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 popular Surf & Turf 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. If that weren’t good enough, you get 20% off the cruise and train when you book this package, including our Alaska salmon and prime rib buffet served during your cruise.
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 5 Hour Kenai Fjords Wildlife Cruise, which departs at 12:00pm, and our 6 Hour Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise, which departs at 11:30pm. If those connections seem close – don’t fret! The Major Marine Tours check-in offices are just a few 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 Surf & Turf Package: our 5 Hour Kenai Fjords Wildlife Cruise and our 6 Hour Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise. The 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.
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. Both cruise are narrated by onboard National Park Rangers and include the fun and educational Junior Ranger Program for kids. Included in your Surf & Turf package is or delicious Alaska salmon and prime rib buffet, served onboard during the cruise. The 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 6:30pm departure back to Anchorage.
Alaska Railroad Coastal Classic Train – Anchorage to Seward
Departs Anchorage: 6:45am
Arrives Seward: 11:05am
5 Hour Kenai Fjords Wildlife Cruise
6 Hour Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise
Departs: 11:30 a.m.
Returns: 5:30 p.m.
Alaska Railroad Coastal Classic Train – Seward to Anchorage
Departs Seward: 6:00pm
Arrives Anchorage: 10:15pm
Make the most of your Seward adventure by adding an overnight at one of two Major Marine Tours’-owned hotels in Seward: the Harbor 360 Hotel or Gateway Hotel. This will give you an extra day 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 most Major Marine Tours cruises. The Gateway Hotel is our brand-new hotel in Seward, opening in June 2020. Conveniently located within close walking distance of the Small Boat Harbor, the Gateway Hotel features free breakfast and free shuttle service to Major Marine Tours check-in offices. If you choose to overnight, you will arrive in Seward at 11:05am on day 1 and depart at 6:00pm on day 2, and you can take your cruise on either day.
5 HOUR KENAI FJORDS WILDLIFE CRUISE & TRAIN PACKAGE
$236 per adult May 15th – 31st and September 1st – 7th
$252 per adult June 1st – August 31st
6 HOUR KENAI FJORDS NATIONAL PARK CRUISE & TRAIN PACKAGE