We did a whale watch on the Friendship V boat, which is smaller than the AlantiCat. I've done several whale watches in my lifetime and this one was just average. The staff was very knowledgeable and we ended up seeing seals, porpoises, 2 fin whales, and a humpback whale. A couple of issues to note. It takes a very long time to get out to the whale grounds. And it is a very long trip in general. It took about and hour and a half to get out, two and a half hours looking at and for whales, and about an hour to get back (the current helped us on the way back). There were large rolling waves out in the ocean and on a small boat where you can't see land,well that only means trouble. I am not lying when I say that at least half the boat was extremely sea sick after being on the boat for 3 hours. I listened to a woman vomit and cry so loudly for the first half hour that I was shocked not one staff member offered to help her. I've been on whale watches where they start to pass out saltines and ginger ale early on in rough seas and keep an eye on everyone that is sick. This was not the case here. Everyone on the boat was either sick or was with someone that was sick. In my case it was my 9 year old daughter that felt sick and she's never been sea sick her entire life. After 2 hours of looking at a few whales, everyone was ready to go back. As far as we were concerned, it was a pretty successful trip, but the captain and marine biologist were oblivious to the misery of the customers and kept slowly looking for whales. Everyone was asking when we were leaving and the boat crew kept saying "it should be any minute now." I overheard two of the bartenders saying, "when are we going back, this is ridiculous." Once we finally headed back, everyone was a lot happier. If you are planning to go on a whale watch, I would definitely recommend going on their larger boat (less sea sickness) if you can and plan on a long, cold trip. I wouldn't do this whale watch again. We've been on several whale watches out of Cape Cod that are far superior to this. It takes a short amount of time to get to the whales, you always see several whales, the ships are larger, the water is more protected (less big rollers), and you always see land. All good things to prevent sea sickness. It is far more enjoyable to look at whales when they are easy to find and people aren't wretching over the rails next to you. Some of our other family members did a lobstering tour and said it was fantastic. We'll do that next time instead of the whale watch.
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