I went to Samana last year, and heard about the whales, so I knew I wanted to take my grandsons whalewatching on this trip. I was a little leary about booking an excursion off the ship, but i couldn't have been more pleased. The staff was ecpecially wonderful with the kids,my younger grandson, and a couple of other guests got ""sick"", and they stayed with each one of them untill they felt better. The staff to guest ratio was wonderful. We drove around untill we saw whales, one was under our boat! Some crew members took our cameras, and help capture beautiful shots! I knew the trip included the beach, but how did I not know it also included lunch in this beautiful outdoor resturant! Beer, and soft drinks were included, my grandsons loved the different sodas'! We had a great day, and a once in a lifetime experience, it was wonderful!