Rescheduling Notice: The 8-hour Winter Bird Watch has been rescheduled to 1/29.  All details of the earlier trip remain the same.  Ticket holders can reschedule up to Sunday 1/16, keeping original boarding order.  On Monday, 1/17, tickets will be opened up to non ticket holders, via online & phone.


Winter Bird and Seal Watching Adventure Cruises – 2021

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When Starting December 11, 2021
Location Pier 3 - Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn
Departure Point Pier 3 - Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn (see location directions)

100% Sightings during our last 10 years of seal and bird watching

Winter Bird & Seal Watching begins December 11, 2021 and runs from 12PM to 2PM.

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 Bird & Seal Watching Adventure Trips:
December 11, 2021     12PM – 2PM approx
December 18, 2021    12PM – 2PM approx
December 27, 2021    12PM – 2PM approx
January 2, 2022        12PM – 2PM approx

Fares

Adults $40
Seniors$35
Children (5-12 years)$30
Children under 5FREE
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PLEASE READ BELOW BEFORE PURCHASING TICKETS OR CALLING THE OFFICE

  • 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 2021 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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