Seal and Birdwatching begins March 28, 2020.  Whale and Dolphin Watching begins April 25th.

Whale Watching & Dolphin Adventure Cruises

When 2019 Season May 4th - November 3rd (see dates)
Location Rockaway, Queens, New York
Departure Point Riis Landing (see location directions)

Whale Sense
Whale Watching & Dolphin Adventure Cruises begin Sat. May 4, 2019

Our 2019 Whale Watching and Dolphin Adventure Cruises will be offered from May 4th – November 24th 2019.  All Adventure cruises 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.


Whale Watching has begun.  As we begin our 9th successful year of running these awesome adventure cruises, these magnificent mammals have been spotted in our local waters of Rockaway, Queens, New York!

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 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!



May 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 & 19Sat & Sun12PM - 4PM
May 25, 26 & 27Sat, Sun & Mon1PM - 5PM
June 1-30 (except 6/2)Sat & Sun1PM - 5PM
June 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 & 28Wed, Thurs & Fri12PM - 4PM
July 6-28Sat & Sun1PM - 5PM
July 3-31 (except 7/4)Wed, Thurs & Fri12PM - 4PM
July 11, 18 & 25Thurs5PM - 9PM
August 3-31Sat & Sun1PM - 5PM
August 1-30Wed, Thurs & Fri12PM - 4PM
August 1, 8, 15 & 22Thurs5PM - 9PM
September 1 & 2Sun & Mon1PM - 5PM
September 4 - 29 (except 9/28)Wed, Fri, Sat & Sun12PM - 4PM
Sdptember 28Sat8AM - 12PM
October 4-27Fri, Sat & Sun12PM - 4PM
October 14 - Columbus DayMon12PM - 4PM
November 3Sun12PM - 4PM
November 9 - 24Sat & Sun12PM - 4PM

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.


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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  • 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 2019 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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Please remember to bring your ticket(s)/ voucher(s) and/or PayPal receipt!