Last summer we took an amazing cruise to Glacier Bay. Cruising Glacier Bay Alaska was amazing! It is so hard to put into words what it is like to stand on the cruise ship deck and watch the glaciers calve.
The trip into Glacier Bay starts really early in the morning. I highly suggest packing a couple of reusable coffee mugs that you can take out on deck with you. Once you find your spot on deck you are most likely not going to want to move for a while. There are a lot of cruise passengers aiming for the best spots on deck so if you find one you may want to hold onto it.
When you pack for your trip to Glacier Bay don’t forget to pack winter weather gear. At the last minute as we were heading out the door for our trip I threw in a pair of gloves and an old college ski hat. Oh my goodness I wished I would have packed a scarf, warm parka, thicker gloves and every other piece of winter clothing we have in the house. It is cold! I mean seriously cold when the wind picks up as you are cruising Glacier Bay. We had to take breaks from being outside to warm up during the day.
The National Park Service set up a mobile Glacier Pay National Park visitor center right on the boat. There were multiple rangers, a gift store and even the stamp to show that you visited Glacier National Park.
The landscape along Glacier Bay National Park is truly breathtaking. I was in awe of the mountains, ice covered hills and surrounding area.
The first site of the Glacier as the boat turns the corner is breathtaking. The blue is amazing to see. The glacier creaks and groans as you are watching waiting for a piece to break off. I was amazed at the stillness of the area as the boat pulled up. The boat does a a nice 360 degree turn so everyone has a chance to see the glacier. You can move around and get different views as the boat turns.
Watching the icebergs float by the boat is a really odd sensation. More than once I thought about the Titanic. They look so small on top of the water and all I could think about was how big were they under the water. Don’t worry though! The boat has such high tech equipment and spotters that I never felt like we were in any danger.
One of the things I love about being on a cruise ship is other passengers are always happy to take your photo. You can actually get a picture as a couple during the trip.
The size of the glacier ice wall is amazing. You are standing on a cruise ship that you know is crazy high looking out at ice that is almost as high as you are.
The cruise ship gets close enough to the glacier that you can get some truly amazing photos. Don’t forget to walk around the boat to get different perspectives of the glacier. On the Golden Princess we were able to walk on the deck above the bridge and get an amazing view of the glacier. There was also a fantastic view from the back pool deck as we were pulling out of Glacier Bay.
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