Elevate your whale-watching experience this season aboard the 139-foot America yacht in San Diego. The replica of the famous 19th century racer that established the America's Cup takes visitors out to see the southward migration of California's gray whales in style -- and with a "no seasickness" guarantee.
The original America won a race around Britain's Isle of Wight in 1851, bringing back a little "challenge trophy" that became known as the famed America's Cup. The replica ship docked in San Diego harbor holds 78 people and was built in 1995 for $6 million.
Guests sail during daytime excursions sponsored by the Maritime Museum of San Diego and Next Level Sailing to see whales, dolphins and other sea life. As for motion sickness, the museum's website explains that traditional whale watching boats emit more diesel fumes and have a lot more roll than a sailboat. Bottom line: The smoother ride means you're less likely to get sick. If you do, you'll receive a $40 gift card to the Fish Market Restaurant as consolation.
When: Whale-watching tours run 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. from Dec. 20 to April 13.
Price: $79 weekdays and $89 weekends for adult tickets; $39 weekdays and $44 weekend for children 12 and younger. It includes entry to the Maritime Museum of San Diego (before or after the sail), soft drinks and snacks (guests may bring their own lunch), a history of the America and narrated tour.