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End Of Season Report – Lots Of Whales & Sunshine All Summer Long!

What an amazing season this was – the weather was close to perfect with lots of warm sunshine, but this was topped by the number of whale sightings. With the season over we saw whales on just over 95% of our cruises, and there was a great variety of whales to be seen as well. In addition to the three resident pods of Orca whales (J, K and L pods), we saw lots of transient Orcas, Minke whales, Humpback whales (especially in May and September), Gray whales and towards the end of the season we even saw a Fin whale a few times.

This season also saw the resident group grow by 5 – 4 of these babies just received names (Scarlet, Nova, Sonic and Windsong) and a fifth (L-122) was just born a few weeks ago and will be given a name soon.

Thanks to everyone who joined us on a tour this season – we’re already at work getting ready for next summer!

The Chrysalis Inn & Spa / San Juan Cruises Whale Watching Package

The Chrysalis Inn & Spa and San Juan Cruises have teamed up for a great overnight hotel & whale watching package. Enjoy a night or two in one of Bellingham’s finest hotels, with an amazing view of Bellingham Bay, Lummi Island and the San Juan Archipelago. Then hop aboard the Victoria Star 2 for a fabulous day cruise that includes whale watching, a 2 hour shore visit in Friday Harbor, and our delicious NW salmon lunch. Get all the details on the Chrysalis’ website:


Book The Victoria Star For A Holiday Party!

The Victoria Star is available for holiday parties this December. With festive decorations and hundreds of twinkling lights, the vessel is perfect for a family or company party. You can bring on your own food, use a caterer, or leave the cooking to us with one of our delicious meal options (including cracked crab, BBQ chicken, salmon & more). We have two bars (one on each level of the boat), serving a variety of Northwest beers and wines, as well as mixed drinks (including some holiday favorites).

Charters start at just $1000 and the boat can comfortably accomodate up to 120 people. The boat is heated, and as the largest passenger vessel in Bellingham, it’ll be smooth sailing as we cruise around Bellingham and Chuckanut Bays.

For more information, and reservations, please call us at 1-800-443-4552 or (360) 738-8099. You may also view information and photos online on our Private Parties page.

Whales & Wildlife Report – 8/3 (Humpback Whale)

As if beautiful, blue skies, warm sun and amazing scenery weren’t enough, we were able to find a Humpback whale on our San Juan Adventure cruise today, up on the north end of the San Juan Islands. It took a bit of searching, but it was well worth the effort. After having a great time watching it, we’re now on our way to Friday Harbor for our 2 hour shore visit. We hope to have photos soon!

Whales & Wildlife Report – 7/17, 7/18 & 7/19 (Orca Whales – J, K & L-Pods)

It’s been another fabulous week of whale watching, topped off by a “Super Pod” – a gathering of all three local pods of Orca whales. We found them just west of Lummi Island, not too far away. It gave us over an over to view them, thrilling our passengers with an abundance of activity. It was a fun, and beautiful, day to be out in the San Juan Islands!

Whales & Wildlife Report – 6/21 (Orca Whales – J-Pod & Transient Group)

It’s been an outstanding week for whale watching, topped off with a double-header of Orcas yesterday. We spotted J-Pod near Kellett Bluff on San Juan Island, then later stumbled across a group of transient Orcas in San Juan Channel. Our boat’s back in the islands today, with initial reports looking favorable once again. We’ve had consistent sightings over the last two weeks, so if you don’t have plans for the weekend, we hope you’ll join us on a tour of the San Juan Islands.

Our 2012 Season Is Just A Few Months Away

We’re busy gearing up for the 2012 season, which will start on May 5th this season for our San Juan Adventure cruise, and June 1st for our Chuckanut Bay Cracked Crab dinner cruises. We will also be doing several holiday cruises, including our popular 4th of July Fireworks cruises aboard the Victoria Star 2 and Viking Star. For outdoor recreation enthusiasts, there will be a new series of San Juan Islands Bike Tours on Lopez, San Juan and Orcas Islands. There’s more to come as well – lots of different ways to get on the water, or out in the islands this summer!

Gift Certificates For Our 2012 Season Available

Treat your family, friends or co-workers to a unique Northwest experience. Our tours will run May through September next year.

There are two options available:

–Our 8-hour San Juan Adventure day cruise, which includes a narrated tour through the scenic San Juan Islands, whale watching & wildlife viewing, a 2 hour shore visit in Friday Harbor, and an on-board meal (adult price $99).

–Our popular Chuckanut Bay Cracked Crab dinner cruise aboard the Victoria Star 2 (adult price $59).

Gift certificates may be purchased by phone (1-800-443-4552) or at our ticketing office at the Alaska Ferry Terminal in the historic Fairhaven district of Bellingham. Our office is open 8am – 5pm Monday through Friday.

San Juan Cruises / Whales & Wildlife Report – 7/17

Whale sightings have been very consistent over the last week, with lots of Orca sightings just west of San Juan Island over the past week. On Sunday’s cruise we were able to watch members of J-pod and L-pod for quite a while. Looks like great weather over the past few days, so if you don’t have plans come on down to the Alaska Ferry Terminal and join us on our San Juan Adventure cruise.