Columbia Glacier Cruise From Valdez - Whittier

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  • Duration: 6 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    10:30 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises, 112 N Harbor Dr, Valdez, AK 99686, USA
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


This 6-hour tour explores the fjords and passageways of the Prince William Sound in route to South-central Alaska's largest tidewater glacier Columbia Glacier. Your all-Alaskan captain and crew will share with you the history of the Sound and point out the marine wildlife and bird life in the area such as sea otters, seals, sea lions, whales, porpoises, eagles, puffins and more!


  • Fully narrated tour
  • See native wildlife in their natural environment
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Family friendly
  • Lunch included
  • Tour is wheelchair accessible

Know More about this tour

Columbia Glacier is the headline destination of this tour, however there are many other attractions along the way that your local captain and crew will share with you such as; a water based tour of the Trans Alaska Pipeline Terminal, a chance to witness commercial salmon fishing operations, and cascading waterfalls along the shoreline. A visit to Columbia Bay is one of geologic significance. Columbia Glacier, the largest tidewater glacier in southcentral Alaska is in the middle of a historic retreat into the Chugach Mountains. Each trip into this area is unique and our approach to Columbia is determined by the ice conditions we find. In addition to the amazing ice in Columbia Bay you will see wildlife along the way that calls the Sound home. Your guides will be on the lookout for seals, sea lions, sea otters, eagles, puffins, porpoise, whales and more!


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



Food and drinks: A cash based snack bar with snacks and soda is on board.

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 travelers can participate

This experience requires good weather. If its canceled due to poor weather, youll be offered a different date or a full refund

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 149 travelers

Face masks provided for travelers

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas

Gear/equipment sanitized between use

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Guides required to regularly wash hands

Regular temperature checks for staff

Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms

COVID-19 vaccination required for guides

Traveler Reviews

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  • 10-Sep-2022

    With perfect weather in Valdez (happens not that often unfortunately) we had a great cruise with Stan Stephens. The crew and especially the captain did a great job! Spotted a lot of wildlife and came very close to the Columbia Glacier. We absolutely recommend this cruise and even consider it as a must for visiting Prince William Sound.

  • 02-Sep-2022

    We were a little concerned as we did not receive a confirmation e-mail after booking nor a reminder of our cruise the day before, so we went to their office when they opened and received confirmation. Seating is first come first served, but they said there were only thirty some people on our cruise so there was no rush to beat the crowd. It was so nice to be able to spread out and not be with the mob of a tour group for a change. Overall, the cruise was very nice. We went on four different glacier cruises during our trip, and I have to say this was the nicest boat by far. The seats were very comfortable and the bathrooms were bigger and nicer than the other boats also. I was pleased that the crew wore masks and gloves and they were very attentive and helpful. Clam chowder served for lunch was the best I had during our two week trip to Alaska, and I tried a LOT of clam chowder. This was the only one that had any flavor. Unfortunately, it rained for at least half of our trip and it was very cold. The weather is beyond anyone's control, but bad weather puts a damper on everything. At least this boat was designed well, and had coverage over the sides as you walked from the front to back and there was coverage over the front in front of the wheelhouse and coverage over part of the back of the boat which was also out of the wind. So there were places to stand out of the rain and take pictures while you were observing the sights. We went past the pipeline terminal and got a good narration of the pipeline system and also about the 1989 oil spill. We were able to get about 2 miles from Columbia Glacier which apparently doesn't happen too often as you have to navigate through a lot of ice. We saw a lot of wildlife including eagles, puffins, sea lions, sea otters, porpoises, a seal, and mountain goats. It was a great cruise, too bad about the weather. Your experience will entirely depend on how many passengers are on board that day. It was the perfect sized crowd for us to be comfortable. However, if you are there when the boat was full with 150 passengers I'm sure you would have a miserable experience, so luck of the draw.

  • 18-Aug-2022

    Great trip. Lots of wildlife lots of views. Boat was clean and staff was great. Local young people, Very knowledgeable and friendly captain. A trip well worth the price.

  • 10-Aug-2022

    Our family of 4 did the 6 hour, 1030a tour to Columbia Glacier. We have teenagers, 15 and 18 and it can be a challenge to keep them engaged on a long tour, the loved the trip as did my wife and I. The wildlife was fantastic, we saw Eagles, Sea Lions, Seals, Puffins and Humpback whales; the captain and crew was very knowledgeable and friendly. We had an excellent visit to Columbia Glacier getting close very close to the face surrounded by ice and mountains. Prince William Sound is just beautiful. Probably the best tour we did on our trip to Alaska.

  • 08-Aug-2022

    Fabulous Crew and Trip! Boat was Beautiful and Clean, All Staff was Knowledgeable and Local from Valdez. Loved! Beautiful Blue Glaciers, and A Few Local Animals. Thankyou all from our staff at Talkeetna Air Taxi

  • 08-Aug-2022

    Gorgeous glaciers, stunning views of cascading waterfalls, mountains, beautiful blue waters. Our Captain took us up close to see the most incredible glaciers, sea lions perched on rocks. We requested to get close to an unbelievable glacier. He drove us right to it. We were overwhelmed with the crystal blue, chiseled ice. Ethan and his gracious crew served us delicious chowder and chili. So nice to have a warm meal, while out on the icy waters. I snagged a cute hat on the boat, to keep me warm. Sehla and her office staff are the best! What a trip to remember. Thank you Stan Stephens Cruises for making our trip to Valdez unforgettable 😀Friends from Talkeetna Air Taxi

  • 02-Aug-2022

    This is my first time to do glacier cruise. The trip was on July 29th, and it was a gorgeous sunny day. The entire experience is just “Spectacular”. Every single crew member was very nice, kind and knowledgeable. The boat was very clean and new. We stayed on the outside back deck for the most of time, and there was not fuel smell at all. The captain that day did a fantastic job of explaining the area, history, animals, glacier etc. He sailed the boat very well. We didn’t feel any uncomfortable effects on the few occasions when he had to do a sudden speed change. You basically just entered a very high class journey to learn and explore the are with a crews that was very good (services, knowledge and sailing skills). All these made the glacier experience so pleasant. I definitely recommend it to anyone. I would definitely take more cruises with them in the future for sure.

  • 31-Jul-2022

    From the boat, to the crew, to the captain who explained everything that we saw and Moore (the history of Valdez, the oil spill, the wildlife, the glacier, etc), this tour is fantastic. The views get better and better all the way to the Columbia Glacier which is a beauty and something you must see if you can. The tour overall was top-notch. They even gave us a lunch with bagel with cream cheese, clam chowder, and some cookies as well as coffee, lemonade and water throughout the day. Nine of that was advertised so it felt double special. We were lucky with 35 people only on the boat and a sunny day that allowed us to get very close to the ice, so the day was just 10/10!

  • 30-Jul-2022

    I’m writing this review on my way back from seeing the Columbia glacier. I have to say I was very worried on our way out due to the weather. Clouds and fog were limiting visibility. The tour operators obviously have no control over the weather, but they were making the best of things by telling stories about the local environment and history. The captain definitely has a knack for engaging with the folks on board. As we got closer to Columbia glacier, we were able to see more ice, but visibility was still poor. However, the captain kept threading the ship through the ice field and all of a sudden the fog lifted and Columbia glacier was visible in all of its glory. The captain told us this was the closest she was able to get all season to the glacier. On the way back we were treated to a yummy lunch of clam chowder, with a vegetarian option also available. The crew was always friendly and gracious. The ship is wonderful with a very smooth and quiet ride. I highly recommend this trip if you find yourself in Valdez.

  • 27-Jul-2022

    This cruise was one of the high points of our trip l. The narration from the captain was informative and very good. She made efforts to show us many aspects of the area, including the animals. We saw puffins, a humpback whale , several orcas, otters and sea lions and several bald eagles. We were unable to go all the way to the glacier because there was a lot of ice in the water but we had a lovely time. I highly recommend doing this.

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