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Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises

112 N. Harbor Drive, Valdez, AK 99686
+1 907-835-4731
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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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1  Thank virginias729
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

Thank Magnolia10
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!

Reviewed 30 September 2017

My wife and I went out on the Columbia glacier cruise (about 6 hours long) while on vacation in AK. It is about a 2.5 hour drive from the Copper Princess Wilderness lodge down to Valdez and it took us a few minutes to locate...More

Thank MT1
Colleen S, Owner at Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2017

Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review. We are glad you enjoyed you day on the water with us and hope to see yo next time you are back in Valdez.

Reviewed 20 September 2017 via mobile

We chose the 8 hour tour to Meares Glacier. The boat trip was very comfortable and the food that was served was delicious. The captain was knowledgeable and accommodating. In short, we saw: sea otters, puffins, sea lions, harbor seals, porpoises, a humpback whale, eagles,...More

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Colleen S, Owner at Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2017

Thanks for your kind review. We are glad that you enjoyed your day and we were able to share the many treasures of the Sound with you. Hope to see you next time you are in Valdez.

Reviewed 19 September 2017

to just go out and see the glaciers is just spectacular. I wish we could of went closer though. I've went on two of there tours in the last years. must do anytime.

Thank zuzannabobinski
Colleen S, Owner at Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 21 September 2017

Thanks for traveling and reviewing our product. We are glad you enjoyed your day on the Sound and hope to see you again in the future.

Reviewed 12 September 2017

Thanks to this really great tour. The boat people were happy, friendly, and took their time for everyone to get the best looks possible at glaciers and wildlife. And talk about knowing your business.......I was in the wheelhouse when the captain asked one of his...More

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Colleen S, Owner at Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2017

Thanks for traveling with us. We are happy you had a good day on the Sound and appreciate you taking the time to write a review. Hope to see you next time you are in Valdez.

Reviewed 8 September 2017

Ridiculous - it seems to be a theme with Alaskan excursions. They pack so many people on board you can't see ANYTHING - there was NO WHERE for any of us to sit - except outside in the rain! This could be an incredible journey....but...More

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SStephensCruises, Owner at Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2017

Thank you for taking the time to write your review. We strive to exceed guest expectations and are sorry that we missed this opportunity with you.

Reviewed 2 September 2017

My husband and I did the 6 hour Columbia Glacier cruise in early July. The weather was good but it was still freezing out near the glacier so take plenty of warm clothes. The cruise was excellent with a light tasty lunch. Very informative, saw...More

Thank AussieTravelholic
Reviewed 26 August 2017

I took an all-day glacier tour which included lots of marine wild life. I got some superb photos of birds, seals, sea lions, otters, whales and birds. The ride was smooth. They served lunch and a snack (soup) on the trip. Years earlier I took...More

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SStephensCruises, Owner at Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2017

Thanks for taking the time to review our tour. We are glad you enjoyed your day. We hope to see you next time you are in Alaska and Valdez! Safe travels.

Reviewed 22 August 2017 via mobile

Large catamaran with comfortable seating for over 100. Snack bar. Narrated tour. See the glacier up close and personal. Saw sea otters, seals, sea lions, puffins, eagles, and more. Well worth the $$$. Nice lunch and afternoon chowder included.

Thank Bill M
SStephensCruises, Owner at Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 23 August 2017

We are glad you enjoyed your tour to Meares Glacier Excursion. Thanks for traveling with us. We hope to see you again if you are back in Valdez.

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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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EricEthridge
27 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.
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Mary or Jon D
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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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