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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 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW via mobile

This was a fantastic way to see a lot in a short period of time. I took the transportation option for an extra charge which was well worth it. Our guide was great - very interesting, knowledgeable and fun. Much better than driving to Whittier myself. The included lunch was ok, but not much food. Plenty of food options for... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Everything was perfect, the cruise, the crew, the awsome glaciers and also the weather was nice! If we decide to come to Alaska again, we will make that cruise for sure!

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Thank you for choosing Phillips Cruises & Tours. We appreciate your review on TripAdvisor.com about your recent cruise. Safe Travels and we look forward to seeing you again! More

The Woodlands, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

We took this cruise with no prior knowledge and left with quite an impression! The drive to Whittier is fun, which includes driving through a one way tunnel. The weather was apparently typical of Whittier, which receives 15 feet of rain, and 20 feet of snow per year. It was lightly raining but not uncomfortable. While we saw seals, otters... More

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Thank you for choosing Phillips Cruises & Tours. We appreciate your review on TripAdvisor.com about your recent cruise. Safe Travels and we look forward to seeing you again! More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

This was. The vacation we ever have, we arrive at Fairbank Alaska we love it from the beginning, we drove from Fairbanks to Anchorage on why 3 and back on hwy 2 beautiful we planning to do this again next year but this time including Artic circle.

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Happy Anniversary! Thank you for choosing Phillips Cruises & Tours. We appreciate your review on TripAdvisor.com about your recent cruise. Safe Travels! More

Ralston, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

This cruise was part of our tour package so we didn't really know what to expect. We didn't do a lot of research so we were really surprised that it was so extensive. The whole area is fascinating and the glaciers are beautiful. We witnessed ice calving into the sea when the ship stopped next to Surprise Glacier. We also... More

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We appreciate your review on TripAdvisor.com about your recent cruise. Sounds like you had a lucky wildlife viewing day. Safe Travels and we look forward to seeing you again! More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW via mobile

When I went on this cruise, it was quite chilly and rainy, but it was still enjoyable! They actually told us it is good when it is cloudy because the glaciers appear to be more blue. They took you right up to the glaciers for wonderful photo opportunities of the glaciers & other worthwhile sights. There were tons of wildlife... More

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Thank you for choosing Phillips Cruises & Tours. We appreciate your review on TripAdvisor.com about your recent cruise. We were delighted to hear that our 26 Glacier Cruise was one of your favorite parts of your Alaska adventure. Safe Travels and we look forward to seeing you again! More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

We highly recommend Phillips 26 Glacier Cruise. We went in June 2014. Unfortunately the weather was really foggy and chilly (but at least it wasn't raining). The Phillips Tour guy/driver and the National Parks Ranger were great. Due to the foggy weather, he took us to to glaciers that they don't go to very often trying to find the best... More

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Thank you for choosing Phillips Cruises & Tours. We appreciate your review on TripAdvisor.com about your recent cruise. What an amazing day you had for wildlife viewing. The Dall's porpoise are one of my favorites as they zip around so fast and seem very playful next to the boat. Our partnership with the US Forest Service rangers provides informative and... More

New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

The cruise was simply beautiful, staff was very courteous, informative and helpful. Sights were amazing, food was great and the scooped up ice off a glacier and made margaritas. It was a great experience

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Thank you for choosing Phillips Cruises & Tours. We appreciate your review on TripAdvisor.com about your recent cruise. Safe Travels and we look forward to seeing you again! More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Crew and captain went out of their way to be sure we got to see as many exciting sights as we could fit into the time allotted. We stopped to see whales, sea otters, eagles, seals, even sighted bears on shore. Oh, and of course the glaciers! Come see them while you can!

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Thank you for choosing Phillips Cruises & Tours. We appreciate your review on TripAdvisor.com about your recent cruise. We are very proud of our Captains and crew who provide an excellent day of wildlife and glacier viewing for so many guests each summer. Glad to hear you enjoyed your day,l Safe Travels and we look forward to seeing you again! More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Found 26 Glacier on Trip Advisor and was not disappointed. Did RT Alaska Rail down and back which was nice. Boat was comfortable and its speed and maneuverability made getting near critters and glaciers easy. naturalist on board was terrific. Friendly and helpful crew. One of top three things we did in two weeks in Alaska.

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Thank you for choosing Phillips Cruises & Tours. We appreciate your review on TripAdvisor.com about your recent cruise. We are excited to hear we made it in your top three list of things to do while in Alaska. Safe Travels and we look forward to seeing you again! More

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