Q. Why Capt. Bill and Sons Whale Watch?
A. There are many reasons why you should choose Capt. Bills over other local companies:
• You’re Special to us! - The quality of your whale watch experience is our number one concern. We will go further, work harder, and do everything we can to make sure your whale watch will leave you with a lifetime of memories.
• The Whale Center of New England - Our Whale Center of New England naturalists will use their years of experience to explain spotting techniques, whale behavior, biology, and whale society. They also offer a free whale exhibit with a humpback skeleton in the same building as our gift shop!
• Our premier location on Historic Harbor Loop allows you to combine your trip with a visit to the Whale Center of New England, The Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center, access to the working waterfront, shopping, dining and lots more all from one convenient location! Click here to view our interactive map.
Q. Why take a whale watch out of Gloucester?
A. We are conveniently located between two of the primary feeding grounds of the whales. Only out of Gloucester do we have the flexibility of going to either Jeffreys Ledge or Stellwagen Bank, allowing you to see the best whales on your trip.
Q. What should I bring?
A. Be sure to bring your camera and plenty of film. Our crew has the benefit of watching whales on a daily basis and they are familiar with whale behavior. This allows them to anticipate the whale’s activity, allowing you ample time to prepare for great shots. Sunscreen and sunglasses are important- even on cloudy days you may be susceptible to sunburn. Bring a sweater or jacket too because it can be cooler on the water, than on land. Rubber soled shoes are also recommended.
Q. When is the best time to see whales?
A. Our tours begin in May and end in October at which time whales are feeding in the Stellwagen Bank. Krill and other foods become plentiful at this time.
Q. Are there restrooms on the boat?
A. Yes, all of our boats are equipped with clean restrooms.
Q. What should I do if I am prone to seasickness?
A. Although most of our trips are fairly smooth, you may want to take motion sickness pills an hour before the trip. If we know ahead of time that it will be a bumpy trip, we will inform passengers before you purchase tickets, and we may recommend waiting for another trip to those who are prone to seasickness.
Q. Do you offer any private outings?
A. Yes. Whether it be a corporate outing , graduation party, wedding rehearsal, baby shower, family or class reunion, etc. our boat can accommodate. We offer private whale watches, harbor tours, sunset cruises, and many other fun excursions. Call our specialists to assist you in planning a unique event.
Q. Do you offer group rates?
A. Yes. We have special rates for school groups, Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, sporting team events, church events, whatever your group may be large or small we will work with you to meet your needs. Please call for group rates