No trip to Alaska is complete without a ride on the famous Alaska Railroad. The iconic blue and gold train cars travel 500 miles from Seward all the way up to Fairbanks, connecting two of the top destinations in Alaska: Kenai Fjords National Park and Denali National Park. Our Rails to Whales package pairs two of our cruise options with round-trip transportation on the Alaska Railroad Coastal Classic Train for an awesome fun-filled day of Alaskan adventures. In 2020 we are offering 30% off this package – our best cruise and train discount yet!
Your journey on the Alaska Railroad Coastal Classic Train will begin with a scenic ride from Anchorage to Seward. You will view the incredible beauty of the Turnagain Arm and Kenai Peninsula through the train’s large picture windows, or get some fresh air from the outside viewing areas between the railcars. The Coastal Classic Train winds along the Turnagain Arm, where towering mountains rise from the dramatic shoreline. Keep an eye out for Dall sheep, eagles, and even beluga whales.
At the end of Turnagain Arm the train separates from the road system, taking you through the mountainous backcountry of the Kenai Peninsula – considered to be one of the most scenic stretches of the Alaska Railroad. You will pass by alpine glaciers, including the impressive Spencer Glacier, and enjoy views of waterfalls, mountains, and deep river gorges. Keep an eye out for wildlife including moose, brown bears, and black bears. The conductor will slow the train when they spot wildlife so you don’t miss out on any photo-ops. The Coastal Classic train is fully narrated by the Alaska Railroad’s informative guides. If you work up an appetite from all of that sightseeing, the onboard Wilderness Cafe serves up grab-and-go meal items, snacks, coffee, cold drinks, and alcoholic beverages.
The train will arrive in Seward at 11:05am, giving you enough time to check-in and board our 3.5 Hour Kenai Fjords Wildlife Cruise, which departs at 1:30pm, and our 6 Hour Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise, which departs at 11:30pm. If that connection seem close – don’t fret! The Major Marine Tours check-in office is just a couple minutes’ walk from the Alaska Railroad Depot. A uniformed Major Marine Tours representative will be at the depot to send you in the right direction when you arrive. We also offer free shuttle service that can take you to the check-in office if you prefer.
Two cruise options are available with our Rails to Whales Package: our 3.5 Hour Kenai Fjords Wildlife Cruise and our 6 Hour Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise. The 3.5 Hour Cruise travels along the rugged coastline of Resurrection Bay, where you will search for wildlife including whales, Steller sea lions, sea otters, harbor seals, puffins, and many other species of seabirds. We recommend this cruise if you are concerned about seasickness since it travels through calmer waters. Snacks and beverages are available for purchase during the cruise.
If you’re interested in seeing both glaciers and wildlife, we recommend our 6 Hour Cruise, which travels to an actively calving tidewater glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park. This cruise also has great chances of seeing whales and other wildlife. Included in the Rails to Whales package with the 6 Hour Cruise is a complimentary deli lunch for all guests.
The 3.5 Hour Cruise returns at 5:00pm and the 6 Hour Cruise returns at 5:30pm, giving you plenty of time to walk back to the train depot for a 6:00pm departure back to Anchorage.
At Major Marine Tours and Harbor 360 Hotel the safety of our guests, employees, and community is our #1 priority. If you choose to join us, you can be confident that we have implemented thorough social distancing and sanitation procedures to ensure your comfort, health, and safety while cruising or staying with us. Please visit our COVID-19 Response Page for a full list of our updated procedures at Major Marine Tours and Harbor 360 Hotel.
The Alaska Railroad has also implemented new procedures to ensure your safety, including reduced capacity, increased sanitation, and mandatory face coverings onboard the trail. Please visit the Alaska Railroad COVID-19 Passenger Information Page for more information.
Make the most of your Seward adventure by adding an overnight at our hotel in Seward – Harbor 360 Hotel – and get 10% off your hotel stay. This will give you extra time in Seward to visit the Alaska SeaLife Center, take a hike, go on a fishing or kayaking trip, explore the downtown and harbor areas, or do one of the many other activities that Seward has to offer.
The Harbor 360 Hotel is our waterfront property, located directly on the Seward Small Boat Harbor. This hotel features stunning 360 degree views of the harbor and mountains, free breakfast, an indoor pool and hot tub, and on-site check in and boarding for Major Marine Tours cruises. If you choose to overnight, you will arrive in Seward at 11:05am on day 1 and depart at 6:00pm on day 2, allowing you to take your cruise on either day.
To book inquire about hotel prices and to book this package, please call us at (907) 274-7300. Taxes and fees not included in above prices.