Kenai Fjords Tours: Watch for whales in Resurrection Bay + Seward party cruise

In Alaska Travelgram by scott

Cruising on the “Coastal Explorer” in Resurrection Bay. That’s Fox Island in the background.

Sail with Kenai Fjords Tours on a “Gray Whale Watch” in Resurrection Bay through May 16. Kids sail free (two kids 2-11 years old for every paying adult). CLICK HERE for details. Scroll down for details on these great tours.

ONE NIGHT ONLY (Sat., May 15, 2021). Join Kenai Fjords Tours for a night of sea shanties, cocktails, costumes and brews! It’s the “Sirens and Swashbucklers Tour“. Set sail at 6 PM following the Seward Mermaid Festival. On board, enjoy libations and dinner, and relish in a night of spirited fun with the whole family!

2.5-hour cruise = $99 (includes dinner). Overnight accommodations at Seward Windsong Lodge = $129

All Mermaids, Sirens and Swashbucklers prefer Puffin Pale Ale….ONLY on Kenai Fjords Tours’ boats!

GRAY WHALE WATCH cruises run Fri/Sat/Sun through May 16. Kids 2-11 sail FREE (2 kids with each paying adult). Gray whales are on their annual migration from Baja California up to the Bering Sea. Resurrection Bay is an annual pit stop for the giant sea mammals.

Sail on the “Coastal Explorer” from Seward’s small boat harbor. The cruises leave at 12 Noon and last four hours. Lunch is included. There’s plenty of room to move around inside and on the deck. Be sure and bring some extra layers, since it’s still chilly outside. And hold on to your hat if you step on to the deck while the boat is under way.

Checking out some radical geological features, as a Bald Eagle soars overhead!

The gray whales were not showing themselves during our cruise. But we did see Dall’s porpoises, mountain goats, sea otters, harbor seals, Steller sea lions, Bald Eagle, lots of cormorants and some incredible geology.

The Coastal Explorer leaves from the first slip at the Seward small boat harbor.

Throughout our cruise, the captain and crew gave a running narrative of Seward’s history, how Resurrection Bay got its name and major events such as World War II , the 1964 earthquake, the Alaska Railroad and geological notes about Kenai Fjords National Park.

Sailing past Bear Glacier, where huge icebergs are visible on the other side of the glacial moraine.

The Gray Whale Watch sails on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. And, yeah, Kids Sail Free!

I was surprised by the number of kids on board. They were fascinated when the captain nosed the boat up to some frozen waterfalls in Humpy Cove…and when we saw the sea lions sunning on the rocks! I think Thumb Cove (pictured, below) was one of the most scenic points. All of the glaciers are covered in fresh snow…and the mountains looked like a giant ice cream sundae.

Thumb Cove.

Get out of the house this weekend. Take the kids. The road from Anchorage is in good shape–it’s an easy 2.5-hour drive. Click HERE for MORE INFO.

Sea lions on the rocks.

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