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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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Had a great time! The glaciers were amazing. The 6 hour tour was the perfect amount of time to be out.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The trip to see the glaciers was simply amazing. Although the cruise was long we were never bored. Saw whales, sea otters, porpoise, sea lions, and more. Nature is amazing. Staff was polite and helpful and lunch was good. Money well spent.

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Colleen S, Owner at Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for traveling with us and for taking the time to write a review. We are glad you enjoyed your day exploring Prince William Sound and hope to see you on board again in the future.

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I don’t think it’s possible to really capture the beauty of the Prince William Sound into one review. The Stan Stephens cruise was a fantastic way to spend time in Valdez. The crew was helpful and pleasant, lunch was surprisingly delicious (and featured a solid...More

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Colleen S, Owner at Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for traveling with us. We are happy that you had a good day on Prince William Sound. Thanks for taking the time to write the review. We hope to see you next time you visit Valdez.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had a wonderful time on this tour. I highly recommend it for anybody visiting Valdez , Alaska. We got to see the beautiful glacier and a bunch of wild life such as Sea lions, humpback whales, otters, puffins, and porpoises. The Beautiful Price William...More

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Colleen S, Owner at Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for traveling with us. We appreciate you taking the time to write a review. We hope to see you next time you are in Valdez for another journey into the Sound.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Awesome tour and saw a lot. I would recommend bringing lots of snacks for kids as snacks can be expensive on the boat. Captain and crew was great and we weren't disappointed.

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Colleen S, Owner at Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for traveling with us and reviewing. Enjoy the rest of your trip in Alaska, we hope to see you again soon. Colleen

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Marlene Z
11 July 2018|
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On an overcast day you could see temps in the high 50’s to low 60’s. On a sunny day it could be in the 70’s +. No matter what the weather a wind and waterproof layer is suggested. Even if not raining it will help block... More
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Kelli K
6 May 2018|
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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
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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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