Cruise Spotlight: 7.5 Hour Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise

Cruising in Kenai Fjords National Park is an experience like no other. Tidewater glaciers tower 500 feet above sea level. Incredible marine wildlife including orca whales, humpback whales, puffins, Steller sea lions, and Dall’s porpoises feed in the area’s nutrient-rich waters. Beautiful scenery can be seen in every direction: jagged peaks, quiet coves, islands, and the vast expanse of the Gulf of Alaska. No matter which of our three Kenai Fjords National Park cruises you choose, you will experience the spectacular beauty of this incredible area. However, each cruise offers something a little different. For the adventurous traveler who wants […] Read More

Fairweather Express II vessel in front of Suprise Glacier

Surprise or Blackstone: Which Prince William Sound Cruise Should You Choose?

You’ve decided to take a cruise into the stunning Prince William Sound, departing from the quaint harbor town of Whittier. Visions of calving glaciers and towering mountains dance through your head as you think of yourself cruising the glassy waters of the protected fjords and waterways. But which cruise should you choose? Major Marine Tours offers two cruise options into Prince William Sound offering two unique experiences. Read on to learn about the difference between our two Prince William Sound cruises: Surprise Glacier Cruise and Blackstone Bay Glacier Cruise.

What you will get with both cruises:

The name says it all: glaciers! […] Read More

Humpback whales bubble net feeding

Deckhand Diary: Bubble Netting is Back!

The world of a humpback whale moves with a motion so foreign that they may as well be swimming through outer space. Schools of sand lance or capelin cloud in whirlpools of silver bodies. With pectoral fins as graceful as wings, the humpback soars through the thick green of life. Their bodies curve around the silver clouds with a grace we will never see. They are the ballerina whales, hidden behind the curtain of the sea, dancing a life our land-heavy minds can never fully understand.

And then, for a few weeks each year, they erupt from that curtain in the […] Read More

Northwestern Glacier Panorama

The Northwestern Fjord Cruise: Major Marine Tours’ Small-Vessel Adventure Cruise

You are an adventurous traveler. You seek out up-close, personal experiences in vast, wild places — away from the crowds. You are a birder, a photographer, a wildlife enthusiast. Major Marine Tours offers a cruising experience for adventurers like you: the Northwestern Fjord Cruise. This small-vessel cruise is a truly unique trip catered to the adventure traveler who wants an off-the-beaten-track Alaskan experience.

While our other cruises into Kenai Fjords National Park explore the area on large catamarans, our Northwestern Fjord Cruise travels to remote areas of Kenai Fjords National Park on our smallest vessel: the Viewfinder. Carrying a maximum of […] Read More

Orca Quest Cruise

Deckhand Diary: Orca Quest

“I don’t know where to point my camera!” The girl on the bow voiced what we all were thinking. I stood on the bow of the Orca Song, on the inaugural Orca Quest tour, surrounded by orca on all sides. The straight dorsal fin of a male slid up through the calm waters of Agnes Cove. A female and calf appeared, splitting the reflection of the mountains around their wave-shaped fins. Another female surged through the surface, disappearing on a path directly towards our bow, and the boat went quiet as Captain Nat turned off the engines. This was my […] Read More

Birding at Hartney Bay.

Deckhand Diary: Cordova’s Copper River Delta Shorebird Festival

“No amount of reference materials will prepare you for the unexpected,” David Sibley told a packed auditorium at the Cordova Center during this year’s Copper River Delta Shorebird Festival. Nothing could better sum up the weekend that I spent with Major Marine Tours during the festival, where the unexpected took the form of hummingbirds above busy decks, blue-sky glaciers, more eagles than I’ve ever seen, and an extremely unusual sighting of a once-in-a-lifetime whale.

When I heard that Major Marine Tours offered round-trip transportation to Cordova for the shorebird festival, my first thought was that this might be my only chance […] Read More

Humpback breaching with vessel

Deckhand Diary: Sensing out NOAA’s Whale SENSE

Anticipation turned the air to chop as the captains and crew of Major Marine Tours walked through the glass doors of Seward’s Rae building, one carpool emptying after another, all of us gathered in from our separate projects to learn together about our new partner, Whale SENSE. Whale SENSE, an organization under the NOAA umbrella, had just come to Resurrection Bay, and we were here to learn what role the organization would play in the coming summer.

Here is what I knew: Whale SENSE existed to promote responsible whale watching by holding its participants to a standard of non-invasive viewing practices, […] Read More

Kenai Fjords 360

Announcing the Kenai Fjords 360: Major Marine Tours’ New Custom-Built Catamaran

Major Marine Tours is very excited to announce the addition of a new, custom-built high-speed catamaran to our fleet next summer: the Kenai Fjords 360. The boat’s name celebrates the 360 degree views of Kenai Fjords National Park that passengers will experience from the fully-wraparound third deck. The Kenai Fjords 360 was specially-designed to give passengers the best viewing experience possible. Rather than having the wheelhouse on the third deck like other Seward day-cruise catamarans, the Kenai Fjords 360 wheelhouse will be located on the second deck, giving passengers unobstructed 360 degree views from the top deck. Kenai Fjords 360 […] Read More

Major Marine Tours Deckhand in Resurrection Bay in Spring

Deckhand Diary: My Springtime with Major Marine Tours

One month ago this week, my boots touched ice and I found myself back in Seward, Alaska for my second season with Major Marine Tours. Seward is the first place on the planet to which I have returned, and you can read why here. Last season, though, I had first seen these mountains in May. This time, it was March 1.

Having grown up in Southern California and spent my most recent “winter” in Australia, seasons are not my area of expertise. March and April will be spring, I thought. Flowers. Birds. So on.

I was so wrong, and yet so right.

There […] Read More

Gray whale breaching on gray whale watching cruise

Spring Gray Whale Cruise Season is Here!

Perhaps it’s all this sun we’ve been having in Southcentral Alaska this past month, but it certainly feels like spring is just around the corner. With spring comes longer days, warmer temperatures, and…gray whales! Every year we celebrate the return of migrating whales to the waters outside of Seward on our Gray Whale Watching Cruise. This year, our Gray Whale Watching Cruise started March 4th and runs daily until May 14th. We have been seeing lots of wildlife on so far this year including humpback whales, orca whales, Steller sea lions, Dall’s porpoises, sea otters, harbor seals, mountain goats, and […] Read More