Venture out 40-60 miles into the offshore waters of the Atlantic Ocean on board the American Star in search of marine mammals, pelagic birdlife, and other species including sea turtles, oceanic sunfish, and sharks. Book one of the liveliest Cape May boat tours online today!
Winter Marine Mammal And Bird Watch
- Adult Ages 13+
Exploration of the inshore Pelagic Zone off of Cape May, NJ for Marine Mammals and Pelagic Bird life
Enjoy the comfort of our heated inside cabin as this cruise primarily stays inside of 20 miles from shore and possible sightings include:
- Baleen Whales: Humpback, Fin, Minke, or Right
- Common Dolphins, Bottlenose Dolphins, Harbor Porpoise
- Harbor Seals, Grey Seals
- Pelagic Birds: Northern Gannets, Black-legged Kittiwake, Razorbill, Common Murre, Thick-billed Murre, Dovekie, Iceland Gull
Is there parking available onsite?
– Yes, we have free parking available onsite in our designated Whale Watch parking lot. An attendant will be there to guide you to the appropriate free parking lot.
Are there bathrooms on the boat?
– Yes, the American Star is equipped with 4 restrooms onboard.
What happens in the event of bad weather?
– Our trips sail rain or shine! We have a full indoor cabin, several outdoor covered areas, and ponchos available onboard. If the Captain cancels the cruise in the event of severe weather (Tropical storm, hurricane, etc.), you will be offered the option to reschedule to a future trip or receive a full refund.
Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?
– We strongly recommend purchasing your tickets in advance to guarantee your spot on board. Our trips often sell out.
Are there food/drinks available onboard?
– Yes, we do have a full galley, bar, and gift shop onboard that accepts cash or credit card.
Can I bring outside food or drinks onboard?
– Yes, outside food and beverages are allowed onboard, however, no coolers or outside alcoholic beverages are permitted. We do have a full galley and bar available onboard.
Do you guarantee sightings?
– Yes, we have our Marine Mammal Guarantee. If no marine mammals are sighted on your cruise, including dolphins or whales, you will receive a voucher to join us on a future trip that never expires!
Do I need to wear a life-jacket onboard?
– No. We have life-jackets for every passenger onboard and they are used for emergency purposes only. The United States Coast Guard annually inspects all safety equipment onboard the American Star, and your captain will give a detailed safety briefing as your cruise departs.
Is the boat wheelchair accessible?
– Depending on tide conditions, there may be several steps to get onboard the American Star. Standard manual wheelchairs can be lifted onboard by mates, however, due to their weight, power wheelchairs cannot be accommodated at this time.
How far from the coast will the boat go?
– This cruise typically travels 3-15 miles from the shoreline depending on recent sightings and reports of marine mammal activity.
Will I get seasick on this cruise?
– The American Star is 100ft long and very stable in our Atlantic Ocean conditions. If you are susceptible to motion sickness, we recommend taking precautions with Dramamine, Bonine or Sea Bands. These are available at the dock.
Will the boat be crowded?
– The American Star is a 100ft long vessel custom built for sightseeing. It has seating for over 250 passengers, however, winter wildlife cruises are drastically limited in capacity so you will have plenty of room onboard to enjoy your cruise!
Can I smoke onboard
– No, the American Star is a nonsmoking vessel.