Starting June 30, Hornblower Cruises & Events will once again offer San Diego visitors and residents, the epic experience of getting up close and personal with some of the most magnificent creatures on Earth – guaranteed. For over 25 years, Hornblower’s captains have introduced thousands of passengers to the wonder and excitement of whale watching in Southern California. There is no better, safer and drier way to witness the whale migration as thousands of blues, finbacks and humpbacks journey off the coast. As Hornblower’s yacht heads out to the Pacific, passengers will also enjoy 360-degree views of the San Diego skyline, as well as sightings of sea lions, dolphins and sea birds.
Trained Docents from theNat (San Diego Natural History Museum): To make
Hornblower’s cruise truly educational, trained volunteer naturalists from
theNat provide interaction with guests, facts and maps, samples of Krill and
baleen on board, ongoing commentary for spotting spouts, flukes and massive
whale tails and information about whale behaviors.
A Comfortable (and
Dry) Experience: Unlike traditional small boat whale watching trips (where foul
weather gear is a necessary accessory), Hornblower provides the ability to view
these beautiful creatures from large yachts, which provide unparalleled
stability through the ocean waves. With top-level outdoor sundecks rising 30
ft. above the water and climate-controlled indoor levels, Hornblower yachts
ensure optimal comfort and panoramic views for everyone.
Guarantee: If a whale is not sighted during a cruise, passengers will receive a
pass good for another Whale Watching Cruise. Hornblower guarantees that every
passenger will experience the exhilaration of witnessing a whale break the
surface of the water for the first time.
Food Service and
Full Bar: Passengers can purchase delicious snacks and lunch, complimented by a
full bar service.
now being accepted:
Times: A daily 4-
hour cruise is offered Friday to Monday with boarding at 8:30 a.m. and cruising
starting at 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., guests can find the perfect day for their
summer adventure. Cruises leave conveniently the San Diego waterfront downtown
at 970 North Harbor Drive.
costs are $55 for adults, $27.50 for children (ages 4 to 12) and $53 for
seniors and the military. Weekend (Saturday and Sunday) costs are $65 for
adults, $32.50 for children (ages 4 to 12) and $63 for seniors and the military.
Children under 3 are free. Discounts for groups of 20 or more. For more
information and to make reservations, please visit http://www.hornblower.com/port/overview/sd+whalewatching or call 800-ON-THE-BAY.
watching charters are also available to groups of 20 – 355 more in San Diego or
Newport Beach aboard the historic Yacht Mojo. Call for more details and a