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26 Glacier Cruise by Phillips Cruises and Tours

Address: 100 W Camp Road, Cliffside Marina, Whittier, AK 99693
Phone Number: +1 907-276-8023
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Ranked #2 of 16 Attractions in Whittier
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Owner description: Phillips Cruises and Tours has been sharing the majestic glaciers and curious wildlife of Prince...
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Owner description: Phillips Cruises and Tours has been sharing the majestic glaciers and curious wildlife of Prince William Sound with visitors from around the world since the 1950's.
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.
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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 

Amsterdam
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

This attraction is everything advertised. For a few hours you ride on a clean, modern, stable sizeable boat that takes you past 26 glaciers. Along the way an interpretive guide adds information to what you are seeing. While the boat moves along, you never feel rushed. The captain stops to see seals or sea lions sunning along the shore, or... More 

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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 26 Glacier Cruise. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed seeing all the wildlife along the way to view the glaciers. Our Captain does a terrific job at pacing the trip for your enjoyment. And you are so kind to mention stopping at the local cafe's in Whittier. Have... More 

Strongsville, Ohio
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

If you only have one day to spend in Alaska take advantage of a glacier cruise. Very inexpensive. The meal they serve is actually good. Great wildlife viewing (otters, walrus, whales, eagles, etc) and calving glaciers. I have taken this tour 3 times and enjoyed it every time. The biggest disappointment is that each time it is more noticable how... More 

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

Dear Kim, Thank you for posting a review on TripAdvisor.com and cruising with us 3 times so far. We are also disappointed to see some of the glaciers receding, but we still marvel at the outstanding beauty of Prince William Sound. Please come back again and try our Glacier Quest Cruise into Blackstone Bay too. Safe Travels! More 

Grand Junction, Colorado, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

We fortunately hit perfect weather for our cruise. Saw lots of wildlife and the scenery was phenomenal. Great staff and informative presentations by well educated Rangers. Don't miss this trip!

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

Dear Glen, Thank you for posting a review on TripAdvisor.com. It is great to hear that you enjoyed the informative presentations given by the U.S. Forest Service Rangers on our cruises. Hope to see you again. Safe Travels! More 

Anchorage, Alaska
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

I have had the privilege of going on this trip two different times, the second time was almost exactly one year later. The weather couldn't have been more different the first time it was one of the most beautiful days Whittier experiences a year and the second was a typical day with clouds and rain, but honestly they were both... More 

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

Dear Janel G, Thank you for posting a review on TripAdvisor.com. The glaciers are the main attraction and you're right, the sound of glacier ice moving is very cool, especially when a piece of ice calves into the water with a thunderous crash. Hope to see you on the cruise a thrid time. Safe travels! More 

Tucson, Arizona
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51 reviews 51 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

My wife and I took this 26 Glacier Cruise and enjoyed it very much. Along with the booking came lunch of either fish or chicken. My wife chose the chicken strips and I chose the fish. Both were fried and barely edible. We would have been better off if the ticket office in downtown Anchorage had warned about the food... More 

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

Dear Jim, Thank you for posting a review on TripAdvisor.com. We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed the 26 Glacier Cruise.Our main focus is sharing the spectacular wildlife and scenery while ensuring that all guests have an opportunity to see this pristine wilderness area safely while our courteous crew handles the details along the way. I'm sorry to... More 

Palmer, Alaska
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

We booked a glacier tour back in September and had a truly memorable experience. From beginning to end, the crew was professional and knowledgeable. The boat was amazing, clean, spacious, and had several locations to view from. I thought that was really nice because you didn't feel like you were being squished with other viewers. We brought our two boys... More 

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

Dear Monica, Thank you for posting a review on TripAdvisor.com about your cruise back in September. It sounds like your family had a great time on board. We appreciate your recommendation and hope future travellers will find it helpful as well. It's great to see Alaskans on the boat exploring the beauty of the state we live in. Hope to... More 

Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Best trip in Alaska! Great way to see glaciers up close. Plus you get a great lunch while riding in the smoothest riding ship ever. By far the best glacier and wildlife viewing in the State of Alaska.

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

Dear Steve, Thank you for posting a review on TripAdvisor.com. We appreciate your kind comments and hope you will cruise with us again next summer. Safe Travels! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

This was a wonderful experience to see the glaciers and wildlife. Adding to the great experience was friendly and helpful crew, plus the forest ranger who shared many interesting facts. What an opportunity to visit a pristine destination.

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

Dear Gidget, Thank you for posting a review on TripAdvisor.com. We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience and hope that you can cruise with us again. Safe Travels. More 

Anchorage, Alaska, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

We had a great time. The weather was perfect and the crew was friendly. The captain even spotted bear for all to view. I recommend this tour.

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

Dear Jennifer, Thank you for posting a review on TripAdvisor.com. It is great to hear you had perfect weather and spotted a bear. That is really cool! We appreciate your recommendation and look forward to having you cruise with us again. Safe Travels! More 

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