The American Princess Cruises “NY’s #1 WHALE WATCHER” is proud to announce our “15th SEASON” of WHALING ADVENTURES HAS BEGUN!!!   We expect this season to be yet another AWESOME ONE ( 2023 season~ 95+% sightings!) 

So come hop aboard and experience an American Princess Adventure! * WHALE WATCHING IS WHAT WE DO*

Winter/Spring Bird and Seal Watching Adventure Cruises – 2023

When Starting January 8, 2023
Location Pier 3 - Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn
Departure Point Pier 3 - Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn (see location directions)

100% Sightings during our last 11 years of seal and bird watching

Winter Bird & Seal Watching begins January 8, 2023 and runs on Sundays from 12PM to approximately 2:30PM

If you’re interested in setting sail in search of these beautiful seals and birds, hop aboard The American Princess for an unforgettable Bird and Seal Watching Adventure Cruise!

What a unique opportunity to learn about the wildlife that exists in our own backyard! A naturalist will be aboard to provide insight and information about seals and marine life.

Birds that may be seen during the winter/spring marine excursion include gannets (Morus bassanus or Sula bassana), great blue herons (Ardea herodias), great egrets (Ardea alba), double-crested cormorants (Phalacrocorax auritus), various gulls, common loons (Gavia immer), red throated loons (Gavia stellata), bufflehead ducks (Bucephala albeola), American black ducks (Anas rubripes), mergansers, brants (Branta bernicla), black scoters (Melanitta americana), white-winged scoters (Melanitta deglandi), surf scoters (Melanitta perspicillata), mallards (Anas platyrhynchos), long-tailed ducks (Clangula hyemaliss), caups, snowy owls (Bubo scandiacus) and many other seabirds.

In April, we see the return of American oystercatchers (Haematopus palliatus), black skimmers (Rynchops niger), common terns (Sterna hirundo) and least terns (Sternula antillarum).

Seals that may be spotted include grey seals (Halichoerus grypus) and harbor seals (Phoca vitulina), also known as the common seal.

Video/slide presentations will be available during the trip.

  • Large Heated Cabin
  • Beverage & Snack Bar Aboard
  • Private Seal & Eco Tours Available
  • Great for School Trips

Winter/Spring Bird & Seal Watching Adventure Cruises:
January 8, 2023    12PM – 2:30PM approx
January 15, 2023   12PM – 2:30PM approx
January 22, 2023   12PM – 2:30PM approx
January 29, 2023   12PM – 2:30PM approx


Spring Dates TBA


Adults $40
Children (5-12 years)$30
Children under 5FREE
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  • All sales are final and non-refundable
  • Cruises are rain or shine
  • There is a 24-hour cancellation policy
  • In the event of a cancellation, customer is responsible for making another reservation
  • Our captains and crew work diligently to make every trip a success. We have a 100% sighting rate of seals. However, sightings are not guaranteed.
  • Check our WEBSITE ALERTS for cancellations & daily cruise status
  • Ticket purchases are good only for the 2023 Winter/Spring Bird and Seal Watching Adventure Cruise season
  • Your proof of purchase (Paypal receipt/Credit Card receipt/voucher) will serve as your ticket
  • You do NOT need a PayPal account to make purchases through PayPal
  • If you have purchased a voucher you will be given the opportunity to enter the code(s)
  • Vouchers/coupons apply only to Adult tickets; if you would like to apply a voucher to a Senior or Child Ticket, please select an Adult ticket instead
  • If you have purchased the 2-ticket deal, please select two adults and enter a unique voucher code for each passenger; if you have purchased the 4-ticket deal, please select 4 adults and enter a unique voucher code for each of the four passengers
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • A small children’s stroller can be brought aboard
  • Coolers and outside alcoholic beverages are prohibited
  • Cash bar available on board
  • Passengers subject to search (as permitted by the US Coast Guard)
  • Captain’s recommendation: Due to NYC traffic we advise that you plan to arrive at Pier 3, Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn 3/4 to 1 hour before the departure time
  • All trips are subject to availability and American Princess Cruises reserves the right to cancel any trip at any time

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