Our Company

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Major Marine Tours is an award-winning, family-owned Alaska boat tour company celebrating over 25 years of sharing the beauty of Alaska with our guests. We have been recognized as industry leaders for pioneering such innovative programs as bringing National Park Rangers aboard as interpreters and offering passengers reserved indoor seating. We are the first and the only operators to offer an Alaska salmon and prime rib meal freshly prepared onboard, which has been consistently rated the best of any day cruise company in Alaska. Over the years, our awards have included “Kenai Fjords National Park Partner of the Year,” “Kenai Peninsula Outstanding Business in Tourism,” the Visit Anchorage “Member of the Year” Seymour Award, and the Alaska Tourism Industry Association “Visitor Industry Hall of Fame” award for owner Tom Tougas. Our customers awarded us the “2018 Certificate of Excellence” on TripAdvisor. Most recently, our Kenai Fjords Wildlife Cruise was rated most popular attraction in Alaska by TripAdvisor in 2018.

In addition to providing world-class service to our guests, Major Marine Tours is committed to giving back to the community and promoting environmental responsibility through philanthropic giving, partnerships with local non-profit organizations, and performing environmentally-friendly practices on our vessels. Owner Tom Tougas was given the 2016 Business Energy Efficiency Leader of the Year Award from the Seward Alternative Energy Group, and in 2018 Major Marine Tours was the recipient of the Alaska Ocean Leadership Stewardship and Sustainability Award from the Alaska SeaLife Center. See our Going Green & Giving Back page for more information on how we protect our environment and give back to our community.

Experienced Alaskans are the cornerstones of our tour operations. Our team has fun and takes pride in showing visitors the amazing environment where we live and work. We love Alaska and want our visitors to have the same sense of wonder that keeps us here. Further, we embrace the goal of operating facilities and equipment that are both high quality and environmentally sensitive.

President’s Choice in 2015

On September 1st, 2015, Major Marine Tours was honored to be chosen to host President Barack Obama on a cruise in Resurrection Bay. Three Major Marine Tours Captains were selected to captain the Viewfinder for the President and several White House staff members on a 3 hour cruise. The President was visiting Alaska to see first-hand the effects of climate change. Major Marine Tours was deeply honored to have been selected as the tour operator for the President and his staff.

Barack Obama Cruise

Our Mission

Our mission is based on our Five Guiding Principles: Safety, Quality, Teamwork, Environmental Responsibility, and Profitability.

  • We are committed to bringing the control and benefits of the Alaska visitor industry back to Alaska.
  • We are motivated to delivering an authentic, world-class Alaskan experience to our guests.
  • We are dedicated to operating with reliability, honesty, integrity, and environmental sensitivity.
  • We are Alaskans who thrive in a challenging, dependable work environment.

Join Our Team!

If you or someone you know would like to like to know more about some of the exciting seasonal positions available with our company, please visit our Employment page.

Tom Tougas

Major Marine Tours owner Tom Tougas