Alaska Collection

Our Crew

Kenai Fjords Tours believes that people make all the difference in shaping our guests’ experiences. Our captains and crew are dedicated to exceeding your expectations.

Each cruise is fully narrated by our captains who have been navigating the waters of Kenai Fjords National Park an average of 12 years. No other tour company is more knowledgeable about Kenai Fjords National Park, and no other company can offer the caliber of people we are proud to call our captains and crew.

The Captains

Each of our captains has an average of 12 years of experience navigating the waters of Kenai Fjords National Park, and each has a passion for all things maritime. Our captains infuse each outing with a lively narrative, educating guests about local wildlife and geography from a uniquely personal perspective.

Captain Reene Audette

Reene was born and raised in Seward, and almost all of her entire family has worked for Kenai Fjords Tours at one time or another. Reene comes from a long line of mariners and learned to walk on a boat voyage from Alaska to California. She says that upon making landfall, she had to learn to walk again, this time on her “land legs.” Reene believes that the land and water in Kenai Fjords National Park has more to offer in terms of wildlife and ecological diversity than most ecosystems on the planet.

Captain Tim Fleming

Tim was born and raised in Anchorage, and has always had a love of the ocean. He has worked all the way from Southeast Alaska to the Norton Sound on long liners, seiners, gill-netters, crabbers and tenders. He has had a 1600-ton Master’s Captain license for over 30 years, and it’s been said that Tim has spent more time in Kenai Fjords National Park than anyone else in recent memory.

Captain Mark Lindstrom

Drawn to the outdoors, Mark moved to Alaska from Tillamook, Oregon in the late 1980s and began honing his interpretive skills as a bus driver in Denali National Park. He then relocated to Seward in 1993, where he began pursuing his captain’s credentials. Mark believes the most valuable asset he brings to his job is his deep-seated love of nature. He has hiked around Mt. Denali, ran and officiated the Iditarod Sled Dog Race, and has navigated the maritime Inside Passage between Seward and Seattle many times. With more than 25 years of experience working in and exploring national parks, 18 of those spent in Seward, he is eager to share with our guests his knowledge of and adventures in Kenai Fjords National Park.

Captain Steve Martin

Steve has been working at sea for thirty five years. He began his career as a commercial fisherman off the coast of Maine. Eventually this led to fishing trawlers in Alaskan waters. After over a decade and a half he switched from fishing vessels and began working for the defense mapping agency working in conjunction with the US Navy in the Middle East. Upon returning to the US he worked on oil tankers, tug boats and barges but always had in his heart to return to Alaska. This came to pass in 2008 when he began showing the beauty of Alaska to those who would be moved by this Great Land. Captain Steve finally found journeys end in Resurrection Bay with Kenai Fjords Tours where he enjoys showing and talking about the wonders and beauty KFT has to offer.

Captain Sherry Cruse

Hailing from Palmer and of Athabascan descent, Sherry began work at Kenai Fjords Tours in 1996 and now operates one of our 43-foot Delta vessels. In the off-season, she’s been known to travel to Antarctica to work as a Communications Operator at the South Pole Station, helping to coordinate arrivals of cargo, passengers and fuel. When she’s not helping educate guests about whales in the North Pacific, she’s learning about those Down Under. A skilled machinist, Sherry has worked on every vessel in the Kenai Fjords Tours fleet, and is also a certified bulldozer operator.

Captain Eric Simpson

A native of Maine, Eric grew up sailing the waters of Penobscot Bay. Upon graduation he began working on boats full time, obtaining his captain's license in 2007. His work eventually took him from Maine to the Caribbean to Patagonia and eventually the Antarctic peninsula, all on boats. His love of wild places drew him to Alaska in 2012 where he spent his first two seasons ranging from the Katmai to Southeast He currently lives in Seward with his wife Christine and dog Harvey. He feels lucky to be able to spend time in the waters of Kenai Fjords National park, as rich and dynamic a place as any he's ever visited.

Captain Tiffany Thomas

Tiffany Thomas has been working as a captain since 2000 and her experience has included a variety of vessels over the years including submarines, sailboats, high speed rafts, research vessels and Kenai Fjords boats. As much as Tiffany enjoys working on different types of boats, her true passion lies with the humpback whales. Tiffany has worked with several research teams such as Marine Life Studies and the Hawaiian Islands Entanglement Network. Part of her work with Humpback Whales has involved rescuing them from line entanglement. When not on the water Tiffany enjoys off road racing and has even gone on to win the Baja 1000 open class 7 as co-driver. Other passions include surfing, dirt biking, diving and running with her dog Cheeto.

Captain Brian Mullaly

Originally from Ohio, Brian has called Alaska home for nearly three decades. He graduated from Mount Union College in 1989 with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. His education led him to Alaska and a Research Technician position with the University of Alaska Fairbanks, School of Fisheries and Ocean Science. AT UAA, he worked statewide on research involving salmon and marine ecology. He joined the Alaska SeaLife Center in 1999 and worked on projects with salmon, marine birds, seals and sea lions. In Seward, he became a licensed mariner and a boating safety instructor. He has been working in the Seward Harbor ever since, as a sportsman, research technician, sport fishing guide, diver, and tour operator. Brian loves this area of Alaska with access to both the ocean and the mountains. He considers it a great setting to live and raise a family. This enthusiasm is enjoyed by Brian’s wife and 3 children.

Captain Robert Chadwell

Born in Palm Beach, Florida, and having grown up in California, Rob's career as allowed him to live and work in Maine, Bermuda, Alaska and Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. With a father and brother also boat captains, Rob began his marine life at age seven working on dive boats out of Los Angeles, California. His experience includes working for the US oceanographic research fleet as the captain of the Weatherbird II out of Bermuda, a relief captain aboard the University of Miami's Research vessel, Walton Smith, a relief navigation officer aboard the University of Rhode Island's research vessel Endeavor, and six years as a First Class Pilot for the US Military at Kwajalein Atoll. While living in Fairbanks as an oceanographic research technician for the University of Alaska, Rob conducted research expeditions to the Arctic Ocean stages out of Norway and Russia. Rob returned to Alaska in 2014 and lives year-round in Seward. In the off season, he's a maritime instructor at the State of Alaska's Vocational and Technical Institute teaching basic and advanced courses to merchant mariners.

Captain Tim Pichotta

Tim is a fourth generation from Seward.  His great grandparents arrived in Seward from Norway within a few years of the town being founded.  Tim started his maritime career with Kenai Fjords Tours as a deckhand in the summer of 1996.  After receiving his captains license he pursued some other maritime endeavors such as running a jet boat on the Talkeetna River, tug boats, and both commercial and charter fishing.  Having seen most all of the coastline of Alaska he can easily say that this is one of the most beautiful and dynamic coastlines in the state.  Tim enjoys taking people out from his home port and showing them the beauty of the Kenai Fjords National Park.    

Captain Mark Sutherland

A lifelong Alaskan, growing up in Delta and Trapper Creek. Started commercial fishing in in the early 90’s. He has worked on Scallop, Shrimp, and Longlining boats. Fished out of Seward for many years. He has done charter fishing out of Homer, Anchor Point, Larson Bay, and Kodiak.  Has owned and operated boats for over 25 years and has been a licensed Captain for the last 5 years. Spent time working at Seward Ships Drydock in the off season. Enjoys working for Kenai Fjords Tours and getting out to enjoy the Fjords and Resurrection Bay all summer.


Stories from Kenai Fjords

Unforgettable #KFTMemories

back to top