Saturday, July 11, 2015

Major Marine Tours out of Seward for whales and Alaska wildlife

Nothing made our Alaska trip more special than hooking up with Major Marine Tours out of Seward. We were mesmerized throughout the four hour dinner cruise. Alaska and wildlife go together like a hand and a glove. Although I hoped that Major Marine Tours would get us close to whales and boy did they deliver!

Whales feeding in Seward, Alaska
Whales feeding in Alaska
We left the slip promptly at 6:00 pm. It wasn't long until we spotted the first water spouting up from the water. The captain promised that we wouldn't regret it as she glided past without stopping. She wasn't kidding. Ten minutes later,  we were watching a huge pod of 15-20 whales feeding in the Gulf of Alaska.

The gigantic sea beasts fed by surrounding a large school of fish, blowing bubbles around the fish to box them in and then diving in for the feast. A massive flock of seagulls flying over the whales made sure that nothing went to waste. The result was a once-in-a-lifetime cacophony of sound and sight that I'll never forget. Even the park ranger who narrated the tour had never seen a pod this large.

Major Marine Tours also showed us a cookery, pointed out bald eagles and WWII firmaments. My second favorite part of the trip was when we saw a large colony of sea lions warming themselves in the evening Alaska sun. Despite the cool temps, the sun was warm. It must have felt good to the sea lions.

Before we left dock, staff told us to take sea sickness preventative before it was needed. I didn't think to bring anything, but a team member was willing to share. You can also buy Dramamine, ginger candy or soda on the boat. The advice is well heeded.

The salmon and prime rib dinner buffet was good. They carve the tender and juicy  rib roast right in front of you. The salmon was soft, flavorful and did have a couple of bones in it. I thought the rice pilaf was good, but didn't even try the lettuce and mandarin orange salad. It had an onion vinaigrette dressing that would have sent my allergies into overdrive. However, Hubby and the other mission team members tried the salad and liked the dressing.

Major Marine Tours knocked out Gulf of Alaska tour out of the ballpark in every way. There is a 72 hour parking lot across the street. We boarded at E Dock. The staff was friendly. Seeing the whales, sea lions and having the park ranger from Kenai Fjords National Park narrate the cruise will be a treasured memory.

Here is a video that I took of the humpback whales feeding in the Gulf of Alaska. You've got to see it to believe it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldgVTjZ3LAk