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    On Sept. 4, 2014 at 10:00, we left the dock on the Princess Monterey for an unforgettable adventure. For lack of words to express my feelings, I can only say that the entire trip was AWESOME!! The boat itself was perfect, the crew was wonderful, our narrator was not only knowlegable about the sea and all it’s creatures;but, seemed genuinely excited about everything we saw. I don’t know how many whales we saw (I lost count), but many were spouting a lot and then diving back into the water. We were fortunate enough to see a whale with her baby swimming by her side. To me, the most thrilling sight was when a whale jumped out of the water, turned around in mid air and dove back in;not once, but twice. We also were treated to the sight of several Orcas. To top off the trip we were able to see what the narrator called a soup-pot (I think that”s how she described it). It lookerd like the water was boiling with birds, seals, porpoises (many of them). Incredible activity all at the same time. We did not need to use binoculars because everything was close enough to view comfortably without them. Since we live in Sacramento, we will be taking this trip again!

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    We had a reasonably good experience with this company and had a number of beautiful sights of sea life – dolphins, an orca and 6 humpback whales. The whales were a bit far from us, but that’s just the luck of the day, and we did get to see their tails as they dove. All that was magical.Overall I’m happy we tried this company, although I feel they could have done a bit more for the price of the tickets ($45 per person). The commentary from the marine biologist was nice but I would have enjoyed even more. This was basically closer to a touristic cruise than a science experience. The company allows you to buy upper deck seating at a premium of $20 per person. This turned out to be a waste of money, as we ended up not using it. We were either outside on the lower deck to be closest to the action or in the indoor section of the lower deck. Make sure to take very warm clothing with you, as it got super cold out on the Pacific when the boat was moving.

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    Disappointed. Not that we did not see lots of fun stuff but because the site offered second deck viewing options for an additional fee. Not until after too late in the booking process did I realize the trip I’d chosen and was locked into did not offer that option. Unable to cancel and rebook I did not get the experience I had hoped for. The booking process offers a place for comments on which I indicated I was looking forward to paying extra for the top deck privilege but that obviously was not read for if Princess cared about customer satisfaction someone from the company would have called to rearrange my booking to accommodate my desire.

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    Amazing staff!! Very nice, helpful and knowledgable. We didn’t, however, get our money’s worth. There was a boat named Sea Wolf that was visible to us the entire time… They went out of their way to try and see wildlife. The Princess seemed too concerned with saving fuel to take us near the whales. On the way back we saw dolphins. Our boat was in too much of a hurry to get back, but the Wolf followed them for a while. What a waste of our money. Next time we’ll ride the Wolf.

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    Took the 10am tour on October 8th, 2013, what a spectacular event. The crew was remarkable and the Captain got us close to a mother and calf humpback whale. The calf was breaching and playing while the mother was fluke slapping to keep the sea lions at bay. While going out we spotted a sea otter having breakfast. The view and the experience were breathtaking and was well worth making the trip. When we come back we will definitely be going out again with them.