What You'll Get
Cape Ann Whale Watch is offering a $45 whale watch for a mere $20—that's just pennies a pound. Located at 415 Main St. in Gloucester—only 40 minutes outside of Boston—CAWW has served more than 600,000 customers in its 31 years. Patrons describe a whale-watching experience with CAWW as spiritual. Most were overcome by the sublime nature of the whales; a small, paranoid minority prayed to God that the whales wouldn’t eat them (they won’t—unless you’re carrying Hot Pockets). Either way, it's spiritual.
CAWW is home to the Hurricane II, the largest and fastest whale-watch vessel north of Boston. Tour-goers often see humpback, minke, and finback whales, as well as dolphins. (Your tour narrator, a member of the Ocean Alliance, will point them out.) You’ll spend an hour getting to the whales, an hour whale-watching, and an hour heading back to shore. CAWW guarantees whale sightings or your next trip is free. Check out a few of the amazing whales seen on previous adventures.
Whales are an endangered species, so don't miss this opportunity to see them. A whale watch makes a great family outing—your kids may even prefer whales to Nintendo! Buy enough Groupons for an entire Boy or Girl Scout Troop to have the ultimate nature trip. You can even buy your kids a baby whale, but you’ll need to bring a plastic bag that holds 100,000 gallons of water to get it home. A whale watch also makes a great date: the whales' tranquil moans are a far smoother soundtrack to necking than even the best make-out music humans can come up with. Please do not ghost ride the whales during the tour; you may, however, feed them during the trip, so bring plenty of Hot Pockets.
Cape Ann Whale Watch has a four-star average on TripAdvisor, including these reviews:
- "In a word: Wonderful! We traveled with Cape Ann Whale Watch on August 18th, 2008. We saw 15 humpback whales, with lots of breaching, tail slapping, and close-to-the-boat views. It was absolutely breath-taking_[sic]_. The boat (Hurricane II) was roomy, comfortable, and clean. The sailing was smooth (despite choppy seas)." - remartn
- "...we sure got our money's worth! We saw several whales, including a whale named Trident and her calf, along with another adult humpback whale...even the crew was elated. The crew, by the way, gave great narration of the whales and indicated where they were seeing them around the boat from their lookout. There were four interns on board who walked around with different artifacts and whale information. My nine year old daughters had a great time." - missmybid
- "Cape Ann Whale Watch is by far the best! After going whale watching in New England for more than a decade, we have found them to be consistently the happiest, hardest-working, and most experienced group of people that we have known. We have tried others, but now go out exclusively with Cape Ann. They are topnotch!" - HumpbackWatcher
The Fine Print
Limit 15 per person Good for 2009 whale watching season Schedule subject to change due to weather Reservations suggested Seats filled on a first come/first served basis on the day of sailing If you do not see a whale your next trip free! Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Cape Ann Whale Watch
Since 1979, the whale-watching pioneers of Cape Ann Whale Watch have escorted more than half a million spectators fascinated by the sea's magnificent leviathans on three- to four-hour treks 15 miles off the Gloucester coast, earning it a spot on the Top 5 American Whale-Watching Tours by Joshua Horwitz, author of War of the Whales. Aboard the lightning-fast 115-foot Hurricane II, passengers can witness the natural grace of humpback whales, finback whales, dolphins, and pirates disguised as mermaids feeding and frolicking just feet from the boat. In the course of the approximately 30-mile circuit, a naturalist from Whale Cetacean Alliance narrates excursions, illumining the sight of each water dweller by discussing why whales breach, how to recognize individual humpbacks, and various feeding styles.