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Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises

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Valdez, AK, USA
About Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises
Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises has been at home in Valdez and Prince William Sound since 1971. Known then as North Star Marine Charters, Stan and Mary Helen Stephens operated fishing and hunting charters on their first vessel the 26 foot m/v Mary Helen. Seven year later in 1978, the entire family joined the business as Stan, Mary Helen and their three daughters operated their first tour to Columbia Glacier on board the m/v Vince Peede. At this time the company changed it name to Stan Stephens Charters, Inc., and to Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises in 2003. Between 1987 and today Stan, Mary Helen, their daughters and extended family (also know as co-workers) have worked to develop their operations and increased awareness of Valdez and the Sound amongst travelers. During this time the company has operated a variety of tour boats between the three larger communities of Prince William Sound; Valdez, Whittier and Cordova. In addition to operating cruises, Stan Stephens Cruises also operated Growler Island Wilderness camp located just south of Columbia Glacier for 15 years. On Good Friday 1989, life for the residents of Prince William Sound changed when the Exxon Valdez ran aground on Bligh Reef. Stan's vessels were some of the first to carry response observers to the site. Due to the need for spill research, the Stephens's purchased two additional boats. It was the early days of the spill as Stan was observing the response that he dedicated the remainder of his life to working with industry to protect Prince William Sound. Today, the crew at Stan Stephens Cruises lives by Stan's example and works to share the corner of Alaska he worked so hard to protect. Since 1971 the vessels and tours that Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises have operated have changed, but the one thing that has not changed is their commitment to the customer and the company's long term dedication to the Valdez and Prince William Sound.
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Meares Glacier Cruise Excursion from Valdez

Immerse yourself in the natural Alaskan world during this full-day cruise to Meares Glacier from Valdez. Your local captain and crew will deftly guide the boat through tranquil Prince William Sound and tell you about the area’s history along the way. Look out for wildlife; common sights are eagles, puffins, harbor seals, sea otters and even whales. When you finally arrive at Meares Glacier you’ll be mesmerized by the intense sight and sound of ice falling off the glacier face. A delicious lunch is included in the tour.
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8 hours 30 minutes
from $174.36

Columbia Glacier Cruise from Valdez

Set out from Valdez and sail Alaskan waters on this cruise to Columbia Glacier. Head through the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Terminal and Columbia Bay before arriving at the glacier. Look out for wildlife, such as porpoises, puffins, sea lions, and sea otters, while you enjoy commentary from your tour guide.
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6 hours
from $143.59
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Took this while we were RVing in Alaska summer of 2019. We were here over July 4th. Had a great experience.
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My husband and I had booked the Columbia Glacier cruise, but when arrived at our RV park the day prior to our departure we were told that there was mechanical trouble with the ship and we had been upgraded to the Meares Glacier tour at no cost to us. This was a longer tour with
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We had a decent day to set out from Valdez on Stan Stephen's Glacier and Wildlife Cruise, unfortunately, due to the amount of ice in the water, we were not able to get close to Columbia Glacier. We did, however, see lots of wildlife: sea otters, harbor seals, stellar sea
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Our tour group sailed with this company on Prince William Sound. What a wonderful experience! Coffee and hot chocolate were available. A hot lunch was served and we had a terrific time. We had a female captain and she and the staff knew their stuff. We saw lots of marine
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Response from colleens467, Owner at Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises
Responded Oct 12, 2019
Thank you for traveling with us and for taking the time to review our company. We are happy you had a great time on Prince William Sound. We hope to see you on board next time you are in Valdez.
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Really enjoyed our day trip to the Glacier, new boat with great crew and facilities. We were supposed to get 2 meals but only one served an it was a bit of a Joke, chicken and rice which was not really edible.
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