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Major Marine Tours - Kenai Fjords Cruise
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Kenai Fjords Wildlife Cruise with Optional Buffet Lunch
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Kenai Fjords and Resurrection Bay Half-Day Cruise
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Seward Shore Excursion: Kenai Fjords and Resurrection Bay Half-Day Cruise
Ranked #3 of 53 Tours in Seward
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Owner description: Major Marine Tours offers two thrilling full day cruises into the Kenai Fjords National Park, where wildlife is abundant and tidewater glaciers are massive. Covering 120 miles, you can choose between a 6 hour or 7.5 hour tour, and all trips are hosted by a National Park 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 whales, sea lions, seals and sea otters, as well as an abundance of birds including puffins and eagles. 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.
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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172 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 294 helpful votes
Reviewed July 18, 2013

This was a great experience! We too selected this company because it offered 2 for 1 with the Alaska Tour Saver Coupon Book ($99, the trip cost £149 – do the math!) and our experience couldn’t have been better despite low-lying cloud and choppy seas in the Gulf of Alaska (It brightened up later!). We took the advice of the staff and bought a pack of non-drowsy motion sickness tablets when we checked in (approx. $6) and thus were able to enjoy the adventure AND the food (which was excellent: the prime rib and salmon dinner was delicious, plenti-ful and reasonably priced – you book before the trip so they can gauge the amount) and there was plenty of tea and coffee from the machine downstairs. Unfortunately, about a quarter of the passengers were visibly affected by the 4’ swell as we passed briefly through the Gulf of Alaska, but the crew was there to help with plenty of sick bags, ginger candy and TLC.
We boarded the Spirit of Adventure at 9.30 (our seats were already reserved for us) after the inevitable photo-shoot with the boat’s lifebelt. (Pictures were shown in a loop on the screens in the lounges). The staff on the boat was friendly and helpful and our tour had a NPS Ranger who was knowledgeable and friendly, which was a definite plus. Most of the trip was through calm waters, but in the Gulf, the water was choppy and made the boat bounce quite a bit, but that didn’t last long.
There was plenty of room and you could wander to the open areas aft and up top (good if you were feeling queasy). I was worried the trip would be too long, but we had a fabulous time on the 7.5 hour cruise which whizzed by as we moved from port to starboard to observe the abundant wildlife. The captain was brilliant as he slowed down, cut the engines, idling and circling so both sides of the boat could observe.
Our first sighting was shortly after we left the harbour: a raft of oh-so-cute sea otters! We saw humpbacks feed-ing, followed a couple of pods of killer whales hunting, saw porpoise, sea-lions on a haul-out, harbour seals rest-ing on ice floes in front of the glacier, and a variety of birds, including black legged kittiwakes, horned and tufted puffins and a bald eagle on its nest. We even saw a fin whale, not seen in the bay for 3 years. The high-light for me was seeing a humpback breaching SEVEN times in succession – wow!! My husband’s favourite part was the stop in front of the tidal Aialik Glacier, where you could see and hear the ice calving
We arrived back at the small harbour at 5:30 pm, tired but VERY happy! There are a number of different cruises offered – read the descriptions carefully to choose the one suitable for you, but we were very happy with our choice, and would go again in a shot!
Tip 1: there is a free shuttle which goes from the cruise terminal every 15 minutes – we took a tour of the town to orientate ourselves for later: the driver was helpful at giving advice.
Tip 2: if you are staying at the Windsong Lodge, there is a free shuttle which stops at the small boat harbour every hour – look for the logo.
Tip 3: If you prefer, you could pick up something from Subway or the bakery across the road from the office in the small harbour.
Tip 4: spend time looking round the small harbour (and town) to see how many creatures you can see painted and carved, atop posts and in shingles, as well as on the numerous murals.

Visited June 2013
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Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
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“Awesome boat tour”
Reviewed July 18, 2013

The captain and all of the crew on the boat tour did a great job of looking for whales and other marine life and getting us in position to see humpback whales, orcas, sea otters, dall porpoises and stellar sea lions. We also were able to see a glacier calving on the same trip. We purchased the all you can eat salmon and prime rib and it was very good. It also came with all you can eat dessert.

Visited July 2013
1 Thank Greg C
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“Incredibly Marvellous”
Reviewed July 17, 2013

We did the 7-hour cruise, it was amazing, not long enough!! Saw humpback and orcas, porpoises, seals, sea otters, birds and puffin, it was outstanding. The Glaciers are incredibly marvellous. The food was excellent and the staff particularly friendly, informative and helpful. Well worth the effort and the money. Don't miss it!!

Visited June 2013
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Littleton, Colorado
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“7.5 Hour cruise - Outstanding!”
Reviewed July 17, 2013

We selected this place because it offered two for one with the Alaska Tour Saver Coupon Book. Boy are we glad we did. We felt we saw the very best that Resurrection Bay has to offer. Although they don’t control the weather (which was drop dead gorgeous), they took us to incredible wildlife. There was plenty of room throughout the boat and a place to sit for whatever you were in the mood for. I was worried the trip would be too long, but I am so glad we got to go the places we did. It went by fast. Seasickness was not a problem for either of us. The food was simple but very good and they were very generous with whatever was offered. We followed a family of orcas for some time, saw a group of three humpback whales breach over 15 times in a row, saw otters, porpoises, sea lions, puffins, and harbor seals. Also some fantastic glaciers and icebergs. The crew was friendly. The NPS Ranger on board, Colleen, was incredible. She was so knowledgeable and had a great way of explaining the things everyone was curious about. We boarded at 9:30 am, so we did not have to get up too early and back at 5:30 pm just in time to enjoy dinner in town. Note that different cruises are offered at different times of year. Major Marine is a sure thing, I would definitely go with this company again should we have the chance. Have fun in Alaska.

Visited June 2013
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Anchorage, Alaska
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“Scenic boat trip on Resurrection Bay”
Reviewed July 17, 2013

Major Marine Tours offer several excursions; we took a three hour afternoon tour. We really lucked out with a warm sunny day. The captain grew up in Seward and shared many interesting insights.
Saw whales, lots of seabirds, and sea lions. Very comfortable vessel.

Visited July 2013
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