YE and each of you are adjudged and sentenced to be carried back
to the place from whence you boarded.
- Captain Herdman, President of the vice-admirality court 1722 (adapted)
The trip: The "Jolly Breeze of St. Andrews" travels across Passamaquoddy Bay, viewing seals that may be sunning themselves on rocks if the tide is low and swimming nearby if the water is high, until she reaches the playground of the whales, the rich feeding grounds of the Bay of Fundy that entice the whales to this region year after year. Once among the islands porpoise and sometimes white sided dolphins will often approach the boat to enjoy some "boat wake surfing."
All the while we are keeping a sharp lookout for MINKE and FINBACK WHALES and if it is into August and September, HUMPBACK and RIGHT WHALES. Once spotting the whales the "Jolly Breeze of St. Andrews" shall idle and serenely view them. They may surface nearby, as sometimes they are as curious of us as we are of them, or they may dive down and surface elsewhere, in which case we will gradually travel over to them without disturbing their feeding pattern. The boat permits standing and walking freely around. There is 360 degrees optimal viewing for all. Tours are 3.5 hours in duration.
A variety of bird life will be seen, occasionally including puffins. The "Jolly Breeze of St. Andrews" shall visit the home of the nesting bald eagles. At different times you will see them leave the nest to shop for dinner and return to feed it to their young. Eventually the young will emerge and make test flights.
The Jolly Breeze of St. Andrews specializes in providing a wonderful and memorable experience for children as well as adults. Our tours are suitable for all ages from babies and toddlers, to senior seniors.
We have plentiful onboard activities including:
- Taking turns steering the vessel
- Participating in hoisting a sail
- TOUCH TANK with starfish, crabs, sea anemones, shells, etc.
- Coloring whale pictures
- Pirate costumes
- Face painting, ink stamps
- Learning and labeling a drawing of the parts of the vessel
- Listening to the sound of the Humpback whale songs.
- Check out samples of whale Baleen, Plankton and Krill.
We also specialize in service providing a complimentary breakfast on the am tour and homemade hot soup on the pm tours. (Donations for Joanne's famous soup receipe are given to the Grand Manan Whale and Seabird Research station). Our ship's Galley features coffee, specialty teas, hot chocolate, snacks, sodas and spring water. Adults may enjoy a glass of wine, a beer or scotch from the ships bar. Hot coffee... with Irish Cream perhaps?
CRUISE GUIDES are presented to you upon purchase of your ticket. On board there is an ongoing nature and historical interpretation provided by our knowledgeable and friendly crew, with a focus on humor of course! Our experienced crew will teach you about the local wildlife including the Minke, Finback and Humpback Whales, Harbor and Grey Seals, endangered Harbor Porpoise, Bald Eagles, and plentiful sea birds. You will learn about the history of St. Andrews, St. Croix Island and Samuel de Champlain, Old Sow Whirlpool, Campobello island and Roosevelt's summer home. We pass by many lighthouses, including the famous East Quoddy Head Lighthouse. See first hand and learn about local industry including aquaculture salmon cages, herring weir fishing, lobstering, urchin diving, fishing and scalloping from our experienced captain.
Code of ethics: The "Jolly Breeze of St. Andrews" is whale watch friendly. We shall maintain a recommended distance whilst viewing, however should they surface alongside the boat, close enough that you can look into their eyes then we shall consider ourselves lucky and make no attempt to run them over by trying to move away. The "Jolly Breeze of St. Andrews" does not engage in any herding practices.