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Major Marine Tours - Prince William Sound Glacier Cruise

Harbor Loop Subdivision, Whittier, AK 99501
+1 907-274-7300
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Ranked #4 of 18 attractions in Whittier
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Tours
Owner description: Major Marine Tours offers two thrilling day cruises into Prince William Sound, and the grandeur of its ever-changing glaciers. Choose between the 5.25... more » Owner description: Major Marine Tours offers two thrilling day cruises into Prince William Sound, and the grandeur of its ever-changing glaciers. Choose between the 5.25 hour Surprise Glacier Cruise and the 4.5 hour Blackstone Glacier Cruise. All trips are hosted by a Chugach National Forest Ranger. At the glaciers you'll often witness calving - a process by which glaciers shed giant blocks of ancient ice. This area is also home to a wide variety of animals including sea lions, seals, sea otters,and mountain goats; as well as an abundance of bird rookeries with many species including eagles and kittywakes. You can enhance your experience with our Alaska salmon and prime rib buffet, freshly prepared on board the vessel. All guests are guaranteed reserved seating inside our heated cabins. « less
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Potomac Falls, Virginia
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56 reviews 56 reviews
16 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

Great boat great staff. A memorable trip that would recommend to all. The ranger was excellent as well.

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Oakland, California
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

My partner and I took the 5-hour day trip to view Prince William Sound and Surprise Glacier in July, 2013. We sailed out of Whittier, and had to walk from a large muddy paid parking lot to the dock. The Major Marine staff were friendly and helpful when we requested seats on the upper level of the boat. We got... More

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Oceanside, California, United States
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

It was a stormy day for our cruise last July 2013. But the crew made the trip positive and interesting. We enjoyed the meal, there was plenty to eat and the food tasted very good. I especially liked the homemade salad dressing that one of the crew made on site. We were able to see lots of sea otters which... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

The trip to the glacier was incredible. Full of wildlife. Rafts of otters. I'll never forget the blues of the tidal glacier. It was also wonderful on a hot day to be on a boat surrounded by chunks of ice.

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Saint James, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

My wife, myself, and our four children drove into Whittier the previous evening under rain and overcast skies. We were very pleased to awaken to sunshine and the excitement mounted as we embarked on our Major Marine Tour of Prince William Sound. The Boat, Captain, and crew welcomed us aboard and we began what turned out to be the highlight... More

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Cave Creek, Arizona
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

We have a family member that gets seasick quite easily. Though this tour was further away, we decided that this would be much better as we had read that the waters are calmer. We were not disappointed. The waters were perfect for his tender stomach and the entire tour was wonderful! Not only did we see glaciers, we saw wildlife,... More

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Tarzana, CA
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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

Took this tour in July 2013 before boarding our big cruise ship that was setting sail for 1 week cruise through inside passage. We used the coupon from Northern Lights (2-for-1). The reviews were accurate and this trip was well worth it. As it is a smaller boat, we got very close-up to the glaciers. The crew & park ranger... More

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Middletown, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

I highly recommend this tour. The crew and the park ranger were so very accommodating to the passengers. They made every effort to show us the sights that we were there to see and that our safety and and comfort were of the utmost importance. I have already suggested to friends and family who are palnning trips to Alaska that... More

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Kennesaw, Georgia, Usa
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

Well organized, well staffed, and comfortable stable boat, even when it got a bit choppy on some open water crossings. Plenty of room to see from the various deck areas. We had a full boat and it did not feel crowded. Of course- also great views- glaciers and wildlife. Be sure to dress warmly and bring binoculars if you have... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

The closeup views of the glaciers were very impressive, and we had a chance to see a group of sea otters up close and personal. The main difference between this tour and the Fjords glacier tour from Seward was the smoothness of the sea on this one. from Seward, you have to go out into the extremely rough gulf of... More

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