Gray Whale Watching Cruise

Witness the return of the California gray whales to Alaskan waters from Baja on their annual 5,000 mile migration. Join us for our first cruise of the season as we cruise through Resurrection Bay in search of our returning visitors. In addition to gray whales, you may also see orca whales, humpback whales, and other marine wildlife.

Price & Dates


Adult (age 12+): $89.00

Child (age 2-11): $44.50

Infant (under 2): $0.00


March 9 - May 12, 2019

Departing: 1:00 pm

Returning: 5:00 pm

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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.

Quick Facts

  • Witness the migration of the gray whales through Alaskan waters on our first cruise of the season.
  • Wildlife: whales, sea otters, Steller sea lions, harbor seals, puffins, eagles, seabirds
  • Complimentary use of binoculars while onboard
  • Vessel: Orca Song
  • Departure location: Seward Harbor 360 Hotel

Hear What Our Customers Are Saying

Gray Whale Watching Tour

As a resident, often we don't do Alaskan stuff. We decided to take a Grey Whale watching tour with Major Marine out of Seward. Boy we were not disappointed. We saw otters, orcas, grey and humpback whales! Joshua the Captain and Jenn were the best! They were both quite knowledgeable and eager to please folks aboard the boat. This was a 4 hour tour, though the nice thing was we didn't have an agenda other than find wildlife!! It was fabulous. Josh bantered throughout the cruise providing a wealth of information, some of which we'd never heard living here for years! Very worthwhile your time and money. The boat provides coffee and tea and snacks can be purchased. Take a little lunch to eat on board. There is indoor and outdoor seating on the Viewfinder.

Akhummingbird / TripAdvisor

Must-See Tour

We had such a good time on the gray whale watching tour. The weather was beautiful, the ship perfect, the crew was friendly, helpful, informative and very enthusiastic. The captain wanted to make sure we saw and experienced as much as possible in land and animal sites, his excitement at each instance was contagious. We actually saw 19 grey whales, seals, eagles, otters and beautiful land scenes. This was truly a great adventure and should not be passed up. Great value also. I would recommend for anyone. We were aged 22 - 66 and all thoroughly enjoyed it.

LindahR2440HL / TripAdvisor

Gray Whale Watching

We purchased the Gray Whale Watching combo package with lodging and passes to the Sealife Center. The hotel location is great and the hotel staff was accommodating and helpful when we needed a handicap friendly room. The tour was beautiful and tour staff was also helpful and friendly. We had a really great trip and I recommend this hotel, tour, and package to anyone new to the area! Thank you and keep up the great work!

AKN8V / TripAdvisor

Specials, Packages & Add-Ons

Specials & Packages
Spring Fever Package: Cruise, Hotel, & Alaska SeaLife Center

Give in to spring fever and join Major Marine Tours in welcoming back the gray whales to Alaskan waters. Embark on a Gray Whale Watching Cruise and relax for the night at Harbor 360 Hotel, Seward's premier waterfront hotel. Package also includes free tickets to the Alaska SeaLife Center. Prices start at $111 per person in March, $121 per person in April, and $166 per person in May, based on double hotel occupancy.

Specials & Packages

Major Marine Tours is your one-stop shop for Alaskan adventure! Add hotel, transportation, and activities to your cruise reservation.

Hotel Transportation Activities


Our Gray Whale Watching 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.
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