Be on the lookout for gray whales, humpbacks and other sea creatures as you cruise off the coast on this three-and-a-half-hour San Diego whale watching cruise. Flagship Cruises & Events guarantees you’ll see whales or your next ride is free. Enjoy stunning 360-degree views from the 2-story yacht as your onboard guide provides the scoop on these gentle giants.
Yes. San Diego is one of the top gray whale-watching destinations in the world.
Your chances of seeing whales are the same on the morning or afternoon cruise.
Your chances of seeing whales are the same no matter what the day of the week, however, weekend tours tend to be more crowded.
Flagship Cruises & Events does not offer on-site parking. Metered parking is available along the waterfront with a maximum of 3 hours. Paid parking is available at the Ace Parking lot next to the USS Midway, at the B Street Pier Parking Lot (ABM Parking) and off Pacific Highway at the corner of Broadway and Pacific Highway. Look for “Cruise Ship Terminal” Parking. The Midway lot is the cheapest option for all-day parking.
In addition to California gray whale adults and calves, you could also see finback whales, blue whales, humpback whales, minke, killer, and false killer whales. Additionally, you could see pods of hundreds of dolphins including risso's, common, and white sided, and other marine life such as sea lions and a variety of coastal birds.
No, smoking is not allowed on the vessel.
At the beginning of the season, the southbound whales swim closer to the coast, so the maximum distance is about 3-5 miles. Toward the end of the season, when the northbound whales swim further out, you will cruise up to 9-12 miles off the coast.
Dress in layers, as the temperature/winds are often unpredictable. Be prepared for cool weather even if it’s sunny outside. Sunscreen and a hat are also recommended.
Check-in is 30 minutes prior to your departure time. Allow enough time for traffic, to find parking and to check in for your boarding pass. The morning cruise boards at 9:15 am and the afternoon cruise boards at 1:15 pm. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. If you prefer a specific seating area, be early so you can be the first in line.
Boarding is located at 990 N. Harbor Drive, at the corner of Broadway and Harbor Drive. Look for the ticket booth with the black awning for check in.
Yes. That means if you don’t see whales, Flagship Cruises will issue a "whale check" that is good for another whale watching cruise, good for any day of the week. Or, if you prefer, you may request a ticket for a 1 or 2 hour narrated tour instead.
If you tend to have a problem with motion sickness, there is a chance you could get sea sick. It is recommended you take any medication before boarding the vessel. Wrist bands for motion sickness also work well. Either can be purchased at most drug stores.
Tours are not necessarily cancelled due to rain, however if there is a wind advisory or if weather conditions are extremely poor, then it’s possible the tour will be cancelled by the Captain the morning of. If a tour is cancelled, Flagship Cruises will contact you at the phone number you provided. Should your tour be cancelled then you have a choice to either reschedule your tour for another date, or receive a full refund.
Yes, all of Flagship Cruises' vessels are inspected regularly and are 100% Coast Guard Certified.
The vessel and interior main deck are accessible by ramp, however the exterior top deck and restrooms are not.