A recent survey ranks whales' bellies ahead of safety-deposit boxes and mattresses as the preferred place to store valuables. Experience one of nature's most priceless resources with today's Groupon to Cape May Whale Watch & Research Center, operated by The Starlight Fleet in Cape May, New Jersey. Choose from the following options:
- For $15, you get one admission to a two-hour Dolphin Watch Cruise (up to a $30 value). The cruise departs at 10 a.m., seven days a week.
- For $20, you get one admission to a three-hour Whales, Birds, and Dolphins tour (up to a $40 value). The cruise departs at 1 p.m., seven days a week.
- For $29, you get two admissions to a two-hour Dolphin Watch Cruise (up to a $60 value). The cruise departs at 10 a.m., seven days a week.
- For $39, you get two admissions to a three-hour Whales, Birds, and Dolphins tour (up to an $80 value). The cruise departs at 1 p.m., seven days a week.
One child age 6 or younger gets in free with each paid adult, and admission for each additional child younger than 6 is $12. Admission for each child age 7–12 is $20 for the Dolphin Watch Cruise and $25 for the Whales, Birds, and Dolphins Cruise.
The Cape May Whale Watch & Research Center’s 80-foot boat keeps patrons comfortably afloat as they scour the deep seas for humpbacks, waterfowl, and other marine animals on a variety of cruises. Tours set sail seven days a week on the M/V Whale Watcher, whose design elements allow for unobtrusive, up-close viewing of whales, dolphins, and runaway goldfish. On the two-hour Dolphin Watch Cruise, guests dine on complimentary donuts, apple juice, and coffee, while seafarers the three-hour Whales, Birds, and Dolphins tour can fill up on galley snacks such as pizza, ice cream, and hot dogs ($2–$5; not included in the value of this Groupon). Both tours completely encircle the island of Cape May, passing natural scenery and a variety of historic sites, such as the rugged cliff where George Washington slayed his first sea serpent.
The Starlight Fleet
The ships that comprise The Starlight Fleet's squadron of vessels each transport passengers across the waves on a variety of sea adventures. The Starlight ferries fisherman on four-hour excursions to hook sea bass, flounder, croakers and triggerfish, the captain using sonar, GPS, and a knowledge of the currents to identify prime fishing real estate. The Atlantic Star typically serves as a whale-watching vessel and is kitted out with a snack-filled galley and a touch tank filled with horseshoe crabs and other local sea life.
The company even boasts its very own pirate ship, The Dark Star, a custom-designed vessel built by Naval Architect Michael LeMole. It takes passengers on swashbuckling adventures during which they learn what a swash is and how to buckle it, as well as participate in treasure hunts and face painting.