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Cape May Whale Watch & Research Center

The Boat

The American Star - Dolphin & Whale Watching

The Cape May Whale Watch and Research Center’s M/V American Star is a 100 ft super ship with a maximum limit of 150 passengers with seating for over 200 passengers. It is set up for non-obtrusive, up close viewing of whales and dolphins. The American Star is all aluminum, custom constructed for whale watching. Its spacious exterior decks and stable design provide for excellent, up-close wildlife observation, while its enormous carpeted and heated interior will keep you safe and comfortable, out of the elements. Semi- enclosed seating is also provided on the upper deck. The American Star is equipped with powerful twin Detroit Diesel engines and state of the art electronics. Complete with a full galley and four restrooms, the new American Star sets a higher standard for passenger comfort and is sure to provide an enjoyable Cape May whale watching experience.

The American Star’s journey to Cape May started as it departed from Seward, Alaska in the summer of 2012, where it was previously used as a whale watching vessel in Kenai Fjords National Park viewing Grey, Killer, and Humpback Whales as well as sea lions, otters, and glaciers. Captain Andrew, with the assistance of Captain Chris Geib and Captain Scott Tremble, piloted the vessel from Seward, Alaska to Victoria, British Columbia, a roughly 1,700 nautical mile journey. There, the vessel was loaded onto a massive cargo ship that transported it down the Pacific Coast and through the Panama Canal. This leg of the voyage took over 1 month and the American Star was unloaded in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in August 2012. Captain Andrew then piloted the vessel over 1,000 nautical miles to Cape May, NJ where it joined the Cape May Whale Watch & Research Center and the Starlight Fleet in September 2012.

Advance Purchase Strongly Recommended... Trips Often Sell Out!
*Our guarantee applies if no marine mammals are sighted. In the event that no marine mammals are sighted, we offer another trip. Subject to space availability.
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