Whales are considered the second-smartest species, lacking only humans’ ability to perceive time and to wear hairstyles ironically. Scrutinize less-refined life forms with today’s Groupon to Next Level Sailing. Children under 2 years old are admitted for free. Choose between the following options:
• For $39, you get a sailing adventure for one adult (up to a $99 value, depending on the season).
• For $137, you get a family sailing adventure for two adults and two children 12 years old and younger (up to a $302 value, depending on the season).
The whale-watching sailing adventure includes:
• A four-hour yacht excursion
• Blue-whale watching from July to mid-September or baja gray-whale watching from mid-December to mid-April
• Admission to the Maritime Museum of San Diego
• Snacks and soft drinks on board during summer/fall or BYO lunch and drink during winter/spring
During blue-whale-watching sunset tours, Next Level Sailing's captains set sail through San Diego Bay into the nearby ocean in search of migrating cetaceans. Embark on a marine journey inside a low black schooner, a replica of the 139-foot, quadruple-sailed yacht that famously won the 100 Guinea Cup in 1851 and less famously won a breath-holding competition in 1852. Amid rope rigging, gold emblems, and polished timber, families can play I Spy with spouting dorsals and splashing flukes. After filling eye-crannies with whale-dotted vistas, the ship returns as the fiery sun lowers itself into an oceanic bubble bath.
Ease sea-air-induced tummy grumblies with provided snacks, or sip on an alcoholic drink from the bar or your own bag, as Next Level Sailing allows bring-your-own beverages. Before or after the high-sea voyage, meander through the Maritime Museum of San Diego's other historical and replica vessels, including steamboats, submarines, and seaworthy origami.
Though Next Level Sailing sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.
Next Level Sailing
Next Level Sailing introduces visitors to the stunning maritime landscape of San Diego with chartered cruises, hands-on sailing races, whale-watching excursions, and ritzy boat parties. Crew members lead complementary tours through the San Diego Maritime Museum before guiding wedding parties, company get-togethers, and private groups aboard stately yachts sip BYOB drinks and dine on light snacks.
During whale-watching expeditions, passengers witness the majesty of blue whales in their natural habitat on board the 139-foot vessel America,the ship that gave its name to the America's Cup race. Next Level's fleet includes two smaller vessels, Stars and Stripes and Abracadabra, used for America's Cup–style sailing races. During this unique experience, passengers learn the literal and figurative ropes of these speedy sailing ships as they compete head-to-head with their sister yacht and ward off Viking attacks.