Just as expected, since writing this post in the summer of 2013, this cruise has become a yearly tradition during our annual vacation to Ocean City, NJ 🙂
This year while vacationing in Ocean City, NJ, my family had the pleasure of enjoying a dolphin and whale watching cruise thanks to the Cape May Whale Watch & Research Center! From Ocean City it took us only about 30 minutes on the Garden State Parkway to arrive at Utsch’s Marina where we boarded our cruise. This was the first year we did something like this and it was such a wonderful experience! We all had a fabulous time, especially the kids.
The ship, the American Star, was 90-foot long and very clean and well maintained. Throughout the tour information was shared by the ship’s very knowledgeable tour guide. We went on the 9:30 am dolphin and whale cruise which included a complimentary continental breakfast of coffee, juice, and donuts. As you can see, the kids thoroughly enjoyed it 🙂
The cruise traveled all along the island of Cape May and took us out about 3 miles off shore during our 2-1/2 hour trip. While there weren’t any whales that came up to visit during our trip, we saw a ton of dolphins. Some even swam right up next to the boat!
There are a few different cruises to choose from. There’s even a sunset dolphin dinner cruise which includes complimentary pizza and hot dogs. View the complete cruise schedule.
If you would like to go on one of these cruises, of course I’ve found a few ways for your family to save! Visit the Cape May Whale Watch & Research Center site to see the offers available. Right now there’s a coupon for buy one adult ticket get one adult ticket half off on all trips. Also be sure to sign up for their email list to stay in the loop on current information and promotions. Oh and by the way…kids 6 and under ride for FREE!
Cape May Whale & Dolphin Watch Cruise Deal
AND check out what I just found on Groupon! There aren’t many left, so you’ll have to be quick, but right now you can save up to 46% on your family’s dolphin and whale watch cruise. There are a few different options available for this deal (and yes, the kids are still FREE even with these deals!)…
- $39 for a two-hour dolphin trip for two ($70 value)
- $76 for a two-hour dolphin trip for four ($140 value)
- $52 for a three-hour whale and dolphin trip for two ($90 value)
- $100 for a three-hour whale and dolphin trip for four ($180 value)
Promotional value expires Nov 15, 2015. Amount paid never expires.Available 48hrs after purchase. Limit 4 per person, may buy 4 additional as gifts. Valid only for option purchased. Limit 1 per visit. Reservation required; subject to availability and weather. Merchant’s standard cancellation policy of 24hrs applies (any fees not to exceed Groupon price). Please have voucher number ready when booking. Must arrive 45-minutes prior to trip to exchange voucher for boarding pass. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Not valid on federal holidays and holiday weekends. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
What a great experience! This was my kids’ first time on a boat and I know they’ll be excited to go on one of these cruises year after year. It’s sure to become a family tradition on our yearly vacation to Ocean City, NJ!
Thanks to the Cape May Whale Watch & Research Center for having my family as their guest. While our trip was sponsored, all opinions in this post are completely my own.