Whale Watching & Dolphin Adventure Cruises

Location Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY Pier 3
Departure Point Pier 3 - Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn (see location directions)

Whale Watching & Dolphin Adventure Cruises 2021

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
  • Before and after all trips, surfaces are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized. Staff will be re-sanitizing during the trip
  • Soap and water are available in the restrooms
  • If you are not fully vaccinated it is recommended that you wear a face mask

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

This will be our 11th successful year of running these awesome adventure cruises!  While our average sightings rate is 90%, in 2020 we had over a 97% sightings rate.

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 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 2, 9, 16, 23, 30Wed12PM - 3:30PM
June 17, 24Thurs12PM - 3:30PM
June 18, 25Fri12PM - 3:30PM
June 5, 12, 19, 26Sat12PM - 3:30PM & 5PM - 8:30PM
June 6, 13, 20, 27Sun12PM - 3:30PM
July 7, 14, 21, 28Wed12PM - 3:30PM
July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29Thurs12PM - 3:30PM & 5PM - 8:30PM
July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30Fri12PM - 3:30PM
July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31Sat12PM - 3:30PM & 5PM - 8:30PM
July 4Sun10AM - 1:30PM
July 11, 18, 25Sun12PM - 3:30PM & July 4th 5PM - 8:30PM
August 4, 11, 18, 25Wed12PM - 3:30PM
August 5, 12, 19, 26Thurs12PM - 3:30PM & 5PM - 8:30PM
August 6, 13, 20, 27Fri12PM - 3:30PM
August 7, 14, 21, 28Sat12PM - 3:30PM & 5PM - 8:30PM
August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29Sun12PM - 3:30PM
Sept 1, 8 15, 22, 29Wed12PM - 3:30PM
Sept 2Thurs12PM - 3:30PM & 5PM - 8:30PM
Sept 3, 10, 17, 24Fri12PM - 3:30PM
Sept 4Sat12PM - 3:30PM & 5PM - 8:30PM
Sept 11, 18, 25Sat12PM - 3:30PM & 4:30PM - 8:00PM
Sept 5, 12, 19, 26Sun12PM - 3:30PM
Oct 6, 13, 20, 27Wed12PM - 3:30PM
Oct 1, 8, 15, 22, 29Fri12PM - 3:30PM
Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30Sat12PM - 3:30PM
Oct 3, 10, 17, 24, 31Sun12PM - 3:30PM
Nov 13, 20, 27Sat12PM - 3:30PM
Nov 26Fri12PM - 3:30PM
Nov 14, 21, 28Sun12PM - 3:30PM


Senior (62 & over)$55
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, the customer is responsible for making another reservation
  • Check our WEBSITE ALERTS for cancellations & daily cruise status
  • Ticket purchases are good only for the 2021 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
  • 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 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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