Seastreak plans to offer one excursion per day departing from 10:00 a.m.. Tickets are available online for $55 for adults and $30 for children 12 and under. Discounts for seniors and groups are also available.
The boats used for these trips are designed to ensure passenger comfort. Deluxe seating, ADA accessibility, fully stocked bars and TV screens displaying educational content are just a few of the amenities available on board. Each jet ship contains three decks. The upper deck is exterior and offers a 360 degree view of the ocean. “We have the largest and fastest fleet of high-speed catamarans on the east coast of United States,” noted James D. Barker, director of business development and marketing for Seastreak. “Our boats are capable of holding 500 people, but we choose to limit capacity to less than 50% to maintain social distancing.”
The cruise will begin with a trip out of historic New York Harbor. Passengers will pass iconic landmarks like the Statue of Liberty, ellis islandGovernors Island, Staten Island and Fort Hamilton. Then the route will continue under the Verrazano Bridge and out into the Atlantic Ocean towards the tip of Sandy Hook National Park. “We are confident that our customers will see wildlife,” said Abby Van Hemmen, head of Seastreak’s Whale Watch program. “Last season we saw humpback whales on 96% of our trips, but the diversity of marine life we encountered really surprised me. We saw sea turtles, sunfish, birds pelagics, dolphins, sharks and massive pods of migrating cownose rays.The abundance of life in these waters is truly a testament to years of effort by environmental groups to restore the ecosystem.A few years ago, voyages whale watching in this area would not have been possible.
Commercial whaling along the eastern seaboard of the United States in the 1800s and early 1900s had drastic effects on whale populations. Pollution and unregulated fishing have not solved the problem. Menhaden, a small baitfish often considered the most important fish in the Atlantic Ocean, was fished without limit. Stocks were quickly depleted and without the favorite prey of many marine predators, including humpback whales, the whole ecosystem began to collapse. For many years, whales were a rare sight in and around New York Harbor. When major environmental laws such as the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act were passed in the 1970s, an international ban on commercial whaling soon followed. In 2012, restrictions on taking menhaden were finally passed. Today, these restrictions continue to be revised to better meet the needs of the ecosystem and the people who depend on it. Now the whales are coming back.
“The positive impact these visits could have on local conservation efforts is important to us,” Said James D. Barker. “That’s why we decided to participate in the Whale SENSE program sponsored by NOAA Fisheries and Whale and Dolphin Conservation. The program provides training for our crew and naturalists so that we can properly educate our passengers and give the right example of responsible whale watching We are the first company to operate whale watching tours from manhattanso we intend to set a high standard.”
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About Seastreak LLC.
Seastreak is the leading high-speed passenger ferry service in the new York Metropolitan area. We are proud to offer high speed catamaran services to points of manhattancentral New Jersey, Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, and more with a fleet of sturdy ships. In addition to shuttle services to and from manhattan and New Jersey, we offer a range of special events, cruises and tours, day trips and getaways all year round. Besides our new York operations, we operate a seasonal (May to October) ferry service between New Bedford, Massachusetts, Nantucketand the port of Oak Bluffs to Martha’s Vineyard. We also offer the longest high-speed ferry trip in United Stateswhich leaves from Highlands NJpicks up passengers manhattanand run to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket islands on a 250 mile route. Our mission is to provide our customers with the safest and most reliable ferry service in the industry, while providing the highest quality of customer service. We strive for continuous improvement and are the only private ferry company in the country fully accredited and audited by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) in a Safety Management System. Whether serving daily commuters or day trip and getaway customers, we combine the best fleet of vessels on the water with the best people in the business to provide the premier ferry service from the country. We value integrity and operational excellence and are committed to operating an environmentally responsible fleet. https://seastreak.com/
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