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Major Marine Tours Ends Whittier Operations in Response to Tourism Needs

Major Marine Tours will end operations in Whittier next year to meet an increased tourism demand in Seward and Southeast Alaska. Major Marine Tours will relocate two of its three Whittier-based vessels, moving one to Haines/Skagway and designating the other vessel to Seward, Alaska.

“It has been a privilege to operate in Whittier for over 20 years and while we have loved working with the Whittier community, the addition of new cruise lines in Southeast and Seward has led to an increase in demand for excursions,” said Tom Tougas, owner of Major Marine Tours. “Our goal is to do what is best for the changing tourism needs in Alaska.”

Major Marine Tours, a partner of the Haines Skagway Fast Ferry, will provide one of its Whittier-based vessels to the ferry service, which is in need of an additional vessel to accommodate the increase in cruise passengers in Southeast Alaska. One vessel will remain in Whittier to run charters, and the vessel headed to Seward will provide additional capacity for Major Marine Tours’ glacier and wildlife cruises in Kenai Fjords National Park.


“Seward is especially important to me because it’s my hometown, and that’s another reason why I’m looking forward to growing our operations there and supporting the local community,” said Tougas. “An increase in visitors is great news for Alaska and I believe this move will support the tourism industry as a whole.”

Major Marine Tours concluded its Whittier operations for the season on September 16th and will work closely with all guests and tour partners to assure a seamless transition into the 2019 season.

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