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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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Pendleton, South Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 NEW

Even though we had a rainy day we saw many glaciers up close. The Ranger resentation was excellent. We had the Cod for lunch which was ok. The ride was very smoothe and fast. Would probably try Major Marine Tour next time.

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Ocean View, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

This past Sunday I spent my last day visiting my son who is in the army taking this awesome cruise. All the glaciers they showed us were just indescribable...the beauty, the colors of green and blue just took my breath away. Everyone on the cruise line was very professional, and the gentleman who did the speaking during the cruise was... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

Had and incredible time. The staff was great and the commentary by the park ranger and captain was very informative. They made every effort to have the experience be fabulous. Highly recommend.

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Maricopa, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Phillips Cruises really knows how to show off the glaciers in Prince William Sound. With a Nationals Park's Ranger onboard, a friendly crew, a great boat, and a smart, capable captain, this tour is a clear winner. If your cruise ends up in Whittier, I heartily recommend that you stay over at The Inn at Whittier and do the 26... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Very nice, informative, comfortable, smooth cruise. We saw sea otters, sea lions and bald eagles. We saw the glaciers calving into the the ocean. The weather was awesome and we got to see glaceirs and mountains 30 + miles away. Highly recommmend going on this cruise. The only thing we didn't see were whales.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

I live in southcentral Alaska and have been on my fair share of glacier and wildlife cruises out of Seward and Homer - love these locations, but I was really pleasantly surprised with my experience in Whittier and Phillips Cruises. The boats are very nice, speedy and smooth riding, the tables and viewing areas outside and in are much nicer... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Wonderful cruise and worth every penny! Staff were great and the guide has a lot of information to share. Make sure you take the train to Whittier, its a trip of its own. Don't forget your hat, gloves and coat. I highly recommend this cruise for all ages.

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

This cruise is totally worth it! We paid around $250 per person for my wife and I and it was money well spent. The cruise officials were polite and helpful. The tour is operated by Klondike and starts from Whittier, AK. The road to Whittier is through a 2.5mile long tunnel which is an adventure itself. Remember to pay $12... More

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College Station, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

The 26 Glacier cruise thru Prince William Sound is an experience you won't forget. There is so much to see....glaciers, wildlife, untouched wilderness, unforgettable vistas...it's absolute magic. The boat itself is smooth and comfortable and the crew bent over backwards to make sure we enjoyed ourselves. The fish they served was actually very good too! I highly recommend this cruise... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

Amazing!!! A once in a lifetime experience that is a MUST if you are visiting Alaska!! Worth every penny! We had a GREAT time! Met some wonderful people! Saw some breathtaking scenery! And the fish and chips weren't bad either! :) DO IT! You'll be glad you did!

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