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Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises

#1 of 13 Tours in Valdez
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Address: 112 N. Harbor Drive, Valdez, AK 99686
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Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises has been at home in Valdez and...

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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Columbia Glacier Cruise from Valdez
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Meares Glacier Cruise Excursion from Valdez

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My wife and I joined a cruise with Stan Stephens Glacier and Wildlife Tours in May 2016 during our escorted 'Natural Wonders of Alaska' tour with Titan Travel. We were staying... read more

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Llanbedr, United Kingdom
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Llanbedr, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I joined a cruise with Stan Stephens Glacier and Wildlife Tours in May 2016 during our escorted 'Natural Wonders of Alaska' tour with Titan Travel. We were staying for 2 nights on a room only basis at the Mountain View Hotel, Valdez and the cruise was arranged as a part of our itinerary. We were booked on the 7 hour Columbia Glacier Cruise, sailing from Port Valdez... More 

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Thank you for your wonderful comments. We hope to see you again if you make it back to Alaska! More 

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Reviewed 14 March 2017

I have known the Stephens for over 35 years and am very familiar with this cruise. I have personally taken the cruise to the glaciers at least a dozen time and recommend it to all my friends and business acquaintances every year. It is, in my view, the premier cruise in Alaska and know you won't be disappointed.

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Reviewed 8 February 2017

This was one of the best day trips we did on our trip to Alaska. The boat holds 140 passengers but we only had 40 on board so there was plenty of room to move both inside and out on the deck. The captain gave us plenty of time to take photos of the wildlife we came across - unfortunately... More 

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Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

Everyone who comes toValdez needs to take this trip. You see whales, Seals, Outers, to see the free ice in the water is breath taking so beautiful . A awesome trip.

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Lafayette, Indiana
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Reviewed 7 January 2017

This cruise was an all day thing, and I thought I might get bored, but it was awesome! We were fortunate, as it was a sunny nice day, so we sat out on the deck. Saw seals, sea otters and puffins. Also got to see the Mears Glacier and it calved while we were there. Breathtaking beauty!

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Warsaw, Indiana
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Reviewed 23 September 2016

We recently took the Stan Stevens Meares Glacier Cruise out of Valdez. What a delightful trip. The boat was comfortable, food and drinks were adequate and the captain and staff were knowledegable and friendly. When some significant feature was in sight, the boat would be halted or slowed down and even turned around for a better view. During the trip,... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 21 September 2016

We did the Columbia Glacier Cruise on a Sunday. and had a fabulous day on the water. Staff very friendly and commentary from the captain was excellent. It was all very informal and we could stand right beside the captain who answered any questions we asked. We saw plenty of sea lions and puffins and the boat spent a good... More 

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West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 September 2016

We did the 7hr Columbia Glacier cruise and it could'nt have been with a better Cpt and crew all so friendly and extremely knowledgeable.

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Prescott, Arizona
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Reviewed 14 September 2016

Cruised from Whittier, AK to Valdez, AK on a sunny and gorgeous day. Not much wildlife to be seen, unfortunately, but the cruise was spectacular anyway. All staff were helpful, friendly and knowledgeable. We took a side trip to Meares glacier to see it close up and were not disappointed as it calved several times while we were there. Dinner... More 

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Fairbanks, Alaska
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Reviewed 12 September 2016

Won a cruise at our local fair's silent auction, so FINALLY got to get on board with the Stan Stephens crew. Agree with Jack L about the wheelchair access; one of the heads on board will accommodate a wheelchair patron with ease, so don't deny yourself a trip. A note on food; the short tour is 6 hours, and they... More 

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