it right!

We brought friends from the Midwest (Packer Fans!) to get out in the water, see some whales and have fun. We nailed it on all fronts. We saw several whales; a couple humpbacks, a minke and one fin whale.

The educational interns did a great job of sharing knowledge with the 4 teenagers (as well as us adults). The rest of the staff was also very friendly, helping make the trip special for our guests.

The boat was clean and comfortable. It's great that they allow coolers with snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. The parking was convenient and we were able to get out pretty quickly after the tour.

While we saw more dramatic activity from the whales last year, this one was pretty fantastic also. Cape Ann Whale Watch my just become an annual event for us.

2  Thank MarkG62
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Reviewed June 25, 2013

We took the 13:30 ride on 23rd June 13 with my family.
We enjoyed very much and number of times saw hump back and its tail.
The guides were quite knowledgable and energetic.
I definitely reccomend this trip.

1  Thank Arup D
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Reviewed June 23, 2013

You will see whales & get great pictures! The boat is clean, modern, & comfortable. The staff goes the extra mile to educate you about the whales, answer questions, stop & talk with all passengers. Although all cruises go to the same area, I highly recommend them over the others. They do a great job!

2  Thank Katiebella41
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