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butterflysweeti
October 11th, 2010, 10:52 PM
Hi, Travelling on the Destiny in November through December 4th.

Heading from Miami to Bahamas then Turks & Caicos. Just wondering if anyone knows if I will possibly see any whales or dolphins from the cruise ship this time of year.

Anyone ever seen any from their cruise ship? Thanks so much !!!

FireMonkey
October 12th, 2010, 12:51 AM
Dolphins are almost a guarantee, especially in the mornings. I always see them at the front of the ship.

Whales are hit and miss. I haven't sailed that itinerary so I couldn't tell you, but on our last MR cruise last February there were a TON of whale. There was a single whale in Cabo that kept breaching right underneath a group of people that were parasailing.

missmery
October 12th, 2010, 12:56 AM
You probably have a good chance of seeing dolphins, at least in port. I saw them in Miami while we were in port on our very last morning on the Valor! That was in October.

No idea about whales. I've never seen one from a cruise ship.

k2excursion
October 12th, 2010, 01:03 AM
I've never seen any dolphins on my cruises out of Florida, and I am always looking for them. I guess I just don't look at the right times. I've seen them on every cruise out of Galveston though, in the fall and in the spring. It's always very exciting. Although I've never seen any whales (other than the dolphins) or heard about others seeing them. I've heard that the dolphins usually like to swim around the sides of the ships along the front, riding the waves.

woodey
October 12th, 2010, 05:07 AM
Hi, Travelling on the Destiny in November through December 4th.

Heading from Miami to Bahamas then Turks & Caicos. Just wondering if anyone knows if I will possibly see any whales or dolphins from the cruise ship this time of year.

Anyone ever seen any from their cruise ship? Thanks so much !!!
I can only speak for the west coast.....Yes I have seen or have heard they have been seen on all of my cruises out here....When i was in Alaska Leaving juneau We saw Hundreds of Dolphins...dozens of whales..including three orca whales that was racing on the side of the boat....
I like walking the deck early in the morning and i see lots of dolphins playing during that time....The Whale i saw in Mexico was the night we left Cabo around sunset...

LemurCat
October 12th, 2010, 09:03 AM
I've seen dolphins a couple of times, and even manatees while docked at Port Canaveral. That was very, very cool.

brnsnbrws
October 12th, 2010, 09:07 AM
Last Nov. my daughters saw dolphins as we were leaving Port Of Miami.

Traveler353
October 12th, 2010, 09:14 AM
Still waiting for my first whale sighting from the deck of a cruise ship. I have seen Dolphins on several cruises. Usually see them when coming in and out of port areas. Also flying fish are very common on most cruises. They are doing their best to stay out of the food chain when leaping out of the water.

maldenmusic
October 12th, 2010, 09:17 AM
On our cruises out of NOLA I've always seen porpoises near where the Mississippi River and the Gulf join. They are at the front of the boat.

Warm Breezes
October 12th, 2010, 09:24 AM
I've only spotted dolphins once and it wasn't for lack of trying. I saw them going into San Juan in July. I about fell out of my chair (we were in the LIDO eating) because I this was my first time in 6 cruises.

teenabear
October 12th, 2010, 09:24 AM
We saw dolphins sailing out of Port Canaveral in January. We have also seen whales but that was on the west coast in January.

spacewoman
October 12th, 2010, 09:25 AM
Years ago hubby saw dolphins in Port Canaveral. I saw flying fish last year. This year we saw a stingray in Nassau. On the way home maybe around Cape Hatteras saw a group of maybe dolphins or whales with similar dorsal fin near ship but they weren't close enough for us to see what they were. I snapped a photo but all you see is the fin sticking out of the water.

Anybody see anything interesting while snorkeling?

tiggerman101
October 12th, 2010, 09:56 AM
I have seen dolphins here and there on various cruises. We went through a big group of whales feeding when we were on our way up to Alaska. They were all around the ship and it was amazing. On my last cruise we were heading back to Miami from Cozumel when the captain announced a big whale right next to the ship. I was surprised to hear that, but sure enough he was there.

klfrodo
October 12th, 2010, 10:15 AM
9 cruises. 8 Caribbean and 1 to Mexico from Long Beach.

I've seen plenty of small Harbor Porpoises when coming into or leaving a port.
One time on the Mexican cruise we saw dolphins playing in the ships wake for a few minutes.
Whales,,, never

butterflysweeti
October 12th, 2010, 10:38 AM
Wow! Lots of sightings. I hope I am as lucky as you! Living in Ontario, Canada, I have never seen a dolphin or whale outside a zoo :(

So hopefully on my cruise I will !

I will be sure to look for them in the early mornings & around the ports. Thanks for sharing ! :)

klfrodo
October 12th, 2010, 10:58 AM
When I say that I've seen them, it's usually I'm just gazing out and something catches my eye and I say to myself "Was tha?' there it is again.
"I thin" over there. Ok,,look close,,,,,, There,,, where's my camera?

Never have gotten pix.

jb58
October 12th, 2010, 11:04 AM
Saw my first whale ever this past August while on the Legend sailing from Belize back to Tampa.

Upandadam
October 12th, 2010, 11:12 AM
Have seen dolphins on all of our cruises regardles of the time of year or location. Have only seen whales on the Mexican Riviera.

1sttimecruiser52
October 12th, 2010, 11:38 AM
Dolphins are almost a guarantee, especially in the mornings. I always see them at the front of the ship.

Whales are hit and miss. I haven't sailed that itinerary so I couldn't tell you, but on our last MR cruise last February there were a TON of whale. There was a single whale in Cabo that kept breaching right underneath a group of people that were parasailing.

Thanks! I was wondering the same thing about the dolphins, cruising for the first time in March, can't wait!!!

carqueen1
October 12th, 2010, 11:50 AM
I saw a whale at the Port of Long Beach, while we were waiting to debark the ship. It came up right under our rooms balcony. It was an unusual site!!

RMM34667
October 12th, 2010, 11:54 AM
I've seen dolphins on every cruise. And only one whale. It's always a surprise. The day I saw the whale I was up on deck early having coffee just gazing. If there wasn't someone at the next table doing the same thing I might have though I imagined it. It was a quick jump then out of sight. I looked around to see if anyone else saw it and we were both relieved to know someone else saw it too.

goose bump stuff!!

spacewoman
October 12th, 2010, 11:54 AM
I wish they had underwater cameras to look at the aquatic life but I know if anything with large teeth and a big dorsal fin swam by it would freak out a lot of folks:eek:

LemurCat
October 12th, 2010, 11:55 AM
I wish they had underwater cameras to look at the aquatic life but I know if anything with large teeth and a big dorsal fin swam by it would freak out a lot of folks:eek:

Underwater ocean view cabins? Hmmm ... I wonder what thought would go for on ES rates ...:D

BoooBooKitEFk
October 12th, 2010, 12:06 PM
Underwater ocean view cabins? Hmmm ... I wonder what thought would go for on ES rates ...:D

I'm guessing she means cameras attached to the ship, beneath the water line to view the aquatic life.

glrounds
October 12th, 2010, 12:09 PM
In the Caribbean, plenty of dolphins early in the morning, never saw a whale, however.

On the Mexican Riviera, many dolphins (probably porpoises in most cases) and often whales either going south to the Sea of Cortez to have their babies in the wintertime or moving north to Alaska to feed on the plankton-rich water in the summer time. Fascinating always. :)

Lots of "flying fish" which skitter along the surface of the sea with their tails. Often harbor seals hanging around the ship in the ports.

CRJ700
October 12th, 2010, 12:10 PM
Hi, Travelling on the Destiny in November through December 4th.

Heading from Miami to Bahamas then Turks & Caicos. Just wondering if anyone knows if I will possibly see any whales or dolphins from the cruise ship this time of year.

Anyone ever seen any from their cruise ship? Thanks so much !!!

Saw these guys mid afternoon on our sea day heading to Tampa from Belize.

171629

martinchem
October 12th, 2010, 12:33 PM
If you really want to see whales and dolphins do a mexican riviera cruise to Cabo during mid january to mid february, we did a B2B on RCL and NCL and saw at least 50 whales and 100 dolphins from the ship at sea and a half dozen seals while tendered. Only on one cruise in the caribbean, coincidentally on the same ship during the beginning of february we saw three whales and three dolphins on the same morning between Grand Turks and San Juan.

butterflysweeti
October 12th, 2010, 01:19 PM
Saw these guys mid afternoon on our sea day heading to Tampa from Belize.

171629

What an amazing picture !!!!! :)

If you really want to see whales and dolphins do a mexican riviera cruise to Cabo during mid january to mid february, we did a B2B on RCL and NCL and saw at least 50 whales and 100 dolphins from the ship at sea and a half dozen seals while tendered. Only on one cruise in the caribbean, coincidentally on the same ship during the beginning of february we saw three whales and three dolphins on the same morning between Grand Turks and San Juan.

OMG! 50 whales & 100 dolphins !!! That is incredible.... I will be very happy to see one!!!

On another note, anyone ever seen a shark?

Irishlinny
October 12th, 2010, 01:27 PM
It took me 5 cruises to spot dolphins! Saw 2 briefly last May down around where you will be. Have never seen a whale from a cruise ship. Since you're in Ontario, someday you should take a trip to Cape Cod, MA and go on a whale watch...you will see many, and often right next to your boat! It's life-changing to be that close to such amazing creatures in the wild!!!:)

butterflysweeti
October 12th, 2010, 01:32 PM
It took me 5 cruises to spot dolphins! Saw 2 briefly last May down around where you will be. Have never seen a whale from a cruise ship. Since you're in Ontario, someday you should take a trip to Cape Cod, MA and go on a whale watch...you will see many, and often right next to your boat! It's life-changing to be that close to such amazing creatures in the wild!!!:)


Thanks Linda, I will absolutely try & plan that for my next holiday. Any time of year, specific place or other details? You can email me if you have info?

scarheel
October 12th, 2010, 01:35 PM
Our first cruise is coming up, so obviously I have seen neither whale nor dolphin from a cruise ship, but I did have a dolphin surface about five yards from me while boogie boarding a few years ago at Folly Beach, SC. Scared the everliving mess out of me!

mylan
October 12th, 2010, 02:11 PM
We saw a pod of dolphins on our second cruise, there must have been twenty or more. This was out in the middle of the western caribbean. My wife swears she saw a whale surface and blow but I didn't see it.

mylan
October 12th, 2010, 02:19 PM
What an amazing picture !!!!! :)



OMG! 50 whales & 100 dolphins !!! That is incredible.... I will be very happy to see one!!!

On another note, anyone ever seen a shark?

Yep, our first cruise on RCCL Mariner, while tendered next to Coco Cay. We went to the other side of the ship while others were tendering to let the crowds die down and saw what had to be a 15 footer right next to the ship. The waters are so clear there you can see the bottom, it was unmistakable the way it swam. I tried to photograph it but the camera eye sometimes doesn't see what we do, all I got was a blob!

truchattycathy
October 12th, 2010, 02:20 PM
I have seen dolphins as the ship was leaving port.

Irishlinny
October 12th, 2010, 02:23 PM
Thanks Linda, I will absolutely try & plan that for my next holiday. Any time of year, specific place or other details? You can email me if you have info?

You will see whales in any season there...we have done them all, except winter...BRRRRRR! (probably 30 or more times!). The Cape is most crowded in the summer, obviously, but all activities are in full swing as well. The whale watches we take are in Provincetown, which is at the far tip of the Cape. The town itself is awesome...lots of unique shops and restaurants, and very unique people (not for anyone who is homophobic...LOL!). We love it there. The thing that makes these whale watches so successful is that all the operators share information when they spot the whales, so a good time is had by all. The whales' feeding ground is about a half hour boat ride from the pier. Last summer one of the whales was so close to our boat that we got sprayed when he exhaled:eek: Now THAT was fun stuff!:D

Our first cruise is coming up, so obviously I have seen neither whale nor dolphin from a cruise ship, but I did have a dolphin surface about five yards from me while boogie boarding a few years ago at Folly Beach, SC. Scared the everliving mess out of me!
Wow! SURPRISE!!!!!!!!!!!! Playful little buggers, they are! LOL!:D

beaming90
October 12th, 2010, 03:36 PM
I have seen plenty of flying fish and on the last cruise we saw a huge sea turtle but never dolphins. Maybe this next cruise. it will be the first time we leave from Mobile. Before we left from Port Canaveral

spacewoman
October 19th, 2010, 07:45 AM
Underwater ocean view cabins? Hmmm ... I wonder what thought would go for on ES rates ...:D


Now an underwater ocean view cabin might be interesting at that:)

RICKAR
October 19th, 2010, 09:32 AM
We did see several manatees while waiting to leave Port Canaveral this past Sept. When we did the Western Car in June 2009, we saw dalphins during dinner when we were leaving Belize or it could have been Rotan.:)