The Natural History of Whales and the American Whaling Industry: August 6-9, 2019

Sailing from historic New London, CT, once the nation’s 2nd largest whaling port, this 3-day cruise provides some of the best sailing in southern New England while exploring an important facet of America’s maritime history.

Note: We're unlikely to see whales as they live further offshore than we'll be venturing.
 Cetacean authority, artist and chantey man, Don Sineti, will talk about the natural history of whales and the history of the whaling industry. Did you know that a newborn blue whale calf puts on 235 pounds of weight per day? Or that the American whaling was once the 4th largest industry in the country?

Cetacean authority, artist and chantey man, Don Sineti, will talk about the natural history of whales and the history of the whaling industry. Did you know that a newborn blue whale calf puts on 235 pounds of weight per day? Or that the American whaling was once the 4th largest industry in the country?

Sail a Tall Ship, Row a Whale Boat and Sing Sea Chanteys

  • Evening 1: Board the Mystic Whaler after 8:30pm at City Pier, New London, CT

  • Day 1 Sailing and a Sunset at Sea: We'll explore the southern New England coastline under sail, and spend the night anchored in a secluded cove.

  • Day 2 Wooden Whaling Ship and Concert: After another day of fine sailing, we'll dock at Mystic Seaport, America’s foremost maritime museum. Here we'll receive a guided tour of the historic Charles W. Morgan, the only surviving wooden whaling ship of the 1000's that once sailed the world’s oceans. After the tour we'll have the exclusive opportunity to row a whale boat. In the evening, Don will present a concert on deck, and all are free to finish the night with a stroll through historic Mystic.

  • Day 3 Sailing and Return: On the final day of the cruise, we'll set sail once again, returning to New London.

Please note: we're unlikely to see whales on this cruise as they live further offshore than we'll be going

Beluga Encounter at Mystic Aquarium (not included with cruise)

Get up close and personal with a beluga whale at Mystic Aquarium's Beluga Encounter - just 15 minutes away. Enjoy a classroom introduction and preparation (approx. 20 min.) followed by a 20 minute in-water experience where you'll pull on waterproof waders and go waist-deep in the Arctic Coast exhibit to meet a beluga. Learn about the species and try your hand at directing a behavior. Feel the whale's melon and finish with a posed photo with a beluga. A question and answer session is available to conclude the program.

The Mystic Whaler Experience

The Mystic Whaler offers sailing vacations with a variety of cabin types. Though the ship was inspired by 19th century coastal schooners, the Mystic Whaler was built for the passenger trade and includes private cabins, hot showers and a cozy main salon.

The captains and crew take care of all of the details freeing you to lounge in the sun, read a book, help raise sail, steer the ship, climb loft or make new friends with your shipmates and crew - it's up to you. Cruises are all-inclusive including home-cooked meals and beverages (coffee, tea, hot chocolate, water and lemonade). Please feel free to bring your own adult beverages or soda as these are not provided. 

Cabin Classes

Rates listed are for the entire cabin.
2018 Cabin Rates 3 Day
Clipper Cabin(cabin rate max. 2 ppl.) $1,401.00
Brigantine Cabin(cabin rate with 2 ppl.) $1,288.00
Brigantine Cabin(cabin rate max. 3 ppl.) $1,609.00
Schooner Cabin(cabin rate max. 2 ppl.) $1,185.00
Sloop Cabin(cabin rate max. 1 person) $834.00

CLIPPER CABINS provide one full size bed to accommodate two people, with a private bathroom and shower en suite, a sink and skylight. Towels and linens are provided.

BRIGANTINE CABINS provide a double upper and single lower bunk. These cabins have both a skylight and portlight and a sink in the room. Bathroom and shower are located in the hallway. Towels and linens are provided.

SCHOONER CABINS provide upper and lower single bunks, and either a skylight or a portlight and a sink in the room. Bathroom and shower are located in the hallway. Towels and linens are provided.

SLOOP CABINS offer the smallest and most affordable private accommodations. Each has a single bunk, either a skylight or a portlight and a sink in the room. Bathroom and shower are located in the hallway. Towels and linens are provided.