Went here several weeks ago for the 3:30 pm cruise. After I purchased four tickets for the whale watching cruise, I didn't bother getting in line at the gate thinking the long line that started forming at 3 pm was for the 45 minute harbor cruise. Actually it was the line for both cruises combined in one. No big deal, so I was at the tail end of the line but we still got good seats on the side of the boat. Once the cruise gets under way, it doesn't really matter where you are on the boat, everybody is moving around and it seems the place to be is towards the front. This is because if a whale is spotted, the captain points the front of the boat in the whale's direction. Time goes by fairly quick and standing for hours on end doesn't really effect you that much. The hot dogs in the galley were only a couple of bucks and they even had beer. Just ask the lady vacationing from Texas who was binge drinking assorted beers and eventually took a spill on deck. Our cruise we were able to see several schools of dolphins and a couple of whale pods. So it did turn out to be a productive cruise for us. On the return trip to dock 2, the captain puts the boat into high gear so you do get buffered about by waves and strong winds. As your leaving the dock, Bubba Gump's restaurant is actually across the street next to the parking structure, so we enjoyed a nice seafood dinner there afterwards.
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This review is solely for their 45 minute Harbor Cruise. You would think that the small stand next to the Marina selling tickets would be a total tourist trap but think again. I could not have been more pleasantly surprised by the whole process. It is a relative bargain and to get out on a decent size boat for 45 minutes on a hot summer Sunday is a great mini adventure. The youngish staff selling and taking tickets was very organized and very polite and there was not up selling to the longer trips. The Harbor cruise is a quick was to get out on the ocean and tool around while the very friendly and informative captain narrates. He didn't mail it in either. His commentary was a thoughtful mix of the routine mixed in with some pertinent dialog for what was happening that day. This is not a whale watching excessive so be mindful it is simply a fun, quick and affordable way to get out on the ocean for a bit.. There are some great views of the Pike, the lighthouse, shoreline village, the Queen Mary, the spy sub, the cruise ship, the oil islands, and the sea lions. Just enough to keep you mildly entertained for the 45 minutes. I mentioned our captain already but I would be remiss not to mention how patient he was loading up the boat before we left with some very "needy and loud" adults. He was smooth and made sure it didn't effect the full capacity group already on board.
My family and I went on this whale watching tour this past weekend and it was such a great experience. The boat itself "Triumphant" is beautiful - very clean, modern and new with plenty of comfortable seating inside with tables and out on the deck. I had my 7 month old son with me (his very first boat ride) and my parents and my nephew who is 12 and everyone had a great time. We saw at least 2 different types of whales and so many dolphins jumping right near the boat. My nephew loved being out on the front deck, the boat stopped to see the whales and dolphins but we had great views from inside as well. There was a really informative narrator aboard from the Aquarium who told us all about the whales and sea life we were seeing and also info on the harbor and surrounding areas we passed by. It was very interesting! The cruise was about 2 - 2.5 hours and it does get a bit chilly and windy out on the deck so make sure to bring a sweater. I will definitely come back again!
I have wanted to do this my entire life and it was worth the wait! Maura was very informative about the various species of animals we saw - a sea lion, Harbor seals, 3 species of dolphins and 2 GREY WHALES!!! It was a little windy and rough out but the boat was expertly piloted so as to allow everyone to see the animals and get pics. We were held off a jetty for several minutes so that everyone could get pics of the Harbor seals basking there. We went in close enough for everyone to get a good look at them, plus pics. Maura also pointed out a perfect place for me to stand and get pics of the whales! Eric was taking lots of pics and said the crew would post them on Facebook later. He asked if I'd gotten good pics of the whales and I told him I didn't think so because my camera was so old. He said to be sure and check FB for pics. As I was leaving the boat Eric found me and gave me a beautiful pic of a breaching humpback whale that he had taken on another cruise
I'm still freaking about the amazing day we had today! We were staying at a nearby resort and asked the concierge at the hotel to recommend at whale watching company. All her recommendations were really expensive upwards of $175 a person. We found Harborbreeze in the local magazine. We went online and booked our whale watching tour for a mere $25 a person. When we showed up today we were really pleased with how beautiful the boat was. It was brand-new. The staff was wonderfully amazing. They have a marine biologist by the name of Joe onboard narrating everything you're seeing in terms of wildlife. We were so lucky today because we saw for gray whales on their migration down south and we saw a humpback whale who preached two times. We also saw dolphins and sea lions. Make sure you dress really warm as the Seabreeze it's really chilly. This experience is totally worth the money to all your friends and family book your tours and have a blast.
Daughter and I spent a leisurely afternoon on this tour. A nice large boat with plenty of seating cruises out of Long Beach harbor and out into the ocean looking to view sightings of whales, dolphins and other marine life. While we saw no whales we did sight a small school of dolphins and enjoyed their antics chasing the boat and jumping out of the water. Also saw some seals and seal lions frolicking. The tour lasted 2.5 hours and was very enjoyable. The are snacks for purchase on board as well as beverages. You need a good hat, sunglasses & sunscreen. A jacket is good too as it was fairly cool pm the water and out in the wind. An Aquarium employee helped in sighting the creatures and providing plenty of info along the way. It was also interesting to see all the cargo ships in port and nearby on the sea. Great way to spend the afternoon, many shops, restaurants, and other adventures and the Aquarium are nearby back on shore
This is super fun! Get there a half an hour early or more to get in line. That's if you care about sitting in the front of the boat. Those people that sit there don't seem to budge. Otherwise, when you see dolphins and if you are lucky enough to see whales then you are constantly getting up and running to the side of where they are. So it kinda doesn't matter if you get there super early. Great for kids and adults. They have a full bar and sell candy, chips, and hotdogs. Staff is friendly and very professional and eager to answer questions. We got to see more than a few whales and lots of dolphins! My 4 year old wasn't too impressed. I thought he would be but he seemed to just want to run around. I'll try to bring him again when he's a little older. My husband and I loved it so much we talked about just coming here for a day date
The 45-minute Rainbow Harbor tour was fantastic. The tour information was fascinating, and the crew were friendly and informative. We lucked out and managed to see a couple of female sea otters relaxing on a buoy, and two bottle-nose dolphins 'blew' and jumped near the boat (in the harbor!). If you visit the Aquarium of the Pacific, the harbor cruise is just steps away from the front entrance of the aquarium. Very convenient and easy to board. I purchased a combo ticket online (aquarium and harbor cruise), and easily printed the tickets at a kiosk just outside the aquarium. The tour includes a great overview of the harbor and Long Beach - with great views of the Queen Mary, a cruise ship that happened to be in the harbor, and much more. Take this tour. You'll be glad that you did.
We really enjoyed our afternoon of whale watching. During the 2.5 hour cruise, we saw 5 grey whales and 3 different species of Dolphins. It's amazing how close we were able to get. I was a little concerned I might get a little sea sick. But the boat was very stable and I had no problems whatsoever. You can buy tickets online to secure your spot on the boat. I would recommend allowing a little extra time to get there. On a busy day, the parking lot takes a while to find a parking spot. If you aren't sure exactly how to get there, just follow the signs for the Aquarium of the Pacific; they share the same parking garage. Speaking of parking, don't forget to get your ticket validated. Even with the validation, you'll have to pay $8.
I purchased a combo ticket (Aquarium of the Pacific and Harbor Breeze tour) online, and discovered that this was the best way to get tickets: easily printed them from a kiosk in front of the aquarium, saving a wait in lines. The 45-minute harbor cruise includes great views of everything in Long Beach's Rainbow Harbor, and fascinating information about the history of the area. Highlights include views of the Queen Mary, the oil islands (loved learning about them!), a cruise ship, and beautiful water and boats. We lucked out and saw two otters lounging on a buoy, and a couple of bottle-nose dolphins breached and blew right by the boat. Really, for $10-12, this is one of the best travel bargains that I've ever experienced.