Capt. Bill and Sons
Whale Watch

Laura and Capt. Mark

Jodi and Jackie

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Location:  24 Harbor Loop

                    Downtown Gloucester,

                    Massachusetts  01930

Phone:       1-800-33-WHALE




Web Site:


Capt. Bill and Sons is a family-owned whale watching company that has operated for over

forty-eight years.

A whale watch is a nature cruise, and every trip is different.   Some of the marine life that can

be seen include:

humpback whales

fin whales

minke whales

Atlantic white-sided dolphins

marine birds such as shearwaters and petrels

basking sharks

bluefin tuna

2008 Ticket Prices:

Adults:                            $42.00

Seniors Over 60:             35.00

Children under 16           25.00

Children under 3             Free

Capt. Bill and Sons honors any local company’s discount offers.

Discounts are available:


Ticket prices are subject to change due to a fuel surcharge.

May and June Departure Schedule:

Monday through Friday:  10:30 a.m.

Saturday and Sunday:  9 a.m., 2 p.m.

Summer Departure Schedule:

July 1 through Labor Day:

Monday through Saturday:

9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Additional trips may run at 1:00 p.m.

Please inquire.

September Departure Schedule:

Monday through Friday:  11 a.m.

Sat. and Sun.    9:00 a.m., 2 p.m.

October through end-of-season

Departure Schedule:

Monday through Friday:  10 a.m.

Saturday:    1 p.m.

Sunday:       10 a.m.

Reservations are highly recommended.

Schedules are subject to change.


Capt. Bill and Sons is located 45 minutes north

of Boston.  Follow 128 North to Gloucester.  Drive half-way around two traffic rotaries -

Grant’s Circle Rotary and Blackburn Circle

Rotary.  Watch signs and stay on Route 128

North.  Continue beyond the two rotaries to

the first traffic light, which is Exit 10.  Turn

right at the lights and proceed 1/2 mile staying left as the road forks at the top of the hill.

Coming down the hill you will see Dunkin

Donuts on the right just before you turn

left onto Harbor Loop.  Capt. Bill and Sons Whale Watch is the first building on the right.  There is extensive parking for buses and individual cars.


The Miss Cape Ann is a 100-foot super-fast

state-of-the-art Coast Guard certified vessel

that is custom-designed for whale watching.

It allows for a safe, smooth ride, plenty of

viewing space, and ample seating for all.  There

is a large cabin, four restrooms, and a full


The whale watch is a three-to-four hour tour.

The Miss Cape Ann has flexibility of leaving

from Gloucester to go to either Jeffreys Ledge

or Stellwagen Bank to see whales.

The Miss Cape Ann has special rates for

field trips, company parties, weddings, conferences, fund-raisers for non-profits, etc.

Whale Center of New England

The free Whale Exhibit at the Visitor Center

of the Whale Center of New England is

adjacent to Captain Bill and Sons Whale Watch.

Since 1979, the Whale Center of New England and Capt. Bill and Sons have worked hand in hand to make every whale watch an educational

experience.  The information collected by the the

Whale Center from Capt. Bill and Sons was instrumental in designating Stellwagen Bank, a major whale feeding ground, as a National Marine Sanctuary.

The Whale Center of New England naturalists

use their years of experience to explain

spotting techniques, whale behavior, biology, and whale society.  Their decades of research often allows a detailed knowledge of the individual whale you are watching! 

What To Bring:




sweater or jacket

rubber-soled shoes are recommended

From left: Capt. Mark, Naturalist Laura,

and First Mate Ray

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