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GRAY WHALE WATCHING CRUISE

Gray Whale Watching Cruise

Witness the return of gray whales to Alaska waters on their annual 10,000 mile migration. Join us for our first tour of the season as we cruise through Resurrection Bay to the Gulf of Alaska in search of our returning visitors. In addition to gray whales, you may also see Steller sea lions, sea otters, eagles, humpback whales, and orcas.

PRICE & DATES

PRICE

Adult (age 12+): $89.00

Child (age 2-11): $44.50 

Infant (under 2): Free

Tax and harbor fee not included in above prices.

DATES

March 7 – May 10, 2020

Departing: 1:00 pm

Returning: 5:00 pm

Gray Whale Watching Cruise Highlights

  • Experience the unique opportunity to view a whale species that is only in the area for a short time in the spring.
  • View other wildlife including Steller sea lions, sea otters, harbor seals, mountain goats, bears, eagles, humpback whales, and orcas.
Cruise Overview

Join us for our first cruise of the season as we search for gray whales on their incredible annual migration. Every year, gray whales migrate over 10,000 miles round-trip between Baja and the Bering and Chukchi Seas – the longest migration route of any mammal. These whales begin migrating north in late February and arrive in Alaska in the spring, spending the summer feeding in shallow Arctic waters before migrating south in mid-October. They deliver their calves in the warm, protected lagoons off the coast of Baja in the winter.

Our Gray Whale Watching Cruise takes you through Resurrection Bay to the edge of the Gulf of Alaska in search of our returning visitors. In addition to gray whales, watch for Steller sea lions, sea otters, Dall’s porpoises, harbor seals, bald eagles, and other whales including humpbacks and orcas. Occasionally, you will see mountain goats with their newly born kids and black bears foraging along the coastline of Resurrection Bay. Our tour is fully narrated by our experienced captains and naturalist crew members.

  • Spring temperatures can be cold, particularly on the water. Though all of our vessels have heated cabins, we urge you to dress in warm, waterproof layers and bring a hat and gloves so you can spend time on the outer decks for the best wildlife viewing.
  • 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
– Gulf of Alaska
– Bird Rookery
– Steller Sea Lion Haul Out
– Thumb Cove and Humpy Cove
– El Dorado Narrows

Route may vary depending on weather and wildlife.

Will I see gray whales on this tour?
The main focus of this cruise is to see gray whales on their migration from Baja to the Bering and Chuchki seas. While we cannot guarantee whale sightings, our captains do their best to maximize your chances of seeing whales. This cruise travels through Resurrection Bay to search for gray whales along their migration route in the Gulf of Alaska. On average, we see whales on 60% of our Gray Whale Watching Cruises, including gray whales, humpback whales, and orca whales. This cruise provides the unique opportunity to view a whale species that is only in the area for a short time in the spring.

Will I see puffins on this cruise?
Our Gray Whale Watching Cruise runs in the spring, before the puffins have migrated back to the area for the summer. Puffins typically return to the area in May, so you may see them on the Gray Whale Watching Cruises that depart in May. However, there are opportunities to see other wildlife on this cruise including whales, Steller sea lions, harbor seals, sea otters, mountain goats, bears, and other seabirds.

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.

What should I bring for this tour?
Spring temperatures in Alaska can be cold, particularly on the water. Though our vessels have heated cabins, we urge you to dress in warm, waterproof layers and bring a hat and gloves so you can spend time on the outer decks, where you will get the best, up-close views of wildlife and scenery.

PHOTOS

HEAR WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING

5/5

Great day out on the water

We took advantage of the spring fever package so we got a fabulous deal on the gray whale tour. We saw a gray whale and calf, a pod of orcas (that came right up to our boat!), porpoises and lots of other wildlife. The crew made the trip fun with their narration. We felt at ease the whole time and really enjoyed ourselves. Thank you Major Marine, we will be back again!

Akmom16 / TripAdvisor

 
5/5

EPIC day on the water!!

Otters, sea birds, porpoise, whales and more…this day was exactly what we needed this afternoon. The rain made for a dramatic and magical backdrop to the day. Thank you to our guide, Justin and Captain Chris for spotting wildlife!! My first time seeing the gray whale migration. Our group was also able to identify a humpback (EVOS-JRM-20130411-081) who is now warmly names Sam. WE will be back next April!!

wi2ak / TripAdvisor
5/5

Great crew, good times!

We did the 4 hour Gray Whale Watching cruise in early May. The crew and captain were fantastic. They were very knowledgeable and eager to show us as much wildlife as possible. We would definitely do another cruise with Major Marine Tours next time we’re in Seward!

haaayleeey 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 promotion code SAV.

SPRING FEVER PACKAGE
Book a spring getaway in Seward! Our Spring Fever Package includes our Gray Whale Watching Cruise, overnight at Harbor 360 Hotel, and tickets to the Alaska SeaLife Center. Prices start at $113 per person in March, $121 per person in April, and $157 per person in May, based on double occupancy.

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.