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Spring Wildlife Cruise

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Seward, United States
Spring Wildlife Cruise

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
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Sail the waters of Resurrection Bay in search of Californian gray whales on a half-day cruise from Seward. These huge mammals arrive here every March through May on their annual migration northward into Alaska’s waters. Watch for these incredible beasts and other whale species, as well as other wildlife, and view the luminous blue glaciers crowning the surrounding mountains. On-board commentary, binoculars, and hot drinks included.
  • Half-day whale watching cruise from Seward
  • Sail Resurrection Bay in search of migrating gray whales
  • Learn why the whales visit here each spring via the onboard commentary
  • Watch for gray whales, orcas, humpbacks, porpoises, and other wildlife
  • Look for bears, goats, and blue glaciers along the mountainous shores
  • Tea, coffee, and water, plus use of binoculars included
  • Snacks and drinks available from on-board bar (own expense)
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Free coffee, tea, and water
Use of binoculars
All taxes and fees included
Narration by an experienced captain
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)

Departure Point

1412 4th Ave, Seward, AK 99664, USA

Departure Point: Major Marine Tours Check-In Desk at Harbor 360 Hotel Address: 1412 4th Ave. Seward, Alaska 99664

Departure Time

12:30 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Travel independently to Seward harbor front, arriving warmly dressed, wearing several layers, a hat, gloves, and rubber-soled shoes.

Then, board your ship, and after a safety briefing, gaze back at Seward as you sail into Resurrection Bay. From March through May, the bay is visited by Californian gray whales as they make their annual journey north from Baja, California to the Bering Sea. Your cruise will travel 55 miles (88.5 kilometres) along the coast in search of sightings.

Listen to the on-board commentary about the whales, and scan the seas using the supplied binoculars. With luck, enjoy sightings: unforgettable views of these majestic mammals in their natural habitat.

Watch, too, for humpback and orca whales, Dall’s porpoises, seals, and sea otters, and perhaps spot bears and mountain goats with their young on the rocky shores.

Look for glaciers as you trace the coastline, seeing the blue ice of Bear Glacier, a Piedmont Glacier, and Kenai Fjords National Park’s biggest glacier, all nestled in the mountains.

As you cruise, enjoy included tea, coffee, and water, and any refreshments you’ve brought aboard. Wine, beer, and snacks can be purchased on board (own expense).

Your cruise finishes when your ship docks at Seward.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Operates in all weather conditions; please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 200 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Major Marine Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitization during Spring Wildlife Cruise?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Spring Wildlife Cruise.
What is the social distancing policy during Spring Wildlife Cruise?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Spring Wildlife Cruise.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Spring Wildlife Cruise?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Spring Wildlife Cruise.

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29 Reviews
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A fun time and would highly recommend.
, May 2021
The crew and captain were very courteous and helpful. The cruise was a bit long for my granddaughter who is 5 years old. But overall we had a wonderful time and would highly recommend it. Thank You, Susan and Jo
Beautiful Day in Seward
, May 2021
The captain gave great commentary, the employees were kind and helpful, and we saw many different types of wildlife. We saw bald eagles, sea lions, harbor seals, otters, and orcas. Unfortunately there were no gray whales out, but the beautiful day more than made up for it. Loved supporting the local tourism in Seward on our first trip to Alaska!
, May 2021
Because of a glitch in our air travel we were not able to make necessary changes in our car rental in Anchorage. Their answer was All Car Rental Lots have been SOLD OUT. No car available we had to cancel our entire trip. Gray Whale Cruise company was notified and our cruise was also canceled two days before our scheduled cruise. Disappointing!
Great experience
, May 2021
This experience is fantastic. It is beautiful. And we saw so much wildlife. The staff is friendly and highly knowledgable. I highly recommend this trip
This whole dealio is amazing!!!!!
, Apr 2021
No joke, taking this boat tour was probably the best decision I made on my trip to Alaska. I loved everything about it - the view, the boat, good vibes, the amount of customers (social distancing), and the guides (special shout out to Capt. Gary). I highly recommend people try this out. It’s worth the money and it’s FOUR hours (!!!). We experienced GORGEOUS scenery, saw whales, other sea mammals, birds, mountain goats, and bald eagles! Do yourself a favor and take this trip. My only recommendation is book in advance. Thank you to the crew and the owners, you all are great!!!
Awesome experience!!
, Apr 2021
It was a cold and snowy day, but we still had a great time!! We saw sea otters, sea lions, porpoises, birds, and orcas. Along with tons of beautiful scenery. They had delicious drinks at the bar and everyone was so nice. Highly recommend.
100% Would Go Again
, Apr 2021
The cruise was our favorite part of the trip. The crew was so educational and we were surprised at how much wildlife we were able to see. I would highly recommend this boat cruise to anyone! The boat is big enough that it can handle the sea for those worried about sea sickness.
Incredible Experience, Stunning Views
, Mar 2021
The crew was wonderful and very informative. The sights were unbelievable!!! Yes, it was cold and windy but we knew that going in and dressed accordingly. Plus you can always warm up inside the cabin if it’s too much. But overall, it was an unforgettable experience. We had a drunk group on our crew that ruined part of the experience for us, but that’s not the fault of the excursion at all. We also saw so much wildlife and took some of the prettiest pictures I’ve ever seen. I’ll definitely go on this cruise again.

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