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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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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 4 days ago

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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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 weeks ago

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

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago

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.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a wonderful all day boat tour. Lots of wildlife and scenery. The glacier was amazing and we spent a lot of time there. The lunch was good and later we had a bowl of soup. The boat was super clean and the bathrooms...More

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SStephensCruises, Owner at Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for your kind review. We hope that if you come to Valdez again we will have another chance to host you again!

Reviewed 15 August 2017 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 4 weeks ago

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 14 August 2017

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

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SStephensCruises, Owner at Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks 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 12 August 2017

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 13 August 2017

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 9 August 2017 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 10 August 2017

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!

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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
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.
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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
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