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CRUISES

With seven cruise options to choose from, we are sure to have the right cruise for you. Our cruises range in duration from 3.5 hours to 8.5 hours and we have a variety of cruise types, from family-friendly cruises to small vessel adventure cruises. Please see our cruise comparison chart for a quick way to compare our cruises. If you still can’t decide, call us at (907) 274-7300 and our friendly Customer Service Agents will be more than happy to help you pick the best cruise for you.

The 6 Hour Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise visits one active tidewater glacier and the 7.5 Hour Cruise visits two active tidewater glaciers. Though both cruises follow the same approximate route, the additional cruising time on the 7.5 Hour Cruise allows the captains time to seek out the best wildlife-viewing opportunities in the area and spend more time watching whales and other wildlife that are seen along the way.

Our guests stay on the boat for the entire cruise to maximize glacier and wildlife-viewing opportunities.

Guests are urged to dress in layers, including a warm rain-proof coat, hat, gloves, and comfortable, rubber-soled shoes. Guests are welcome to stay in our heated cabins, but warm clothes are recommended for guests who would like to spend time outside on the viewing decks.

Cameras (tripods are prohibited), extra batteries, binoculars.

Children are allowed on all cruises except the 8.5 Hour Northwestern Fjord Cruise. For families traveling with children, we recommend our 5 Hour Kenai Fjords Wildlife Cruise, 6 Hour Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise, or 7.5 Hour Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise, which are on larger boats with reserved seating and include a Junior Ranger Program for kids led by a National Park Ranger. We also recommend our 3.5 Hour Kenai Fjords Wildlife Cruise for families who do not want to be on the water as long.

The 8.5 Hour Northwestern Fjord Cruise is an adventure cruise that travels farthest into Kenai Fjords National Park on a small vessel. This cruise spends the most amount of time in the open ocean. Due to the nature of this tour, children under 12 are not permitted. Our age restrictions are put in place for your safety and enjoyment of the cruise. Unfortunately, there are no exceptions. As a family-owned business, we strive to provide a quality experience for all ages.

Drones are strictly prohibited from being flown from our boats. Drones disturb wildlife, which is a violation of the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Drones also cause safety hazards for our captains, crew, and passengers.

Our cruises go out rain or shine. We only cancel cruises due to unsafe sea conditions, in which case we will notify you as soon as possible. Major Marine Tours reserves the right to cancel or re-route our cruises based on weather or other conditions. If the route of the Kenai Fjords National Park tour is limited to the confines of Resurrection Bay, Major Marine Tours will refund $50 per adult and $25 per child. Please visit our Refund Policy page to view our complete refund and cancellation policies.

Our large, fog-free windows allow for excellent views from both upper and lower decks. You also have the ability to get up and move about the vessel on both the inside and outside decks on any level.

Seating arrangements are assigned by Major Marine Tours staff prior to the cruise. Special seating requests can be made, but we cannot guarantee requests until all seating arrangements are made.

The following boats ARE wheelchair accessible on their first deck, inside the main cabin only. The outside decks are not wheelchair accessible.

The following boats are NOT wheelchair accessible and not recommended for guests with limited mobility.

None of our vessels can accommodate motorized wheelchairs.

You are welcome to store your luggage in our office during your cruise. We can also assist with delivering luggage to the train or cruise ship depots in Seward.

Major Marine Tours has two cruise check-in and boarding locations in Seward: one inside the lobby of Harbor 360 Hotel and one on the South Harbor boardwalk. We request that you check in at the office that corresponds to your cruise. For a map and more information on which cruises depart from which office, please visit our driving directions & check-in information page.

Pets are not permitted onboard unless your pet is a needed companion due to a medical reason. There are several doggy daycare/boarding facilities in Seward.

No. All Major Marine Tours vessels are non-smoking. There are no designated areas on the vessels for smoking.

MEAL

No. Our famous Alaska salmon and prime rib buffet is served onboard while you cruise to maximize your time on the water and allow more opportunities for wildlife viewing. You will be able to enjoy wildlife and scenery through our large fog-free picture windows while you dine.

Serving times vary by cruise route. Please click here for more information about what time the meal is served on our signature cruises. The buffet will be available until all guests are done eating.

Vegetarian/vegan guests who would like to purchase the buffet can request a vegan chili at the time of reservation. In addition to the chili, vegetarian/vegan options from the buffet include rice pilaf, tossed green salad, and hot sourdough bread. Vegetarian/vegan meals must be reserved in advance of the cruise date. Click here for a chart that outlines which meal items are safe for dietary restrictions.

There are several gluten free options in the salmon and prime rib meal, including prime rib, salmon, green salad, and fruit salad. Please note that gluten free items are not produced in a gluten free kitchen. Click here for a chart that outlines which meal items are safe for dietary restrictions.

The meal can be added as late as 24 hours prior to your cruise.

You are welcome to bring your own food and beverages onboard the vessel, but we ask that you do not bring large coolers or glass containers. You may not bring alcoholic beverages onboard our vessels. Alcoholic beverages are available for purchase at our licensed bar. Hot dogs, noodle soups, chips, candy bars, other snacks, and sodas are available for purchase. We accept cash and credit cards.

GLACIERS & WILDLIFE

Our experienced captains seek out the best wildlife viewing opportunities in the area, giving you up-close views of whales, sea otters, harbor seals, sea lions, seabirds, and other wildlife. To ensure the comfort and safety of the wildlife, our captains follow Coast Guard regulations for wildlife and whale watching distances.

For passenger safety and comfort, our captains maintain a distance of no less than ¼ of a mile away from the face of the glacier. Actual distances may vary due to wind, weather, and ice conditions.

Please see our Cruise Comparison Chart to compare the chances of seeing whales on our cruises.

RESERVATIONS

Advanced reservations are encouraged to ensure your desired cruise date. You are welcome to book as late as the morning of the cruise, but we are unable to guarantee availability on such short notice.

In order to secure your place on cruise you must pay in full upon booking your reservation. We accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express credit cards.

Please visit our Refund Policy page to view our refund and cancellation policies.

TRANSPORTATION

Allow yourself approximately 3 hours of driving time between Anchorage and Seward. This allows time for possible construction, traffic delays, or brief stops along the way. Click here for driving directions to Seward.

Yes. The 6 Hour Cruise aligns with same-day, round-trip transportation on the Alaska Railroad. The train arrives in Seward at 11:05 a.m. and the cruise departs at 11:30 a.m., giving you enough time to walk to the check-in office at Harbor 360 Hotel (2 minute walk from the Alaska Railroad Depot) and board the boat from the dock directly behind the hotel. When the cruise returns at 5:30 p.m., you will have enough time to walk to the depot and board the train before the 6:00 p.m. departure. More information can be found on our transportation page

Seward has two full-day public parking lots near the Seward Small Boat Harbor. One parking lot is located across the street from our Harbor 360 Hotel office on 4th Avenue and the other is one block south of our South Harbor Office on 4th Avenue. There is $10 charge per vehicle per day. Click here for a map of the parking areas.