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Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises

112 N. Harbor Drive, Valdez, AK 99686
+1 907-835-4731
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US$ 132.00*
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Columbia Glacier Cruise from Valdez
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US$ 165.00*
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Meares Glacier Cruise Excursion from Valdez
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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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112 N. Harbor Drive, Valdez, AK 99686
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Reviewed yesterday

We did the full day trip to Meares glacier. The boat was a large catamaran, so the journey was smooth and quick. Hot food and unlimited hot drinks were included in the price. Plenty of wildlife on the way - bears, otters, puffins, eagles etc,...More

Thank malvern09
Reviewed yesterday

We had a really good trip out to Meares Glacier. It was a cold drizzly day but it didn't dampen the experience - staff was upbeat & friendly, the snacks were good, & the captain shared great info. Saw the glacier calving several times, lots...More

Thank love2go2015
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

It's not often that you can find such a good company running such a clean operation at such an exceptional value. The ship was extremely clean and the entire trip was very well organized. We would highly recommend this to anyone thinking about going out...More

Thank dean22222
Reviewed 3 days ago

We did the 6 hour Columbia glacier tour. The Captain and crew were very knowledgeable and kept us apprised of our surroundings. The boat was comfortable with table seating inside and bench seating outside. There was a light lunch served as we cruised among sea...More

Thank Carol K
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I took the nine hour all day tour to Meirs Glacier and it was outstanding. The Captain and narrator was great and well informed, humorous and didn't rush any part of the tour. The crew was also very accommodating. Two meals were served--a larger lunch...More

1  Thank Frbill92
SStephensCruises, Owner at Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thanks for traveling with us and for sharing your review. We look forward to hosting you again if you return to Valdez.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

While visiting Valdez, we enjoyed Stan Stephens tour to Meares Glacier. Then, in Seward, we took another glacier tour. Wow! Stan's operation was SO much better!!! His boat's windows were so clean, they seemed invisible! (perfect for viewing and photographing from inside) The boat's configuration...More

Thank Jjparker95
SStephensCruises, Manager at Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thanks for the wonderful comments. We glad you enjoyed your travels with us. If you are back in Valdez, we hope to see on board again!

Reviewed 1 week ago

A leisurely cruise up Prince William Sound to see glaciers. Saw some wild life and our guide was very knowledgable. A lite meal (lunch) was provided - small bowl of soup, bagel, cookies and water or juice - go for the water. The lemonaide is...More

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

Thanks for traveling with us. We are happy you enjoyed the sights of Prince William Sound.

Reviewed 1 week ago

Definitely a must do if you are in Valdez. We did the 6-hour cruise to the Columbia Glacier and it was awesome. Everyone of the crew members went above and beyond to make the trip enjoyable. We got to sit next to the captain as...More

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

Thanks for the great review. We are glad you enjoyed your journey and hope you will be able to come cruise with us again when you are in Valdez next!

Reviewed 1 week ago

Even though the day was cloudy and rainy, we had a great day! We saw many eagles, a black bear, sea otters, and sea lions. Unfortunately, no whale sightings. Meares Glacier was beautiful and we got to experience and record several calvings.

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

Thanks for traveling with us and taking the time to review our tour. We look forward to seeing you next time you are in Valdez.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very informative. Captain Amanda is very knowledgeable and made the excursion very worthwhile. Watching Meres glacier calve was amazing!

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

Thanks for the wonderful review! We will share your notes with Amanda and crew. Hope to see you again in the future!

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Linda K
5 February 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.
28 October 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.
Mary or Jon D
25 May 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