Cape Ann Whale Watch

Gloucester

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In a Nutshell

  • Sightings guaranteed or you receive a free season pass
  • Experienced naturalist guides
  • Valid for most cruises

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Oct 31, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Limit 15 per person. Subject to weather conditions and availability. Seats are first-come, first-served. Limited availability for 1:30 p.m. sailing on Sat. and Sun. in August. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

While most are amazed by the sublime, majestic nature of whales, a small, paranoid minority wonders what would happen to mankind if whales had legs. Worship or worry as you see fit with today's Groupon: for $25, you get one ticket to see tons of marine mammals from Cape Ann Whale Watch (a $45 value) in Gloucester, about 40 minutes away from Boston. Your Groupon is good for most of the 2010 watching season. This deal expires October 31, 2010.

Cape Ann Whale Watch shoves off from Gloucester, where it has served more than 600,000 customers during its more than 30 years of service. Bring sunscreen, sunglasses, a camera, sweater or jacket, and gym shoes (it gets brisk on the high seas) for your journey aboard the largest and fastest Gloucester whale-watching vessel north of Boston, the Hurricane II. Tour-goers often see humpback, minke, and finback whales, as well as the occasional dolphin. Your tour narrator, a salt-crusted member of the Ocean Alliance, will point out each whale, try to strike up a conversation with it, and totally get shot down.

A whale watch makes a great family outing—your kids may even prefer whales to playing Endless Ocean on their Wii. Buy up to 15 Groupons for an entire Boy or Girl Scout Troop to have the ultimate nature trip. A whale watch also makes a great date, as the whales' tranquil moans are a far smoother soundtrack than any of the four volumes of Barry White Sings Whale Songs.

While Cape Ann Whale Watch offers no promise of a Geppetto experience, you are guaranteed to catch a glimpse of these majestic beasts’ sleek posteriors, or you will receive a free season pass and your captain will be fed to the whales.

This Groupon is not valid for the 1:30 p.m. sailing time on Saturdays and Sundays in July and August. Seats are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so call ahead and reserve your seat.

Reviews

TripAdvisors give Cape Ann Whale Watch 4.5 owl eyes, and five Yelpers give it a five-star average:

  • We saw 15 humpback whales, with lots of breaching, tail slapping, and close-to-the-boat views. It was absolutely breath-taking. The boat (Hurricane II) was roomy, comfortable, and clean. The sailing was smooth (despite choppy seas). – remartn, TripAdvisor
  • ...we sure got our money's worth! We saw several whales…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, TripAdvisor
  • 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! – HumpbackWhalewatcher, TripAdvisor

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.

Customer Reviews

great crew and information broadcasted over the pa system. also had two going around the board with displays to explain why the whales were off Gloucester. Whale show was spectacular and near the boat the whole time.
William E. · November 5, 2016
this was the most amazing thing i have ever seen. the people that rqn the boat were so friendly and educated. amanda especially. i love how they went around showing us pieces of the whales. we even got to see a mother whale with a calf.
Diane H. · November 2, 2016
Absolutely top shelf. Saw 30 whales, seriously. Will do again if ever in or around Boston. Definitely the best money I have ever spent for any attraction while on vacation.
Michael B. · October 30, 2016
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