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icon4 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

Go whale watching from San Diego aboard a replica of a historic sailing schooner that won the world’s first America’s Cup sailing competition in 1851. Throughout your cruise, your expert guide shares informative commentary about gray whales, dolphins, and other marine animals, along with details about the US Navy sites you pass as you head out on the Pacific Ocean.
  • Cruise on the sailing ship America from San Diego
  • Spot migrating whales and dolphins frolicking in the Pacific Ocean
  • Choose the only whale-watching cruise by sailing yacht in San Diego
  • Includes whale sighting and 'no seasickness' guarantee
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4.5-hr sailing cruise
Sodas and snacks
Whale sighting guarantee
No seasickness' guarantee
9 AM trip: Check in between 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
11 AM trip: Check-in starts at 10:00 AM and ends at 10:30 AM
1:15 PM trip: Check in between 12:30 - 12:45
Free Parking. Check-in located next to parking lot.
Bring layers, blankets, and jackets. It can be cold on the water!
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop off
2050 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92106, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Travel back in time when sailing on the America, a replica of the sailing ship that won the first America's Cup sailing competition in 1851. Your classic sailing vessel provides a smooth ride and spacious decks, perfect for sailing on the Pacific Ocean in search of gray whales and other marine life. Since your boat principally moves under wind power without using the engine, your captain can get closer to the marine animals without scaring them. The boat's deep keel provides excellent stability and large decks offer unobstructed views, making the America a prime vessel for whale-watching.

Snacks and drinks (non-alcoholic) are offered during the cruise. You are welcome to bring along a picnic lunch or your favorite bottle of wine to enjoy onboard.

Whale sightings are guaranteed on your cruise. If no whales are sighted, you can return for a complimentary whale watching cruise on another day in the same season. The America also provides a 'No Seasickness' guarantee.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Old Point Loma Lighthouse
We sail past North Island Naval Air Station, US Navy Base Point Loma, Cabrillo National Monument, Point Loma Lighthouse
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 77 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Next Level Sailing

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during San Diego Whale Watching Cruise?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by San Diego Whale Watching Cruise.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during San Diego Whale Watching Cruise?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by San Diego Whale Watching Cruise.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during San Diego Whale Watching Cruise?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by San Diego Whale Watching Cruise.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during San Diego Whale Watching Cruise?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by San Diego Whale Watching Cruise.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during San Diego Whale Watching Cruise?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 77 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by San Diego Whale Watching Cruise.

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  • "I would recommend that you bring your own beverages and snacks." See review

Reviews

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Whale watching
Kathy_H
, Apr 2021
Crew were wonderful and educational! Enjoyed the experience more than I can write! Saw humpback and grey!
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I would gladly go on this tour again
regina_b
, Apr 2021
The Wales. Also dolphins. The crew was excellent very attentive. All safety guidelines were followed
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Amazing ’America’ Cruise
Tina_J
, Apr 2021
Treated my grandchildren on an amazing whale watching day trip out of San Diego, Easter Sunday. It was an exciting day seeing both a school of dolphin and a flock of pelican diving into and feasting on a boil of fish! Quite a sight!!! We were also treated by being fortunate see a migrating grey whale, surface, blow a spout of air and water and dive at least 5-6 times, on its migration from Mexico back to Alaska. It was awesome and my grandchildren were amazed and awed! Thank you Captain Troy and the entire staff is the sailing ship America!!! Thank you for the adventure!
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Will do it again...
David_C
, Apr 2021
The crew was amazing! They were attentive and helpful. The experience is well worth it! We saw five whales and a pod of at least fifty dolphins!!!
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Friendly personal and great whale watching
Lola_J
, Apr 2021
We had a great time. It was uncrowded, the boat owners are incredibly passionate about whales and explained about them to the kids and adults. They let us bring our little dog on board. We were out for a full four hours and saw a good number of Wales and lots of dolphins. It can be chilly so be sure you bring warm layers. So much nicer than the big crowded boats. The only people I wouldn’t recommend it to is disabled people, as you’re sitting on top of the cabins, with no backrests. I was quite comfortable and spent a lot of time standing at the rails.
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Fantastic day out at sea with the family!
Conster
, Apr 2021
We really enjoyed this whale watching experience! The crew was great and definitely made us all feel very covid safe, as this was our first family trip since the pandemic. Fathom (spelling?) was really great at explaining everything, and Becky (one of the crew members) was so sweet helping our little one (3 years old) up and down the stairs. The crew wiped down surface areas in between each party that went up and down stairs and to the bathroom. The snacks aboard (water, soda and chips) were a great distraction for the kiddos (3 and 6), thank you!! We were grateful to see so many dolphins and whales this trip! The last time my husband and I were on a boat was for our honeymoon and we don’t remember the experience being like this one! The only recommendation I’d make for future travelers is to bring lots of layers and/or a big blanket!! The crew was great about supplying some of you needed. Because of covid I was a bit nervous to borrow one from them and it was so cold! If the crew had new ones on board for purchase I would have definitely bought and supported them (just an idea since I saw them selling T-shirt’s!). Overall, it was such a fun trip out at sea and now by boys are so excited to tell their friends all about how they’ve been on a boat. Thank you for the wonderful experience! Highly recommend!
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A must do on your itinerary!
Kassie_H
, Apr 2021
This was an awesome experience. They are such good hosts. The tour guides and captain are knowledgeable and friendly.
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Perfect day in san diego
Bret_V
, Apr 2021
Saw migratory grey whales 🐳 but even if we hadn’t seen a whale, the staff and the boat itself are worth the trip!!!
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AMAZING!
Heather_R
, Mar 2021
This was an amazing experience for our family. The crew was knowledgeable, friendly and the boat was very clean. The Captain even slightly extended our trip for us to witness the magic of seeing 3 whales. We HIGHLY recommend this trip. It was great for our souls after this last year of the pandemic. Wear SUNSCREEN!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Thank you so much for sharing your experience. We are so pleased you had a great time and felt safe. Thanks again for your review, we really appreciate it!
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A day on the water.
Leonard_L
, Mar 2021
This was the best event ever in San Diego. Being under sail on a 141 foot boat was amazing. Captain and crew went way beyond to make this a great experience.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Thank you so much for sharing your experience! We are so glad you had a fantastic time.
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Product code: 5170WHALE

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