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3.5 HOUR KENAI FJORDS WILDLIFE CRUISE

3.5 Hour Kenai Fjords Wildlife Cruise

Limited on time but still want to cruise? Explore the calmer, 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.

PRICE & DATES

PRICE

Adult (age 12+): $94.00

Child (age 2-11): $47.00 

Infant (under 2): Free

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 Highlights

  • Cruise the calmer, protected waters of Resurrection Bay
  • “Captain’s Choice” route based on recent wildlife sightings and reports from other vessels
  • See wildlife such as orca whales, humpback whales, Steller sea lions, harbor seals, puffins, eagles, and many species of seabirds
  • Great cruise option for families traveling with small children
Cruise Overview

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 protected waters of Resurrection Bay on our 3.5 Hour Kenai Fjords Wildlife Cruise. Our experienced captains will explore the area’s wildlife hot spots to maximize your chances of viewing whales and other wildlife. This cruise is fully narrated by our captains and naturalist crew members. You will see alpine glaciers tucked in the surrounding Chugach and Kenai Mountain Ranges and cruise by Bear Glacier, a piedmont glacier and the largest glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park. Experience the cruise that President Obama took on his visit to Alaska in 2015. Two departure times are available for your convenience.

  • Complimentary coffee, tea, and water are provided. Snacks, beverages, beer, and wine are available for purchase during the cruise.
  • Complimentary use of binoculars while onboard
  • Departure location: Seward Harbor 360 Hotel
  • Vessel: Orca Song (cruise typically runs on this vessel, but vessel is subject to change)
  • Not wheelchair accessible and not recommended for guests with limited mobility. More information about vessel wheelchair accessibility can be found here.

ROUTE HIGHLIGHTS:

– Resurrection Bay
– Bear Glacier (piedmont glacier, visibility weather permitting)
– Cape Resurrection
– Bird Rookery
– Steller Sea Lion Haul Out
– Thumb Cove and Humpy Cove
– El Dorado Narrows

Route will vary depending on wildlife and weather conditions. 

Will I see a glacier on this cruise?
This cruise does not visit a tidewater glacier (a glacier that ends in the ocean). However, you may see Bear Glacier, which is the largest glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park. Bear Glacier is a piedmont/valley glacier that ends in a freshwater lake. We are not able to cruise to the face of the glacier because it ends 4 miles beyond the shoreline, but it is visible from a distance along our route if weather permits. You may also view alpine glaciers perched high in the mountains.

What is the difference between this cruise and the 5 Hour Kenai Fjords Wildlife Cruise?
The 5 Hour Kenai Fjords Wildlife Cruise offers reserved seating, onboard National Park Ranger narration, and features our optional Alaska Salmon and Prime Rib Buffet. The benefit of the 3.5 Hour Kenai Fjords Wildlife Cruise is that it’s our cheapest cruise option and offers the most flexibility, with two departure times and less time on the water. The 3.5 Hour Cruise is narrated by our experienced captains and naturalist crew members.

Will I see any whales on this cruise?
While we cannot guarantee whale sightings, our captains visit wildlife hot spots and communicate with other vessels about recent wildlife sightings to give our guests the best chances of viewing whales. On average, we see whales on 75% of our 3.5 Hour Kenai Fjords Wildlife Cruises. The longer you are on the water, the greater your chances are of seeing whales.

Will I get seasick on this cruise?
You will be cruising through the calm, protected waters of Resurrection Bay, where the likeliness of seasickness is typically low. If you are prone to seasickness, we recommend taking motion sickness medication such as Dramamine or Bonine before the cruise. This medication can be purchased at our check-in offices and onboard our cruises.

Is a meal included on this cruise?
No, there is no meal included on this cruise. We have a snack bar onboard, and you are more than welcome to bring your own food with you. Glass containers and personal alcohol are not permitted.

PHOTOS

HEAR WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING

5/5

Simply Amazing

We took the 3.5 hour ride on the Orca Song with Captain Laura and we couldn’t have enjoyed it more. In the bay we saw otters, puffins, seals, sea lions, bald eagles … and then she got the call that other boats had spotted Orcas on the ocean! We made our way to their spot and watched in amazement as they put on their show. Captain Laura shared insightful and interesting facts throughout the trip and they passed out complimentary binoculars for everyone. Grade A service from start to finish! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

911darcyh / TripAdvisor

 
5/5

Amazing Experience

Our 3 1/2 hour morning tour was an amazing experience. I was worried that it was shorter than most tours and that we wouldn’t have time to see very much — that was not the case at all! From the moment we pulled out of the harbor and saw a bald eagle on the harbor marker, there was no end to the wildlife and natural beauty. Our captain was full of information and gave just enough commentary to be interesting but not overwhelming. She and her crew were skilled at spotting wildlife to point out to us and knowing where to likely find them. While wildlife is never a guarantee, we were able to see eagles, sea otters, harbor seals, and orcas. I felt that she piloted the boat in such a way as to give us maximum viewing opportunities while still respecting these beautiful animals and keeping a safe distance. Being able to see not only the wildlife but also glaciers and the geological formations they left behind was absolutely a highlight of our quick visit to Seward.

Climber46628796455 TripAdvisor
5/5

If you’re only doing 1 excursion…do this one!

Organized, efficient and timely. The Captain made sure we saw it all! Enjoyed her educational info as we cruised around the Fjord and bay. The crew was friendly and helpful. Perfect amount of time to see wildlife and then explore the town of Seward.

BrianMcsUSA TripAdvisor

SPECIALS, PACKAGES, & ADD-ONS

Specials & Packages

EARLY BOOKING SPECIAL: SAVE 10%
Book early and save! Book now and receive 10% off all 2020 cruises. Call us or book online using prom code SAV.

STAY & PLAY SPECIAL
Book a night at Seward Harbor 360 Hotel and receive 20% off your cruise. Check in for this cruise in the hotel lobby and board from the dock directly behind the hotel.

Add-Ons

Stay with us in Seward! Major Marine Tours owns Harbor 360 Hotel, the premier waterfront hotel in Seward. For your convenience, we can add our hotel, transportation between Anchorage and Seward, and Alaska SeaLife Center tickets to your cruise reservation. Click the buttons below for more information.