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

Two orca whales

What’s New in 2017

With all this snow on the ground in Anchorage it’s hard to believe that our cruise season is already upon us. But, at this very moment the California gray whales are on their way up to Alaskan waters, and we want to be sure we are out on the water when they arrive! Our 2017 cruise season starts this Saturday, March 4th with the departure of our spring Gray Whale Watching Cruise. With just one day until the season starts, we wanted to update you on all of the new and exciting things happening at Major Marine Tours in 2017.

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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