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Seward Orca Quest Cruise

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!

Complimentary coffee, tea, and water are provided. Beer, wine, soda, juice, and a variety of snacks will be available for purchase during the cruise.

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

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


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

Duration: 4 hours. Tour times below are approximate:

  • 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:

  • The boat used for this tour is not wheelchair accessible.

Do we stop and get off the boat during the cruise?

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

What should I wear?

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 guest who would like to spend time outside on the viewing decks.

What should I bring?

Cameras (tripods are prohibited), extra batteries, binoculars.

Do you still cruise if it’s raining?

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.

Is there a place to store my luggage during the cruise?

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

Can I bring my pet on board?

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.

Do you allow smoking on board?

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

Customer Reviews
Jun 2023 - Diane C.

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

Number of Passengers *

Adult (12+): $139.00

Child (3-11): $69.50

Infant (0-2): $0.00

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