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Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises

112 N. Harbor Drive, Valdez, AK 99686
907-835-4731
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Ranked #2 of 16 Activities in Valdez
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours
Owner description: Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises has been at home in Valdez and Prince William Sound since 1971. Known then as North Star Marine Charters,... more » Owner description: Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises has been at home in Valdez and Prince William Sound since 1971. Known then as North Star Marine Charters, Stan and Mary Helen Stephens operated fishing and hunting charters on their first vessel the 26 foot m/v Mary Helen. Seven year later in 1978, the entire family joined the business as Stan, Mary Helen and their three daughters operated their first tour to Columbia Glacier on board the m/v Vince Peede. At this time the company changed it name to Stan Stephens Charters, Inc., and to Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises in 2003. Between 1987 and today Stan, Mary Helen, their daughters and extended family (also know as co-workers) have worked to develop their operations and increased awareness of Valdez and the Sound amongst travelers. During this time the company has operated a variety of tour boats between the three larger communities of Prince William Sound; Valdez, Whittier and Cordova. In addition to operating cruises, Stan Stephens Cruises also operated Growler Island Wilderness camp located just south of Columbia Glacier for 15 years. On Good Friday 1989, life for the residents of Prince William Sound changed when the Exxon Valdez ran aground on Bligh Reef. Stan's vessels were some of the first to carry response observers to the site. Due to the need for spill research, the Stephens's purchased two additional boats. It was the early days of the spill as Stan was observing the response that he dedicated the remainder of his life to working with industry to protect Prince William Sound. Today, the crew at Stan Stephens Cruises lives by Stan's example and works to share the corner of Alaska he worked so hard to protect. Since 1971 the vessels and tours that Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises have operated have changed, but the one thing that has not changed is their commitment to the customer and the company's long term dedication to the Valdez and Prince William Sound. « less
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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

We saw lots of wildlife and beautiful glaciers - met new friends! The crew was friendly and very knowledgeable. It was worth the time and money.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Went on the 8 hour cruise with lunch included (hot chowder, bagel and cream cheese, packet of Oreos), hot drinks available free during cruise. We saw otters, orcas, porpoises, seals and Doll sheep on the mountains. The small floating icebergs where just the cake before the icing of large blue coloured icebergs and then the glacier itself, we were lucky... More

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York, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

We spent the most beautiful day cruising from Valdez to Whittier! The captain gave us so much good information and spotted all the wildlife quickly. The entire crew was friendly and helpful. We were lucky, only our group of 40+ was on board. Lunch was good also, they did well for preparing a meal in a boat galley. We got... More

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Edinburgh, Scotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

When booking the cruise online we thought that the ship would merely speed out to Meares Glacier and back. However, that proved not to be the case. There was variety going out and on the return so that one's interest was maintained throughout. Yes the glacier was impressive and to get that close was awe inspiring but the highlight for... More

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Milan, Italy
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10 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

We went to Meares and the following day to Columbia as we enjoyed the cruise SO much. Sea otters, eagles, sea lions and harbour seals are granted. We got the bonus that is Orcas both days. Captain got safely close to Columbia glacier's front, it was Awesome. Side note, the Meares longer trip has lunch included, chicken and rice. Bring... More

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Sterling, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

I would definitely recommend this outing if your in Valdez. Captain Karen did a great job narrating the tour with history of the area and spotting wildlife. The day we took the tour we were able to get up close to the Columbia Glacier which was spectacular. The crew was very organized and efficient in serving lunch and attending to... More

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Hayward, California
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Outstanding. We came to Valdez (terminal of the Alaskan pipeline from the north) on an escorted guided tour. Saw the Columbia Glacier (there is an alternative longer Meares Glacier cruise). Cost around $125/person (included in the tour I was on). Ship was clean and crew was attentive. Captain was professional, friendly and knew her stuff (kept a running commentary). She... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014 via mobile

Great crew, and knowledgable captain. We went on the 6 hour tour, if I return, I would like to do the 9 hour tour...

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Seven hours on a cruise ship and everything was comfortable, from the staff to the ride to the coffee and the seating. The views were wonderful and experiencing calving in person was sensational. We took gluten free snacks, fearing there wouldn't be much to eat on the cruise. It was prudent to come prepared. Very worth the time and the... More

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Redmond, Oregon
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

The trip to the Mears Glacier is 9 hours and it was amazing and I don't way that lightly. The weather was sunny and perfect and it got better from there. We saw sea otters, whales and sea lions. You could hear the glacier cracking and moving and got to see it calve. The ship was clean and well maintained... More

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