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Seward Orca Quest Cruise

4 reviews

Excursion Overview

In search of Orcas in early summer

In the nutrient-rich waters outside of Seward, orcas are well known to frequent the area from mid-spring to early summer.

On this 4-hour expedition for orcas, your experienced captain will be communicating with many other vessels to pinpoint the location of the closest orca sightings, giving you the best chance of seeing a pod up close! This cruise does not have a planned route, so each time will be unique to you.

As you make your way to the location your naturalist guides will let you know everything there is about orcas, humpback whales, gray whales, and the other local flora and fauna.

If that's not close enough, through the onboard hydrophone, you could hear the calls and communication of the whales in real-time!

Please note: This tour only operates from May to June. While wildlife is abundant, it is not guaranteed.

Things You Need to Know


  • Complimentary use of binoculars
  • Heated cabin
  • Multiple viewing decks
  • Complimentary coffee, tea, and water. Other snacks and beverages offered for sale on the boat.


  • There are no additional requirements for this excursion.

Duration: 4 hours (Roundtrip from the Seward Harbor 360 Hotel)

  • 4 hours - cruise

Meeting Instructions:

  • This tour meets at the Seward Harbor 360 Hotel. Fully detailed instructions are included on your finalized ticket vouchers.

ADA Accessibility of Tour:

  • This tour is not wheelchair or limited mobility accessible.  

Refund Policy:

  • You may cancel for any reason up to seven (7) days prior to the date of the tour for a full refund.
  • Please see our Refund Policy Page for complete details.

Frequently Asked Questions

Our guests stay on the boat for the entire cruise to maximize wildlife viewing opportunities.

Guests are urged to dress in layers, including a warm rain-proof coat, hat, gloves, and comfortable, rubber-soled shoes. Guests are welcome to stay in our heated cabins, but warm clothes are recommended for guests who would like to spend time outside on the viewing decks.

Cameras (tripods are prohibited) and extra batteries.

Our cruises go out rain or shine. We only cancel cruises due to unsafe sea conditions, in which case we will notify you as soon as possible. We reserve the right to cancel or re-route our cruises based on weather or other conditions.

You are welcome to store your luggage in our office during your cruise.

Pets are not permitted onboard unless your dog is a Service Animal needed due to a medical reason. Service dogs that are trained to perform a task directly related to a person’s disability are permitted. Emotional support or comfort dogs are not allowed. There are several doggy daycare/boarding facilities in Seward.

No. All vessels are non-smoking. There are no designated areas on the vessels for smoking.


Guest Reviews


4 total


Jennifer R

On Jun 2024

When we come to Alaska, my daughter and I always come to Seward to take this marine cruise!! The staff is great, boat is always clean and we have a great time! It never disappoints!!

Patricia R

On May 2024

Highly recommend. An almost magical experience.

Richard M

On May 2024

Really cool trip! We saw Orcas and humpback whales as well as other wildlife. The ship was very nice and we enjoyed the outside viewing decks and the indoor cabin space.

Diane C

On Jun 2023

It was wonderful! We saw lots of orcas. Also humpback whales, sea lions, and seals. The boat was comfortable. We all had assigned seating at tables. All tables had window views. Or you could leave your stuff at the table and go outside for even better views. I would highly recommend the Seward Orca Quest cruise.


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Duration: 4 hours

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Duration: 4 hours

Adult (12+): $139.00

Child (3-11): $69.50

Infant (0-2): $0.00

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