Downtown Anchorage seen with the Alaska Range to the north.
Ken Graham

Major Marine Tours Adding New Vessel to Fleet

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Major Marine Tours will welcome an exciting addition to their fleet in 2018: the Kenai Fjords 360, a brand new, custom-built 98-foot high-speed catamaran. The boat’s name celebrates the 360 degree views of Kenai Fjords National Park that passengers will experience from the full-wraparound third deck. The Kenai Fjords 360 was specially-designed to give passengers the best viewing experience possible. Rather than having the wheelhouse on the third deck like other Seward day-cruise catamarans, the Kenai Fjords 360 wheelhouse will be located on the second deck, giving passengers unobstructed 360 degree views from the top deck.

Kenai Fjords 360 passengers will have a unique, unforgettable viewing experience of the area’s glaciers, scenery, and wildlife. The vessel will also have ample outside viewing space on the first deck, which is also full wraparound, and the second deck. This state-of-the art catamaran will cruise up to 30 knots (approximately 35 miles per hour) and will be equipped with EPA Tier III fuel efficient and low emission engines. The vessel will have inside table seating for 156 passengers and 48 outside seats located throughout the outer decks. Passenger comfort was a top priority for the design of the vessel, which will be outfitted with three restrooms, snack and beverage bars on the first and second decks, and a large galley to prepare and serve Major Marine Tours’ famous all-you-can-eat Alaska salmon and prime rib buffet.

Mavrik Marine, a company based in La Connor, Washington that specializes in the construction of aluminum boats, is building this vessel. Major Marine Tours expects to welcome the Kenai Fjords 360 to the Seward Small Boat Harbor in May 2018.

The addition of the Kenai Fjords 360 to the fleet will allow Major Marine Tours to share the beauty of Kenai Fjords National Park with more visitors and will give passengers a unique, unforgettable viewing experience from the 360 degree third deck. Major Marine Tours operates seven cruise options from Seward and two from Whittier. Upon completion of the Kenai Fjords 360, the Major Marine Tours fleet will consist of ten vessels, ranging in length from 58 feet to 115 feet.