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Cape Ann Whale Watch
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Whale Watching Tour in Gloucester
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Owner description: Cape Ann Whale Watch in Gloucester, Massachusetts provides guaranteed whale sightings for every whale watching tour out to Stellwagen Bank, a national marine preserve about 12 miles off the coast of Gloucester deemed one of the "Top 5 Whale Watching Destinations in the World" by the World Wildlife Fund due to the wide variety of whale species whom migrate to the coast of Gloucester, Massachusetts every year to feed on the abundant natural resources. We provide the best whale watching in New England as it's an awe-inspiring experience which every human being should have the opportunity to appreciate. We make it a very special event. For over 35 years, Cape Ann Whale Watch has been dazzling whale watching enthusiasts with sightseeing tours aboard the largest, fastest and most elegant whale watching vessel in Massachusetts, north of Boston, Massachusetts aptly named "The Hurricane II" due to its immense size and speed as it descends upon its destination. Cape Ann Whale Watch's patrons have the opportunity to spend a lot more time with the whales than with other whale watching companies in Gloucester MA since "The Hurricane II" gets to the whales' feeding grounds with much more expediency as well as traveling home faster, therefore more time is actually spent observing whales including but not limited to Humpback Whales, Minke Whales, Northern Right Whales, Pilot Whales, Northern Right Whales, Sperm Whales, Sei Whales, Blue Whales (The Largest Whales in the Seven Seas yet seldom seen around Gloucester MA), Fin Whales, Atlantic White Sided Dolphins, Harbor Porpoises and whole host of other fascinating marine creatures as we deliver the best whale watching excursion in Massachusetts. "The Hurricane II" boasts 115 ft length with over 400 ft of whale watching room from the railings of the upper and lower observation decks for optimum whale watching conditions. There is a heated, furnished indoor cabin with a full service galley serving hot meals, snacks and cold beverages as well as a fully stocked bar with local brews, popular beer, wine and mixed drinks. Cape Ann Whale Watch is truly the finest whale watching tour in the Boston MA area offering the highest level of quality, comfort and service at the cheapest, most affordable price suitable for any family entertainment budget whether on vacation or a day trip. We offer AAA discounts on the adult tickets. We also offer reduced rates for seniors, children and military families. We go where the whales go. Our vessels communicate with each other as to the location of whales so we will go anywhere to see them on the North Shore or South Shore of Massachusetts including off the coast of Boston, Massachusetts: Salem MA, Newburyport, Cape Cod, Hampton NH, Rowley, Rockport MA, Danvers, Peabody, Swampscott, Revere, Winthrop or wherever else the whales may roam.
Reviewed 25 November 2013 via mobile

Every summer when visitors come to stay we always do a whale watch trip. It's very educational and the trip out and back are beautiful! Sightings are guaranteed! Many times our boat is followed by schools of jumping dolphins!

Thank Lisaloves2travel-12
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Reviewed 25 November 2013

We were gone for 6 hours, much longer than described, because we had to go so far to try to see a whale. If I had known in advance I could potentially be gone for 6 hours I would have planned differently. When we asked the staff directly why we were still cruising after such a long period of time, we never got a straight answer.

3  Thank Laura M
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Reviewed 18 November 2013

The whale watching part of the trip is really cool – we went out for hours but we finally did spot a whale, and watched it surface several times. Some advice based on our trip:
1) All of the tours end up at the same place. When we were out, so were four other boat tours. Pick the one that best suits your needs as far as price and location – they all see the same whales.
2) Cape Ann has a great Groupon but be careful – if you are date locked call for a reservation before you buy the Groupon. The first time we called, they asked if we had a Groupon – when we said yes they said it was full. We tested them the next time – reservations yes but when we told them it was a Groupon they said we could only use the Groupon on the early morning trip on weekends. The third time she said we could only use t during the week. When I complained that this was our third attempt, she did let us use it on a weekend morning.
3) The whales are not pods, and it is a long trip for a few minutes of viewing. It was worth it for us; but if you have little kids you may want to reconsider.
4) On the other hand, Cape Ann had lots of reasonably priced snacks that kids love and could keep them busy the whole time.

Thank surfinginflorida
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Reviewed 8 November 2013

After reading all the reviews on tripadvisor.com for whale watching trips, we chose this one. We were also able to get two tickets on groupon.com for a total of only $58.00!!

We went on this trip September 3, 2013. Captain John said the day before they did not see any whales. My husband and I were so disappointed to hear that – this is always our kind of luck! After just past the two hour mark of being on the boat, we were told we might have to turn around since we were already out so long. Shortly after that announcement………………. we saw whales!!!!!

The whales didn’t jump out of the water like I was hoping to see, but they were visible from the top of the water. The boat kept going farther and farther out as we kept being able to see more! That’s what is nice about being on the fastest boat in the area: they can get you out faster so you can stay longer once you are watching the whales. The boat holds approximately 250 people but on our day there were only about 100. This made it very flexible in being able to move from one side of the boat to the other depending on which side the whales were on.

The heated inside cabin was also very nice for our 2 ½ hour ride back. It was cold and rainy outside and we were able to be inside, sitting on cushioned benches and being able to order hot chocolate or other hot items from their concession stand. We packed drinks, snacks and binoculars in a backpack – which you are able to bring on board.

One last tip. If you get a chance, watch the PBS.org documentary on the history of the whale trade in colonial America. It was a fascinating program which made seeing the whales all the more interesting!

2  Thank Kristin Z
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Reviewed 26 October 2013

We originally booked out trip for a Friday morning, and booked a hotel around the whale watch. Wednesday before the trip, I got a call that Friday's trip was canceled due to weather. This became a real problem, as we planned to check into the hotel Thursday night and check out on Saturday morning. BTW ... weather.com predicted good weather for Friday in Glouster! Problem became, hotel was booked for the weekend (Salem around Halloween) and we couldn't extend our stay (checked other local hotels and they were booked as well). Weathe on Friday turned out to be beautiful ... not a cloud in the sky! Perhaps there was another reason they canceled?!?!?!

Rescheduled for Saturday morning which was a giant pain with the long ride back home.

I have to say, the whale watch was wonderful. Laura on the boat did a wonderful job narrating the boat ride. She was very knowledgable. We saw whales, dolphins and seals. A nice boat trip.

But ... I suspect there was a business reason for canceling the trip (not enough bookings?). If you're planning on going on their cruise, beware! If you're travelling a long distance (we were), and pay in advance, you may get "stuck"! Overall, this made the trip a bit stressful and a lot more costly than planned.

Thank Donald B
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