Visit an active tidewater glacier and discover the whales and abundant wildlife of Kenai Fjords National Park on our most popular cruise. 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.
Adult (age 12+): $169.00
Child (age 2-11): $84.50
Infant (under 2): Free
Tax and harbor fee 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
May 16 & 23, September 12, 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. Our experienced captains will fully narrate your journey and will point out the spectacular sights while providing information on the area’s wildlife, history, and geology. You will spend time in front of a towering tidewater glacier and watch for calving, where giant chunks of glacial ice break off and crash into the water.
Departs: 11:30 a.m.
Returns: 5:30 p.m.
Meal: Complimentary Deli Lunch
Departs: 8:00 a.m.
Returns: 2:00 p.m.
Meal: Complimentary Brunch
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?
In 2020, a complimentary deli lunch will be provided for all guests. In 2021, the afternoon departure of this cruise will feature complimentary deli lunch and the morning departure will feature a complimentary brunch. 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.
My expectations were surpassed in every way possible. The staff was kind and courteous. I was very pleased with the precautions taken to make the passengers feel safe during these uncertain times, Laura was a wonderful narrator and guide. Our sail was smooth and comfortable. Thank you to all the staff for making this a wonderful experience. Everyone was extremely friendly and helpful. I loved this tour!
Guest Comment Card
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
There are no specials for this cruise at this time. Please visit our Specials & Packages Page for a list of our current specials.
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 and transportation between Anchorage and Seward to your cruise reservation. Click the buttons below for more information.