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26 Glacier Cruise by Phillips Cruises and Tours

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Address: 100 W Camp Road, Cliffside Marina, Whittier, AK 99693
Phone Number: +1 907-276-8023
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Description: Phillips Cruises and Tours, LLC has been providing Prince William Sound...
Phillips Cruises and Tours, LLC has been providing Prince William Sound glacier cruises with visitors from around the world since the 1950's. Our 2015 season starts on May 8th with the 26 Glacier Cruise and on May 15th with the Glacier Quest Cruise. We are a favorite activity for locals to share with their visiting friends and relatives. Our "No Seasickness Guarantee", complimentary hot lunch and customized narration are just a few of the many reason why Phillips Cruises and Tours is the leader in glacier cruising in Alaska. 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. During your cruise, keep an eye out for playful sea otters, harbor seals, kittiwakes, bears, whales or mountain goats. We also see a number of other birds, bald eagles, Dall's porpoise, Steller sea lions and more! Both cruises include: - a complimentary hot lunch - narration by a U.S. Forest Service Ranger - reserved indoor seating - full-service bar and snacks for purchase - restroom equipped - Our exclusive no seasickness guarantee. We operate daily tour May through September and our vessels are available for private charters in the morning and evening. Full day charter options are also available.
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Farmington, N.H.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We heard about this cruise from the Alaska books that we sent for. The booking agent was very helpful and told us about the cruise and its amenities while booking the trip. We enjoyed the cruise very much, we had lunch and had beautiful weather . This cruise was a once in a lifetime trip!

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Havana, North Dakota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Really great, very well organised and you get to see lots of wildlife also. It is a bit rushed but once you get to the glaciers you do have plenty of time for viewing and photos. Overall really worth it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

It was a beautiful day the day we went on the Glacier Cruise. We got up close to three glaciers which is more than any other cruise I am aware of. We saw sea lions, sea otters, bald eagles. Just beautiful! There were several children under 5 who were quite bored. I would not recommend this trip for young children.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

This cruise was remarkable! The scenery is breathtaking - I'm so glad we did this day-trip!!! It was one of the highlights of our time in Alaska!!!

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Vancouver
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Very friendly and supportive stuff. We were able to see glacier falls from the edge. Spectacular!!!!

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Charlotte, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We had a lovely time on the cruise. Thanks to the captain and the size of the boat, we were able to get really close to the glaciers and saw a couple of them calving. The captain was gracious about stopping when he saw signs of wildlife and waited patiently to give everyone a chance to see them. It was... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

The 26-glacier cruise travels the sound on a fast three-deck catamaran, counting the glaciers as it goes. The boat ride is four and a half hours. The boat has a snack bar, and lunch IS included in the fare. When you’re going fast between places(50 mph) they make you come inside. You cover more territory that way

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Bangor, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We would highly recommend this cruise to all! Fantastic 5-hr trip! Beautiful scenery, wildlife viewing, glaciers, amenities on boat, and guide to explain what we were seeing, etc.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

It was a full day of fun and wildlife. Saw Dall porpoise, sea otter, whales and even a quick glimps of 3-4 Orcas, and more. Nice ride on the Big Red Bus from Anchorage to and from Whittier also.

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Georgetown, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Fantastic trip. The views were spectacular. The food was very good. Very comfortable cruise. Staff could not have been more attentive.

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