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2018- 2019 Winter Whale Watching Report

DateMorning CruiseAfternoon CruiseNotes
01/16/192 Gray Whales8 Gray WhalesMorning Cruise: A Pleasant day with intermittent overcast skies which then became sunny. A large rainbow appeared. Visitors from Indiana, Illinois, North Carolina and China joined us on the cruise. We followed 2 Gray Whales heading south at a consistent pace.

Afternoon Cruise: Upon leaving the bay, we had a few swells that subsided as the sun began to shine and it warmed up a bit. We spotted a couple of spouts about a half a mile out but, as we headed to see them, the whales became very elusive for us. Captain Mike then headed further out west in search of more Eastern Pacific Gray Whales. Just observing from the Hornblower about 2 miles out there was an incredible rainbow that spanned from Point Loma to Imperial Beach. It made us all think that it gave us such awesome luck with the Gray Whales. We encountered 2 Gray Whales who demonstrated mating behaviors. After observing them, our Captain decided to continue our journey westward. We were greatly rewarded as there were multiple sightings of Gray Whales in the area. We came upon a cow and a young calf who absolutely thrilled passengers on board. The cow and calf actually swam beneath the Adventure Hornblower as it was stopped and drifting- the cow and calf then came up directly next to the starboard side. Guests aboard were amazed to see the bodies of the cow and calf. Then for an extra thrill, the calf raised its head above the water to observe the humans on board. It was like this calf was saying "Hello Humans!" What an incredible experience for all on board! A total of 5 Gray Whales with a cow and calf combination just made everyone's day. On top of all that activity we spotted more than 5 spouts around the Hornblower. Unfortunately our time ran out. All guests aboard were extremely happy, lucky and very thrilled with today's experience off our San Diego Coast. Well Done!!! Captain Mike, First Mate Kaitlyn, and the fabulous Galley Crew! Thank you so much on behalf of the guests today and The Natural History Museum Whaler Staff, Dee and Pam on board today.
01/15/191 Gray Whale1 Gray Whale, 20 Pacific White-sided DolphinsMorning Cruise: After a couple of showers the sun broke through. Passengers from Canada, England, China, and the US saw 1 southbound whale making its way to the Lagoons of Baja.

Afternoon Cruise: The afternoon cruise had almost everything - 20 or more Pacific White Sided Dolphins jumping and playing near the boat, a full rainbow shining from end to end, one submarine, lots of Navy boats, and faint blows from an elusive gray whale. Seas were calm and enjoyed by all, some coming from as far away as Brazil.
01/14/192 Gray Whalesno whales spottedMorning Cruise: Blustery, rainy weather did not keep our guests back at the dock. Our captain Eric found 2 Gray Whales and one of them breached.

Afternoon Cruise: A bit of clearing as we head out. We watched an amazing flight of hundreds of cormorants streaming into the Bay, all in single file. Later in the afternoon, unfortunately, the visibility decreased and the rough seas returned, preventing us from finding any migrating gray whales or dolphins.
01/13/195 Gray Whales2 Gray WhalesMorning Cruise: The Gray Whale migration is at full force. We enjoyed watching 5 Gray Whales this morning.

Afternoon Cruise: Another good show with close looks at 2 Gray Whales.
01/12/195 Gray Whales, 10 Pacific White-sided Dolphins, 250 Common Dolphins4 Gray Whales, 35 Pacific White-sided Dolphins, 20 Common DolphinsMorning Cruise: It was a cold, rainy morning, but surprisingly once we got out in the ocean on the boat, there were great water conditions with the sun shining! Approximately 5 miles from shore we found a group of 5 adult Gray Whales traveling together! Our passengers had great views of the whales, they were so happy! Later on we saw about 10 Pacific White-sided Dolphins. And then here were about 250 Common Dolphins, much to the delight of the passengers. It was a great morning on the water!

Afternoon Cruise: The clouds were really starting to part, with blue skies above us as we boarded the boat. We had some excited passengers ready to see some whales. We had passengers from Australia, New Zealand, North and South Carolina, Texas, Arizona, Minnesota, and a lot from right here in San Diego. And none of them had ever seen a whale! They were in for a treat. Once we got out about 3 miles from the tip of Pt. Loma we found two Gray Whales! One of them even swam really close and was only about 20 feet from the boat at one point, The passengers were thrilled and even more excited when the whale took a deep dive and showed us its fluke! Once we were out about 6 miles we found 2 more adult Gray Whales and we enjoyed really close looks at them also. We had some really fantastic views of their barnacles as they got close to the boat. To top off the afternoon we came across about 35 Pacific White-sided Dolphins and about 20 Common Dolphins. On the way back to shore we came across a big huge submarine that was close to our boat. We had some navy veterans on board that told us that was their highlight of the day. What a great afternoon to be in San Diego out in the ocean!
01/11/195 Gray Whales3 Gray WhalesMorning Cruise: Great viewing conditions today with calm seas and overcast skies. We spotted 5 Gray Whales this morning, a cow-calf pair and a trio of adults. We enjoyed excellent views of the cow-calf pair with both animals on the surface for the entire viewing. The trio of adults were a little more boat shy swimming in a zig-zag manner giving us our views at a little more distant. It was still very exciting to see three spouts at a time as well as multi-tail flukes.

Afternoon Cruise: We spotted another trio of Gray Whales which we watched for most of the afternoon. The viewing was amazing with the whales swimming just below the surface in very clear water so we could see the entire animal swimming along! Eight Grey whales. What an amazing day!
01/10/194 Gray Whales4 Gray Whales, 5 Pacific White-sided Dolphins, 2 Common DolphinsMorning Cruise: A lovely cruise with sunny and clear weather. We spotted 3 adult Gray Whales and a calf that stayed very close to its mother. The whales appeared to be traveling south together. We also a few Common Dolphins during the cruise. We had guests from as far away as Switzerland, as well as WI, MN and other states. At least 20 children were on board from ages 6 to 12 that were part of the Golden Hill Camp.

Afternoon Cruise: The afternoon saw calm seas with swells at 15 second intervals, it was clear and not too cold. After some searching, we found 4 adult Gray Whales, traveling in two groups of two. Pacific White-sided dolphins rode our bow on the return trip, delighting the guests. We also spotted a pair of Common Dolphins during the trip. We had guests on board from China, Austria, and many East Coast states.
01/09/192 Gray Whales7 Gray WhalesMorning Cruise: A bright and beautiful, calm but brisk morning. Just after exiting San Diego Bay, we encountered one Gray Whale. It appeared to be a juvenile from its very small size. We remained in the area to observe it and then set off to find more whales. We then found a rather large adult Gray Whale moving at a rapid pace (for a Gray Whale). Each time she came up to blow, she dove showing her fluke (even on very brief dives), giving the cruise passengers excellent photo opportunities.

Afternoon Cruise: Breezy and brisk, but clear skies as we set out for the afternoon tour. As we approached the mouth of San Diego Bay at Cabrillo National Monument, Captain Mike announced that in communications with the America, about 4 miles out to our south, they reported seeing several whales, and so we headed in a southerly direction. Sure enough, we began seeing Gray Whale blow spouts due south of Point Loma, close to the U.S.-Mexico maritime border. We encountered one juvenile Gray Whale heading south which skimmed the surface of the water the entire time, never diving. We paced that whale slowly from a distance for a short time before turning west to seek out more whales. And they were everywhere! We identified no fewer than 7 Gray Whales, and saw at least 3 more spouts in the distance which we could not positively identify, having only seen the spouts. Reluctantly, our time was up and we needed to return, but not for lack of spotting whales! The visitors on board were very excited and had many questions for the Whalers on board after the NHM presentation. Nearly everyone on board attended –it was a full house in the forward lounge during the presentation. It was a marvelous afternoon out on the water. Notable for their absence: dolphins (none sighted at all).
01/08/193 Gray Whales, 100+ Common Dolphins3 Gray Whales, 100+ Common DolphinsMorning Cruise: Nice calm conditions for whale watching today. Captain Eric found us 3 southbound Gray Whales and an energetic school of 100 Common Dolphins for guests to watch.

Afternoon Cruise: We spotted Bottlenose Dolphins leaving the bay along with 2 Gray Whales headed south.
01/07/195 Gray Whales, 5 Bottlenose Dolphins2 Gray WhalesMorning Cruise: Excellent sea conditions and light winds made for superior spotting of five Gray Whales which included a cow and calf pair (our first of the season), a pregnant female and 3 adults all heading southward to the lagoons of Baja California, Mexico.

Afternoon Cruise: A continuation of excellent sea conditions with a slight breeze. Sightings of large batches of sea birds were seen feeding on small schooling fish. Two Gray Whales were spotted at the 9 mile bank. They zig-zagged and possibly showed mating behaviors. What a great day out on the ocean!
01/06/192 Gray Whales, 3 Pacific White-sided Dolphins1 Gray Whale, 5 Bottlenose DolphinsMorning Cruise: Shortly after leaving the bay we spotted our first Gray Whale. After a short time watching, this whale eluded us. We were next greeted by several Pacific White Sided dolphins. We then came across a juvenile Gray Whale that we watched diving while showing each knuckle and its flukes.

Afternoon Cruise: Conditions made it difficult to spot whales again this afternoon. We were greeted by Bottlenose Dolphins as we left the bay. Shortly before it was time top head back in, Captain Chad spotted a Gray Whale spout in the distance, yet the whale was rather elusive.
01/05/191 Gray Whale2 Gray Whales, 25 Pacific White-sided Dolphins, 25 Common DolphinsMorning Cruise: Even though it was overcast with a storm on the way, it was relatively calm on the water. We started the cruise by passing by the bait docks to watch the California Sea Lions and birds and the passengers were excited! We later found an adult Gray Whale heading south much to the delight of our passengers! And the whale brought us a couple of flukes, which brought much joy to everyone.

Afternoon Cruise: In the afternoon the skies were getting darker with a hint of rain on the way, but it did not rob our passengers of enthusiasm! They were all excited to find whales! We had people on board from India, Argentina, Japan, and many states from around the country. Captain Joe did a fantastic job in finding us a couple of adult Gray Whales heading south near the kelp beds just about 2-3 miles from PT. Loma. All the passengers were so excited! And when we saw their flukes, people applauded! When we made a turn to head back to the dock all of a sudden here were some dolphins! We had about 25 Common Dolphins and then about 25 Pacific White Sided Dolphins, everyone was thrilled. It was a great day on the water, in spite of the rain.
01/04/195 Gray Whales1 Gray Whale. 40 Common DolphinsMorning Cruise: It was a beautiful day on the ocean, with calm winds, and smooth seas for both morning and afternoon cruises. Guests from Israel, Utah, Washington, Chicago, Las Vegas and Maryland joined us. The morning saw 5 Gray Whales, with great looks at 4. We started with a single adult Gray Whale that was swimming very quickly but gave us great spouts and tail flukes. The view ended with 3 spectacular breaches right next to the boat. We left for a pair of spouts off in the distance which were another pair of adult Gray Whales. We followed this pair all the way to the border again giving us great spouts and flukes. Our last whale was a very small juvenile that was swimming slowly on the surface as well as just beneath. The size difference was a great contrast for all the guests to see. We called it a day and then headed back to the dock.

Afternoon Cruise: The afternoon trip saw one Gray Whale and about 40 Common Dolphins. The whale was a mature adult giving us spouts and flukes but swimming very erratic. The whale stayed down 10-12 minutes between showings and would pop up a good distance away from the boat. We did get one great showing when the whale came up right next to the boat. Heading back up Pt. Loma we came across a group of about 40 Common Dolphins that gave everyone a great show. After that we called it a day and headed in. Another amazing day of whale watching for Hornblower guests!
01/03/19n/a3 Gray Whales, 60+ Common DolphinsAfternoon Cruise: We departed under perfect, clear skies and calm seas. The first thing we found were 3 small pods of common dolphin with about 20 per pod. We had good viewing but only stayed with them for a few minutes to head out for a whale spotted 4 miles away. We found a single adult Gray Whale swimming slowly along the surface giving us spectacular views of its back and tail flukes. We followed this whale to the Mexican border and then turned north. A very short time later we came across 2 more Gray Whales, an adult and juvenile. These whales were milling in one area and would give 3-4 spouts before fluking and disappearing for about 10 minutes. We got 3 great shows from this pair and then it was time to call it a day and return to the dock. What a fabulous day of whale and dolphin watching!
01/02/191 Gray Whale, 1000+ Common Dolphins4 Gray Whales, California Sea LionsMorning Cruise: We enjoyed an amazing day on the water joined by guests from Sweden, London, Japan, China, and Canada as well as many U.S. states. Guests were delighted with a sighting of a solitary Gray Whale along with a huge group of Common Dolphins,

Afternoon Cruise: The day continued to be beautiful and mild with calm seas. We spotted and followed 4 separate Gray Whales. We also spotted 2 more whale spouts behind us in the distance. We watched numerous blows and flukes as the whales traveled south. Visitors from Peru, England and China were aboard.
01/01/1950 Common Dolphinsn/aMorning Cruise: A lovely, sunny morning to begin the New Year! We observed Common Dolphins playing in the Adventure Hornblower's bow wake. Looking forward to a robust whale watching season!
12/31/1825 Bottlenose Dolphins25 Bottlenose DolphinsMorning Cruise: We encountered a large pod of bottle-nosed dolphins. We had international guests from Holland, Germany, China, Japan and Mexico as well as guests from throughout the U.S.

Afternoon Cruise: We started out of the bay under over-cast skies. The sea became choppy so the captain returned to the harbor. On the way back in we spotted 25 bottle-nosed dolphins, sea lions near the bate dock and lots of birds.
12/30/181 Gray Whale2 Pacific White-sided DolphinsMorning Cruise: We enjoyed another beautiful day on the water. During the cruise we encountered a solo southbound Gray Whale. We spent some time observing blows and fluking from the whale. Passengers were on board from UK, Australia, Peru and Utah.

Afternoon Cruise: The sunny, calm conditions continued into the afternoon. We encountered two Pacific White Sided Dolphins during the cruise, but did not spot any baleen whales. Passengers joined us from Australia, New York, and Texas.
12/29/183 Gray Whales, 200+ Common Dolphins2 Gray Whales, 600+ Common DolphinsMorning Cruise: A beautiful day on the water. We first sighted a single Gray Whale, and then a pair of Grays headed south.

Afternoon Cruise: It continued to be a beautiful day on the water. We spotted 2 Gray Whales (southbound) early in the voyage and one even fluked before they moved out moved on. We also enjoyed watching about 600 Common Dolphins in a large herd later on in the cruise. Guests from Germany, India, SE Asia, and San Diego joined us on the cruise.
12/28/184 Gray Whales2 Pacific White-sided DolphinsMorning Cruise: As we cruised out of the bay, we soon found 3 gray whales traveling together. The passengers were blessed with amazing views. Even with a sold out cruise, everyone had a chance to see these beautiful marine mammals. After a while, the captain decided to venture north to find other marine life. We came upon a slowly moving gray whale along the Kelp forest. S/he stayed near the surface for quite some time and even fluked!

Afternoon Cruise: In the afternoon, the conditions were nice. Even with all eyes looking for the large marine mammals, none were sighted in the San Diego area. We did find a couple of Pacific White Sided dolphins.
12/27/182 Gray Whales, 15 Pacific White-sided Dolphins2 Gray Whales, 400+ Common DolphinsMorning Cruise: The cruise started out with sun, light wind and warm weather. We spotted 2 adult Gray Whales heading south. Many different passengers joined us from all over the world (Japan, Taiwan, India, and Canada). Everyone enjoyed the open ocean and the color of the sea. Near the end of the tour, we spotted 15 Pacific White-sided Dolphins.

Afternoon Cruise: Sunny, clear skies with clear water made whale and dolphin watching easy. Our first sighting was of more than 100 dolphins joyfully swimming and playing near the boat. Passengers young and old delighted in watching them. As the boat traveled looking for whales, more and more dolphins approached, some jumping high in the air. All together there were about 400 Common Dolphins sighted! And then we spotted one, then another Gray Whale traveling south. Overhead one booby (bird) flew nearby. What a day! Passengers were from the US, Japan, Canada, Austria.
12/26/181 Gray Whale1 Gray WhaleMorning Cruise: It was a beautiful sunny day on the ocean with large, gentle swells. We spotted one adult gray whale heading south.

Afternoon Cruise: The wonderful sunny day continued, with large rolling swells and a stiff breeze reminding the passengers of the season. We tracked one juvenile Gray Whale and the passengers were rewarded with some great views of this magnificent animal. A school of flying fish briefly entertained us as well. Passengers from Canada, Singapore, and Sri Lanka enjoyed the trip, as well as those from many states.
12/25/18n/an/aCruises cancelled due to stormy weather.
12/24/184 Pacific White-sided Dolphins, 300+ Common Dolphins500+ Common DolphinsMorning Cruise: We had passengers from all over - Texas, Washington state, Canada, Utah, and Arizona. We first spotted 4 Pacific White-sided Dolphins and then later saw 300 Common Dolphins. Most of the cruise was smooth water, but foggy with low visibility.

Afternoon Cruise: The afternoon was warm and sunny with calm seas. We spotted about 500 common dolphins and lots of seabirds feeding.
12/23/181 Gray Whale, 1 Humpback Whale1 Gray Whale, 6 Pacific White-sided DolphinsMorning Cruise: We enjoyed an overcast Sunday morning with calm seas. We observed one juvenile southbound Gray Whale that snorkeled and continued on a constant direction and speed. Additionally, we saw a Humpback Whale, which fluked on a regular basis. A nice outing, enjoyed by all.

Afternoon Cruise: A beautiful, sunny afternoon with calm seas. We observed one southbound juvenile Gray Whale and 6 dolphins. We stayed with the Gray Whale to observe for quite some time. The dolphins were observed in the distance as the sun was setting.
12/22/1830 Pacific White-sided Dolphins1 Gray Whale, 2 Pacific White-sided DolphinsMorning Cruise: The ocean was calm and the skies clear for the morning cruise. As the Captain was on his mission to find the large marine mammals, he instead came upon Pacific White-sided dolphins- who delighted the passengers with bow riding and wake riding views. With the crystal clear water visibility, it was easy to see the distinguishing features of these beautiful dolphins. A lot of bird activity was also seen throughout the morning.

Afternoon Cruise:
The calm water conditions continued into the afternoon, resulting in a nice ride on the ocean. The Captain took a northern route and with the help of the whale watch tour community, everyone was treated with a long encounter with a small juvenile Gray Whale. This whale was somewhat “elusive’, but with the water visibility, the passengers were able to get good views of the whale. A few passengers got to see 2 Pacific White-sided Dolphins.
12/21/181 Gray Whale, 1 Humpback Whale, 75+ Pacific White-sided Dolphins2 Gray Whales, 500+ Common DolphinsMorning Cruise: We spotted an adult Gray Whale and an adult Humpback Whale. We also spotted a large group of about 75 Pacific White-sided Dolphins. During the cruise we also spotted numerous California Sea Lions, Brown Pelicans, Seagulls, and Cormorants.

Afternoon Cruise: We saw two adult Gray Whales swimming in southward direction. A little later, about 500 Common Dolphins swam around the boat. What a spectacular sight! One Brown Booby was spotted in flight right off the side of the boat.
12/20/181 Gray Whale, 20 Pacific White-sided Dolphins, 20 Bottlenose Dolphins3 Gray WhalesMorning Cruise: Although we had some large, smooth swells, we had great visibility and Captain Earnesto found a large Gray Whale for us to watch. He also found an unusual mixed pod of offshore Bottlenose dolphins and Pacific White-sided Dolphins that frolicked with the boat so everyone could enjoy watching them. It looks like Gray Whales have arrived!

Afternoon Cruise: Ocean conditions persisted, but our Captain was able to locate a pair of large, Gray Whales heading south. As we followed the whales, one fluked several times. On the way back into the bay, we spotted a third Gray Whale. Many of our guests saw their first baleen whales today!
12/19/18No whales sighted2 Gray WhalesMorning Cruise: We searched near and far and did not see any whales this morning.

Afternoon Cruise: Luck was with us this afternoon, as we spotted two Gray Whales traveling south.
12/18/181 Humpback Whale3 Gray WhalesMorning Cruise: We went out to the 9 mile bank with slightly bumpy seas. On the way back in to the bay, we sighted a Humpback Whale in the distance. We had passengers from many states and The Netherlands, UK, and Singapore join us this morning.

Afternoon Cruise: Our delightful, sunny afternoon was made even better when we sighted not one but two southbound, Gray Whales that stayed near the boat for about 40 minutes. They kept themselves hidden staying low in the water with small blows. At first it seemed to be a mother and her calf. However, both whales had good sized barnacles indicating the “calf” was actually a juvenile. They also rolled in the water and raised a flipper now and then. On our way back in we saw a third juvenile Gray Whale who fluked, spy-hopped, and breached several times. School is out for some, so there were many delightful families with curious children on board. Another terrific day!
12/17/182 Common Dolphins, 3 California Sea Lionsno whales spottedMorning Cruise: Great spotting conditions for whale watching today. While we spotted a couple dolphins and a few sea lions, whales eluded us today.

Afternoon Cruise: A beautiful afternoon on the sea with gentle waves and abundant sunshine. Unfortunately, we didn't spot any whales or dolphins while out on the ocean.
12/16/18250+ Common Dolphinsno whales spottedMorning Cruise: This morning we had a beautiful cruise with sunny and calm seas. We observed 250 common dolphins, including many dolphin calves, jumping all the way out of the water.

Afternoon Cruise: A beautiful, calm, sunny cruise. We had a delightful group of people from Canada, Korea, as well as from all over the U.S. We didn't sight any Whales today, but are looking forward to when they arrive in full force.
12/15/18no whales spotted1 Gray WhaleMorning Cruise: A gorgeous sunny day with calm seas. As we were leaving the bay, two tug boats escorted in a Navy sub. We sailed out to the nine-mile bank, but no whales were seen. One lone Sea Lion swam close to the boat.

Afternoon Cruise: Beautiful day on the water, light breeze and calm conditions. A little slow at first cruising up to Mission Bay. Upon return to the harbor, a juvenile gray whale spouted near the entrance buoy. The whale snorkeled and dove a couple times, and even showed its tail flukes delighting all the passengers on board.
12/14/181 Gray Whale, 20 Pacific White-sided Dolphins, 100+ Common Dolphins3 Gray WhalesMorning Cruise: Off La Jolla Point, we spotted a Gray Whale heading south. During the cruise we also saw a pod of about 20 Pacific White-sided Dolphins and 100 Common Dolphins.

Afternoon Cruise: Captain Rick was hoping to find the Gray Whale that had been spotted a few hours before and he was successful! Off the coast of Point Loma we watched this incredible mammal for about 20 minutes. The whale seemed to be in no hurry heading south and stayed very near the surface for most of the time. It finally did a beautiful deep dive and, just when we assumed it would stay submerged for a while, it breached not once but four times! We eventually headed a little bit north and saw 2 more whales - possibly a mom and a baby, but we weren't close enough to confirm. We also saw many Brown Pelicans and a few Heermann's Gulls. What a great way to start the season!
12/13/18no whales spottedn/aMorning Cruise: A beautiful day on the ocean with gentle waves, clear skies and warm weather. A few birds were sighted upon leaving the bay. Unfortunately, we did not spot any whales or dolphins.
12/12/18n/ano whales spottedAfternoon Cruise: Although we searched and conditions were good, we did not see any whales.
12/11/181 Gray Whale40+ Pacific White-sided Dolphins, 5 Common Dolphins, 1 Southern Sea OtterMorning Cruise: We spotted a Gray Whale heading south along the kelp beds just outside of Mission Bay. We enjoyed watching this whale for about 30 minutes until it was time to head back to the dock. Birders also spotted phalaropes, auklets and egrets. Guests from Japan, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., Colorado, Arizona, and the U.K. joined us this morning.

Afternoon Cruise: A beautiful, sunny afternoon graced the enthusiastic whale watchers (from Spain, Colombia, U.K., Colorado, Idaho, NJ, Ohio, California). While we didn't spot any baleen whales, we enjoyed many encounters with dolphins bowriding alongside the Adventure Hornblower. First there was a lone Pacific White-sided Dolphin that kept up with the boat for 5 to 10 minutes. Then there were 5 Common Dolphins intermixed with about 40 Pacific White-sided Dolphins. The most unusual sighting was a Sea Otter swimming by and rolling onto its back in typical otter fashion.
12/10/181 Gray Whale, 20 Pacific White-sided Dolphins5 Pacific White-sided Dolphins, 1 Common Dolphin, 2 California Sea Lions, CormorantsMorning Cruise: Although it was a cool and cloudy morning, we enjoyed fantastic sightings on our cruise including our first Gray Whale of the season- a juvenile that breached and fluked at the end of the morning. We also enjoyed watching two pods of Pacific White-sided Dolphins that were bow-riding for over a half hour.

Afternoon Cruise: We followed a submarine out of the harbor and noticed a lot of cormorants (sea birds) at the mouth of the bay. While out on the ocean, we spotted Pacific White-sided Dolphins, a Common Dolphin and a couple of sea lions.

Star of India Spectator or Lunch Cruise

Hornblower Spectator cruise with The Star of India

Join us on November 18 as Hornblower follows the Star of India as it sails out to sea.  This is a spectacle you won’t want to miss as The Star of India celebrates over 155 years with a traditional ocean sail!  Passengers on the Star of India spectator or lunch cruise will get to sail NEXT to the Star of India aboard a Hornblower yacht to view the world’s oldest active iron-hulled ship up close.  It’s been 5 years since the Star of India last sailed, don’t miss out on this amazing experience.

Cruise Details: 
Sunday November 18, 2018
BOARDS: 11:00 AM, CRUISES: 11:30 AM-2:30 PM
PRICE: $40-$65 per person (Tax, service charge & landing fee additional)

For more information or to make reservations visit Star of India Spectator Cruise


Hornblower’s New Seaweed Farm Neighbor


Hornblower will soon have a new neighbor at the Grape Street Pier/ Pier 1. Two local marine scientists are starting up a seaweed farm at the end of the pier. The underwater farm was just approved by the Port of San Diego and will be used to test the growth of several commercially-valuable seaweed species for culinary use as well as for animal feed, fertilizer and bio-fuel. As a company that is committed to conservation, Hornblower is looking forward to meeting our new neighbors and learning more about this sustainable new source of culinary seaweed!



Kids Cruise Free in October on Hornblower Harbor Tours

Hornblower Cruises & Events is inviting all children ages 12 and under to explore the Bay for FREE in October. Take a classic Harbor Tour Cruise highlighting local landmarks, natural wonders and military history. Kids can cruise FREE on any 1- or 2- Hour daily, narrated Harbor Tour Cruise around San Diego Bay with the purchase of one Adult Ticket at retail rate. Discover more at

Orcas Ride the Wake of a Fishing Boat near San Diego


This exhilarating video perfectly captures the excitement of orcas playing in the wake of a small fishing charter boat. Orcas are a type of highly-social dolphin and will occasionally interact with boats by bow-riding, swimming alongside or riding boat wakes. At Hornblower we occasionally spot orcas on our Whale Watching cruises, which is always a thrilling experience! This sighting took place off the Coronados Islands in Mexican waters and close to where we watch whales off the San Diego coast.