Marine Tours - Seward,
Marine is the only tour company serving the Kenai Fjords National Park
area that offers a National Park Ranger on every cruise, guaranteed reserved
table seating in a heated cabin and an all-you-can-devour Alaska salmon
and prime rib buffet. We took a full-day tour of Resurrection Bay and
Kenai Fjords National Park on the Kenai Star, travelling at approximately
14 or 15 knots.
We saw a variety of wildlife on our summer tour. Birds ranged bald eagles,
puffins, cormorants, kittiwakes, and murres. Most of these we saw around
the Chiswell Islands at the edge of Resurrection Bay. Many sea birds
live there because of the abundance of small fish and freedom from predators.
We saw several bald eagles along the edge of Resurrection Bay along with
some artifacts from World War II when U.S. troops defended the area from
attack while the Japanese inhabited several of the Aleutian Islands in
Alaska. The bald eagles eat fish and waterfowl and are resistant to cold
weather. The largest population of bald eagles in North America reside
We also saw sea lions and harbor seals. The sea lions feed at night and
sun themselves during the day at haul out spots on the rocks. Their rookery
is a haul out where birthing and mating occur. Sea lions walk on four
flippers while harbor seals undulate on their bellies dragging their
hind flippers. Harbor seals are very shy and spend most of their time
floating on chunks of ice away from their predators.
The Major Marine Tours include a National Park Ranger on board their tours,
which provides a unique perspective on the wildlife seen. This allows passengers
to appreciate the wildlife more, and to gain insight into the Kenai Fjords
National Park area and how it has evolved over time. The ranger fields
questions throughout the tour, as the boat is guided by the crew to view
glaciers and wildlife up close. We were able to learn many new interesting
facts by listening to our Park Ranger guide. He brought along books on
the different animals we were viewing and invited us to look through them.
of sea otters is called a raft. The sea otters were hunted relentlessly
for their coat years ago and almost became extinct. Russians called the
sea otter pelt "soft gold".
also saw a group of orcas or killer whales. A group of orcas is called
a pod. The dominant orca of a pod is always a female and the others follow
her all their lives. We were able to see
orcas "tail-lobbing" and "spy-hopping," where
the orca will raise their head above the surface and take a look around. Orcas
have excellent vision and can see as well in the water and out.
Humpback whales were our last wildlife sighting for the day. These are
an endangered species. They come to Alaska in the summer to eat as much
fish and store up as much blubber as they can. They go to Hawaii for
the winter to birth their calves and mate and won't eat for the whole
six months they are gone. They survive on the blubber they accumulated
in the summer.
The boat took us up close to Holgate Glacier where we saw and heard some
glacier calving. We also saw an underground river running underneath the
glacier that helps the ice glide down into the water.
around 2:30 we were served a buffet dinner which is optional on the tour
at a nominal price of $15. We had choices of baked salmon, prime rib, herbed
rice, green salad with almonds and orange slices served with captain's
dressing and sourdough bread. Complementary
coffee, hot tea, and ice water were available. Other drinks were
there for a fee. At 6:00 pm we were served dessert all-we-could-eat with
choices of carrot cake, fudge-iced brownies, canteloupe and honeydew, cheesecake
and red jello with whipped topping.
had a great cruise and were amazed at all the wildlife we were able
to see close up. This is a great day cruise for anyone who enjoys wildlife
and beautiful scenery.
Phone 907-274-7300 or
are necessary. Full-day, half-day and evening cruises are available.
*Evening cruise operates mid-June to mid-August only.
Cruise Pricing (Subject To Change):
Full Day National Park cruise:
Adults: $119 Children 2-11: $59 Infants 0-24 months: $59
(Full Day cruise not recommened for infants)
1/2 Day Resurrection Bay wildlife cruise 12:45pm Departure
Adults: $69 Children 2-11: $34 Infants 0-24 months: FREE
1/2 Day Resurrection Bay wildlife cruise 6:00pm Departure
Adults: $59 Children 2-11: $29 Infants 0-24 months: FREE
Prince William Sound Glacier cruise
Adults: $99 Children: $49 Infants 0-24 months: FREE
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