We booked the 3-hour whale/dolphin cruise for the afternoon of August 9th. The reservations were easy to make by phone and they requested that we arrive by 12:30 pm for a 1:00 pm departure. The marina is under a bridge on NJ Route 109 and was a bit difficult to find. Free car parking is available at the marina but you must park behind a long line of cars of the other passengers on the cruise.
The folks at the ticket booth and all of the boat's crew members were pleasant and helpful. The boat was clean with both inside and outside seating available. Our cruise was about half-filled so there were plenty of seats available. The boat has a snack bar for water, soda, chips, sunglasses, suntan lotion, etc. The cruise left promptly at 1:00 pm and arrived back at the marina about 4:05 pm.
The cruise started near the Cape May shore where we saw several groups of playful dolphins in the water. The boat then proceeded for a 45 min. trip to 7 miles off-shore into the Atlantic Ocean. This part of the trip was relaxing, but a bit boring. The boat then spent about 30 min. searching for the whales but none were to be found, so we spent another 45 min. back to the marina.
One of the crew members said that most of the whales spend their summer at Stellwagen bank off the coast on New England, so whale sightings are somewhat rare off of Cape May during the summer months. [ We believe this is true because we took a similar whale watch cruise out of Boston in July 1990 and saw many whales off the New England coast]. The whales start to migrate south in September-October which is a much better time for whale watching off of Cape May.
We were disappointed that we did not see any whales, but we still had a nice afternoon on the water.
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