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Category: San Diego Whale Watching

Blue Whale Watching from Hornblower Gives Passengers The Thrill Of A Lifetime

Starting June 28th, Whale Watching Tours Depart Friday thru Monday at 9am From Downtown San Diego   San Diego, California (June 13, 2019) – Starting June 28th, Hornblower Cruises & Events will once again offer San Diego visitors and residents, the epic experience of getting up close and personal with some of the most magnificent creatures on earth – blue whales.  For over 25 years, Hornblower’s captains have introduced thousands…

Watching Blue Whales with Hornblower Cruises in San Diego

In the past few weeks, Blue Whales have been regularly spotted of the coast of San Diego. Soon, Hornblower Cruises & Events will offer Whale Watching cruises that head out to sea in search of Blues and other baleen whales. Our summer whale watching cruises begin June 28 and run from Fridays to Mondays through Labor Day. Why are Blue Whales so exciting to watch? These giants are the largest…

Captain’s Bios – Whale Watching in San Diego

Captain Chad CummingsCaptain Chad has been working for Hornblower Cruises & Events for nearly 20 years since 1998. Prior to that Captain Chad was in the Navy for 4 years. He loves whale watching, and you can hear it in his narration on the whale watching cruise and with the way he handles the customers who are experiencing whale watching for the first time! Captain Chad was the original catalyst for Hornblower starting…

Baleen Whales in San Diego

Hornblower's Whale & Dolphin Watching Adventure Cruises highlight baleen whales, especially Gray Whales and Blue Whales, which seasonally travel along the San Diego coastline. This page features Humpback Whales, Minke Whales and Fin whales that are also commonly spotted during these whale watch cruises. All whales are cetaceans— a group of marine mammal that includes all dolphins, porpoises, and whales. Cetaceans have a single or double blowhole (nostril/s) on top of their…

Meet your Whale Watching Captains

 Captain Chadwick Cummings Captain Chad has been working for Hornblower Cruises & Events since 1998, that's almost 20 years. Chad was in the Navy for 4 years. He loves whale watching, and you can hear it in his narration on the whale watching cruise and with the way he handles the customers who are experiencing Whale watching for the first time! Captain Chad was the original catalyst for Hornblower starting a summer whale…

Rich Goben, Captain of Star of India: 1953-2016

By Joe Ditler - 2016/02/14 “The ship is anchor’d safe and sound, its voyage closed and done…” –Walt Whitman SAN DIEGO SAYS GOODBYE TO A “CAPTAINS’ CAPTAIN When the great sailing ship Star of India heads to sea, as she does on a semi-annual basis, people look upon her with awe and amazement. Entire fleets of smaller sailboats tag along in her wake. News helicopters hover above and press boats…

Combo Packages for Whale Watching

San Diego Natural History Museum Package Weekday Whale Watching (Fri & Mon) & Museum Admission Adult Senior/Military Child (4-12 years) $43 + $19.95 = $62.95 $41.00 + $16.95 = $57.95 $21.50 + $11.95 = $33.45 Weekend Whale Watching (Sat – Sun) & Museum Admission Adult Senior/Military Child (4-12 years) $48.00 + $19.95 = $67.95 $46.00 + $16.95 = $62.95 $24.00 + $11.95 = $35.95 Purchase any of the combo packages and…

Gray Whale Watching Report for the 2016-2017 Season

Whale Watching Report 2016 - 2017 Date Morning Cruise Afternoon Cruise Notes 04/23/2017 30 Common Dolphins N/A Morning Cruise: A lovely last morning for our the Hornblower Whale Watching cruises! Most Gray Whales have already migrated north along the Southern California coast en route to their feeding grounds in the arctic seas. While we did not see any Gray Whales or other baleen whales today, we did enjoy watching about…

Watching The Whale Watchers Watch Whales

The last day of June was the first day of Hornblower Cruises & Events blue whale watching season in San Diego and what a spectacular start to the season. Like a Broadway show on opening night, it was a star-studded marine cast who put on a stellar display. In fact, watching the enthusiastic crowd onboard Adventure Hornblower was almost as entertaining. As we sailed out of San Diego Bay towards…