Featured on Discovery Channel and in National Geographic, boat tours offer the chance to spot whales and also seals and dolphins
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- The trip to the whales takes from 45 to over an hour, then the boat anchors on the feeding ground for about an hour and a half.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Oct 15, 2019. Amount paid never expires. Online reservation required. Not valid on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, July 1 - Labor Day. Subject to weather. Restricted number of vouchers are accepted for 1:30 p.m. afternoon trips from 6/1-10/1. Reservation must be made for infants and children. Valid for adults only, cannot be used for a child's ticket. This voucher is not a ticket and does not reserve a spot on the boat. You must book an online reservation at https://www.7seaswhalewatch.com/groupon/. Please check-in at the ticket office no later than 30 minutes prior to departure. The boat leaves promptly at departure time. Late arrivals are not entitled to a refund. Please allow extra time for traffic and parking as Gloucester is a visitor destination and there may be traffic coming onto the island. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift(s). Valid only for option purchased. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About 7 Seas Whale Watch
As many as 15 species of whales populate the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. The mission of 7 Seas Whale Watch is to bring passengers within eyeshot of these enormous sea creatures as they thrash about, breaking the water's surface with their enormous heft and diving gracefully back below.
Seven of the species that populate the area are defined as great whales, which means they reach 30-feet at full growth. So while the tours spend 90 minutes in the whales' feeding area, customers might spot humpback whales, finback whales, minke whales, and even Atlantic white-sided dolphins. As the whales appear, grandiose and graceful, an on-staff naturalist describes the different species and their behaviors. Though whale sightings are never guaranteed—the whales are wild and act entirely on their own whims, much like tenured philosophy professors—7 Seas boasts a 99% success rate for spotting whales, and they offer free rain checks if whales don't appear.
Customers scan the seas from the sun decks or heated cabins of The Privateer IV, a Coast Guard–certified boat with modern accommodations. The boat was built to accommodate 300 passengers, though 7 Seas' trips top out at 149 passengers to ensure space, comfort, and a good view.