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Major Marine Tours Glacier and Wildlife Tours Seward

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Major Marine Tours Glacier and Wildlife Tours
Seward Small Boat Harbor
1302-B 4th Avenue
Seward
AK
99664
Tel: 907 274-7300

Directions

The MMT ticket office is located in Seward, Alaska, at the Small Boat Harbour. You will find this near the Harbormaster's Office.

Where are we going today?

Alaskan family-owned tour company Major Marine Tours (MMT) offer a number of day cruises through the Kenai Fjords, Seward, Whittier and Resurrection Bay in the stunning Alaska. 

There is nothing like the first time you spot a majestic whale breach out of the waters and splash only meters in front of you.  It is a moment you realise how vast and beautiful our planet is, and a memory and understanding that every child should experience.

Tours last from 3 hours (the Wildlife Cruise) to 7.5 hours (the exciting and breathtaking full day cruises) - with specialist cruises such as the Grey Whale Watching Tour which lasts 4 hours from Seward. 

You can be assured your family are in great hands as all tours are accompanied by experienced crew members and hosted by National Park Rangers.  These rangers and crew members can assure that any question your child has about glaciers, geology and wildlife - they can answer!  There is also a great interactive experience that children of all ages can participate in, and even come away with a coveted "junior ranger" certificate!

Seeing wildlife out in their natural habitat is one of the most exciting and thrilling experiences you can have growing up.  The best type of education outside of the classroom.

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$69 - $169
  • Children$34.50 - $84.50 age 11 and younger
  • Free Under: age 2 and younger
LAST UPDATED 2014

When can we go?

March 23 - October 13

Teachers corner

Kids can be a Junior Park Ranger by joining the Junior Ranger Program on board. This is run by the Park Rangers and offers an interactive and educational experience as they learn about all the wildlife they will be seeing on the tour..

I'm Hungry!

All tours over 4 hours in duration offer a delicious Alaska salmon and prime rib buffet. Do you want to hear the exciting part? It's all you can eat! If you are vegetarian just make sure you inform the company ahead of time so they can prepare, but they would be very happy to accommodate. All cruises will supply you with warm teas and coffees, and most ships have bar service and snacks for purchase. .

Any Top Tips?

Make sure you dress in layers, as the weather can be unpredictable. Make sure you have enough warm gear too! (And rain proof!) Don't forget your camera too - you want to be prepared when that whale might show its tail! Also please note that as much as everyone loves animals, they can't allow pets on board..

Doing our bit

MMT are very serious when it comes to ensuring their green footprint. They are one of the first marine tour operators in Alaska to join a carbon offsetting programs offered in Alaska, called Tour Green. You can do your bit too, as when you book your ticket, you can purchase a Green Tag for $2 which goes straight towards the production of pollution free renewable energy..

Need a little extra help?

Certain cruises have ability to accommodate manual wheelchairs, so just make sure you call ahead and check before you book. .

Baby Facilities

Strollers unfortunately can't be taken onto the boats, but they are happy to store them in the ticket office until you return. However, car carriers are allowed so please call ahead in advance to advice if this is the case and they can ensure there is a reserved seat. .

What people are saying?

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    We came in the off season and the only tour operating (from any company) was their 3 hour to Kenai Fjords. Weather was crappy on and off, but even so the tour and boat crew made it worth it. The cruise was a well done, we saw plenty of wildlife, and the variety of scenery was fantastic. Don't let the front desk crew scare you off, what they lack in charm, the boat tour and friendliness of the boat crew totally make up for it.

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    Took us on a stunning 6 hours tour of calving glaciers, humpback whales, orcas, and more. Many of our group got sea sick, but they really tried to help folks out. Salmon & rice at lunch were pretty good.

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    This is the best tour to see the Glaciers! I picked it over the Kenai Fjords Tour company because it goes to the two largest glaciers and also the all you can eat prime rib and salmon buffet! It is well worth the extra fee. I also chose it because it spends more time on the water viewing the wildlife. You can eat and watch the wildlife and views as you are traveling. The staff are the best. Request seating at a table. You will not be assigned a particular seat at the table, you will just share it with others. You will be getting up and down...Read More

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    We went out on the Glacier Express, a large, three-level boat with seating for probably ~300 and plenty of amenities. The boat was very clean and comfortable, not stuffy or claustrophobic the way some get. First and second floor were inside the cabin and there was a viewing deck on all three levels. The crew was extremely helpful, friendly and attentive. Four clean heads (bathrooms) were available, one with a baby changing station. Complementary water, tea and coffee, caffeinated and decaf, were available. Snacks and meals, such as hot dogs and...Read More

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    We did the 7.5 hour tour, it was pretty descent though it felt like it was a bit stretched. There's a lot of emphasis on wildlife on this cruise. They spend a good amount of time on each of the glaciers and you get to see caving too. I'd recommend taking the with food option, their have a good spread and quality.

    You have an actual Park ranger as your tour guide which is quite authentic and also give an engine tour.

    They also do a glacier ice margarita from ice they pull in front of you.

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by sstarr03

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This is the best tour to see the Glaciers! I picked it over the Kenai Fjords Tour company because it goes to the two largest glaciers and also the all you can eat prime rib and salmon buffet! It is well worth the extra fee. I also chose it because it spends more time on the water viewing the wildlife. You can eat and watch the wildlife and views as you are traveling. The staff are the best. Request seating at a table. You will not be assigned a particular seat at the table, you will just share it with others. You will be getting up and down to view from the deck and from the table. Everyone gets a chance to view from the window but for the best shots, you will want to be up on the deck. Hoped this helped. Enjoy!

by Joseph Lancaster

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We went out on the Glacier Express, a large, three-level boat with seating for probably ~300 and plenty of amenities. The boat was very clean and comfortable, not stuffy or claustrophobic the way some get. First and second floor were inside the cabin and there was a viewing deck on all three levels. The crew was extremely helpful, friendly and attentive. Four clean heads (bathrooms) were available, one with a baby changing station. Complementary water, tea and coffee, caffeinated and decaf, were available. Snacks and meals, such as hot dogs and macaroni and cheese, were available for purchase, as were a variety of anti-nausea products, including Bonine and ginger candies. We found a combination of these two very effective, which was good because we spent a bit of time in the choppy bay of Alaska. The boat was large enough, though, that the roll really wasn't too bad. Careful with the smaller boats, though, if you're prone to sea sickness.

We went during the grey whale migration season, which made it rather ironic that we didn't see any. We did, on the other hand, see lots of other wildlife, including Dahl's porpoises, humpback whales, harbor seals, Steller's sea lions, puffins, mountain goats, and bald eagles. The guides were very helpful in spotting and pointing out the wildlife, and dozens of pairs of binoculars were really available for passengers. The crew were very patient helping with the many small children on the boat as well. The captain narrates throughout the trip over the speaker system, indicating where to look for wildlife and, between sightings, telling interesting historical anecdotes about the area.

If going in cooler weather, make sure to layer up! I'm a pretty stocky guy with enough muscle to generate a good amount of heat, and i was glad i was wearing a base layer, a fleece, a sweatshirt, and a waterproof shell, along with gloves, a hat and earmuffs. My two skinny female fellow travelers needed to go back inside for regular warming breaks despite having the same number of layers. The temperature this morning was around 40, but it gets windy out there on the water and there is spray to contend with.

Overall: excellent tour and experience. Would definitely go again and recommend it to others. I have zero complaints.

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