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3.5 Hour Kenai Fjords Wildlife Cruise

Limited on time but still want to explore? Cruise the calm, protected waters of Resurrection Bay on our 3.5 Hour Wildlife Cruise. Two departure times are available for your convenience. Look for whales, sea otters, Steller sea lions, and more on this small-vessel cruise.



Adult (age 12+): $94.00

Child (age 2-11): $47.00

Infant (under 2): $0.00

Tax and harbor fee not included in above prices.

Dates: Afternoon Cruise

June 8 – October 11, 2020

Departing: 1:30 pm

Returning: 5:00 pm

Dates: Morning Cruise

June 8 – August 9, 2020

Departing: 9:00 am

Returning: 12:30 pm

3.5 Hour Kenai Fjords Wildlife Cruise

Search for whales, sea otters, Steller sea lions, Dall’s porpoises, harbor seals, bald eagles, puffins, and many other types of marine birds as you cruise the the protected waters of Resurrection Bay on our 3.5 Hour Kenai Fjords Wildlife Cruise. Rather than following a set route, this cruise travels to the best whale and wildlife viewing areas that day based on reports from other vessels. Our experienced captains will explore the area’s wildlife hot spots to maximize your chances of viewing whales and other wildlife in Resurrection Bay. This cruise is fully narrated by our captains and naturalist crew members. Experience the cruise that President Obama took on his visit to Alaska in 2015. Beer, wine, beverages, and snacks are available for purchase. Two departure times are available for your convenience.

Our 3.5 Hour Kenai Fjords Wildlife Cruise departs from the Seward Harbor 360 Hotel dock at 9:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. You will cruise along the rugged coastline of Resurrection bay in search of wildlife including humpback whales, orca whales, Steller sea lions, harbor seals, Dall’s porpoises, sea otters, bald eagles, and many types of seabirds.

Several alpine glaciers, nestled high in the mountains surrounding Resurrection Bay, can be seen along the route if the weather permits. We may also cruise by Bear Glacier, a piedmont glacier and the largest glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park.

As we approach the end of Resurrection Bay we will visit Cape Resurrection, home to Steller sea lions and thousands of nesting seabirds. The captain will stop the boat close to the sea lion colonies and seabird rookeries, providing excellent photo opportunities.

While this cruise stays within the protected waters of Resurrection Bay, the route may very depending on wildlife viewing opportunities. Rather than following a set route, the captain will cruise to the best wildlife viewing areas based on recent wildlife sightings and communications with other vessels.

Beer, wine, sodas, hot chocolate, juice, and a variety of snacks will be available for purchase during the cruise. Complimentary coffee, tea, and water are provided.

The red line on the cruise map illustrates one possible cruise route for the 3.5 Hour Kenai Fjords Wildlife Cruise. Route will vary depending on wildlife activity.




Had a fantastic excursion on the morning of June 20. The crew was amazing, and they went out of their way to spot wildlife for us. We were on the 3.5 hour tour, and about half-way through the tour, our captain announced that the crew spotted a humpback whale beaching just further ahead. We were entertained by the beautiful whale for over 20 minutes. We were all thrilled to have the opportunity to witness such an event. Many thanks to the great crew for spotting the whale and allowing us to view it for so long!

Daryn L TripAdvisor

All-around Terrific Cruise

Our group thoroughly enjoyed the 3.5 hour wildlife cruise. The entire crew was helpful and knowledgeable: The captain clearly knew her stuff and the others were very attentive to passengers. The vessel had plenty of room for viewing along the rails as well as huddling away from the wind. We appreciated the hot drinks and tidy heads. Also, it didn’t hurt that we lucked out with sunny weather and all of the major critters making an appearance. A morning well-spent!

LittleBrownBird TripAdvisor

Major Marine Tours

Had a fantastic trip with Major Marine Tours with myself and 2 friends for the 3.5 hour Kenai Fjords Cruise. The captain was enthusiastic and provided us with information about what we were seeing and what we would see. Crew was helpful and shared the captain’s energy. The ship, Orca Song, was clean and comfortable. The apex of the trip was when she learned of a pod of orcas and raced out to find them. We were the first boat there and the orcas were jumping all around us for quite a while. I’m a long time Alaska resident and have taken a number of similar trips, but this was the best.

Akwhen TripAdvisor


Specials & Packages

There are no specials for this cruise at this time. Please visit our Specials & Packages page for a list of our current specials.


Major Marine Tours is your one-stop shop for Alaskan adventure! We can add hotel, transportation, and Alaska SeaLife Center tickets to your cruise reservation.


Our 3.5 Hour Kenai Fjords Wildlife Cruise departs daily from Seward, a seaside town located 125 miles south of Anchorage on Alaska’s famous Kenai Peninsula. The highly scenic drive to Seward from Anchorage provides countless views of mountains, inlets, lakes, rivers, glaciers, and more. If you’d rather use your travel time to sit back and relax while you gaze at the spectacular sights, we are more than happy to arrange round-trip transportation via motorcoach or the legendary Alaska Railroad.
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