One very unique feature at Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises is we are proud to employ all Alaskans and mostly Valdez residents. All of our crew is dedicated to making your Prince William Sound experience the best day you spend in Alaska. Follow along below to learn more about some of our company founders and crew.
Stan Stephens and his wife Mary Helen first began operating tours with the goal of sharing the beauty of Prince William Sound, a place he loved dearly, with the world. Stan moved to Alaska in 1961 where he first lived in Anchorage, followed by Fairbanks and then building his home in North Pole. Prior to the creation of what became Stan Stephens Cruises, Stan enjoyed Prince William Sound as a recreational destination for fishing, hunting and touring. Keep Reading »
Mary Helen Stephens is the energy behind the business. Mary Helen moved to Alaska in 1963, just before the 1964 Good Friday Earthquake, from Colorado and Minnesota. Stan and Mary Helen married in 1964 and built their family and home in North Pole. Mary Helen’s first line of work was being a Physical Therapist, however that was put to the side as she joined Stan in developing the company. Keep Reading »
The youngest of the Stephens’ daughters, Colleen Stephens has spent her entire life in Alaska between North Pole and Valdez, excluding her time spent at the University of Idaho for school. To this day she claims her family migrated in a reverse pattern: North in the winter and South in the summer. Valdez is now home for Colleen and she cannot imagine being anywhere else, even when it is snowing 3 feet a day. Keep Reading »
Chris Thoma is a life-long Alaskan (born and raised) who grew up in the North Pole area near the Stephens family. In 1988, Chris spent his first summer in Valdez working at Stan Stephens Cruises cleaning and crewing on boats. Keep Reading »
Soon after Amanda Bauer arrived in Valdez from Independence, Kansas in 1995 she began working at Stan Stephens Cruises cleaning and supplying boats, as well as driving vans and buses for transfers to tours. Quickly the company offered her a year-round position managing all of the accounting for the company. Keep Reading »
Alan Steed first worked for Stan Stephens Cruises from 1992 – 1994 as a deckhand during summers. Originally calling from Idaho, Alan developed his love for the salt-water and boat operations while working with the Stephens family. In 1994 he secured his 100 Ton Masters license and began operating boats in the waters that surround Maui, Hawaii. Keep Reading »
Like many others at Stan Stephens Cruises, Benjamin Tapangco acquired his love for the water while working as a crew member. You may not know it today, but when Ben began crewing in 2005 he was known as the silent crew barely speaking to anyone during the day. Currently Ben has stepped out of his shell. He has been working to lead our crew for a few years and now has obtained his license and began driving tours in 2013. Keep Reading »
It is marvelous to have Sarah back on our team this summer. Sarah originally began working with Stan Stephens Cruises in 2011 and is now back in our reservations office. Sarah was born and raised in Alaska, and is enthusiastic about sharing her love for her home with all of our visiting travelers. When Sarah is not busy here assisting our guests, she enjoys time at home with her family and two young children. She loves being out on the sound, enjoying our beautiful Valdez summers, as well as traveling to other parts of Alaska and beyond.