Deckhand Tammy on the Harding Icefield trail.

Why I’m Going Back to Seward in 2017

Major Marine Tours deckhands come to Alaska from all over the world to spend their summers showing our guests the incredible beauty of Alaska’s glaciers and wildlife. Though they travel far distances and spend the summers away from family and friends, many deckhands choose to come back to Major Marine Tours year after year. Tamara Lang, Major Marine Tours deckhand and interpretive volunteer at Kenai Fjords National Park, reflects on the reasons why she will be coming back to Seward in 2017.

 

I write this from the end of 2016 in Port Douglas, Australia, between the Daintree Rainforest and the Great […] Read More

Seward waterfront

4 Reasons Why Fall is the Best Time to Visit Seward

The majority of visitors to Seward arrive during peak travel time, from June through August, when city streets are bustling with activity, the midnight sun allows for non-stop adventures, and migrating marine wildlife have settled in for a summer of feeding in Alaska’s nutrient-rich waters. As summer fades into fall and the sun begins to set earlier and earlier each day, the number of visitors to Seward reduces dramatically. By the beginning of October, the streets are quiet, the leaves are changing, and Seward seems like an entirely different place than it did only a month and a half prior. […] Read More

Glacier Calving

My Best Three Moments in the Kenai Fjords, 2016

Tamara Lang, Major Marine Tours deckhand and interpretive volunteer at Kenai Fjords National Park, recounts her favorite memories from a season spent on the water in Kenai Fjords National Park.

 

As August brings Alaskan fall, and the pink stalks of fireweed that measure the summer clutch their final blossoms, my season at Major Marine Tours also draws to a close. With a few precious weeks left on the Kenai Fjords, I look into the waters and see reflected the white mist tearing off of ridges silhouetted with dark spruce, and above the changing water my mind moves back to my most […] Read More

Orca Whale Breaching

Announcing the Orca Quest! New orca-focused cruise for 2017

There’s no experience quite like seeing the 5 foot tall dorsal fin of a bull orca whale cutting through the ocean’s surface, or watching an orca calf’s playful spouts and spyhops as he swims alongside his mother. These intelligent and social marine mammals reside in Alaskan waters year-round and are a highlight of many visitors’ Alaska wildlife viewing.

Discover the world of orca whales with Major Marine Tours on our newest cruise, embarking summer 2017: the Orca Quest Cruise. Watch, learn, and even listen to these beautiful marine mammals during prime orca whale watching season on the only orca-focused cruise from […] Read More

Tamara Lang (far right) and Major Marine Tours Deckhands

The Deckhands Who Follow the Whales

Major Marine Tours deckhands get to view Alaska’s incredible wildlife and glaciers every day. After seeing whales breach, sea otters snuggle their pups, and glaciers calving so many times, does the novelty of this place ever wear off? Tamara Lang, Major Marine Tours deckhand and interpretive volunteer at Kenai Fjords National Park, reflects on the passion that she and her fellow deckhands have for the wildlife they see from Major Marine Tours cruises every day.

 

“The bar will be closed for the next ten minutes,” the speakers announced. “The crew will be outside viewing the wildlife, and we encourage you to […] Read More

Breaching humpback whale

From the Bow: Wildlife Viewing in Seward, Alaska

Most visitors to Alaska get to embark on a glacier and wildlife cruise just once. But what would it be like to cruise day after day? Our guest blogger Tamara Lang, a Major Marine Tours deckhand and interpretive volunteer at Kenai Fjords National Park, gets to do just that. Here are her accounts of what it’s like to view wildlife on Major Marine Tours cruises from Seward all summer long.

I watched as the orca’s fin rose into the mash of sound where white kittiwakes wheeled from the cliffs, shaping music in massed wings. Across our bow, humpbacks hung their misty […] Read More

Scenery in Kenai Fjords National Park

A Day In The Life: 6 Hour Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise

Seward welcomed us with bluebird skies and 75 degree weather—the perfect temperature for a day on the water for our 6 Hour Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise. Upon boarding, we were given our reserved table seats, allowing us to have a base camp for the whole cruise while moving about the boat to take in the sights from the multiple viewing decks.

Ten minutes after leaving the harbor we spotted our first wildlife – two adorable sea otters floating on their backs. Everyone ooohed and aaaahed at these cute marine animals for several minutes before Captain Josh announced that he spotted […] Read More

Glacier calving

Guest Blogger: A Spectacular Glacier Cruise in Alaska’s Prince William Sound

This post was written by Canadian-based travel writer John M. Smith for Belleville News and was posted here with the author’s permission.

 

When my wife and I took the Holland America cruise and land tour package from Vancouver into Alaska and the Yukon, our tour ended in Anchorage.  We’d already decided that we’d spend some extra time in this fascinating destination before flying back home, so we set up a day tour to nearby Prince William Sound.  After all, it’s known for its calm waters, high concentration of glaciers, its deep carved fjords, and its abundance of wildlife.  This seemed […] Read More

Shearwaters take flight at Hartney Bay

Birds, Sun, & Fun: 2016 Copper River Delta Shorebird Festival

Earlier this month, Major Marine Tours was thrilled to partner with the Cordova Chamber to provide round-trip boat transportation to the Copper River Delta Shorebird Festival. This was the first time Major Marine Tours has operated round-trip transportation between Whittier and Cordova for this annual festival and we are pleased to report that it was a great success!

The Fairweather Express II departed Whittier on a drizzly day on Friday, May 6th for the 5 ½ hour journey through Prince William Sound to Cordova. In addition to providing an affordable and convenient way for people to get to the Shorebird Festival, […] Read More

Glacier Express

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!

FOR ADVENTURE-SEEKERS

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 […] Read More