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San Diego Winter Whale Watching Expedition Cruise

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See magnificent California gray whales on their annual journey from the Arctic to California's Baja Coast on a whale watching cruise from San Diego. If you don't see a whale on the cruise, you'll get a 'Whale check' to try again another time!
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You'll start at
Hornblower Cruises & Events (Whale Watching & Harbor Tours)
970 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101, USADeparture Point: Pier 2--970 N. Harbor Drive. Directions: • Driving South on I-5: Exit Front Street/Civic Center, go three blocks, right on Ash Street. Follow Ash to the water, left on Harbor Drive. Ticket booth will be on the right near the Broadway intersection • Driving North on I-5: Exit Hawthorne Street/Airport. Turn left and continue to the water. Left on Harbor Drive. Ticket booth will be on the right near the Broadway intersection
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    Hornblower Cruises & Events (Whale Watching & Harbor Tours)
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You'll return to the starting point
Highlights
  • Maximize your chances of spotting whales on a cruise from San Diego 
  • Learn about whale migration from academics at San Diego University 
  • Stay dry with a choice of indoor and outdoor seating 
  • Take the tour again for free if there are no whale sightings 
What to Expect
Choose between a morning or afternoon whale-watching tour from San Diego. Then, find your way to Navy Pier, where you’ll cruise out into the Pacific Ocean on a boat with both indoor or outdoor seating. Spend a few hours searching for the gray whales that migrate each December through April from the Arctic to warm Mexican breeding grounds. You’ll learn about these whales and their migration from a crew that includes academics from the San Diego Natural History Museum, along with video commentary. During your cruise along the California Coast, you will likely be treated to other marine species, including seals, seabirds, sea lions, and dolphins. Treat yourself to a drink from the full bar or a snack at the on-board café before you disembark back at Navy Pier.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Hornblower Cruises & Events (Whale Watching & Harbor Tours), 970 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
Duration
3h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • 3.5-hour whale watching cruise
  • Comfortable outdoor and indoor seating
  • Informative narration on whales and migration
  • Entertaining video documentary
  • Port and Service Fees
  • Local taxes
  • All gratuities
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks (available to purchase onboard)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • There are Personal Floatation Devices on board for all guests, as per Coast Guard requirements. You do not need to wear life vest or the provided PFD's during the course of this cruise. However, if you would prefer to have children wear the PFD's during the course of the cruise, please advise so at the time of booking in the Special Requirements box.
  • Cruises are wheelchair accessible depending on which pier they depart from. Please let us know if you require a wheelchair accessible cruise so that we can confirm that your requested cruise date has wheelchair accessible departures.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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I booked this cruise because I was celebrating my birthday and I came from TX to San Diego. There are 2 addresses located on the sight and I confirmed with one of the individuals that picked up the phone to confirm the address that I thought that I was suppose to catch the
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We took the 3-1/2 hour Winter Whale & Dolphin cruise departing from Pier 2 right next to the USS Midway. We took advantage of the "Splash Sale" and paid $30 ea for our tickets. The ship was three levels, with the top level being outside. We cruised out the other end of the
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We had such a lovely time on this cruise! And we got super lucky! Got to see many big grey whales and so many dolphins that were playing with our boat and us. Great time and fun captain! Highly recommend ! 😍
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Captain Rick found lots of whales and dolphins for us! Dress in layers and take your Dramamine. So fun!
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We went on the 9:30 am dolphins and whale cruise. We used our city pass. We saw 8 different whales and lots of dolphins. All staff friendly and knowledgeable. Good selection of snacks and drinks.
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Response from HornblowerSupport, Manager at San Diego Winter Whale Watching Expedition Cruise
Responded 4 weeks ago
We're glad you had a whale of a time, Amy! See you back soon.
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ShirleyBaker55930
Grapevine, Texas
6513
Amazing experience
Truly enjoyed the 2 hour cruise around San Diego Bay. One hour was the north half of the bay and the narration was
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brodge
Kansas City, Missouri
558
1-hour South Harbor Cruise
We had done this cruise before so returned with friends. The boat personnel are very friendly and safety
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Brina713
Houston, Texas
237
Not Happy
I booked this cruise because I was celebrating my birthday and I came from TX to San Diego. There are 2 addresses
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jamb28
Leroy, Ohio
6249
Great Experience!
We took the 3-1/2 hour Winter Whale & Dolphin cruise departing from Pier 2 right next to the USS Midway. We took
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gardenbear
Houston, Texas
10464
Exceeded My Expectations!
The part that exceeded my expectations was the food. Plentiful and delicious! All the food was top quality and
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Beach_Addicts
Grand Cayman
247129
Christmas Day-Brunch Cruise was wonderful!
From the ease of purchasing tickets online...the Hornblower Christmas day cruise was well planned and very
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Michelle B
Mayville, North Dakota
73
Very good!
We learned a lot about the San Diego Harbor and saw things that we wouldn’t have seen any other way. Cade was our
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Amanda M
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Whale Watching Cruise
It was a gorgeous morning. Getting on board was a breeze. We parked at the midway parking which is neighbors with
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Safari720541
London, United Kingdom
324
A beautiful day on the water
I took the two hour tour of the San Diego bay and I loved it. I went during the week so it wasn't crowded. They
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kseniyaknyc
New York City, New York
122
Amazing whale and dolphin watching
We had such a lovely time on this cruise! And we got super lucky! Got to see many big grey whales and so many
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