The Cape May Whale Watch & Research Center is proud to announce the addition of the new American Star to the fleet. The all aluminum, 90 ft long super-ship was added to the Starlight Fleet after embarking on a several month long journey from Seward, Alaska. The vessel is custom constructed for sightseeing, specifically whale watching. Its spacious exterior decks and stable design provide for excellent, up-close wildlife observation, while its enormous carpeted and heated interior will keep you safe and comfortable out of the elements. Enclosed seating is also provided on the upper deck. The American Star is equipped with powerful twin Detroit Diesel engines and state of the art electronics. With seating for over 200 passengers, our maximum limit of 150 ensures that everyone gets a close, comfortable look at the wildlife and sights on each of our trips. Complete with a full snack bar and four restrooms, the new American Star sets a higher standard for passenger comfort and is sure to provide an enjoyable whale watching experience.
The new American Star departed Seward, Alaska in the beginning of summer 2012, where it was previously used as a whale watching vessel in Kenai Fjords National Park viewing Grey, Killer, and Humpback Whales, as well as sea lions, otters, and glaciers. Captain Andrew Cicchitti, with the assistance of Captain Chris Geib and Captain Scott Tremble, piloted the vessel from Seward, Alaska to Victoria, British Columbia, a roughly 1,700 nautical mile journey. There, the boat was loaded onto a massive cargo ship that transported it down the Pacific Coast and through the Panama Canal. This leg of the voyage took over a month and the American Star was unloaded in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in August 2012. Capt Andrew then piloted the vessel over 1,000 nautical miles to Cape May, NJ where it joined the Cape May Whale Watch & Research Center and Starlight Fleet in September 2012. Check out the map for an interactive look at the voyage the American Star took to join our fleet!
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