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Harbor Loop Rd.
Whittier, AK 99693
9170 Jewel Lake Road , Suite 203
Anchorage, AK 99517
If you want to see glaciers, Prince William Sound is the place to go: It has the world’s densest concentration of tidewater glaciers and nice, calm waters. This family-owned tour operator, meanwhile, offers a great way to experience these icy waters and pristine forests: they were the first to get National Park Service Rangers on board, and they always make a day cruise feel luxurious.
Major Marine Tours has been operating in Alaska (and winning awards for their solid reputation) since 1990, and today they offer two different tours out of Whittier and six out of Seward—from a 3-hour budget cruise to a full-day exploration. Your boat will have multiple viewing decks: one level for indoor seating, an outdoor top level, and an open-air bow.
The folks at Major Marine Tours also pride themselves on making you so comfortable that you can lose yourself in the scenery. It’s the only day cruise operator that offers guaranteed reserved seating inside the vessel’s heated cabin, so that you can feel free to explore the vessel for every perspective on the views. At the same time, your captain will maneuver the vessel so that you can see, hear and sometimes even smell all of the wonders around you.
Both of the company's cruises also have two great components: a uniformed Park Ranger, who will talk to you about the rich natural and cultural history of the area (they also do the “Junior Ranger” program for kids); and a delicious, Alaskan salmon-and-prime rib buffet made fresh on the vessel. Folks who take these trips rave about the great staff, but also the excellent value of tour-and-feast in one. If you’re coming to Whittier from Anchorage, Major Marine Tours can also help you set up train or motor coach travel, making the trip in even easier.
Here are the tours you can choose from:
You’ll head straight out to Blackstone Bay, where Blackstone and Beloit glaciers tower 200 feet above the boat. Your tour will stop at each glacier and float among the icebergs, giving you plenty of time to take in the glorious ice sculptures. The captain will also stop for any major photo ops such as bald eagles, seals or entire rookeries of birds. A bonus: this calm area is great for anyone who might otherwise get seasick. This tour is great for birders and people who want to visit multiple glaciers at a leisurely pace.
This catamaran cruise features tidewater glaciers, waterfalls, bird rookeries, a salmon hatchery and a trip through the beautiful and peaceful Esther Passage. You'll also get an up-close view of the spectacular Surprise Glacier in Harriman Fjord: it has towering blue ice sculptures and floating icebergs that often host resting harbor seals. This tour is just right for people who have a little more time to spend on the water and want to search for wildlife while viewing glaciers.
By Car: From Anchorage, take the Seward Highway south. Approximately 11 miles south of Girdwood, you'll see a sign for "Portage Glacier & Whittier." Turn left on Portage Glacier Road and follow the signs for Whittier. You must drive through the Anton Anderson Tunnel to reach the town of Whittier. Be sure to research the tunnel schedule in advance so that you do not miss your tour. Upon arriving in town, you must check-in at the tour office before parking. You'll see Major Marine on your left as you enter town. Pay parking is available within walking distance to the dock at city run 24 hour parking lots.
By Motorcoach: Ask Major Marine Tours about motorcoach options.
By Train: Train service offered to Whittier via Anchorage or Girdwood on the Glacier Discovery train.
At time of placing reservations, Major Marine Tours requires full payment by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover.