Our Company - Major Marine Tours


Glacier Express and Bear Glacier

Major Marine Tours is an award-winning, locally-owned Alaska boat tour company celebrating over 30 years of sharing authentic Alaska adventures with our guests.

In addition to providing world-class customer service, Major Marine Tours is committed to giving back to the community and promoting environmental responsibility through philanthropic giving, partnerships with local non-profit organizations, and performing environmentally-friendly practices on our vessels. See our Environmental Responsibility page for more information on how we protect our environment and give back to our community.

Experienced Alaskans are the cornerstones of our tour operations. Our team has fun and takes pride in showing visitors the amazing environment where we live and work. We love Alaska and want our visitors to have the same sense of wonder that keeps us here. We are an Alaska company that cares – about our guests, about our community, and about the beautiful places that we explore. Our goal is to provide you with a high-quality, authentic, environmentally responsible experience that inspires you to love Alaska as much as we do.


  • 2020-22 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award
  • 2019-2021 USA Today 10Best Readers Choice Award for Top 10 Boat Tours in North America
  • 2020 AAA Inspector’s Best of Housekeeping Award for Harbor 360 Hotel
  • 2019 Best of Alaska Silver Award for Best Summer Adventure Tour Company
  • 2019 USA Today 10Best Readers Choice Award for Top 10 Boat Tours in North America
  • 2019 TripAdvisor Hall of Fame Certificate
  • 2019 Alaska Business Champion of the Year Award for owner Tom Tougas from the Small Business Administration Alaska District
  • 2018 Alaska Ocean Leadership Stewardship and Sustainability Award from the Alaska SeaLife Center
  • 2018 Most Popular Attraction in Alaska by TripAdvisor
  • 2016 Visitor Industry Hall of Fame Award for owner Tom Tougas from the Alaska Tourism Industry Association
  • 2016 Business Energy Efficiency Leader of the Year Award from the Seward Alternative Energy Group
  • 2014 Member of the Year Seymour Award from Visit Anchorage
  • 2013 – 2019 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
  • Kenai Peninsula Outstanding Business in Tourism Award from the Kenai Peninsula Borough
  • Kenai Fjords National Park Partner of the Year Award

President’s Choice in 2015

On September 1st, 2015, Major Marine Tours was honored to be chosen to host President Barack Obama on a cruise in Resurrection Bay. Three Major Marine Tours Captains were selected to captain the Viewfinder for the President and several White House staff members on a 3 hour cruise. The President was visiting Alaska to see first-hand the effects of climate change. Major Marine Tours was deeply honored to have been selected as the tour operator for the President and his staff.

Obama and Major Marine Tours captains
U.S. President Barack Obama looks at Bear Glacier during a boat tour of the Kenai Fjords National Park September 1, 2015 in Seward, Alaska.

White House Photo / Alamy Stock Photo

Our Mission

Our mission is based on our Five Guiding Principles: Safety, Quality, Teamwork, Environmental Responsibility, and Profitability.

  • We are committed to bringing the control and benefits of the Alaska visitor industry back to Alaska.
  • We are motivated to delivering an authentic, world-class Alaskan experience to our guests.
  • We are dedicated to operating with reliability, honesty, integrity, and environmental sensitivity.
  • We are Alaskans who thrive in a challenging, dependable work environment.

Join Our Team!

If you or someone you know would like to like to know more about some of the exciting seasonal positions available with our company, please visit our Employment page.

Tom Tougas

Major Marine Tours Owner Tom Tougas