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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 #1 of 16 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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Goiania, Brazil
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Where can you see 26 different glaciers in one tour boat alone? And besid that you can see wild life as sea otters, orcas and humpback whales, bald eagle and sea lions. It worths the time and money.

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Coventry, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

I was a little worried when we got a table assignment, but that was largely so that they could serve lunch (and the fish and chips were great - hot and tasty) at the very beginning of the cruise. Our table mates were lovely, and we were able to be out and about viewing right after the meal. We saw... More

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Savage, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

We were in Alaska for 12 days and it rained everyday except 2. We choose to go on this cruise even though it was raining. We saw a few glaciers that day. It was nice to see the sea otters out swimming and the sea lions out out on the rocks. We saw a couple of eagles that were perched... More

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Bangalore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Took the shorter Glacier Quest cruise. It was very good. Got to see lots of nature, up close to glaciers, icebergs and waterfalls. Kids had fun getting out on deck on a windy/rainy day in summer and holding on to a glacier ice block. Nice Ranger activities to keep the kids on board occupied. Fried food on board was nice... More

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Falls Church, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

I went by myself, but ended up meeting and experiencing the cruise with some amazing people. We had a picture perfect day as we departed Whittier into the Prince William Sound. We saw Sea Otter, Seal, Sea Lion, Eagles, Porpoise and the “tale of a whale”. The scenery was spectacular with the contrast of ice and glaciers to the tranquil... More

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UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

This is a 'must do' trip if you visit Alaska. The whole experience from booking to embarking at the end was absolutley perfect. Gary our tour guide on the bus was just an incredible source of information - the bus journey alone was jammed packed with fun stop offs and Gary's incredible stories. All the staff on the boat were... More

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Seattle
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

The cruise was well done in every way. The views were spectacular on that sunny day. The park ranger was fantastic and the food and service was good.

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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 choosing Phillips Cruises & Tours and posting a review on TripAdvisor.com. We are glad you had spectacular views on a sunny day in September. Hope to see you travel with us again. Travel Safe! More

Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

We went out on a very rainy and cloudy day. I heard others on the cruise that were complaining about the fog but I would have never missed this. The captain was so good and made sure we knew everything happening with the boat. I was in AWE when we went up to the glaciers...I have never seen anything so... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

enjoyed a beautiful day on the water. was able to see all 26 glaciers. The food wasnt great but the sights were!

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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 choosing Phillips Cruises & Tours and posting a review on TripAdvisor.com. We are glad you had spectacular views on a sunny day in September. Hope to see you travel with us again. Travel Safe! More

Delta, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

We had beautiful weather -- so the views were terrific. It was not a cheap excursion, but it was certainly worth it. all the crew did their best to see that we had a great experience. The Ranger's descriptions were very helpful; the captain stopped when he spotted something of interest; the crew was prompt and courteous with the food,... More

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