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“Godd whale watch”
Review of Captain John Boats

Captain John Boats
Ranked #1 of 26 Tours in Plymouth
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed July 23, 2013

Very informative. Stayed around whales to get most out of trip. Naturalists very informative. Very cognizant of handicapped persons.

Thank mg100
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

We went on the whale watch cruise last week when visiting Plymouth, Mass. The boat was nice, offering both open air and enclosed seating. The naturalist on board the cruise was knowledgeable and provided interesting information during the cruise. We saw at least 10 different whales on our cruise and had the opportunity to get fantastic photos! We preferred to sit on top so we could easily change sides depending on where the whales were. We had a wonderful time and the cruise was the highlight of our trip!

Thank Patricia H
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

We bought 4 tickets with Groupon that saved 40% the regular price and included two $5 vouchers that were redeemable for food on the ship.

Parking is around $5 in the nearby municipal lot and there's a little shack in front of the boat to either buy tickets or redeem your Groupon.

The boat was well maintained and clean. The commentary from the naturalist was loud and therefore easy to hear whether you're outside on the deck or inside the boat. The trip out to the whales took about an hour and 20 minutes. Once arriving at the site, we saw that there were several other boats from other companies out on the water.

There was one whale during this trip and we were quite a distance away each time it surfaced. We spent around an hour tracking the whale and saw it surface around a dozen times. The whales only jump belly up out of the water (like in the brochure) about 5% of the time so we weren't lucky enough to see that. We saw its back and its fins during this trip.

The naturalist came around during the return trip to answer any questions that people may have had.

The whole trip was around 4 hours like advertised and was a pleasant experience out on the sea.

Thank aphroditehalo
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

Well actually we 'did it' ten days ago with the Dolphin Fleet from Provincetown but you get the point. P-town or Plymouth? Dolphin Fleet or Capt. John? Impossible to say, they are both excellent to the point of being faultless. Our Dolphin Fleet experience had the advantage of being a first and, as the song says, 'it's never as good as the first time'. They also had the advantage of our trip taking place in great weather whereas today's Captain John trip took place in mist and fog although the fog actually introduced a slightly eerie quality which somehow made the whale sightings even more spectacular. We saw one Minke, one Finback (many times), one Humpback (several times) and a single lonely looking seal. Our guide, Carol 'Krill' Carson, was particularly entertaining, knowledgeable and informative and the whole experience cannot be recommended highly enough. P-town or Plymouth? Nothing to choose between them other than where you're journeying from. You will end up in Stellwagen Bank from either and it takes longer on the boat to get there from Plymouth. On the other hand Provincetown is a long drive from the southern end of Cape Cod. Your choice but in our experience you can't go wrong.

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Reviewed July 7, 2013

We arrived at the wharf around 8:30 am in the rain. The man at the entrance directed us to park about a block away. Luckily, my wife did bring her umbrella so we did not get soaked. We had to wait for them to finish fueling the boat before we could board.
When we boarded we chose seats on the lower enclosed deck for our trip out. On the trip out they would tell you what you would see as you were leaving the harbor and what we may see when we arrive at Stellwagen Bank.
After 30 minutes the rain stopped. At the first sighting everyone scrambled out on deck. For the next hour or so we saw Minke and Finback Whales. For 30 minutes or so we were following a Finback named Scrod. He would come up and take several breaths and dive down for 5 minutes. Then he would come back up for several more breaths. When he went on his way the told us he had been averaging 7 knots speed.
Stellwagen bank is where all of the whale watches go in the area. We were in the area of another boat for awhile.
The Naturalist on board was with New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance. I thought that she did a great job of explaining what what we were seeing and why. As we were heading back to Plymouth she and others came around and answered any questions we had.
Everyone in our group had a great time and we would go again.

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