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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 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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Hamilton & Waikato Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014 NEW

Amazing cruise, we thoroughly enjoyed our time with Phillips Cruises exploring Prince William Sound, glaciers are awesome, lots of wildlife and with a Park Ranger on board there was lots of information about everything we saw. Crew were great, food was good, we would recommend this cruise to others.

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Anaheim, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW via mobile

We loved this cruise. The crew was awesome, the sights were breathtakingly beautiful, overall one of our favorite excursions while visiting Alaska.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Made reservations online and gave us wonderful seats. Food is available but average the staff very knowledgeable and helpful

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Corpus Christi, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

It was evident the crew's focus was to ensure everyone came away with a fond memory of the experience. Unfortunately I cannot say the same thing about Phillips office staff and accounting department. My wife booked a cruise on 7/14/2014. During our stay in canada we became friends with a canadian couple who spoke very little english. My wife called... More

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

Dear Raul G., I have read your review thoroughly and sincerely apologize for the charges that were mistakenly applied to your credit card and the difficulty you have experienced in getting the situation resolved. I have notified our Reservations Manager, Finance Manager and the owner of the company about the situation. Currently, it is 11pm here, so I will need... More

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

This was such a blast. We saw humpback whales, lots of sea otters, seals and birds. Then there where the great beautiful majestic glaciers!!! Lots of chunks of ice floating in the water with bands of black in them. We saw some calving of the glaciers. The crew was very nice and the vessel very comfortable. Food was great also.... More

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Allen, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

A great experience. The staff were great and very accommodating. They gladly take photos of families / travelers. The views are spectacular and the narration very informative. The up close view of Surprise glacier was fabulous. I highly recommend this tour.

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Soldotna, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

We loved this trip. We have lived in Alaska our whole lives and the beauty never ceases to amaze. Prince William Sound is one of the best places to visit on a trip to this area and this cruise was perfect. The only advice I would give is to book ahead and request good seats. We were able to move... More

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

I am a local, and have taken this excursion twice so far this year, once on opening day in May and again in June. Both trips were amazing! The Dall's porpoises that rode the bow of the boat made the boat ride itself exciting! The glaciers were incredible, and the boat ride was smooth and enjoyable. Everyone on board seemed... More

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Sunnyvale, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Its a very nice tour and must do! Very good narration and did not feel rushed at all. They also gave food and cookies and had plenty choices at the bar. Would certainly come bacj with friends Our plan was to arrive in anchorage, drive to whittier, do the tour and proceed to Seward.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Beautiful cruise visiting so many great sights. The captain was a great tour guide, and provide many interesting details. Really like the fish and chips too :) highly recommend!

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