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“My 1st and last whale watching trip.”

New England Aquarium Whale Watch
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Boston's best whale watch! Experience whales as only the New England Aquarium can present them! Our experienced marine biologists tell you all about these majestic creatures and the other inhabitants of Stellwagen Bank onboard the only fast catamaran in Boston designed specifically for whale watching! Whale sightings are guaranteed on this family fun adventure!
Ridgewood, New Jersey
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“My 1st and last whale watching trip.”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2012

This was my first whale watching trip so I can't compare my experience to the 'norm'. The seas were rough (not the charter's fault) so the the trip was interesting. Even though the staff on the charter reiterated how important it was to take dramamine, nobody did. The entire trip was spent around vomiting passengers. It was horrific. My family and I did not get sick b/c, well, we know how to follow directions. Because everyone was getting sick, they decided to keep the doors open. Needless to say, it was FREEZING. it smelt like vomit. We saw one whale tail (incredible) but it was not worth the $ or the trip. Spend the extra and take a private tour.

Visited October 2012
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St. Augustine, Florida
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“Amazing Whales”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

It's almost hard to believe that you can book a scheduled trip to spot whales within a short distance of shore and have a high probability of seeing these huge whales. On our August trip, we saw 3 different pods breaching and diving and it was amazing to see animals that large right next to your boat. It was a fairly affordable and extremely convenient means to see whales in the wild. I recommend for families, Boston travelers and wildlife sightseers.

Visited August 2012
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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Whale Watch”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2012

I heard the Whale Watch is best in August. Avoid September. Before leaving the dock all were cautioned to buy Dramamine before we left the dock, we traveled out to sea for 1 hour and then returned to the dock without seeing any whales because all were too sick to continue. We were kindly given a rain check until JU of the next year. There is no guarantee of seeing a whale when sailing but your chances may be better picking the right month.

Visited September 2012
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newcastle on tyne
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Be warned bout this service”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2012

I'm sure this would be a good trip if we had managed to use it. We booked twice and commuted into boston twice through the rush hour owing to the unforgiving check in policy only to be told each time that the boat was cancelled owing to "six foot waves". The first time it was cancelled only ten minutes before "departure" although the boat had no crew or catering staff at all, the second time the boat wasn't even in the dock. Clearly the six foot wave excuse is their contractual cut off point so they have to say it but both times it was patently obvious that there weren't enough passengers to make a profit. Now it's fair enough to cancel for that reason if that's in the small print and there's some way of advising customers in advance but obliging the front of house staff to tell obvious untruths is not a good way to operate. Especially when the weather and sea conditions are to the contrary.After making the effort all you get is your money back, a free ticket to the aquarium would be reasonable compensation. It is wrong to advertise what purports to be a schedule when what you are reading is actually a list of options the company might undertake or might not. So if you're looking forward to a whale watch make sure it's in a run of good weather in peak tourist time otherwise save yourself the heartache.

Visited October 2012
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“Amazing!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2012

I think we were lucky, as the day we went there were at least 10 whales in the area, including a baby who kept breaching. It was amazing. The whales came really close to the boat, and the commentary from the naturalists was interesting and informative. The boat was comfortable and there was plenty of room despite there being lots of people on board. The staff were friendly and there was a good range of drinks and snacks.

Visited September 2012
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