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26 Glacier Cruise by Phillips Cruises & Tours, LLC

100 W Camp Rd, Cliffside Marina, Whittier, AK 99693
+1 907-276-8023
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Ranked #3 of 18 attractions in Whittier
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Lerwick, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

We took the train to Whittier on the morning of our Glacier Cruise which was a great way of seeing the Alaskan countryside. The conductor and railway staff gave very interesting commentary on the way. The train arrived in Whittier and a short walk took us to the cruiser where boarding was easy and a short time later we were... 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 on TripAdvisor.com. Sounds like you had a great day on the Alaska Railroad from Anchorage to Whittier and on our 26 Glacier Cruise. Please refer your friends and family. We'd be happy to share the beauty of this incredible region with them too. Take Care. More

Queenston, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

I booked my Alaska Glacier cruise with Phillips Cruises and Tours many months before leaving for Alaska. Their service courtesy was excellent, and we both looked forward to the cruise. As it turned out, the day of the cruise was a disaster, with low cloud and rain all day. I called them to cancel, and they were very gracious, refunding... More

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Thank you for posting a review on TripAdvisor.com. We hope that the next time you are in Alaska that we will have a sunny day so you can cruise with us to see the wildlife and glaciers. Take care! More

Lawrence, KS
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

I took the bus from downtown Anchorage, booked when I bought my cruise ticket, and the experience was wonderful overall. I was travelling alone and, although most of the other people on the cruise were in couples or groups, I thoroughly enjoyed myself. When I booked the cruise ticket, I requested a seat toward the center of the boat so... More

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Thank you for posting a review on TripAdvisor.com about your cruise and coach experience with Phillips Cruises & Tours. We really appreciate your kind comments regarding our reservation staff and the crew of the boat. They do a great job sharing their knowledge of Alaska while providing terrific customer service. We'd love to see some of the photos you took... More

Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

This is my third trip with Phillips Cruises. I've always done the Glacier Quest Cruise with guests from out of town. Each time it's been a great experience. Prince William Sound is a great place to spend an afternoon, but Phillips always finds a way to make it special. I've kayaked the area that the Glacier Quest Cruise covers and... More

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Thank you for posting a review on TripAdvisor.com and sharing some spectacular photos of Blackstone Bay. What a gorgeous day! Thank you for reminding our readers to dress warmly and bring their sunglasses. Blackstone Bay is such a beautiful area to explore on our Glacier Quest Cruise, and even more enjoyable when dressed appropriately in case the glacier is sending... More

Pacifica, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

A friend of my recommended this cruise that took it before we did. The guide or the gentleman that announces where we are throughout the trip was awesome as well as the crew. We happened to be near an active glacier that was caving and they let us stay to see it continue on for over 30 minutes. He was... More

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Thank you for posting a review on TripAdvisor.com and a fun photo too! I'm glad to hear that your family (4 generations) had a good time on the boat and hope you enjoyed the glaciers calving. Have a good day. More

La Jolla, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014 via mobile

Well worth the time and money. Beautiful! Learned a lot and was able to get some photos that otherwise would be unattainable. The staff was very friendly and informative.

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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 on TripAdvisor. We would love to see some of the photos you were able to take while on our cruise. If you'd like to share them, please post them on TripAdvisor or our facebook page @26glaciers - Have a great day. More

Torrance, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

This was no get in, get out cruise. We were on the boat a long time and saw a lot of different things. All around me were adults and kids enjoying the day. Glaciers all over the place, animal life. Beautiful scenery. This was a great experience. There was plenty of room indoors and outdoors to enjoy the view. There... More

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Thank you for posting a review on TripAdvisor.com. It sounds like you had a great day on the water. We love to have families on our boats sharing the experience together. Your photo is fantastic! Barry Glacier is on the left and Coxe Glacier is on the right. Thank you for sharing it. Have a great day! More

Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

This day trip offers tremendous bang for the buck. I went as part of a group of 15 people from my office. The cruise options vary from about 3.5 to 5 hours in length, departing from/returning to Whittier. The large catamarn-style boats with thrusters are extremely stable. No one in our group (or on the entire boat) suffered from motion-sickness.... 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 your review on TripAdvisor.com. We couldn't agree more - cruising in Prince William Sound is one of the best ways to spend a day in Alaska. Thank you for your loyalty! We look forward to seeing you in the summer of 2014. Safe travels. More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

From the magic bus which included a great visual and informative tour, to a fine day watching glaciers calve, great snacks and wonderful crew...we couldn't imagine anything to improve on. Totally put Whittier, Alaska on the map for us :)

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Thank you for posting your review on TripAdvisor.com. We are glad that you had the "best time EVER" on your day with The Magic Bus and Phillips Cruises & Tours. Hope to see you again on another tour in the future. More

Anchorage, Alaska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

Even in rainy weather we were able to see sea mammals and calving glaciers. Not many birds in this type of weather. No sea sickness due to the boat construction!

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Thank you for posting a review on TripAdvisor. Some of my best whale sightings have occurred on rainy days. I guess they don't mind the rain since they are already wet. Have a great day. More

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