Orca Quest Cruise

For a limited time in early summer, this cruise will depart from the Seward boat harbor in search of our favorite black and white marine mammal - the orca whale. Join Major Marine Tours - the local whale experts - as we search for orcas, distinguishable by their stately dorsal fins, which can grow up to six feet tall, and their fascinating social behaviors.

Price & Dates


Adult (age 12+): $89.00

Child (age 2-11): $44.50

Infant (under 2): $0.00


May 13 - June 9, 2019

Departing: 1:00 pm

Returning: 5:00 pm

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Orca Quest Cruise

From mid-May through mid-June, orca whales frequent the waters outside of Seward in search of food. Join Major Marine Tours – the local whale experts – as we search for orcas during this prime time for orca whale watching. These incredible marine mammals are distinguishable by their prominent dorsal fins, which can grow up to six feet tall, and their fascinating social behaviors. Our experienced captains will explore the area’s orca hot spots and communicate with other vessels about recent orca sightings to maximize your chances of seeing orcas. Rather than following a set cruise route, we visit the places where orca whales have recently been seen, giving you a unique cruising experience every day. Learn about these whales from our experienced, local captains and naturalist crew members. Hear the haunting calls of these animals for yourself through our onboard hydrophone if conditions allow.

Tax and harbor fee not included.

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Quick Facts

  • Search for orca whales during the prime orca whale watching season in Alaska.
  • Onboard hydrophone allows you to listen to the orca whale calls underwater if conditions allow.
  • We take you where the whales have recently been seen rather than following a set route. Every day is a unique cruising experience.
  • Narration by our local, experienced captains and naturalist crew members.
  • Explore the world of Alaska's orca whales on the only orca-focused cruise in Seward.
  • Vessel: Orca Song
  • Departure location: Seward Harbor 360 Hotel

Hear What Our Customers Are Saying


Went on the Orca Quest cruise with Major Marine and it's the best whale watching we've done anywhere in the world... Spectacular scenery en route and after a couple of hours we found a large pod of humpbacks and experienced them bubble net feeding. What a privilege this was to witness something so spectacular. Later we found two large pods of orca and stayed watching them for 45 minutes before they were joined by the first pod of humpbacks. Best experience ever and the memories will last forever. How lucky were we all!! The only downside is we love whale watching but fear that all future experiences will not match this one. Highly recommended to all.

Davidjackie1957 / TripAdvisor

Orcas on Display

My two adult sons and I enjoyed several days of great fishing on the Kenai before visiting Seward, during which we cruised on the Orca Song in hopes of seeing some whales. The crew did not disappoint, as we witnessed a humpback feeding just a few minutes into the cruise. The scenery was spectacular and the captain's easygoing commentary was engaging. We were getting a little anxious a couple hours into the trip before seeing orcas, but once we did, it was like watching fireworks. For 35 minutes, we watched the animals swim, spy hop, and even breech, all around the boat. It was amazing and hard to imagine being any better. The crew was also very friendly and helpful and even the drinks were topnotch. The highlight of our trip and highly recommended.

Tom A / TripAdvisor

Orca Quest Tour - Fantastic!

We decided to take the Orca Quest Tour on June 5th 2017 after taking the Prince William Sound Surprise Glacier Cruise the day before. The Orca Quest tour was truly fantastic! We got to see orcas and humpback whales and glaciers, puffins, sea otters.... It was so amazing! Our kids were so excited and are still talking about this boat tour. We would definitely do this tour again and highly recommend it!

Jeanette W / TripAdvisor

Specials, Packages & Add-Ons

Specials & Packages
Orca Quest Cruise & Hotel Package

Search for orcas on our Orca Quest Cruise and relax for the night at Harbor 360 Hotel, Seward's premier waterfront hotel. Prices start at $166 per person in May and $228 per person in June, 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 Orca Quest Cruise departs 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.
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