Going Green and Giving Back…

Major Marine Tours is committed to giving back to our community and promoting environmental responsibility in Alaska. Many of us call Alaska home and we are dedicated to supporting the communities that help support us. We are committed to protecting Alaska’s wildlife and landscapes so we can continue sharing Alaska’s grandeur and beauty with our guests. The owner of Major Marine Tours, Tom Tougas, was given the 2016 “Business Energy Efficiency Leader of the Year Award” from the Seward Alternative Energy Group for his continued commitment to implementing energy efficient and environmentally responsible practices at Major Marine Tours.

Commitment to Environmental Responsibility

Our Vessels: All of our vessels comply with current Environmental Protection Agency and Coast Guard regulations regarding emissions, and several of our vessels have been outfitted with environmentally-friendly engines and other innovations to further reduce emissions and save fuel. The Star of the Northwest and Spirit of Adventure were repowered in 2015 with brand new EPA Tier III fuel efficient and low emissions engines. The Viewfinder has an EPA Tier II fuel efficient and low emissions engine. The Glacier Express has a platinum injection system to further reduce emissions.

We use environmentally-friendly cleaning solutions, Coast Guard-approved sewage treatment systems, and eco-friendly vessel bottom coatings. We recycle when possible and promote recycling on our cruises.

Marine Research and Wildlife Rehabilitation: Major Marine Tours partners with the Alaska SeaLife Center to promote marine research and wildlife rehabilitation in Alaska. Our guests are invited to donate to the Alaska SeaLife Center at the time of reservation to raise funds for the Wildlife Response Program, which responds to and rehabilitates wildlife that has been abandoned, stranded, or injured throughout Alaska. Additionally, all of the proceeds from our boarding photos are donated to the SeaLife Center. We conduct other fundraisers throughout the year to benefit the SeaLife Center and have helped the SeaLife Center release rehabilitated wildlife into Kenai Fjords National Park from our vessels.

Whale SENSE: Major Marine Tours is a proud participant of Whale SENSE, a voluntary education and recognition program sponsored by NOAA Fisheries and Whale and Dolphin Conservation. Whale SENSE recognizes whale watching companies that are committed to responsible whale watching practices. Major Marine Tours has committed to the following Whale SENSE guidelines:Whale SENSE logo

  • Stick to the regional whale watching guidelines.
  • Educate naturalists, captains, and passengers to have SENSE while watching whales.
  • Notify appropriate networks of whales in distress.
  • Set an example for other boaters.
  • Encourage ocean stewardship.

Environmental Education: We partner with National Park Service and the National Forest Service to promote environmental education through our onboard Park Ranger narration and Junior Ranger Program. These programs educate our guests on the history and ecology of Kenai Fjords National Park and Prince William Sound and often highlight how climate change is impacting these areas.

Alaska SeaLife Center Harbor Seal Release

Harbor seal release
Harbor seal release
Harbor seal release