Bar Harbor Whale Watching Cruise Excursion Reviews

Cruise out of Frenchman's Bay as you are provided with fascinating information about the marine wildlife and lifestyles of Bar Harbor's whales.
Great if you are okay with the deep sea, but not if you get sea sick easily.
Great if you are okay with the deep sea, but not if you get sea sick easily. They are right off the dock where the tender drops you off, so they are very convenient. The guide is extremely knowledgeable and provided a lot of information ... Read More
Great if you are okay with the deep sea, but not if you get sea sick easily. They are right off the dock where the tender drops you off, so they are very convenient. The guide is extremely knowledgeable and provided a lot of information for the entire tour. We did Whales and Puffins and whereas you can see the birds from afar, you can't get close enough to actually see them without binoculars. This company offers a 3 year voucher to come out again for free if you don't see a whale. We saw a Fin Whale during our excursion and because we only saw one and it was only on one side of the boat, they offered the voucher to us as well. But, they did get us VERY close to the whale. We saw it take three breaths before it took the deep dive. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Long ride out to the middle of the ocean to see a whale!
Long ride out to the middle of the ocean to see a whale! During the actual ride out there was nothing to do or see. Saw the fin and blow hole of a whale? not exciting, very boring
Long ride out to the middle of the ocean to see a whale! During the actual ride out there was nothing to do or see. Saw the fin and blow hole of a whale? not exciting, very boring Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Had sailed deep into the ocean to catch some whales but all we got to see were seals and birds.
Had sailed deep into the ocean to catch some whales but all we got to see were seals and birds. I won't blame the tour company as its not their fault however they gave us a voucher to visit them anytime within 3 years for a free ride ... Read More
Had sailed deep into the ocean to catch some whales but all we got to see were seals and birds. I won't blame the tour company as its not their fault however they gave us a voucher to visit them anytime within 3 years for a free ride to see whales. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
This trip was good although we did not see any whales.
This trip was good although we did not see any whales. We saw plenty of dolphins frolicking and that was quite a thrill. Personally I found the trip a little too long.
This trip was good although we did not see any whales. We saw plenty of dolphins frolicking and that was quite a thrill. Personally I found the trip a little too long. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
We were lucky and got to see a lot.
We were lucky and got to see a lot. The captain was very knowledgeable but he could have talked a little less. It was a little exhausting.
We were lucky and got to see a lot. The captain was very knowledgeable but he could have talked a little less. It was a little exhausting. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
We booked with ship and had trouble with the ship honoring the companys word.
We booked with ship and had trouble with the ship honoring the companys word.
We booked with ship and had trouble with the ship honoring the companys word. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Ship was very overcrowded - not enough seats.
Ship was very overcrowded - not enough seats. No whales were spotted and only 1 seal was seen. Just a long boat ride. Couldn't wait to get off.
Ship was very overcrowded - not enough seats. No whales were spotted and only 1 seal was seen. Just a long boat ride. Couldn't wait to get off. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Too long, cold and no whales.
Too long, cold and no whales. Huge waste of time.
Too long, cold and no whales. Huge waste of time. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Amazing!
Amazing! We saw a sperm whale and lots of dolphins. Staff were great!
Amazing! We saw a sperm whale and lots of dolphins. Staff were great! Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Saw whales but didnt love experience.
Saw whales but didnt love experience. Too many people on board and smell of hot dogs and popcorn ruined the naturalness of the moment! Ugg!
Saw whales but didnt love experience. Too many people on board and smell of hot dogs and popcorn ruined the naturalness of the moment! Ugg! Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
The boat trip was 3.5 hours long and on the way out to the whale watching sight we passed by ...
The boat trip was 3.5 hours long and on the way out to the whale watching sight we passed by islands graced by lighthouses. Out at the whale watching area, we saw many whales and there was a naturalist on board who explained everything; ... Read More
The boat trip was 3.5 hours long and on the way out to the whale watching sight we passed by islands graced by lighthouses. Out at the whale watching area, we saw many whales and there was a naturalist on board who explained everything; maybe even a little too much, as she spoke the whole time! Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Bar Harbor is a tender port.
Bar Harbor is a tender port. We were in port along with two Holland America Ships. Getting off the ship with a collapsible wheelchair was again a breeze. Only issue - the tender port - we where dropped on a dock with an approximately ... Read More
Bar Harbor is a tender port. We were in port along with two Holland America Ships. Getting off the ship with a collapsible wheelchair was again a breeze. Only issue - the tender port - we where dropped on a dock with an approximately 100 feet, metal, incline ramp, at an approximate 45 degree angle, to reach the main thoroughfare. There were two dock attendants at the bottom and they helped push the wheelchair up the incline. I'm not sure we would of made it had they not been there to assist. The steep angle was due to the tide and time of day - when we left, there was a short roll to the tender boat with maybe a 20 degree incline. The Holland tenders dropped passengers on a companion dock, right next to the whale watching cruise departure point, and the incline there to get to the main thoroughfare was much more navigable. The Whale Watching cruise had a special boarding process for the mobility limited and it was a great excursion. We saw pilot whales which was rare for the season. Read Less
Sail Date October 2012
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International