Since we will be stopping at Norfolk and Charleston on our way down the coast, I doubt that we will be sailing very far off the coast each day (and daylight will be limited at that time of year). My recollection from geography, or earth/sciences (now you have an idea of my age) is that the continental shelf is much further out on the Atlantic coast, and much closer on the Pacific coast which probably would be a factor (meaning it is shallow farther out on the Atlantic, and deep close up in the Pacific). Also having flown over the Carribean several times, it would seem too shallow for whales to be able to maneuver in most of that body of water.
Sorry, before we started cruising three + years ago we had a neighborhood marine biologist (doesn't everyone????) who could answer questions like this for me, but she has moved to Florida, where there are more species, and I lost her e-mail address. Thus I don't know whom to ask, but thought that someone here could give an answer, and this is a lot easier than asking Mr. Jeeves a whole bunch of questions, or spending lots of hours researching, as I know that someone, who might read this, will be able to say, Yes, look for whales, or No, forget about it as they are further out in the ocean. I want to get closer in seeing whales than the few experiences that I have had in the past.
On previous trips to Hawaii and Alaska (which require planning from our location in Maryland) I've researched and previously reserved whale watching events......Mauii excursion was in November which is supposedly primo, and Capt. Dave in Alaska was in early September when they are all grouping to head south; both pre-reserved events were thwarted by weather.
Thanks for any possible answers or recommendations, although keep in mind that I'm writing this on a cruise BB so I have no control on altering our schedule for this.