A day in Glacier Bay – Part 3, Majestic Glaciers

You’ve finished your breakfast on your balcony and you’re ready to go and see what the day holds. You grab the National Park documents that were left on your bed last night and make your way to the top deck for an incredible view and snag a heavy deck blanket to keep you warm. During your visit to Glacier Bay National Park, you visit glaciers up close and personal. You see wildlife perched on ice floats, or up on the cliffs that flank either side of the ship. Waterfalls cascade from the rocks between towering evergreens.

On the ships speaker system, you hear the National Park Rangers introduce themselves in a calming voice. Now you know why they boarded that morning - they are the narrators for the day. Sharing their expansive knowledge of the park as you slowly make your way through the narrow passages to glaciers. They aren’t a constant narration - so they’re also available to you for questions, and are engaging about many topics related to Glacier Bay National Park.

One of the glaciers you see is Margerie Glacier - then you hear it - rivaling a thunderclap and you look over to see some of the glacier falling into the water below, calving. The glacier is taller than your 18 story cruise ship. You’re captivated and can’t keep your eyes off of the glacier. Now you’re leaning against the railing waiting to see more. You see a huge chuck of ice break off, followed by another loud rumble of thunder.

You see seals frolicking at the base of the glacier - as if they’ve been planning this show for weeks.

Your ship starts to slowly do a 360 degree spin in the water and as you’re looking at the cliff across the inlet from the glacier you see bald eagles glide along the water. They pass a group of puffins - with signature orange beaks standing out against their black and white bodies. You’re now sitting on a lounge chair taking in the sights and sounds as the ship makes its way to another glacier.

Hopkins InletThe John’s Hopkins Glacier is setback from the West Arm. Depending on the
time of year, your ship may not be able to enter the inlet because the vibrations of the ship may disrupt the harbor seal mating season. The blue sky behind the snow capped peak of Mount Fairweather is stunning atop the glacier. It’s getting warmer now and you’ve shed the blanket and maybe even your outer layer. It’s nearly lunchtime - and you grab a cup of salmon bisque available on the top deck and snuggle into a lounge chair and take in the sights and sounds through the early part of the afternoon. Perhaps even a nap.

Here are Part 1 and Part 2 of our Glacier Bay National Park blog series.

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