Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Ocean Exploration Cruise - June 3, 2018 from 7 am to 1 pm is a GO!

Ocean Exploration Cruise
Sunday, June 3, 2018
7 am to 1 pm
Onboard the Privateer IV with 7 Seas Whale Watch
7 Rogers Street, Gloucester

Date of this Posting: Saturday, June 2, 2018

Status of Trip on June 3: A GO!

Hi: I was just offshore today and winds were calmer than predicted with almost no seas offshore. Our trip tomorrow at 7 am continues to be a go. I assume winds will increase over the course of the night and early morning, so we expect to sneak this trip in before it gets nasty offshore. The marine forecast for Monday through Thursday is not good so this may be the last trip offshore for a few days. 

Please be down at the 7 Seas Whale Watch dock at 6:30 am and we will board as soon as we can. Bring food, drinks, and dress appropriately. Keep your belongings to a minimum so everyone will have space. NECWA will bring some merchandise onboard to help raise funds for our projects and activities, so bring cash if you want to continue to support our work. We will also have our free nature raffle onboard with Michael O'Neil at the mic, so be prepared!

Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow morning. Here we go!

Best, Krill (508-369-8303)

Date of this Posting: Thursday, May 31, 2018

Status of Trip on June 3: A GO!

Hi: We are a go for our rescheduled trip on Sunday, June 3 from 7 am to 1 pm. Please be down at the 7 Seas Whale Watch dock, car parked and ready to board by 6:30 am. We leave right at 7 am so please don't be late.

If you haven't had a chance to complete the liability waiver and send it back to Thomas Robben, please do so before Sunday. If necessary, bring the completed form with you and hand it to Thomas when boarding. 

Dress for the weather and be prepared for rough seas offshore. You can keep track of the marine forecast by clicking HERE.

Keep your belongings to a minimum to make room for all and feel free to bring food and drinks with you, but please no alcohol. 7 Seas Whale Watch has a galley and they accept only cash. 

If you would like to donate a new or gently used nature item to our free onboard raffle, please give to me as you board. 
Looking forward to an adventure on Sunday. 

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. My cell is 508-369-8303 and my email is 

Best, Krill 


Date of this Posting: Saturday, May 19th, 2018

Trip Rescheduled: Sunday, June 3, 2018 from 7 am to 1 pm

We have rescheduled our Ocean Exploration Cruise from Saturday, May 19th to Sunday, June 3rd. 

If you are registered for tomorrow's (canceled) trip and would like to attend our June 3rd trip, we ask that you contact Krill at to let her know. No additional payment is required and NECWA will reimburse you $10 to compensate for the reduced time offshore. Those reimbursements will be made on the day of sailing. 

If you registered for tomorrow's (canceled) trip and cannot attend the June 3rd trip, then please contact Krill to let her know that you would like a refund. Once Krill hears from you, she will go to PayPal and refund your ticket online. 

If you would like a refund and you paid with a check, please email Krill and provide your full name and the complete mailing address for the reimbursement. 

If you would like to register for this new date of June, 3, go to our Constant Contact Event Site by clicking HERE.

For all refunds, you will be refunded the complete cost of your ticket, minus a $10 administration/registration fee. This helps to cover NECWA's expenses related to advertising and needed supplies. 

Please contact Krill if you have any questions or concerns. And please spread the word about this new trip for space is still available. 

Keep your fingers crossed for good weather and fair seas on Sunday, June 3rd. 


Date of this Posting: Friday, May 18th, 2018

Status of Trip: CANCELLED

With our Spring Ocean Exploration Cruise on the horizon for this weekend and rain and wind in the forecast, interns and staff here at NECWA as well as staff of 7 Seas Whale Watch have been monitoring reports with hopes of positive changes. Unfortunately, with passenger comfort and safety in mind, we will be cancelling tomorrow’s cruise, May 19thbecause of high winds, low visibility, and rain. With heavy hearts, we thank you for your support and sincerely apologize. 

For registered guests who have paid, you will receive a refund of $80 tomorrow; your $90 ticket minus the $10 administration fee (students will receive $55 after the administration fee). If you paid via Paypal, you will receive your reimbursement through there, and if you paid by check, one will be mailed back out to you. Please allow 5-10 business days for this to post your account or to receive your refund check. 

Please contact Krill at with any questions or concerns. 

Date of this Posting: Thursday, May 17, 2018

Status of Trip: The weather for Saturday is still not looking great. We are holding off from making any final decisions until Friday early afternoon around 1 pm. If the weather continues to look iffy, we have 2 choices. 

1- Cancel the trip completely and folks will get reimbursed the majority of their ticket. 

2- Switch the trip to Sunday, May 20th but the trip will only run from 8 am to 1 pm. This reduced time offshore is due to the fact that 7 Seas has a scheduled afternoon trip that day. Participants will get some money back given the shorter trip.  

3- Wanted to get this out to folks as soon as I could. Feel free to email me or call me if you have any questions or concerns. 

Again, a final decision will be made tomorrow, Friday, by around 1 pm once we get a look at the marine forecast that comes out at that time. 

Wish I could control the weather :  )  Sorry for any issues this may cause folks. 

Best, Krill

Date of this posting: Wednesday, May 16

Status of Trip: The trip on Saturday is a GO! Weather is not looking great, but that can change all the way up to the time of the trip.

Keep an eye on this blog for updated information on the trip. There might be rain on Saturday so dress accordingly. 

Here is additional information that I recently provided in an email sent to all participants. 

Departure: Please be down at the 7 Seas Whale Watch dock by 7:30 am ready to board the boat. We leave at 8 am sharp so make sure to get to Gloucester with plenty of time to park, grab your gear, and board the boat. 

Parking: We pay for parking in the large gravel lot to the north of the 7 Seas ticket booth. The kiosk at the front of the lot accepts cash and credit cards. 

Onboard Galley: For food, there is a full galley onboard the boat and they prefer folks bring cash to pay for food and drinks. You are more than welcome to bring your own food and drinks, but space is limited so please keep your gear to a minimum. No alcohol. 

Liability Waiver: Each person who attends this trip must provide a completed form to Thomas Robben. This form is good for both the spring and fall Ocean Exploration Cruises. 

NECWA Merchandise: We will bring some t-shirts, sweatshirts, and other items for sale onboard the boat this Saturday. If you would like to pick-up some NECWA merchandise, please pay with cash or a check. 

Thanks again for all your support and I look forward to seeing you on Saturday.  

Best, Krill 
President, NECWA