on July 5, 2000
Seeing the whales up close is wonderful. I went out on the Friendship V, a 112' catamaran propelled by water jets. The boat goes up to 40 mph and travels the 25 miles out to sea quite fast. Along the way you'll see harbor seals, puffin, harbor porpoise and other sea life. Whale sightings are guaranteed or your money back. The trips last 2-3 hours with 1 hour being whale watching. We saw several humpbacks on our trip. They allow the extra hour in case they have to travel to different locations to find the whales. The trip wasn't rough and the only time I was aware of the motion and felt a little sick was when I was enclosed inside the galley. I recommend staying outside and enjoy the feeling of the salt air on your face. However, this is the only part of your body you will want in the salt air. It is freezing out there!!! Dress warmly! It was 80 in town and freezing on the ocean. I had on a hat, gloves, and several layers of jackets and was fine. Others on board who had only brought a light windbreaker spent most of their time inside the boat. The boat has a galley complete with hot and cold food choices and snacks. Breakfast is offered on morning cruises. They sell film and rent binoculars on board but we were so close to the whales that binoculars weren't needed.
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