Visit an active tidewater glacier and discover the abundant wildlife of Kenai Fjords National Park on a stable catamaran. Starting in 2021, two departure times will be available for your convenience. The afternoon departure is the best option for those interested in booking same-day transportation packages from Anchorage. Cruise with a National Park Ranger*. Enjoy our optional Alaska Salmon & Prime Rib Meal* on our afternoon departure or Brunch on the Boat on our morning departure.
Adult (age 12+): $169.00
Child (age 2-11): $84.50
Infant (under 2): Free
Tax, harbor fee, & meal not included in above prices.
DATES: AFTERNOON CRUISE
June 1 – September 20, 2020
May 1 – September 20, 2021
Departing: 11:30 am
Returning: 5:30 pm
DATES: MORNING CRUISE
New for 2021!
May 29 – September 6, 2021
Departing: 8:00 am
Returning: 2:00 pm
Our 6 Hour Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise explores the world of whales, wildlife, and glaciers found in Kenai Fjords National Park. The Spirit of Adventure and Kenai Fjords 360 are two of our fastest catamarans, allowing you to experience as much scenery, glaciers, and wildlife as possible within six hours. Providing a full narration to your journey, a National Park Ranger* will be onboard to point out the spectacular sights and provide information on the area’s ecology, history, and geology. You will spend time in front of the mighty Holgate Glacier and watch for calving, where giant chunks of glacial ice break off and crash into the water.
*PLEASE NOTE: For the 2020 season, National Park Rangers will not be available. All cruises will be narrated by our experienced captains. The Junior Ranger Program will still be available for kids (Learn More). For guests cruising from June 1 – 30, 2020, this cruise will feature a complimentary deli style lunch for all guests. The Alaska salmon and prime rib meal will not be available during this time as we prepare our vessels with updated safety and sanitation measures for our regular meal service. The salmon and prime rib meal service will resume on July 1st.
Departs: 11:30 a.m.
Returns: 5:30 p.m.
Meal: Optional Alaska Salmon & Prime Rib Meal
Departs: 8:00 a.m.
Returns: 2:00 p.m.
Meal: Optional Brunch on the Boat
This afternoon departure of this cruise aligns with same-day, round-trip transportation on the Alaska Railroad. The train arrives in Seward at 11:05 a.m. and the cruise departs at 11:30 a.m., giving you enough time to walk to the check-in office at Harbor 360 Hotel (2 minute walk from the Alaska Railroad Depot) and board the boat from the dock directly behind the hotel. When the cruise returns at 5:30 p.m., you will have enough time to walk to the depot and board the train before the 6:00 p.m. departure. The morning departure of this cruise returns with plenty of time to catch the 6:00 p.m. train from Seward to Anchorage, but you will have to take the train from Anchorage to Seward the day before your cruise. More information can be found on our transportation page.
– Resurrection Bay
– Bear Glacier (piedmont glacier, visibility weather permitting)
– Kenai Fjords National Park
– Gulf of Alaska
– Aialik Bay
– Holgate Glacier (tidewater glacier)
– Chiswell Islands, part of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge (weather permitting)
– Bird Rookeries
– Steller Sea Lion Haul Outs
Route will vary depending on weather, wildlife, and glacier ice conditions.
Can I take this cruise and the train on the same day?
Yes, the afternoon departure of this cruise aligns with same-day, round-trip Alaska Railroad transportation. A Major Marine Tours representative will be at the depot to direct you to you to the check-in office. The train depot is only a 2 minute walk from the check-in office for this cruise. When the cruise is over, you will have enough time to walk back to the depot before the train departs at 6:00 p.m.
Will I see any glaciers on this cruise?
Yes, this cruise visits one active tidewater glacier in Aialik Bay. Depending on weather, you may also see Bear Glacier, which is a piedmont glacier and the largest glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park, along with alpine glaciers perched high in the mountains.
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 80% of our 6 Hour Kenai Fjords National Park Cruises. The longer you are on the water, the greater your chances are of seeing whales.
Will I get seasick?
This tour crosses through the Gulf of Alaska for a short time, where there is a higher chance of seasickness due to the area’s bumpy open waters. 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. Our half-day cruises stay in protected waters, where seasickness is less likely.
Is food included on this cruise?
On the afternoon departure of this cruise we serve our optional Alaska Salmon & Prime Rib Meal for $27 per adult and $13.50 per child. On the morning departure we serve our optional Brunch on the Boat for $16 per adult and $8 per child. The meal can be added to your reservation up to 24 hours prior to your cruise. We also 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.
The Kenai Fjords National Park tour was a highlight of our trip. The staff was professional, courteous and friendly. We appreciated the information the driver provided, as well as how often he stopped the boat to make sure we saw the orcas, the sea lions, the seals, the glaciers, etc. The knowledge and commentary from the ranger about the animals and geography that we were seeing added to the experience. The boat was comfortable, and the surf and turf meal was quite good. And the margaritas made with glacial ice were a nice touch! All in all, it was a great trip! We highly recommend it.
walklans / TripAdvisor
We had a large group of eleven people. The staff made sure we had two tables together and everybody was very accommodating. It is nice that you have the tables as your home base for the entire trip. We were able to leave our belongings and everybody could come and go without losing track of family members. We purchased the salmon and prime rib meal and the food was wonderful. Well worth the extra cost. Food servers did an amazing job of getting everyone fed and we were able to go back for seconds. All the staff from captain, crew and the onboard park ranger were incredible. Definitely a big thumbs up from us.
I loved that this is the only local company running cruises out of Seward and that they have a National Park Ranger on board! Ranger Griffin was incredibly knowledgeable. We had a brochure day seeing a humpback, 2 pods of orcas, sea lions, 2 types of puffins, double breasted cormorants, bald eagles, sea otters and porpoises. We had a blast and would do this again with this company in a heart beat.
hendryrd / TripAdvisor
ALASKA RESIDENT SPECIAL – 30% OFF
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SEA & STAY GETAWAY – SAVE OVER 30% ON CRUISE & HOTEL
This June, we’re offering our best cruise and hotel discount yet so you can get a great start to your summer adventures. Get 40% off your 6 Hour Cruise and 30% off Harbor 360 Hotel when packaged in June. Valid in 2020 only.
RAILS TO WHALES ADVENTURE PACKAGE
Save 30% on our 6 Hour Cruise and round-trip train between Anchorage and Seward on the famous Alaska Railroad. Alaska Salmon & Prime Rib Meal included. Make it an overnight by adding a stay at Seward Harbor 360 Hotel and get 10% off your hotel. Valid in 2020 only.
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.
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.