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Columbia Glacier Cruise from Valdez

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Updated 20-11-30 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 20-11-30 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
Set out from Valdez and sail Alaskan waters on this cruise to Columbia Glacier. Head through the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Terminal and Columbia Bay before arriving at the glacier. Look out for wildlife, such as porpoises, puffins, sea lions, and sea otters, while you enjoy commentary from your tour guide.
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises
    112 N Harbor Dr, Valdez, AK 99686, USA
    Address: 112 N Harbor Drive. Located behind the Best Western Valdez Harbor Inn Directions: Please park along the west end of North Harbor Drive. Walk along the front of the Best Western Hotel windows to our office that is built on pilings over the water just above the Tour Dock in Valdez.
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    Columbia Glacier
    Stop: 45 minutes - Admission included
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    Prince William Sound
    Stop: 6 hours - Admission included
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    Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises
    Stop: 6 hours - Admission included
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  • You'll end at
    Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises
    112 N Harbor Dr, Valdez, AK 99686, USA
    Address: 112 N Harbor Drive. Located behind the Best Western Valdez Harbor Inn Directions: Please park along the west end of North Harbor Drive. Walk along the front of the Best Western Hotel windows to our office that is built on pilings over the water just above the Tour Dock in Valdez.
    See address & details
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Highlights
  • Take a cruise to Alaska’s Columbia Glacier from Valdez
  • Learn about the local wildlife and geology of the area and the glacier
  • Enjoy a light lunch and refreshments included in your tour
  • Discover local animals, such as puffins, sea lions, and porpoises
What to Expect
Hop aboard your boat at the Valdez Small Boat Harbor to begin your cruise to Columbia Glacier. Start by traveling through the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Terminal and get a peek at commercial salmon fishing operations. From there, head to Columbia Bay to see the Columbia Glacier, the largest tidewater glacier in Southcentral Alaska. Learn about the geology, history, and local wildlife of the area from your onboard guide. There is a chance to spot wildlife on this trip as well, including sea otters, porpoises, seals, eagles, puffins, and even whales. Each trip is unique dependent on weather conditions at the time. Enjoy a light lunch and refreshments on board the vessel and take in the beautiful scenery of the area.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises, 112 N Harbor Dr, Valdez, AK 99686, USA
Duration
6h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Lunch: Served around 12:00 PM is a light soup lunch.
  • Light refreshments: Complimentary coffee, tea and water.
  • Entry/Admission - Columbia Glacier
  • Entry/Admission - Prince William Sound
  • Entry/Admission - Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks: A cash based snack bar with snacks and soda is on board.
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • We do provide a vegetarian option, however are not able to meet all special dietary needs. If you have specific restrictions or needs please feel free to bring your own meals/snacks.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 149 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Jean H wrote a review Nov. 2019
Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin38 contributions7 helpful votes
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We had a decent day to set out from Valdez on Stan Stephen's Glacier and Wildlife Cruise, unfortunately, due to the amount of ice in the water, we were not able to get close to Columbia Glacier. We did, however, see lots of wildlife: sea otters, harbor seals, stellar sea
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Nandu Datar wrote a review Sep. 2019
Melbourne, Australia6 contributions
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My wife and I did the cruise on 25 Aug 2019. The day was a bit drizzly and gloomy but everything else was amazing. We watched some wildlife along the way. For us the highlight was when we got close to the glacier. There were thousands of chunks of ice or bergs floating in the
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Response from colleens467, Owner at Columbia Glacier Cruise from Valdez
Responded Sep. 20, 2019
Thanks for traveling with us and thanks for taking the time to write a review. We are glad you enjoyed your day on Prince William Sound. Safe travels.
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N G B wrote a review Sep. 2019
Monroe, Louisiana38 contributions9 helpful votes
We enjoyed the Mears Glacier cruise with Stan Stephens Cruises we went back the next day and took the Columbia Glacier Cruise out of Valdez. Again, the boat was well equipped and comfortable. The staff outstanding, and the Captain was very informative. Was well worth doing
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Response from colleens467, Owner at Columbia Glacier Cruise from Valdez
Responded Sep. 20, 2019
Thanks for taking both tours! We hope to see you again and again!! Safe travels where ever they may be.
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Liang Hua H wrote a review Sep. 2019
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Cruise staffs are very professional. It was unforgettable experiences and will recommend it to friends. It is really must see.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from colleens467, Owner at Columbia Glacier Cruise from Valdez
Responded Sep. 16, 2019
Thanks for traveling with us and for taking the time to write a review. We hope to see you again in the future on board.
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Angela wrote a review Aug. 2019
Anchorage, United States10 contributions1 helpful vote
Enjoyed the experience of the Stan Steven Cruise to Columbia Glacier. The cabin was warm or you can hand out on the deck and enjoy the fresh cool air and sounds of the ocean. Excellent lunch served with a variety that provided something for everyone. Captain and staff were
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Response from colleens467, Owner at Columbia Glacier Cruise from Valdez
Responded Aug. 30, 2019
Thanks for traveling with us. We hope the rest of your travels went well and we hope to see you again in the future.
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About the operator

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dbd2015
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Great Glacler cruse
Took this while we were RVing in Alaska summer of 2019. We were here over July 4th. Had a great experience.
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Griznation
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Cruise change for the better
My husband and I had booked the Columbia Glacier cruise, but when arrived at our RV park the day prior to our depar
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Slick5276
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Superb outing
Our tour group sailed with this company on Prince William Sound. What a wonderful experience! Coffee and hot choc
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AdrianH1212
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A GREAT DAY ON THE WATER - FOOD A BIT OF A JOKE
Really enjoyed our day trip to the Glacier, new boat with great crew and facilities. We were supposed to get 2 mea
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N G B
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Memorable Day Cruise
We took the 8hr Mears Glacier Cruise and it was excellent. The boat was very well outfitted and comfortable. A me
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ikedude
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Beautiful breathtaking and relaxing
We would highly recommend this cruise. We had a blast! The scenery was breathtaking, the Captain and crew were ve
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lisawesley13
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Amazing stunning WOW
Did this cruise as part of my tour through Alaska and the Yukon. The cruise left from Whittier and traveled to Val
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BearLakeLodgings
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Stunning TOUR!
Terrific staff, loved all the information presented - though the weather did not cooperate - we still had plenty to
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helenlimyl
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Marvellous Meares Glacier and wildlife cruise from Whittier to Valdez
This was a very scenic cruise of around 7 hours, whereby we traversed approximately 130 miles of panaromic waterway
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Heine1969
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Great experience
A must-do when you are in Valdez. Captain Amanda took us to so many great places, we saw a lot of great landscape a
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ssparkd
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Once in a lifetime trip filled to the brim!
We stayed at the Best Western so Stan's is right outside the door. We checked around and this was what seemed the
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Mary V
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very nice tour
Complete day at the Prince William Sound. No whales, but lots of other animals. View of the glacier was impressive.
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BerryTN
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Top Notch Cruise
The Stan Stephens cruise was a first class trip! We have been on several other day trips of this type and this one
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IndependentTravelAK
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Just Do It!
We have been to Alaska many times, and one of the attractions for us is the lack of crowds and freedom to explore.
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Lori P
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A Don't Miss Experience
This is the best trip in Alaska. Well organized, clean and friendly. The captain doesn't rush through the tour an
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