July 17, 2013
Aquarium of the Pacific whale watch and harbor cruises will feature a new vessel in the fleet operated by Harbor Breeze Cruises. The new 150-passenger, 83-foot M/V Triumphant was christened on July 17.
Designed by Nic de Waal of New Zealand’s Teknicraft Design and built by All American Marine in Bellingham, Washington, the Triumphant features Environmental Protection Agency Tier II-compliant engines and consumes 30 to 40 percent less fuel than conventional passenger vessels of similar size and speed. The high-efficiency hull design features a hydrofoil wing lifting system.
A wrap-around exterior walkway on the main deck is wheelchair accessible, and the bow of the boat is constructed with tiered stadium-style padded seating. The boat is equipped with a snack bar and serving area, sound system, dance floor, and a programmable LED lighting display in the cabin and on the exterior of the vessel.
The Aquarium offers seasonal whale watch cruises daily at noon and 3:00 p.m. An additional cruise is offered at 9:00 a.m. on weekends. Passengers can see gray whales in the winter and blue whales in the summer. Dolphins, sea lions, seabirds, and other wildlife are also spotted during whale watch cruises. To learn more, visit the Aquarium’s whale watch blog.