Hornblower cruises 920

Hornblower Whale & Dolphin Watching Cruise

Hornblower Cruises & Events (San Diego, CA)

Reviews & Ratings

423 ratings
4.4 average rating
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61 events
40 reviews
25 stars
attended Jan 29 2008

Fabulous! A really amazing and awe-inspiring experience. We didn't see much at first and I understand that some trips are duds because the whales can't be forced to make an appearance. But after an hour or so of evasions and frustration we were...continued

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13 events
4 reviews
7 stars
attended Mar 26 2008

I took my family for my husbands birthday. We spotted 2 California gray whales. The best part were the dolphins! Hundreds of them. They came right up to the boat. The narration by the captain was excellent. The captain and crew were friendly and...continued

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11 events
3 reviews
1 stars
attended Dec 24 2007

Because of global warming, the captain explained, gray whales delayed their departure from Alaska to travel to Baja California. We did not see any whales and received a free ticket to return again. We went on Christmas Eve day and whale watching...continued

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1 events
1 review
1 stars
attended Dec 21 2007

It was ok ,We happened to get a day with choppy waters so we saw nothing but it was a fun ride for us.

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33 events
16 reviews
27 stars
attended Mar 20 2008

I loved this excursion. The weather was great for a cruise. While we didn't see any whales, we did see thousands of dolphins. It was like the sea was bubbling with dolphins. It was awesome. I paid with an amex card so I received a comp photo...continued

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2 events
1 review
9 stars
attended Jan 09 2008

The cruise was exhilarating. We did spot several whale spouts. However, there was really too much other boat traffic to allow the captain to get us in the area in which the whales were coming up.

The crew, particularly the captain, was...continued

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Abraxas Red Velvet
48 events
31 reviews
13 stars
attended Mar 18 2008

It was fabulous! -- turned out to be a beautiful, perfect San Diego day. We saw about 6 grey whales (3 moms & 3 babies) --- but the REAL event was the hundreds & hundreds & hundreds of dolphin. I have done a lot of sailing through the years,...continued

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32 events
15 reviews
9 stars
attended Mar 20 2008

There were so many dolphins that my heart simply sang with joy! It helped that I took some ginger chewables to stave off the bit of sea-sickness that many others suffered (standing the whole time helped, too, I believe).

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32 events
8 reviews
5 stars
attended Jan 01 2008

Great day out on the water. Looked for whales and didn't find any, so we were given another ticket to return at a later time. Knowlegdeable first mate and calm seas.

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20 events
6 reviews
5 stars
attended Dec 27 2008

Even though we had been forwarned that we probably wouldn't see any whales so early in the season, I was still looking forward to a nice little cruise around San Diego. To our surprise we were able to spot whales on three separate occasions and...continued

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14 events
4 reviews
0 stars
attended Jan 07 2009

Great time. The Captain located a pod of whales quickly. He stayed with the pod as it moved and repositioned the boat so that we all could see. The crew was very helpful. The Museum volunteers really offered a bonus of facts and observations. I...continued

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15 events
4 reviews
4 stars
attended Mar 24 2008

The Captain was very cool. We saw a whale! It was very exciting. Make sure you bring on some snacks and cards.

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5 events
4 reviews
1 stars
attended Mar 06 2008

THE WHALE WATCHING TRIP WAS GREAT. THE SHIP WAS NICE AND CLEAN, THE CREW WAS EFFICIENT AND ENTERTAINING, AND VERY INFORMATIVE. ...AND WE SAW A WHALE!!! FABULOUS VALUE FOR MONEY

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3 events
3 reviews
13 stars
attended Feb 15 2008

I called Hornblower ahead of time to double check regarding best times for whale viewing & was told anytime is good.
Once on the cruise, I learned that the Navy had started its underwater sonar program a week or two before. As a result the...continued

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5 events
3 reviews
4 stars
attended Dec 29 2008

I love being on the water for any reason, but this was particulary enjoyable. I recommend going with at least one other person as you may spend time without the benefit of something to watch. Three other boats went out and did not see any whales....continued

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5 events
3 reviews
6 stars
attended Dec 30 2008

I previously attended a Hornblower cruise and this was just as well with the only difference being Whale & Dolphin watching. The captain was very informative and pointed out many of the interesting sights along the way and combined many...continued

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3 events
3 reviews
0 stars
attended Jan 30 2009

We spotted a whale with its calf. The mother came out straight about three consecutive times and we were able to see about 1/3 of its body. It was the most amazing thing I've ever seen! We also saw sea lions, but no dolphins.
The back of the...continued

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7 events
2 reviews
2 stars
attended Dec 31 2008

Absolutely loved it. Many whales spotted. At least 10 times the value.

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4 events
2 reviews
0 stars
attended Dec 31 2008

Had a great time. Enjoyed the Hornblower crew and ship. Saw a whale and some dolphins. Of course, we would like to have seen more whales and more dolphins, but maybe they didn't read their email? Oops. Typical American, expecting them to speak our...continued

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7 events
2 reviews
2 stars
attended Feb 29 2008

I saw whales, flukes, time after time.
The staff was informative, and showed us baline from a whale (my spelling is probably wrong), but this trip was a perfect decision.
The boat was more comfortable than the other company I went with last...continued

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