Gray Whale Watching Cruise
Give into Spring Fever and join Major Marine Tours for our Gray Whale Watching Cruise, a day that is sure to become one of your fondest Alaska memories. Join us for our first cruise of the season as we head out to the opening of Resurrection Bay to witness the annual return of the gray whales.
Gray whales migrate over 5,000 miles from Baja to their summer feeding grounds in the Bering and Chukchi Seas each year. These whales begin migrating north in late February and travel by “line of sight,” meaning that they travel close to the coastline on their migration. Gray whales arrive in Alaska in the spring, spending the summer feeding in shallow Arctic waters before migrating south in mid-October.
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 humpback whales, orca whales, Steller sea lions, sea otters, Dall’s porpoises, harbor seals, bald eagles, and many types of seabirds. Our tour is fully narrated by our experienced captains and naturalist crew members. Complimentary beverages include coffee, tea, and water. Additional snacks and beverages are available for purchase.
Insider’s Tip: Spring temperatures in Alaska 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, where you will get the best, up-close views of wildlife and scenery.
Tax and harbor fee not included in the above prices.
Kick off the start of our cruise season with the chance to view the return of the gray whales to Alaskan waters. Our Gray Whale Watching Cruise begins in early spring, departing from the Seward Harbor 360 Hotel
dock at 1:00 p.m. During this time, search for California gray whales as they make their annual migration from Baja to the Bering and Chukchi Seas, passing by the opening of Resurrection Bay on their incredible journey north.
Our Gray Whale Watching Cruise travels approximately 55 miles along the rugged coastline of Resurrection Bay to the Gulf of Alaska. In addition to gray whales, you also might see humpback whales, orca whales, Dall’s porpoises, sea otters, and seabirds. Occasionally you will see mountain goats with their newly born kids or bears foraging for vegetation along the coastline of Resurrection Bay.
Nestled high in the mountains along the coast of Resurrection Bay are several alpine glaciers, with brilliant blue colors peeking out from the snow-covered mountains. We will cruise by Bear Glacier, a piedmont glacier and the largest glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park.
Guests should be prepared for a variety of weather conditions including snow and freezing rain. Hats, gloves, warm clothing, waterproof layers, and comfortable, rubber soled shoes are strongly recommended. Snacks are available for purchase during the cruise. We provide complimentary coffee, hot tea, and water, and guests may bring their own food and beverages if they desire.
The Gray Whale Watching Cruise route is indicated as the RED line on the cruise map. Routes may vary depending on weather and wildlife.