Thursday, August 25, 2016

Aquarium of the Pacific Whale Watching Excursions

Disclosure: We attended a media boat excursion. All opinions are my own.
The Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach and Harbor Breeze Cruises have partnered
together to bring guests a unique and amazing whale watching experience. Endangered
blue whales and fin whales have been spotted in the waters off of Long Beach and
guests of the Aquarium can purchase a combo ticket for a visit to the Aquarium of
the Pacific and a three-hour whale watching experience with Aquarium experts daily.

 The combo ticket can we purchased on-site at the Aquarium of the Pacific or in advance
by calling 562-590-3100. We had a fantastic experience on our adventure aboard
Harbor Breeze Cruises newest vessel - La Espada. The boat is spacious and had plenty
of on-deck viewing space for everyone aboard. There was a snack bar, inside viewing
opportunities, restrooms and a knowledgeable and helpful crew. 

We saw several blue whales during our 3 hour excursion - including a mama and baby
pair, which was just adorable to watch! I was worried that the kids would get bored
during the trip, but all three had a great time and were totally engaged during the better
portion of the whale watching experience. What is great about La Espada is that you
can be on deck or you can also view from on the the window tables inside. We did
both during the trip and had a lot of fun

I have a couple that suffer from motion sickness (as do I on occasion)  and so we came
prepared with our peppermint gum, hand fans, and essential oils. It helps to be up on
deck and watch the horizon if the motion sickness gets really bad. We all have mild
cases, so it is totally manageable and wasn't too distressing at all. However, if you are
more prone to motion sickness, then I recommend taking an OTC remedy before you
board so you can enjoy the whole whale watching experience.

After the whale watching excursion then we headed in to the Aquarium of the Pacific
to enjoy all the exhibits and learn even more about these beautiful creatures at the
interactive Whales: Voices in the Sea kiosk. It was amazing to see the life size model
of the largest creature on earth hanging above us and to realize we were right next to
these amazing animals when we were on our boat.

The combo tickets experience for both the Aquarium of the Pacific and the Sea Life Cruise
are priced $59.95 (12+), $42.95 (11 and under), and $56.95 (62+). 
Aquarium experts will be on board daily for both the 12:00PM and 3:30PM cruises.
While you're at the Aquarium of the Pacific be sure to visit the rest of the 11,000 animals and
see the new Horses and Dragons and Vanishing Animals exhibits.



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