What You'll Get
Your decades-old dominance of land has made you forget the majesty of the shoeless creatures of the deep. Today’s Groupon offers a valuable lesson in pelagic perspective from the comfort of a Hornblower Cruises & Events climate-controlled, whale-watching yacht. For $18, you get a 3.5-hour tour full of oceanic titans with expert narration about San Diego’s history and landmarks. When whale-watch season starts on December 12, you'll have your chance to experience voyeuristic opportunities beyond a landlubber’s wildest imagination.
Hornblower tours are captained by expert captains who have a wealth of expert knowledge. Docents from the San Diego Natural History museum answer questions and share the gritty-nitty of San Diego landmarks, 20th-century blubber unions, and who had what at the local plankton buffet. Kick back and stimulate the whale-watching part of your brain with spectacular moments of nature. Relish in the gargantuan grace of gray whales and the intimidating intelligence of card-counting dolphins. Hornblower guarantees a whale sighting, so if a whale goes unsighted during your tour, you'll get a pass good for another Hornblower tour. Whale-watch tours depart daily at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
In an effort to preserve the habitat of the saber-toothed humpback whale, Hornblower is partnering with the Port of San Diego to promote environmentally sound practices in and around the bay. You and your friends can aqua-ogle with eco-confidence, knowing that efforts are under way to maintain the natural beauty for future generations of whales and human-whale hybrids.
This deal is good through the end of whale-watching season, which has been tentatively set for April 4, 2010, but is subject to change.
Yelpers give Hornblower Cruises & Events a 3.5-star rating:
- Captain Nick was very informative and very wise. I have lived in San Diego for 8 years and didn't know half the stuff that I learned on this cruise. – Miranda F.
- Overall, this is a professionally run excursion and is something very enjoyable in our own backyard. – Keith B.
- Now thats a good worth of fun for your money.I highly recommend this short cruise around the harbor. It’s a nice way to sit and relax and enjoy the beauty of this fine city. – john t.
What Whales Know About Humans
Whale watches seemingly provide a relaxing yet exciting chance to see whales in their natural habitat, acting naturally. What we humans don’t know is that whales are simultaneously doing some reconnaissance of their own. Here's what the whales have discerned about humans in their limited contact with the creatures during human watches:
- All humans are known to stand on the perimeter of Aqua-Mobile Land-Extensions for purposes of occasionally pointing at water
- Humans are awed by all blowhole-related activities
- Many grown humans encourage their calves to throw up in the ocean
- Humans exist only during the daytime
- Humans seem to be unaware of secret whale plot to build underwater White House and form bicameral legislature
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The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Apr 5, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person. May buy multiple as gifts. Reservation required. Valid for Whale & Dolphin Watching Cruise only. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Hornblower San Diego
San Diego’s picturesque harbor—awash with graceful bridges, sweeping views, and glimpses of sea lions—has thrilled passengers on Hornblower San Diego's ships for more than 30 years. The large fleet includes an antique yacht and one of the largest charter yachts in Southern California, and each cruise is narrated by a knowledgeable expert. An environmentally concerned company, Hornblower San Diego introduces passengers to ecological problems and ongoing environmental projects in the area on its cruises.
They have a large and fast whale watching vessel of its kind and these two features prevent guest from being as prone to getting seasick and also improves our chances to enjoy more whales -guest will be higher off the water and on a wider boat allowing for more stability and greater vantage point for viewing whales -we have climate controlled interiors which are a luxury considering how cold it gets -we have multiple bathrooms on all of our interior decks.