For a limited time in early summer, this cruise departs from Seward in search of our favorite black and white marine mammal – the orca. Join Major Marine Tours – the local whale experts – as we search for orcas, distinguishable by their stately dorsal fins and fascinating social behaviors.
Adult (age 12+): $94.00
Child (age 2-11): $47.00
Infant (under 2): Free
Tax and harbor fee not included in above prices.
May 23 – June 14, 2020
May 10 – June 6, 2021
Departing: 1:00 pm
Returning: 5:00 pm
From mid-may through mid-June, orcas frequent the waters outside of Seward in search of food. Join us for an amazing day on the water as we search for orcas during this prime time for orca 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 sightings to maximize your chances of seeing orcas. Learn about these whales from our knowledgeable captains, who will provide narration throughout the cruise. Hear the haunting calls of these animals for yourself through our onboard hydrophone if conditional allow.
Will I see any orcas on this cruise?
While we cannot guarantee whale sightings, our captains visit orca hot spots and communicate with other vessels about recent orca sightings to give our guests the best chances of viewing orcas and other whales. On average, we see orcas on 90% of our Orca Quest Cruises. The longer you are on the water, the greater your chances are of seeing whales. Orcas are most frequently seen in the area from mid-May to mid-June, which is why we run this cruise during that time.
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.
Will we see any other marine life on this tour?
While the main focus of the cruise is orca viewing, we often see other wildlife including humpback whales, Dall’s porpoises, Steller sea lions, harbor seals, sea otters, and seabirds.
We drove to Seward from Anchorage for the Orca Quest Cruise aboard the Orca Song. Kayleigh was our captain and Nick and Justin were her boat-mates. They were all extraordinarily knowledgeable about the area, the animals and nature. Kayleigh could identify the orcas based on their dorsal fin notching and spots behind their fins — impressive! They are very respectful to maintain distance and reduce noise when close to the animals. We saw humpback whales, orcas, bald eagles, puffins, harbor seals, sea otters, mountain goats and the Bear Glacier. After a 10 day trip in Alaska, this was on the top three of things we did. Highly impressed with the company, captain, boat staff and the wildlife.
Bryanne R / TripAdvisor
What a trip. I came to Alaska to see whales (hopefully Orcas) and beautiful scenery. The boat was very comfortable and always room along the rail to take pictures. The captain spotted otters playing and brought us in for a look. Later she spotted mountain goats and got us close enough for some fabulous pictures. We saw glaciers and amazing scenery on route to the whales. Then the whales … oh my. We saw several greys and then she put us on several pods of Orcas. They were all over. Calves and parents. One of the best days of my life. Fantastic trip and very friendly and helpful crew. Go on this trip.
Do not miss out on this tour! My husband and I along with our family had the real pleasure of the Orca tour. This is something not to miss (only running from mid May to mid June) this tour did not disappoint. When booking a wildlife tour you are always unsure whether you will actually see any! The crew of the Orca Song did everything they could to show us wildlife and they did not let us down. On a 4hr tour we saw a hump back whale, orcas, sea lions, porpoise, bald eagle, mountain goat and many birds including puffins. The crew were incredible and made us feel really comfortable and welcome. Do not let this chance go by make sure you visit marine major tours!
mscann / TripAdvisor
ALASKA RESIDENT SPECIAL – 30% OFF
We’re an Alaskan-owned company here for Alaskans! Alaska Residents get 30% off our Orca Quest Cruise in 2020. Call or book online using promo code LOCAL30.
SEA & STAY GETAWAY – SAVE OVER 30% ON CRUISE & HOTEL
This June, we’re offering our best cruise and hotel discount yet so you can get a great start to your summer adventures. Get 40% off your Orca Quest Cruise and 30% off Harbor 360 Hotel when packaged in June. Valid in 2020 only.
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.