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Book in advance or just turn up for whale watching?

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Book in advance or just turn up for whale watching?

we would like to stop off at Gloucester for whale watching on Sat 2 Oct on the way to Boston from Portsmouth. wondered if we just turned up on the day whether we would be ok for a whale watching trip as worried that if we book in advance we could end up wasting money if the weather is bad or we could end up going out in rough weather and not enjoy it just because we had paid. On the other hand we definitely want to go if we possibly can. Any advice would be appreciated.

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1. Re: Book in advance or just turn up for whale watching?

I think you have correctly characterized the risks and tradeoffs. I would just show up, or make reservations the day before, if necessary (probably not).

Why are you going whale watching out of Gloucester? Are you spending the night in Gloucester? If you mean you are leaving Portsmouth that morning to go whale watching you will have to get up awfully early to get to Gloucester in time. You could more easily go whale watching out of Newburyport.

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2. Re: Book in advance or just turn up for whale watching?

Weekend trip with any of the companies out of Gloucester (more than Newburyport's sole choice) are usually full. Maybe not so in chilly October, with less locals, though. Most companies run a morning and afternoon trip during the season, so you'd have plenty of time to get there from Portsmouth. The companies themselves will cancel the whole trip if the weather really isn't suitable for going out. But you usually have the option to call and cancel if you think the weather appears such that you wouldn't enjoy the voyage. It's a credit card transaction, after all. And these companies stay in business when you have fun, tell your friends and come back, not if you a miserable experience. Bring lots of warm layers. In October, it's likely to be quite chilly out ont he open ocean, and you can't see much from the enclosed cabin.

These are the companies out of Gloucester:

http://www.yankeefleet.com/

http://captbillandsons.com/

http://www.7seas-whalewatch.com/

http://www.seethewhales.com/

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3. Re: Book in advance or just turn up for whale watching?

You're right; for some reason it never occurred to me that you could go on a whale watch after lunch! It's just that getting to Gloucester is kind of a pain if it's on the way from Portsmouth to Boston if you're only going there for a whale watch, when there are so many alternatives that are closer to the highway.

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4. Re: Book in advance or just turn up for whale watching?

Just so you know, all the whale watches, regardless of where they left from, end up in the same place to see the whales: Stellwagen Bank. This means you'll see the same whales from either Gloucester, Boston or Provincetown.

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5. Re: Book in advance or just turn up for whale watching?

Exactly. Or Portsmouth or Newburyport.

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6. Re: Book in advance or just turn up for whale watching?

Thanks all for the useful advice, as a compromise we will look at the weather forecast a couple of days beforehand and then book if it looks ok.

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