Karen Allred originally hails from Seattle, WA and always wanted a good reason to go to Alaska. She spent the past 14 years working year round with a family owned & operated cruise company in Seattle. Her start as a tour guide and deckhand before acquiring her 100-ton license and becoming a Captain in 2004 fueled her passion for continually learning about the waterways she navigated for the past decade. making Valdez her new home and joining Stan Stephens this year as an operator is, as she sees it, her dream chance to learn all about the history, geography and wildlife of beautiful Prince William Sound.
When not cruising the waters, visiting family in Washington or traveling abroad in the off-season you’ll find Karen volunteering in the Valdez community or you’ll hear her in the morning on the local public radio station. She also enjoys swing dancing, studying languages, reading as much as she can and getting out into nature.