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.
Adult (age 12+): $189.00
Child (age 2-11): $94.50
Infant (under 2): $0.00
Tax, harbor fee, and meal not included in above prices.
May 28 – September 7 & September 14, 2020
Departing: 10:00 am
Returning: 5:30 pm
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 uniformed 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
Our 7.5 Hour Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise departs from the Seward Small Boat Harbor at 10:00 a.m. This cruise travels through the protected waters of Resurrection Bay into Aialik Bay in Kenai Fjords National Park.
As we cruise into Aialik Bay you will get your first glimpse of Aialik Glacier, an active tidewater glacier. We will stop in front of the glacier and watch for calving, where large chunks of glacial ice break off and crash in to the water. Our next stop is Holgate Glacier, another actively calving tidewater glacier. We will spend approximately 20 minutes in front of each glacier, floating among the icebergs as we watch for spectacular calving.
While in the protected waters of Aialik Bay we will begin serving our optional Alaska salmon and prime rib meal that is freshly prepared onboard. This meal is served buffet style and is consistently rated as the best of any day-cruise company in Southcentral Alaska. While you enjoy our cruising restaurant service you will be able to sit at your reserved seat inside the heated cabin and not miss out on any of the beautiful scenery.
Depending on time of year, the captain will guide the vessel alongside seabird rookeries in the Chiswell Islands (part of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge) or Cape Resurrection, home to thousands of nesting seabirds including puffins, kittiwakes, and cormorants. You will also visit Steller sea lion colonies, where Steller sea lions gather on the rugged, rocky coastline. Sea otters, bald eagles, and mountain goats are also commonly seen along the route. With 7.5 hours on the water the captain has plenty of time to seek out the best wildlife-viewing opportunities in the area.
A National Park Ranger will be onboard to provide a detailed narrative on the history, ecology, geology, and wildlife in the area. They are more than happy to answer any of your questions during the cruise.
This cruise is not recommended for those who are prone to seasickness since it travels through the open Gulf of Alaska. Our half-day cruises are a better option if motion sickness is a concern.
This cruise is indicated as the blue line on the cruise map. Routes may vary depending on wildlife, weather, and ice conditions.
We did the 7.5 hour tour and it was phenomenal. I know this will not be a common experience but the weather was perfect. We saw an abundance of wildlife including: humpback whales, two pods of orcas, sea lions, seals, sea otter, puffins, a black bear, etc. There was a ranger on board to lead the kids through the Junior Ranger program right on the ship. We got to see two glaciers and one did break a little while we were there. The cool feeling of the glacier and the sound of that ice landing in the water is something I will never forget. Also the prime rib and salmon was served right around lunchtime for us and we were very glad we did that. It was phenomenal!
We did the 7.5 Hour National Park Cruise through the Kenai Fjords and had a wonderful experience. The tour was remarkably well-organized and the Park Ranger onboard, Deanna, provided informative and interesting commentary for the whole cruise. I can’t decide which was more amazing to see – all the wildlife, or the glaciers themselves. But I can say for sure that Aialik Glacier is not to be missed, especially if you’d like to see the glacier calving!
The one thing you need to know is always take the longest trip you can take! It is worth it. We have used Major Marine for over 10 years and it never disappoints. Whales!!! And so much more. Get the meal–it’s delicious and is all you can eat. The staff is wonderful and the trip is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure worth seeing. There is an abundant amount of wildlife to see and the glaciers are majestic. The scenery is breathtaking. Take the long cruise–you will see so much more!
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 7.5 Hour Kenai Fjords National Park 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. Please note: same-day round-trip transportation is not available for the 7.5 Hour Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise.
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