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Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises

112 N. Harbor Drive, Valdez, AK 99686
+1 907-835-4731
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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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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We took a 6 hour trip on the Stephens boat. The time disappeared!! It was a round trip to theColumbia glacier but that is an understatement. A pleasant competent Captain kept a running commentary on the flora and fauna around us. On the way out...More

Thank Ian T
SStephensCruises, Owner at Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thanks for taking the time to travel with us and for taking the time to write about your experience. We are happy you had an enjoyable time on the Sound. Hope to see you next time you are in Valdez!

Reviewed 4 days ago

We were onboard their brand new boat, which was very comfortable. Couldn't fault the crew, they were great. Lunch was nice-soup, bagel and Oreos. Captain slowed so that we could see the wildlife-a black bear, sea lions and otters. This cruise was so much better...More

Thank HonestCountryCouple
SStephensCruises, Owner at Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for traveling with us and for taking the time to comment on your day. We are ecstatic that you enjoyed your tour and are sorry that we frustrated and modified your day. We pride ourselves on on time departures and generally early departures....More

Reviewed 6 days ago

We had a great time on our glacier/wildlife viewing cruise. The boat (Glacier Spirit) is brand new so everything was in very good condition and clean. The crew was very helpful and courteous. The captain took his time looking for and at wildlife. He was...More

Thank Susan B
SStephensCruises, Owner at Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thanks for traveling with us! We are glad you enjoyed your day on the water and hope to see you next time you are in Valdez.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Oh my word, what a fabulous day we had on the Stan Stephens Glacier tour. We saw so many animals and got right up to the Mears Glacier. It was so beautiful. Our entire crew was informative and so friendly. They were there to assist...More

Thank Katie M
SStephensCruises, Owner at Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for taking the time to come to Valdez and for traveling with us. We are glad you enjoyed your day. We will share your great comments with our captain and crew. Hope to have you on board next time you are in Alaska!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The captain did a great job of finding animals for us to view, including humpback whales and Dahl porpoises! The glacier itself was spectacular. On the trip home we saw hordes of piniped species. The lunch was delicious and the late afternoon soup perfect. Enjoyed...More

Thank beverlyc888
SStephensCruises, Owner at Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are glad you enjoyed your journey. Thanks for the great comments. Hope to see you next time you travel to Valdez.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took the tour to the Columbia glacier, but saw a lot of wildlife, the boat is new and very comfortable, and the crew were great. Our Captain was very knowledgeable and clear! Best boat tour in Alaska (and we did quite a few)!!!

Thank Lior K
SStephensCruises, Owner at Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for traveling with us! We are glad you enjoyed your time on board. Hope to see you if you return to Valdez.

Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the Columbia Glacier trip. The boat was very comfortable and the captain/guide made sure we saw everything possible, from rafts of otters to extensive calving at the face of the glacier. Nice lunch was included.

Thank KansasBeth
SStephensCruises, Owner at Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for traveling with us this summer. We hope to see you again next time you are in Alaska.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On July 20 we took the tour to Meares glacier. It was the second day in service of a new katamaran boat. Can't remember the captains name, but thanks to him this tour was more than special! He was very patient, super knowledgeable and introduced...More

Thank bozer15
SStephensCruises, Owner at Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We are glad your traveled with us and enjoyed your day on Prince William Sound. Hope to see you again next time you are in Valdez.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went on the 8,5 hour Meares glacier excursion. From beginning until the end it was worth all of the money. Great captain and crew members. Spotted much wildlife like bald eagles, sealions, humpback whales, seals and many many seaotters. Terrific lunch and soup was...More

Thank WDK86
SStephensCruises, Owner at Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for traveling with us. We are glad you enjoyed your day on Prince William Sound. Hope to see you next time you are in Valdez.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a fabulous nine day RV tour around Alaska and this was the highlight without a doubt of the trip! The scenery was spectacular and the boat handler moving through the icebergs and what appeared to be solid ice, was truly spectacular? Hearing the...More

Thank Alan M M
SStephensCruises, Owner at Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We are glad you and your family enjoyed your trip with us. Thank you for the kind review. Please come visit us again when you return to Alaska and Valdez.

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Linda K
February 5, 2017|
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Response from oldanalyst | Reviewed this property |
The Columbia leaves at 11:00. We took the Meares which leaves at 10:00 I suggest you arrive a half hour or so early. If you are staying in Valdez, this is easy since everything is within a short walking distance of the dock.
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EricEthridge
October 27, 2015|
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Response from Gisela S | Reviewed this property |
i use a Canon SX60 with a 65x Optical zoom lens. The better your zoom the better photos of wildlife you will get in Alaska.
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Mary or Jon D
May 24, 2015|
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Response from SStephensCruises | Property representative |
We are a crew of year round Alaskans dedicated to sharing Prince William Sound with travelers from all over the globe. On paper our Columbia Glacier Cruise will seem similar but the real difference will be in the experience... More
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