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Captain Fred and Lil’ Toot featured on NPR’s ‘Ask Me Another’

From NPR – “For Santa Barbara residents, Lil’ Toot is simply a water taxi. But to the Ask Me Another staff, Lil’ Toot became something of an obsession. The captain of the boat, Fred Hershman described it as a “cute, lil’ yellow tug boat that goes back and forth across the harbor.” While the ride…

2019 Harbor Seafood Festival – Special Offers and Events from Celebration Cruises!

The annual Harbor Seafood Festival is one of the most exciting days of the year for the harbor and waterfront as a whole! Tons of vendors and a huge crowd celebrating everything Santa Barbara Harbor ramps up to become a huge, family-friendly day of activities, food, and fun. Every year, Celebration Cruises tries to bring…

Celebration Cruises launching new cruise for 2019 summer season…

Celebration Cruises – Photoshoot Santa Barbara – May 2016 © Kevin Steele Beginning on May 25th, Celebration Cruises will begin offering a happy hour cruise! The happy hour cruise is a late afternoon cruise during the golden hour for adult passengers over the age of 21. This 90-minute cruise will make for a happy hour…

Azure Seas Whale Watching Season Begins March 1st!

For the upcoming 2019 whale watching season featuring the annual gray whale migration, Azure Seas will begin our trips starting March 1st. While whale watching season is often described as ‘Mid-February to Mid-May’ in Santa Barbara, the Azure Seas has been undergoing some serious maintenance, including an entirely new set of engines as well as interior upgrades. We are so excited to not only begin our whale watching season but also with the boat in the best shape it has ever been in! Our tw0-hour whale watching excursions depart multiple times per day from Stearns Wharf in Santa Barbara. While it’s not a 100% guarantee to see whales on each trip, we feel like starting two weeks into the season actually increases our chances. Along with the migrating gray whales, there are also chances to see humpback whales, bottlenose dolphins,…

Epic Whale Watching Season – Final Dates Announced!

What a season! We’ve had some amazing sightings, beautiful weather and pristine ocean conditions. After the sadness and uncertainty following the wildfires and mudslides in the Santa Barbara area, having the opportunity to share the beauty of Santa Barbara with locals and visiting travelers helped make this season extremely special. Grey whales were sighted almost…

Magnificent Whale Watching!

Whale Watching Too! February is an exciting time for us here at Celebration Cruises as it represents the best time for seasonal whale watching in the area. While there are amazing animal sightings year round in the Santa Barbara channel, February is the best time to see gray whales as they migrate through our area….

A Rare Lunar Event Calls For A Very Special Cruise!

Usually happening only once per year, the January 31st ‘blue moon’ will surely be a sight to behold. A ‘blue moon’ represents the second full moon in a calendar month, but this moon is not only full and ‘blue’ but also super. This super-charged full moon will truly be a sight to behold and Celebration…

Special Valentine’s Day Sunset Cruise – Tickets Available Now!

The limited tickets for this year’s Valentine’s Day sunset cruise have been released to the public. Join us for this special cruise on Wednesday, February 14th from 4:30PM – 6:00PM for a beautiful, romantic evening with appetizers, a full bar and a front-row seat to the Santa Barbara coastline. Check out our calendar and purchase…

Ring in 2018 aboard the Azure Seas with our New Year’s Eve Cruise

Celebrate the new year with friends and family aboard Azure Seas. Enjoy the luxurious interior of the 42-passenger yacht, grab a drink from the full bar and breathe in some brisk ocean breeze. This two-hour special New Year’s Eve cruise from 10:30PM until 12:30AM includes a complimentary glass of champagne. You can book your spaces…