In 2020, we will be launching Dolphin Fleet’s 45th whale watch season continuing a legacy of high marine education, research and ship board standards. With the most experienced whale watch captains and naturalists in the region, we invite you to join us as we initiate our new and expanded interactive programs.
The Dolphin Fleet family has been committed to promoting responsible whale watching since 1975. Steven Milliken, a long time captain and the owner of the Dolphin Fleet has participated in the development of guidelines for the Northeast region and designed a captains training program to safely work around whales in their natural habitat and shared the program with NOAA and the SBNMS for it’s consideration. Captain Milliken has served on the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Committee (SAC) for over 20 years. He has partaken in many working groups world wide to contribute towards safer whale watching and educational practices for the better understanding of the marine life that is encountered.
The founder of our Research and Education department, the late Dr. Carlson, was one of the core scientist for over 40 years that worked on research and the educational aspects with Dolphin Fleet and a world authority on whale watching. She served on the Whale watch Sub-Committee of the International Whaling Commission and had led several international workshops on whale watching. She worked in the USA, Iceland, Caribbean region and South America with government and stakeholders to establish rules for whale watching that are respectful to whales and the marine environment. She continued her work with Dolphin Fleet and her commitment to the whales and the environment until her passing in 2017.
At Dolphin Fleet, we want all our passengers to know we are doing our part to protect you, our staff, and community. Your safety and well-being is the number one priority while with us. Dolphin Fleet has developed additional protocols and procedures to maintain a safer environment for our staff and guests during this time.
We have reduced our capacity for more comfort for our guests. All un-vaccinated passengers (over the age of 2) are requested to wear face masks.
Vaccinated passengers are not required to wear masks on outer decks although we highly recommend them; this is for the safety of everyone. Masks are required for all wishing to enter the enclosed cabin. Food, beverages and coolers will not be allowed onboard, with the exception of infant needs. Please visit our COVID-19 Policies and Procedures for more information. We are excited to see you soon and get you out on the water for another whale watching season!