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Whale Watching & Dolphin Adventure Cruises

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When 2020 Season Start Date TBD - November 29th (see dates)
Location Rockaway, Queens, New York
Departure Point Riis Landing (see location directions)

Whale Sense
Whale Watching & Dolphin Adventure Cruises 2020

While our average sightings rate is 90%, in 2019 we had a 97% sightings rate – our best ever!

Due to COVID-19, the start date of our 2020 Afternoon Whale Watching and Dolphin Adventure Cruises is to be determined.  Please stay tuned to this website for the new start date. Whale Watching and Dolphin Adventure Cruises run through November 29th.

Our 2020 Sunset Whale Watching & Dolphin Adventure Cruises will run every Thursday from July 9th through August 27th.

All Adventure cruises run between 3.5 to 4 hours and depart from Riis Landing in Rockaway, Queens, NY ONLY!


Please note: You will need to bring ONLY your Paypal/Credit Card Receipt (via your smart phone or printed copy) as it will be matched to OUR reservation list AND SERVE AS YOUR BOARDING TICKET.


This will be our 10th successful year of running these awesome adventure cruises!  These magnificent mammals have been spotted in our local waters of Rockaway, Queens, New York! Last year was our best year for sightings ever!

So if you’re interested in setting sail in search of these beautiful mammals, come hop aboard the American Princess, the original NYC Whale and Dolphin Watchers, for a UNIQUE approximately 3.5 to 4 Hour Adventure Cruise!


The New York City Whale Watching and Dolphin Adventure Cruise departs Riis Landing, Rockaway (Queens) New York.  As we pass the Marine Parkway Bridge, one may see a peregrine falcon diving for prey.  As we approach Breezy Point jetty, we may view gannets diving for the glorified bunker bait.  Dolphins may appear as walls of water off the coast of New York City.  We may view hundreds of bottlenose dolphins jumping near and under the American Princess.

Further offshore toward Ambrose Channel, the entrance to New York harbor, we may see the blow of a whale and hear the captain shout, “Thar she blows!”  Slowly, we approach the humpback whale who has finished his first course of bunker and is jumping with excitement and joy, as if to impress the passengers aboard the American Princess.  And he is a beauty; approximately 45 feet in length, weighing about 40 tons. His 20 foot pectoral fin seems to be waving to all.  Will we spot his companions?

 

Note: We suggest bringing a regular camera, video camera and/or binoculars if possible. Children will be encouraged to participate in helping our crew take the official whale and dolphin count. Your photos and videos can be posted on our Facebook page.  We look forward to seeing you on another Whale Watching and Dolphin Adventure Cruise!

 

Date

DateDaysTime
June 13, 14, Sat & Sun12PM - 4PM
June 20, 21, 27, 28Sat & Sun1PM - 5PM
June 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26Wed, Thurs & Fri12PM - 4PM
July 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26Sat & Sun1PM - 5PM
July 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 22-24, 29-31Wed, Thurs & Fri12PM - 4PM
Sunset cruises: July 9, 16, 23, 30Thurs5PM - 9PM
August 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30Sat & Sun1PM - 5PM
August 5-7, 12-14, 19-21, 26-28Wed, Thurs & Fri12PM - 4PM
Sunset cruises: August 6, 13, 20, 27Thurs5PM - 9PM
September 5-7Sat, Sun & Mon1PM - 5PM
September 2 - 9Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat & Sun12PM - 4PM
September 11-30Wed, Fri, Sat & Sun12PM - 4PM
October 2-31Fri, Sat & Sun12PM - 4PM
October 12 - Columbus DayMon12PM - 4PM
November 1Sun12PM - 4PM
November 8 - 29Sat & Sun12PM - 4PM

Whale Watching and Dolphin Adventure Cruises run 3.5 to 4 hours

 

Captain’s recommendation: Due to NYC traffic we advise that you plan to arrive at Riis Landing 90 minutes before the departure time.

 

NOTE:  Your Paypal/Purchase Receipt (via your smart phone or printed copy) will serve as your ticket.  You will not be emailed a boarding ticket.

Fares

Adult$52
Senior (62 & over)$47
Child (5-12 yrs)$35
Child under 5FREE - must reserve
Group Rate (10 or more)Please contact us
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PLEASE READ BELOW BEFORE PURCHASING TICKETS OR CALLING THE OFFICE

 

  • All sales are final and non-refundable
  • Our captains and crew work diligently to make every trip a success. We have a 90% sighting rate of a whale and/or dolphin.  However, sightings are not guaranteed.
  • 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
  • Check our WEBSITE ALERTS for cancellations & daily cruise status
  • Ticket purchases are good only for the 2020 Whale Watching and Dolphin Adventure Cruise season
  • While there is no charge for children under 5 , you must make a reservation for them
  • 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 Riis Landing 90 minutes 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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