With World Oceans Day, June 8, right around the corner, these destinations offer experiences that take family travelers to the water to learn about and appreciate the ocean and its inhabitants.
World Oceans Day was originally proposed in 1992 by Canada’s International Centre for Ocean Development and the Ocean Institute of Canada at the Earth Summit in Brazil. Continuing to foster Canada’s commitment to environmental conservation, Victoria, the waterfront capital of British Columbia, is a sustainable leader, as well as a natural beauty, making eco-friendly whale watching a popular destination. Prince of Whales, celebrating 30 years in 2023, offers travelers climate-positive whale tours. In 2022, Eagle Wing Whale & Wildlife Watching Tours won numerous awards and was also the first in the industry to join 1% for the Planet to adopt carbon neutrality and implement a per-guest wildlife fee to support conservation efforts. Orca Spirit provides carbon-neutral tours and is the only whale-watching company in Victoria to use ultra-quiet, ultra-clean Yamaha four-stroke engines, creating minimal disturbance to marine life.
Santa Barbara, California
As one of California’s most desirable coastal towns, Santa Barbara is poised to become a whale heritage site to further protect various whale and dolphin species. Travelers can safely appreciate these beautiful creatures on a tour with CONDOR Express, a responsible whale-watching company in business since the 1970s. For different ways to explore the beautiful waters, guests can relax at one of the many beaches, catch some waves surfing, book a sailing excursion or embark on a guided or self-guided kayaking tour.
City Cruises San Diego
Along California’s coast, the popular activity of whale watching kicks off for the summer season in late June. Travelers can experience a one-of-a-kind opportunity to see the seasonal migration of blue whales and other wildlife, including minke whales, fin whales, dolphins, sea lions and more. San Diego City Cruises’ seasonal Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure runs June through September, following the migration of blue whales from Central America to California. With changes in ocean temperatures and an abundance of krill, the past few years attracted far more blue whales to San Diego’s coast than in the past. In partnership with San Diego Natural History Museum, guests onboard learn about wildlife with narration from expert captains and volunteer naturalists. With whale sightings guaranteed, passengers get a free pass for another cruise if whales don’t make an appearance.
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United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
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As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
Norwegian recently launched the newest addition to its fleet, Viva, with a spectacular debut earlier this month. The ship, launched from Trieste, Italy, and finishing its inaugural run in Lisbon, Portugal, is the second in its Prima Class of ships, set to give family travelers the ultimate vacation experience.