Krill Carson, NECWA President 
New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance (NECWA)

NECWA, 11 Clarence Soule Drive, Middleboro, MA


Sunday, September 30, 2018

We sail from 7:00 AM to 1:00 pm 

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7 Seas Whale Watch, 7 Seas Wharf
63 Rogers Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

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Fall 2018- Ocean Exploration Cruise (OEC) 

 Join NECWA for our annual spring offshore excursion!

Sunday, September 30, from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm

Join the New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance (NECWA) for our all day marine excursion to view seabirds, whales, dolphins, seals, basking sharks, and other marine animals found in Massachusetts Bay, including the waters of the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. 

Note: There is no rain date for this event. So keep your fingers crossed that May 19th is a great weather day.


$80 for adults

$60 for students (college or high school)

Group Registration and Discounts: For information on group registration, contact us at

Eligibility for Student Fare: To be eligible for the reduced student fare, send a photo of your college or high school ID to

Guest Naturalists!

Enjoy our guided wildlife commentary by guest naturalists:

Wayne Petersen (Mass Audubon)

Thomas Robben (Hartford Audubon Society)

David Clapp (Natural History Services)

Jim Sweeney (Cape Cod Bird Club)

Adrian Jordaan (Dept. of Environmental Conservation, UMASS Amherst)

NECWA naturalists and staff include Krill Carson, Leah Horeanopoulos, Tammy Silva, Michael O'Neill, Courtney Callahan and Dani Marston. 

Travel aboard the Privateer, a 100’ commercial whale-watching vessel owned and operated by Seas Whale Watch. Seating is limited on our Ocean Exploration Cruises to ensure spacious seating arrangements and rail space. 

Leave from the 7 Seas Wharf in Gloucester at 7:00 am sharp and return by 1 pm. 

In Support of Marine Research: To support marine research offshore, we will collect data on all marine wildlife viewed from the vessel. We will also conduct a plankton tow and plankton demonstration, as well as chum for seabirds.

Free Nature Raffle: NECWA will once again offer our free onboard raffle for nature-themed gifts such as field guides, t-shirts, and bird feeders. If you would like to donate a gently used or new item to the raffle table, please provide it to NECWA staff when boarding. 

Anyone who registers for this trip must sign and turn in a liability waiver prior to the day of the excursion. If you have not signed a waiver for NECWA this year, please click HERE to access the form. 

Fundraising Event for NECWA

NECWA's Ocean Exploration Cruises are annual fundraising events that support marine wildlife education, research, and conservation in the New England area.

NECWA is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization. Registration fees and donations from each Ocean Exploration Cruise are used to support our many projects and activities through the purchase of equipment and supplies.

Learn more about NECWA by visiting: 

Our website at

Our community-sighting network for basking sharks and ocean sunfish at

When close to sailing date: check our blog for trip updates at

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Cancellation - If the trip is canceled due to lack of interest or inclement weather offshore, you will be notified by NECWA and reimbursed your entire registration fee, minus a $10 administration fee to NECWA. If you cancel your registration at least 2 weeks prior to our sailing date, NECWA will reimburse 70% of your ticket. After that date, no refunds are available for NECWA has to pay the charter fee to get the boat off the dock.

There is no rain date scheduled for this event. The determination for weather cancellation will be made by 7 Seas Whale Watch the day before or the morning of the cruise.

Waiver - All passengers will be asked to fill out a trip liability waiver. Once you register for this event, you will be contacted by NECWA with that waiver and asked to mail it back to us prior to the trip.