Welcome to Whale University on Land and Sea
Boston’s Best Cruises is taking whale watching to a whole new level in 2013 with the launch of our Whale University.
Our flagship vessel Voyager III is the floating campus where all the excitement will happen. The 113′ catamaran is designed specifically for whale watching, and has the most outside viewing space of any whale watching vessel on Boston Harbor.Voyager III cruises to Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, a federally protected marine sanctuary located at the mouth of Massachusetts Bay. Voyager III is the only Boston Whale Watch vessel certified by the US Coast Guard to transit the entire 842-square-miles of the sanctuary.
Now the Voyager III will become a mobile classroom with multi-sensory learning stations, including on-board multimedia displays showing whales in their natural habitat; life size infographics of whales and dolphins on her port and starboard sides; marine biologists who teach about whale behavior, social habits and migration; and the newest addition, a hydrophone that will be lowered into the water to listen to the whales.
Boston’s Best Cruises is proudly partnering with Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) and Whale Sense.
“Whale University” can be found in the traditional classroom as well. Boston’s Best Cruises is proudly partnering with Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) and Whale Sense and visiting local schools to teach students about many things they would learn on a whale watch without leaving their school. WDC is the leading global charity dedicated to the conservation and protection of whales and dolphins. Whale Sense is a program that recognizes companies committed to responsible whale watching practices and ocean stewardship, and is offered by NOAA Fisheries Service, NOAA Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary and Whale and Dolphin Conservation. We can’t bring a real whale into the classroom, so we have created a life-size inflatable whale that students walk through to learn about the life and habits of these gentle giants.
Mike McGurl, principal at Boston’s Best Cruises was confident from the start about Whale University. “We knew Whale University was going to be a success, both in the floating and traditional classroom, with the scope of knowledge and resources that Boston’s Best Cruises, WDC and Whale Sense have to offer. We are all acutely aware that many schools don’t have the budget for a whale watching field trip, so we took the whale watch to them.
The floating campus comes complete with a dining hall and store, aka the galley, which is stocked with snacks, sundries, and t-shirts. “This is such an interactive experience.” said McGurl. “We have many other surprises we are working on to further enhance the trip, especially for those wanting to know more about not only the whales, but the many facets of a marine sight-seeing operation. For some, Whale University is one of the most unforgettable experiences of their life.”
Are you a teacher? Take your class Whale Watching in Boston for an education way beyond the textbook.
Reserve your spot on our floating classroom – it’s experiential, interactive, and breathes life into curriculum frameworks like no other field trip.
Here’s why you should reserve a Boston’s Best Cruises Whale Watching adventure for your class:
Question and Answer sessions with our naturalist -
she will meet with your group on board after we see the whales
to answer questions and offer additional information.
Free resources for educators from the Whale and Dolphin Conservation and Whale Sense to extend the learning back into the classroom.
Affordable group rates – you can’t beat this value! We have the best Whale Watching prices around.