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Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises

112 N. Harbor Drive, Valdez, AK 99686
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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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Reviewed 7 April 2018

It was not the best weather to go out but we did see and learn about the area. Did not expect it would be so crowded but there were several bus tours in town.

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Colleen S, Owner at Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 8 April 2018

Thanks for taking the time to write a review. We hope to see you next time you are in Valdez!

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Reviewed 1 March 2018

Even with the rain, this was a wonderful boat tour of Prince William Sound. The captain pointed out the wildlife which included kittiwakes, puffins, seals, sea lions and sea otters. In addition, he explained what we saw as the fishing boats brought in their nets...More

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Colleen S, Owner at Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 2 March 2018

We are glad you enjoyed your tour to Meares Glacier from Valdez! We hope to see you next time you are in our area. Thanks!!

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Reviewed 10 December 2017

No seasickness here. Boat was clean and comfortable though very full. We went on the longer glacier cruise (Meares). The captain was very knowledgeable and spoke professionally. Food was served on board as was lemonade, coffee, and tea. We saw lots of wildlife and Meares...More

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Colleen S, Owner at Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 12 December 2017

We are glad you found us as well, but are happier you enjoyed your day in Prince William Sound with us. We hope to see you again if you come back to Valdez!

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Reviewed 8 December 2017

Cruise was exceptional. Very professionally done. All staff were excellent and we were treated with much kindness. Captain gave us history, highlights of the area, etc. We even saw Columbia Glacier calving! And we stayed close to the glacier for a longer than normal time...More

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Colleen S, Owner at Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 10 December 2017

Thanks for traveling with us this summer. We are happy you enjoyed your tour and had a great day in Prince William Sound. We hope we can see you again next time you travel to Valdez.

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Reviewed 9 November 2017

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Reviewed 7 October 2017

Loved the Stan Stephens Cruise, an absolute must do in Valdez! The captain and crew were very hospitable and knowledgeable. We saw so many different kinds of wildlife, it should be called a wildlife cruise. The glaciers and icebergs were cool, too. Do this cruise,...More

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Colleen S, Owner at Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 2017

Thanks for traveling with us and we are happy you enjoyed your journey. Hope to see you next time you are in Valdez!

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Reviewed 30 September 2017

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Kelli K
6 May 2018|
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Response from Colleen S | Property representative |
Thanks you for being interesting in traveling with Stan Stephens Cruises. We do encourage guests to book in advance whenever possible. It both secures you a seat and allows us to plan. Travelers who have a more flexible... More
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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.
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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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