Wildlife Galore in the Kenai Fjords National Park with Major Marine Tours
Major Marine Tours held up their end of the bargain on their six-hour cruise of Kenai Fjords National Park, and so did Alaska’s wildlife.
We started out from the Seward small boat harbor in the late morning aboard the brand-new Kenai Fjords 360 vessel conveniently docked just outside the Seward Harbor 360 Hotel. After setting out into a sunbathed Resurrection Bay we immediately came upon a humpback whale surfacing on the right side of the boat. Captain Justin throttled down the boat and gave us a chance to view the whale, but didn’t hang around for too long as he “had so much more to show us that afternoon.”
The idyllic port town of Seward quickly disappeared behind us as we sped across the water to more pristine coastal wildlife habitat. The sky became mostly cloudy with patches of blue by the time we reached Agnes Cove where we were fortunate enough to view an orca (killer) whale with a calf swimming by her side.
Under the excellent guide of our captain and crew we continued southwest, crossing choppy waters that our captain dubbed the “amusement park portion of the tour.” We then wrapped around Aialik Cape on our way to the beautiful Holgate Glacier tucked in the back of Aialik Bay. Two curious harbor seals were lounging on an iceberg and rolled over to view the boat as we sailed by. A prime rib and salmon lunch buffet was served on the boat right beneath the glacier. We enjoyed our meal and listened to a very informative park ranger explain the history of the glaciers and wildlife in the area, as well as answer questions passengers had throughout the tour.
The route we sailed back to Seward took us through a series of islands bordering the open waters of the Gulf of Alaska where we viewed a colony of sea lions laying on the rocks and an otter floating on its back while enjoying a seafood dinner of octopus.
The captain, crew, and park ranger did an incredible job of showcasing Resurrection Bay and Kenai Fjords National Park. The crew was entirely hospitable and friendly. The captain took us to where we had our best chance at seeing the wildlife but never too close to disturb them in their habitat, and the ranger was a wealth of knowledge about all things in the Fjords.
Adam Christiansen is a lifetime resident of Palmer, Alaska and attended Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska to study Photojournalism. Adam enjoys the multitude of outdoor activities and opportunities that Alaska has to offer and enjoys documenting them even more.