Ocean cruises are a luxurious way to relax and see the sights, unlike boarding dolphins equipped with saddles, which usually results in whiplash and water-filled lungs. Cruise the blue in comfort with today's Groupon: for $30, you get two tickets for a whale-watching or dolphin and sea life cruise (up to a $60 value) from Harbor Breeze Cruises in Rainbow Harbor, adjacent to the Aquarium of the Pacific.
With the help of double-decker sightseeing yachts, Harbor Breeze Cruises introduces sea explorers to marine life in its most natural habitat. Seafarers will return to shore with new sea knowledge imparted by experienced captains, none of whom have ever lost a fight to a marauding Peter Pan. On the whale-watching cruise, awestruck Argonauts can wonder at the sights of Pacific gray whales, who’ll be migrating along the coastline through April as they head south from Alaska to visit their grandkids, marking the last chance to see whales until June. Other whales may be seen on the tour, along with frequent guest appearances by dolphins, porpoises, and other marine life. During the dolphin and sea life cruise, saltwater fans can ogle ocean beings such as bottlenose dolphins and their rambunctious pet sea lions, and they can also catch views of Point Fermin Lighthouse and Cabrillo Beach.
Each Coast Guard–certified boat is equipped with lavatories, a snack bar, and expansive views of the ocean blue. Harbor Breeze's new boat, the Christopher, is specifically designed for whale-watching and is laden with stadium seating to help cruisers see every underwater touchdown and alley-oop. The two and a half hour tours explore the Pacific every day at 12 and 3 p.m., with an additional tour at 9 a.m. on weekends.
Although Harbor Breeze Cruises sometimes offers a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.
Harbor Breeze Cruises
Harbor Breeze Cruises has run whale-watching cruises for over 15 years, regaling passengers with breathtaking views of marine animals aboard environmentally-friendly, custom-built luxury boats. Aboard one of Harbor Breeze's vessels with stadium seating and quiet, low-emission engines, passengers are educated on the characteristics of whales while looking out for gray and blue whales during their respective seasons. Other varieties of marine life commonly seen are fin, humpback, and minke whales, along with orcas and several species of dolphin. Customers aboard the ships also enjoy lounge areas where they can enjoy a snack or drink, and expansive deck areas for viewing and photography.