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7.5 HOUR KENAI FJORDS NATIONAL PARK CRUISE

7.5 Hour Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise

Explore the whales, wildlife, and glaciers of Kenai Fjords National Park on a stable catamaran. More time on the water allows the captain to seek out the best wildlife viewing opportunities in the area. Visit 2 active tidewater glaciers. Cruise with a National Park Ranger. Enjoy our optional Alaska Salmon & Prime Rib Buffet while you cruise.

PRICE & DATES

PRICE

Adult (age 12+): $189.00

Child (age 2-11): $94.50 

Infant (under 2): Free

Tax, harbor fee, and meal not included in above prices.

DATES

May 28 – September 7 & September 14, 2020

Departing: 10:00 am

Returning: 5:30 pm

7.5 Hour Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise Highlights

  • Visit two active tidewater glacier
  • More time on the water allows the captain to seek out the best wildlife viewing opportunities in the area
  • View wildlife and scenery on a large, stable catamaran with multiple viewing decks and large, fog-free windows
  • See wildlife such as orca whales, humpback whales, Steller sea lions, harbor seals, puffins, eagles, and many species of seabirds
  • Onboard National Park Ranger and  Junior Ranger Program for kids
  • Delicious Alaska salmon and prime rib buffet for only $27 per adult and $13.50 per child, including complimentary soft drinks and dessert bar
Cruise Overview

Our thrilling 7.5 Hour Cruise explores Kenai Fjords National Park, where wildlife is abundant and tidewater glaciers are massive. Providing a full narration to your journey, a National Park Ranger will be your guide to the spectacular sights while answering any questions you may have. With 7.5 hours on the water, this cruise allows more time for the captain to seek out the best whale and wildlife viewing opportunities in the area, including Steller sea lion colonies and rookeries home to thousands of nesting seabirds. You will also spend time in front of two active tidewater glaciers: Holgate and Aialik Glaciers.

  • Buffet served at approximately 12:00 p.m.
  • Guaranteed reserved seating in our heated cabin for every guest
  • Complimentary coffee, tea, and water are provided. Snacks, beverages, and full bar drinks are available for purchase during the cruise.
  • Free souvenir book
  • Complimentary use of binoculars while onboard
  • Departure location: Seward South Harbor
  • Vessel: Glacier Express (cruise typically runs on this vessel, but vessel is subject to change)
  • Wheelchair accessible on the first deck, inside the main cabin only. Outside decks are not wheelchair accessible. Please note if there are wheelchairs in your party when making your reservation. More information about vessel wheelchair accessibility can be found here.

ROUTE HIGHLIGHTS:

– Resurrection Bay
– Bear Glacier (piedmont glacier, visibility weather permitting)
– Kenai Fjords National Park
– Gulf of Alaska
– Aialik Bay
– Holgate  and Aialik Glaciers (tidewater glaciers)
– 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?
No, you will not make it to the cruise on time if you take the train from Anchorage to Seward. This cruise departs at 10:00 a.m. and the train arrives in Seward at 11:05 a.m. However, you can take the train from Seward to Anchorage after your cruise is over. If you would like to book round-trip train with this cruise, you can take the train from Anchorage to Seward and overnight in Seward the day before your cruise. Our 5 Hour Kenai Fjords Wildlife Cruise and 6 Hour Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise align with same-day, round-trip train transportation.

Will I see any glaciers on this cruise?
Yes, this cruise visits two active tidewater glaciers 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 90% of our 7.5 Hour Kenai Fjords National Park Cruises. The longer you are on the water, the greater your chances are of seeing whales.

What is the difference between this cruise and the 6 hour cruise?
The 6 Hour Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise visits one active tidewater glacier and the 7.5 Hour Cruise visits two active tidewater glaciers. Though both cruises follow the same approximate route, the additional cruising time on the 7.5 Hour Cruise allows the captains time to seek out the best wildlife-viewing opportunities in the area and spend more time watching whales and other wildlife that are seen along the way.

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 this cruise we serve our optional Alaska salmon & prime rib buffet for $27.00 per adult and $13.50 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.

PHOTOS & VIDEOS

Aialik Glacier
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HEAR WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING

5/5

Beyond amazing!

We chose the 7.5 hour wildlife cruise and couldn’t have been more happy. This was our first trip to Alaska and the really the only thing I knew for sure was that I wanted to see Orcas. Major Marine made that happen and it was truly unbelievable! The boat had 3 levels and you could view from any level, inside or outside. We did pay extra for the salmon and prime rib luch and I was so glad because it was an excellent meal. We saw glaciers, eagles, otters, sea lions, puffins and so many whales! Humpbacks and Orcas! They provided coffee the entire cruise at no charge. (unlike some other cruises we took while in Seward) Major Marine was my favorite cruise while in Seward. I highly recommend!

 mleannac / TripAdvisor

 
5/5

Great Tour

We did the 7.5 hour Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise in June. It was awesome. Before we left we were unsure if the cruise would be too long. 7.5 hours on a boat is a long time. It was perfect. The crew and the Park Ranger were really friendly and talked to you the entire trip. We saw four different types of whales, seal harbors, sea lions, otters, puffins – it was amazing. We loved seeing the glaciers and having our glacier cocktail.

Trek17026776853 / TripAdvisor

5/5

Awe inspiring

For a family owned business, this place ROCKS! From the very first phone call to make the reservation, until the last goodbye as we got off the boat: professionalism was at the top of the list. Our captain Nicole was considerate of her guests (she maneuvered the boat so everyone got to see everything) the deck hands were attentive and professional and Ranger Robin was full of knowledge. A definite MUST, even for long time Alaskans!

Sam J TripAdvisor

SPECIALS, PACKAGES, & ADD-ONS

Specials & Packages

EARLY BOOKING SPECIAL: SAVE 10%
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STAY & PLAY SPECIAL
Book a night at Harbor 360 Hotel and receive 20% off your cruise.

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.