The MMT Blog / Which Cruise Should You Choose?
Our first cruise into Kenai Fjords National Park departs this Saturday, May 7th, and our other 6 cruises make their first departures of the season over the next few weeks. With so many cruise options to choose from, from half-day to full-day, small boat or large boat, Seward or Whittier, how do you know which is the best for you? Here is your go-to guide to help you choose your cruise!
You like to get off the beaten track and away from the crowds. You want up-close views of wildlife and stunning scenery in remote places. Our Northwestern Fjord Cruise gives you just that, traveling the farthest of all of our cruises to visit the beautiful and remote Northwestern Fjord in Kenai Fjords National Park. The Viewfinder is our smallest vessel and carries up to 36 passengers, allowing you to get away from the crowds and giving you closer views of the whales and other wildlife that might decide to pay you a visit on your cruise. With 8.5 hours on the water, the captain has plenty of time to seek out the best wildlife viewing in the area.
If you’re traveling with kids you are most likely looking for a shorter cruise option that still gives you great chances of seeing wildlife and includes a kid-friendly activity, which you will find on our 5 Hour Kenai Fjords Wildlife Cruise. This cruise travels along the rugged coastline of Resurrection Bay in search of wildlife such as whales, Steller sea lions, sea otters, and porpoises. A National Park Ranger will be onboard to narrate the cruise as well as lead the Junior Ranger Program, an interactive and educational program in which kids work directly with the Ranger throughout the cruise, culminating in a Junior Ranger Badge and graduation ceremony. Families can also enjoy a nice meal on the water together by opting in to our salmon and prime rib buffet, which includes our all-you-can-eat dessert bar (another kid favorite). You can also find these great perks on both of our cruises in Prince William Sound, with the added benefit of calm, glassy waters. For families concerned about seasickness, our Blackstone Bay Glacier Cruise and Surprise Glacier Cruise are your best bets.
FOR GLACIER ENTHUSIASTS
You dream about sitting in front of a towering tidewater glacier, feeling the cold katabatic wind, listening to the creaks and groans coming from deep inside the ice, waiting for the moment when a giant piece of ice cracks off with a sound as loud as a thunder and crashes into the water below. On our Blackstone Bay Glacier Cruise you visit not one but three glaciers, spending time in front of two actively calving tidewater glaciers and one actively calving hanging glacier. You will cruise through glacier-carved Blackstone Bay, spotting numerous alpine glaciers enroute to Blackstone, Beloit, and Northland Glaciers.
FOR BUDGET TRAVELERS
If you’re traveling on a budget but still want to get on the water we offer our 3.5 Hour Kenai Fjords Wildlife Cruise for just $79 per adult and $39.50 for kids. This cruise travels through Resurrection Bay in search of wildlife and offers views of rugged mountains and alpine glaciers. Three departure times make this cruise a convenient option for those who have limited time or have other activities planned in Seward. The 3.5 hour cruise departs at 9:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 6:00 p.m., giving you the option of being on one of the first boats out on the water on our morning cruise or enjoying the never-ending summer daylight on our evening cruise.
FOR THOSE WHO “WANT TO SEE IT ALL”
The classic Kenai Fjords National Park experience is our 6 Hour Cruise, where you will see all of the big sights and enjoy Major Marine Tours exclusives like our onboard National Park Ranger narration and all-you-can-eat Alaska salmon and prime rib buffet, served while cruising. This cruise explores Resurrection Bay and Kenai Fjords National Park, bringing you to must-see spots such as Holgate Glacier (an actively calving tidewater glacier), Steller sea lion haul-outs, and bird rookeries in the Chiswell Islands or Cape Resurrection, all the while keeping an eye out for humpback whales, orca whales, and other wildlife. This cruise also lines up with the Alaska Railroad Coastal Classic Train, making it a great round-trip single day adventure from Anchorage.
FOR WILDLIFE ENTHUSIASTS
Kenai Fjords National Park and Prince William Sound are teeming with wildlife. What makes wildlife WILD is that we don’t know where they will be or what they will do. This is one reason why wildlife viewing (particularly whale watching) is so exciting: you never know what you will see, and every day on the water provides a new, unique experience. All of our cruises give you great chances of seeing wildlife. Whales, sea otters, Steller sea lions, porpoises, and seabirds have all been spotted within minutes of leaving the Seward Small Boat Harbor. However, the longer you are on the water and the greater distance you travel, the better your chances are of seeing wildlife, especially whales. If you want to maximize your chances of seeing whales, the 8.5 Hour Northwestern Fjord Cruise and 7.5 Hour Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise are your best bet. If you want to cruise from Whittier and enjoy glassy, calm waters, the Surprise Glacier Cruise offers the best chances of seeing wildlife on a cruise in Prince William Sound.
No matter which cruise you choose, you will get to experience some of the most beautiful places in Alaska. If you still have questions, our Reservations Agents are a wealth of knowledge. They are more than happy to answer any of our questions and help you pick the cruise that is the best fit for you. You can call them at (907) 274-7300 or (800) 764-7300 for more information or to make your reservation. Happy cruising!