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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: 907-276-8023
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Description: Phillips Cruises and Tours has been providing Prince William Sound glacier...
Phillips Cruises and Tours has been providing Prince William Sound glacier cruises with visitors from around the world since the 1950's. 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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A must do adventure while in Alaska.

Beautiful cruise, even in the rain. The sound of carving of ice crashing off glaciers is quite an experience. One of the memorable treats was drinking hand crafted vodka made of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 21, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Beautiful cruise, even in the rain. The sound of carving of ice crashing off glaciers is quite an experience. One of the memorable treats was drinking hand crafted vodka made of glacier water, on glacier ice. A must do adventure while in Alaska.

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Prospect Heights, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed our trip on the 26 Glacier Cruise. We did more physical activities the prior day and welcomed the chance to sail through spectacular natural beauty. We saw an abundance of wildlife and got up close to a few of the glaciers. Quickly covered a lot of area but were also able to stop and see a few... More 

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Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

It was a day filled with wonder... calving glaciers, wildlife, beautiful vistas & a knowledgeable naturalist. The hot meal was a welcomed sight as was the warm cabin after being outside in the cool air.

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

Thank you for posting a review on TripAdvisor.com about your cruise experience. Your days sounds like it was quite busy with all the sights to see, a hot lunch to enjoy and warm cabins to take the chill off. Hope to see you our cruises again. More 

Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

An outstanding day cruise, closeup opportunity to see multiple glaciers and many kinds of wildlife. Boat is comfortable and the food and service is good. Captain was very informative in narrating as we passed various landmarks and scenic spots. Great value for reasonable price.

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

Thank you for cruising with us and posting a review on TripAdvisor.com. We hope to see you again this summer. More 

Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Had so much fun! This is an amazing watercraft, no sea sickness!! The captain pulled right up to the glaciers, birds and waterfalls. Lots of seating and the food was top notch. I would book another trip for sure. My kids enjoyed the wildlife ranger on board and learned a lot. Thanks for the great time.

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

Dear Randall, Thank you for such an enthusiastic and informative review that will help our future guests as they make their travel plans for 2015 and beyond. We hope to see you again! Safe Travels. More 

Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Summer of 2014 we took a group of awesome friends on this amazing cruise. We live in Anchorage and played tourist for the weekend. The service was spot on, food was amazing and saw lots of glaciers. The captain pulled right up to the glaciers. Such a smooth ride did not even feel like we were on a boat. Loved... More 

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

Dear Michele, Thank you for the compliments! It is great to hear that you and your friends from Anchorage had such a wonderful time on our cruise. We look forward to seeing you again in the future. Safe travels! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

One of the highlights of our two week Alaskan road trip was seeing the glaciers. We went on the half day trip which included fish and chips for lunch as part of the fare. The food was surprisingly good. The glaciers were magnificent. I would recommend this trip before the glaciers are gone.

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

Dear t100baker, Thank you for posting a review about our glacier cruises and sharing your recommendation for future travelers. We hope to see you again. Safe travels. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015 via mobile

The 26 Glacier tour was fantastic. Although the weather was terrible and we missed out on seeing some glaciers the team in the tour made sure we didn't miss out. They took us to some spectacular glaciers and were very friendly on board. We had a window seat which was great and we went out on deck to get a... More 

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

Dear bj4ever2, Thank you for posting your review of our 26 Glacier Cruise. It sounds like you had a great day, despite the rain. The glacier ice is so blue in the photo you posted. Thanks for sharing. Safe Travels and please come see us again! More 

Nugegoda, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Experienced crew, good entertainment and informative, comfortable ride and once in a life time experience! Highly recommended!!

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

Dear Dsenevi, Thank you for sharing so many incredible photos from your cruise with us. we appreciate the feedback and hope you will travel with us again. More 

Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

I'm shopping for a place to take a sight seeing tour this summer and the web site is fantastic. Who would have thought that you can get Google Maps to come and take photos of the inside of your boats. It's quite ingenious. Anyway, if the thought and attention to detail that they put into their web page is anything... More 

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

Dear AlaskanSkydiver, We are excited to hear you will be bringing your friends to Whittier this summer and cruising with us on the 26 Glacier Cruise. It is great to hear that the website had the information you needed. If you have any additional questions, please call our office at 907-276-8023 or email us at info@26glaciers.com. We are happy to... More 

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