Seward Migration Festival! April 22 – 24

Major Marine Tours is excited to announce that we will be hosting the first annual Seward Migration Festival from April 22nd – 24th! The festival will feature special guest speakers and events throughout the weekend, starting with a kick-off reception at the Alaska SeaLife Center on Friday, April 22nd.

The Seward Migration Festival is a celebration of the incredible annual migrations made by the diverse marine animals found in the waters of Resurrection Bay and Kenai Fjords National Park. Every spring, dozens of species of marine animals, from the smallest birds to the largest whales, journey thousands of miles to spend the summer in Alaska. By the end of April we will have seen the return of humpback whales, sei whales, minke whales, and fin whales to the area, and gray whales will be cruising along the opening of Resurrection Bay in the Gulf of Alaska on their way from Baja to the Bering and Chukchi Seas. Dozens of species of birds will be returning to the area, including arctic terns, puffins, cormorants, and shearwaters.

Special guest speakers from Audubon Alaska, the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, the Alaska SeaLife Center, and more will be presenting throughout the weekend. Hear experts talk about the fascinating world of marine animal migration at the SeaLife Center Reception on Friday and the Migration Symposium on Saturday. The weekend will conclude with a Resurrection Bay Wildlife Cruise on Sunday, April 24th, where you will have the chance to can see these incredible migrating animals for yourself. Several of the weekend’s speakers will be onboard the cruise to present on the animals that you will see.  The full schedule of events and speakers can be found on the Seward Migration Festival Page.

Our goal is for the Seward Migration Festival to become an annual event that brings the community of Seward together every spring. We hope to educate locals and visitors alike on incredible journeys made by the wildlife that we are fortunate enough to see in our day-to-day lives in Alaska. We invite you to join us in a fun-filled and educational weekend!

Net proceeds from the weekend’s events will be donated to the Alaska SeaLife Center Wildlife Response Program. For our out of town visitors, or for Seward residents who want a little staycation, we are offering a special rate at Harbor 360 Hotel for the weekend. You can register for individual events or one of our cruise, hotel, and event packages on our Seward Migration Festival Page. We hope to see you in Seward!



Alaska SeaLife Center Reception
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Alaska SeaLife Center


Migration Symposium
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
K.M. Rae Building, 125 3rd Ave.


Resurrection Bay Wildlife Cruise
12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Check-in at Harbor 360 Hotel Lobby

For additional information and to register for events, please visit our Seward Migration Festival page.