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Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises

112 N. Harbor Drive, Valdez, AK 99686
+1 907-835-4731
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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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112 N. Harbor Drive, Valdez, AK 99686
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Reviewed 2 days ago

All female crew (Yea!) were helpful/friendly/knowledgeable and we had a great Captain Amanda! The boat was large enough to accommodate a full tour but did not have that "too many" feel. Food was above average. Sights were incredible! Highly recommend this 8 hour tour!

Thank 2xDeal
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Super nice boat and staff. Served lunch and coffee tea lemonade all day. 6 hour sightseeing tour saw porpoises eagles sea lions otters and beautiful blue icebergs and of coarse the glacier..stunning. Comfortable boat cruise.

Thank Bernadette G
SStephensCruises, Owner at Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thanks for joining us in Prince William Sound. We appreciate your review and hope to see you again on your next visit to Valdez.

Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a great day cruising to Mears Glacier. The captain was informative, we saw lots of wildlife including humpbacks, sea lions, sea otters, harbor seals, puffin... And....the Mears Glacier. Wow. My husband and I have been on several other glacier cruises from different ports...More

Thank Gina A
SStephensCruises, Owner at Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you so much for the wonderful comments. We are glad you had a great trip and appreciate you taking the time to post a review. Hope to see you next time you are in Valdez!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did this cruise on a super rainy day. It was pretty chilly being out on the deck but the captain did a great job spotting wildlife and maneuvering around icebergs. I've never see such a big group of sea lions in my life in...More

Thank fast72
SStephensCruises, Owner at Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Glad you enjoyed Prince William Sound! Thanks for the great comments. We hope to see you next time you are in Valdez!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was our worst weather day of our entire trip. It was rainy and cold with a stiff breeze. Our captain was very skilled and SHE maneuvered the ship up to about 5 miles from the glacier, skirting the floating ice around us. She allowed...More

Thank Paula T
SStephensCruises, Owner at Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for traveling with our family and crew from Valdez into Prince William Sound. We hope to see you again in the future.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

food:nice tour with free coffee and tea,hot chocolate 75cents,hot vegetable or clam chowder soup,a small bag of oreo,and a cold bagel with cream cheese. weather: a little bit cold on rainy day. animal:hunpback whale,sea lion ,otter glacier:too much floating ice cant be close to see...More

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SStephensCruises, Owner at Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for traveling with us. We appreciate your review and feedback.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The captain of our ship narrated the cruise very well. The staff was very helpful. They bring lunch to the passengers, so no worry about carrying food on a moving ship.It was really cold and windy the day we went, but the view from inside...More

Thank Ramikat
SStephensCruises, Owner at Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your kind remarks. We are happy to have had a chance to share our corner of Alaska with you.

Reviewed 16 May 2017

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...More

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SStephensCruises, Owner at Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 17 May 2017

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

Reviewed 13 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...More

Thank Alan L
Reviewed 7 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...More

Thank scsmMelbourne
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Linda K
What time in the morning does the Columbia Glacier cruise depart?
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
What kind of zoom range in a lens would be recommended to get good wildlife photos on this cruise?
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
Comparing Stan Stephans and LuLu Belle for wildlife/glacier tour. votes? Pros and cons?
24 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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