Thank you to all for joining us this season aboard the American Princess.  We look forward to seeing you again in the spring.  


Whale Watching & Dolphin Adventure Cruises

When 2021 Season TBA (see dates)
Location Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY Pier 3
Departure Point Pier 3 - Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn (see location directions)

Whale Watching & Dolphin Adventure Cruises 2020

COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidelines

American Princess Cruises adheres to the health and safety guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and New York State. Your health and safety are paramount. We have taken the following measures to ensure the health and safety of our passengers and crew:

  • Limited the number of people on the vessel
  • Limited the number of people in the cabin
  • 6-feet markers posted on the railings outside the cabin indicating where passengers should stand
  • Before and after all trips, surfaces are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized. Staff will be re-sanitizing during the trip
  • Face masks/coverings MUST be worn inside the cabin AND when 6 feet social distance cannot be maintained.
  • Hand sanitizing stations are available and may be used as often as needed.  Soap and water are available in the restrooms
  • If you are experiencing any COVID-19 related symptoms and/or have a fever, you will not be permitted to board the vessel.

Whale Watching and Dolphin Adventure Cruises run through December 26th.

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

Adventure cruises run approximately 3.5 hours and are temporarily departing from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, Pier 3 (click here for directions)

This will be our 10th successful year of running these awesome adventure cruises!  While our average sightings rate is 90%, in 2019 we had a 97% sightings rate – our best 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 Adventure Cruise!

The New York City Whale Watching and Dolphin Adventure Cruise departs temporarily from Pier 3 in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn,  New York (click here for directions).  Looking toward 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!


June 27, 28Sat & Sun12PM - 3:30PM
July 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26Sat & Sun12PM - 3:30PM
July 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 22-24, 29-31Wed, Thurs & Fri12PM - 3:30PM
Sunset cruises: July 9, 16, 23, 30Thurs5PM - 8:30PM
August 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30Sat & Sun12PM - 3:30PM
August 5-7, 12-14, 19-21, 26-28Wed, Thurs & Fri12PM - 3:30PM
Sunset cruises: August 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29Sat & Thurs5PM - 8:30PM
September 5-7Sat, Sun & Mon12PM - 3:30PM
September 2 - 9Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat & Sun12PM - 3:30PM
September 11-30Wed, Fri, Sat & Sun12PM - 3:30PM
October 2-31Fri, Sat & Sun12PM - 3:30PM
October 7, 14, 21, 28Wed12PM - 3:30PM
October 12 - Columbus DayMon12PM - 3:30PM
November 1Sun12PM - 3:30PM
November 8 - 29Sat & Sun12PM - 3:30PM
November 4, 11, 18, 25Wed12PM - 3:30PM
November 27Fri12PM - 3:30PM
December 5, 12, 19, 26, 27Sat12PM - 3:30PM

NOTES:  Whale Watching and Dolphin Adventure Cruises run approximately 3.5 hours


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


Your Paypal/Purchase Receipt (via your smart phone or printed copy) will be matched to our reservation list and serve as your boarding ticket.  You will not receive a boarding ticket by e-mail.


Senior (62 & over)$50
Child (5-12 yrs)$40
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 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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