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26 Glacier Cruise by Phillips Cruises & Tours, LLC

100 W Camp Road, Cliffside Marina, Whittier, AK 99693
+1 907-276-8023
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Ranked #2 of 17 Attractions in Whittier
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours
Owner description: Since the 1950's, Phillips Cruises & Tours has been operating day cruises to share the majestic glaciers and curious wildlife of Prince William Sound... more » Owner description: Since the 1950's, Phillips Cruises & Tours has been operating day cruises to share the majestic glaciers and curious wildlife of Prince William Sound with visitors from around the world. Every journey into Prince William Sound is unforgettable. The 26 Glacier Cruise travels 140-miles in 5-hours retracing the path of early explores John Muir and William Dall who were among the elite community of scientists, artists, photographers and naturalists who explored this area on the Harriman Expedition in 1899. Their discoveries were recorded in several sizable volumes of discoveries. Many of the animals we see were named after explorers on the Harriman Expedition; Dall porpoise, Dall sheep and more. The Captain will set a course that travels through the serenity of Esther Passage and continues into narrow glacier carved fjords. There will be plenty of time to view the majestic alpine and tidewater glaciers of College and Harriman Fjord while traveling in luxurious comfort aboard the M/V Klondike Express, the fastest catamaran in Alaska. This state of the art vessel was built specifically for cruising in Alaska. Our double-plated bow provides a safe and stable cruise as we nudge our way past ice bergs that drift in front of the massive glaciers anchoring the end of the fjords with deep blue crevasses of towering ice. Our high speed catamaran is propelled with two diesel engines that drive water jets, each pumping 165,000 gallons of water per minute with an average cruising speed of 32 knots, allowing us to glide effortlessly through Prince William Sound. If you prefer a shorter cruise, the Glacier Quest Cruise travels into magnificent Blackstone Bay, home to seven glaciers and Yosemite-scale waterfalls. Several terminal moraines are present in this region marking the retreat and advancement of the glaciers over time. Keep an eye on the navigation monitors on the vessel and you'll see how the sea floor shifts from 20 feet in depth to over 1100 feet in a short distance. Waterfalls line the rocky walls of Blackstone Bay with ribbons of shimmering cascades of glacier melt off trailing from 3,000 foot mountain peaks into the sea. Dense spruce forests line the shoreline down to craggy rock outcroppings which are some of our favorite places to spot the wildlife. On both cruises, keep an eye out for playful sea otters, harbor seals, kittiwakes, bears, whales or mountain goats. Both cruises include a complimentary hot lunch, narration provided by a U.S. Forest Service Ranger, reserved indoor seating, full-service bar and snacks available for purchase, restroom equipped, and we offer our exclusive no seasickness guarantee. « less
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

The captain made sure we saw plenty of wildlife even though it was raining off and on. We were glad we took our slickers so we were still able to get out on the deck and got some great pictures. The food and service was good. There was a forest ranger on the trip to give you the history of... More

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Lisa K, Director of Sales at 26 Glacier Cruise by Phillips Cruises & Tours, LLC, responded to this review

Dear Rich, Thank you for choosing Phillips Cruises & Tours for your wildlife and glacier cruise in Prince William Sound. Our northern rain forest does get a fair amount of precipitation each year but the scenery is still stunning. Hope to have you visit us again someday. Safe Travels! More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Parking is $12. We needed a picture ID to board the ship. There is no seasickness and this has a money back guarantee. Before leaving for our trip, I purchased two waterproof cameras in Walmart for times when my camera was likely to get wet - I did not see any for sale in Alaska. Since it was raining, we... More

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Lisa K, Director of Sales at 26 Glacier Cruise by Phillips Cruises & Tours, LLC, responded to this review

Thank you for detailed review full of lots of tips that future guests will find helpful. Just a couple additions to the information you provided. Both the battered cod and the breaded chicken are baked in a convention oven on board. We do not fry any food on our vessels. Guests may bring non-alcoholic drinks on board but due to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

We went on the one day glacier cruise with Phillips cruiser, it was AMAZING, the staff where friendly. it was not to busy so you could get out the front and see all the sites, the food was basic but good. there was glacier iced brought on board, washed and served in drinks, great novelty. We did this on the... More

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Lisa K, Director of Sales at 26 Glacier Cruise by Phillips Cruises & Tours, LLC, responded to this review

Thank you for posting a review about your AMAZING cruise with Phillips Cruises & Tours and for sharing some terrifc photos! Safe Travels. More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

As we drove along the Cook Inlet there were white Buloga whales broaching. You do not see much of their head or tail, but rather just their backs. We entered a WW II super secret naval base = Whittier (60 miles south of Anchorage or 10 miles from the Hotel Alyeska). Turns out back just before the second world war,... More

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Lisa K, Director of Sales at 26 Glacier Cruise by Phillips Cruises & Tours, LLC, responded to this review

Dear Tommy, Thank you for posting a very detailed review with lots of information about the history of Whittier as a World War II port. The City of Whittier is still a major port for Alaska bringing in supplies for Interior Alaska. The Alaska Railroad keeps the residents busy year round with freight moving through the port. And you may... More

Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Great great tour despite less than ideal weather! The captain and crew were absolutely wonderful in going above and beyond to make it a great experience.

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Lisa K, Director of Sales at 26 Glacier Cruise by Phillips Cruises & Tours, LLC, responded to this review

Thank you Kim for your review. We appreciate your kind comments, despite the weather. Safe Travels. More

Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014 via mobile

Whittier is a quiet little hamlet, and is a great starting point for an amazing multi hour adventure through the scenery. We were lucky enough to get quite close to Harvard glacier, close enough in fact that the crew were surprised. A++ would boat again

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Lisa K, Director of Sales at 26 Glacier Cruise by Phillips Cruises & Tours, LLC, responded to this review

Thank you for the review on TripAdvisor.com. The Harvard glacier in College Fjord is always a treat to see. Glad to hear the Captain's route choice was a highlight of your day. Safe Travels. More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014 via mobile

Although we had a few minor set backs, the trip it's self was very nice and worth the money. This was my 4th glacier Cruz and I still see new and exciting things each time. (We are military so anytime family comes for a visit we go see glaciers)

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Lisa K, Director of Sales at 26 Glacier Cruise by Phillips Cruises & Tours, LLC, responded to this review

Thank you for cruising with us and bringing your family to see the glaciers. Hope to see you again next summer. More

Palm Coast, Florida, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

The boat is a catamaran style, 3 story equipped with two 3,000 horsepower engines so it speeds around 40 mph to get you to where the seals and best glaciers are. The boat is enclosed except the upper deck and sections of the other deck so you can stay warm while in transit to the glaciers. They serve free coffee... More

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Lisa K, Director of Sales at 26 Glacier Cruise by Phillips Cruises & Tours, LLC, responded to this review

Dear Gary, Thank you for posting a review on TripAdvisor.com and pointing out some of the highlights of our cruise and vessel. It's helpful to mention the parking fee, however please note that the parking in Whittier is owned/managed by the Ciffside Marina ($12) or the City of Whittier ($7-15), depending on which lot you choose. We hope you can... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

We went 17 September. It rained heavily as it often does in Whittier (much wetter and different weather than Anchorage). It was chilly and a bit nasty on the exposed decks, but we did get a few breaks and toughed it out anyway. (If it didnt rain there wouldnt be snow and glaciers to see!). Due to visibility we spent... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Positioned right at the edge of a temperate rainforest is Whittier. You board from there and see aside variety of wildlife from views that can only be seen by boat. It's an all day trip but includes a meal and for the price is simply unbeatable.

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Lisa K, Director of Sales at 26 Glacier Cruise by Phillips Cruises & Tours, LLC, responded to this review

Dear Jeremy, Thank you for posting a review on TripAdvisor.com We value the reviews from our customers and use them as tools to hlep us continue to exceed our guests expectations. Thanks for choosing Phillips Cruises & Tours. Safe Travels. More

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